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Serious Crimes: Policing Post-Apocalyptic Britain (Strike a Match Book 1) by [Tayell, Frank]
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Policing Post-Apocalyptic Britain.


They called them Artificial Intelligences. Sentient viruses were closer to the truth. They spread throughout the world until every networked circuit was infected. Then they went to war. Millions died in the nuclear holocaust that brought an abrupt end to the AI’s brief reign of terror. Billions more succumbed to radiation, starvation, and disease. But millions survived, and they rebuilt.


Twenty years later, a ceremony is being held to mark the first transatlantic broadcast since The Blackout. The Prime Minister of Britain and two of the Presidents of the United States will speak to an audience of nearly ten million people. Not all are celebrating. Crime is on the rise, and power is once again a prize worth murdering for.


Ruth Deering, a new graduate from the police academy, doesn’t care about ancient history or current affairs. She only joined the force to escape the smog-infested city. Those hopes are dashed when she is assigned to the Serious Crimes Unit, commanded by the disgraced Sergeant Mitchell. Her first case seems like a simple murder, but the investigation uncovers a counterfeiting ring and a conspiracy that threatens to destroy their fragile democracy.


A post-apocalyptic thriller set in a world of rationing and ruins, where a democracy struggles not to become a dystopia. The investigation continues in Counterfeit Conspiracy. (77,000 words)


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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1519157576
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  • Language: English
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One of the better dystopian future novels I have read. Interesting scene setting and plot development with mostly believable characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I would definitely read another of this author's books! 9 June 2016
By Jaxroc - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed the book. The events take place after a serious event has changed the world- enough time, but not too much, is spent sporadically on that- only when it fits the narrative. I only noted one spelling mistake "wining" for "winning" and that was easily forgivable. The story is plausible and exciting. It's the first in a series but it is a great stand alone story. I didn't notice any bad language and certainly no "f" bombs. This did not make the story any less enjoyable but just gives it a wider audience appeal. [*steps on soapbox* I prefer it this way. If you think cursing adds "realism" to a story you must not have much of a story. Watch the news- any of it- would cursing help add realism to what is supposed to be real? Nonsense. "steps down off soapbox*]
4.0 out of 5 stars A new look at an old theme 16 April 2017
By KOBAM - Published on Amazon.com
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Writers have been turning out post-apocalyptic novels for a long time, this book takes a totally different viewpoint and looks back at what was done to recover from the event. It looks through the eyes of a young policewoman being mentored by a crusty leftover from the past. But there is more to him than meets the eye and she learns to trust him. The other characters are interesting and add to the quality of the story. I enjoyed the read.
2.0 out of 5 stars Only finished it because I was waiting for my next lending library book 2 August 2016
By Drew (@drewsant) - Published on Amazon.com
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There were a couple of things I liked and some I didn’t like about “Serious Crimes”. Starting with what I liked, the plot was well thought out and the premise was interesting. How would a police force operate once some sort of government has been established after an apocalyptic event occurred was something I never gave much thought to. In addition, the characters are interesting and likable.
Now for what I didn’t like, to start off with, the story is slowwwww. I mean it doesn’t seem to move much at all for the first 50-60% of the book. When they say that police work isn’t like what you see on TV, that much of it is boring, I think this book wanted to be true to that. The second thing that I didn’t like is that I felt as if the reader doesn’t get enough backstory. The characters start to give up more info as they move farther into the story but by that time I had pretty much given up and stopped caring about them. Also on that note I was able to give up but I had about a week before my next kindle lending library book came available again so I kept plowing through only to realize who the mastermind was shortly after so that was a bit annoying. Finally, I wasn’t a big fan of the author’s writing style. I felt as if he didn’t give enough description to make me feel as if I was right there with the serious crimes team. He gave enough for a reader to know what was going on the story but not nearly enough to be able to picture the scenery in my mind’s eye. I don’t think I’ll be moving along in the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it so much that I was only halfway through ... 22 April 2017
By Steve Sturdivant - Published on Amazon.com
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A different take storyline, I enjoyed it so much that I was only halfway through when I was looking to see if there was a sequel.
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic book. I don't usually read post-apocalyptic stories so ... 2 July 2016
By Lord Hierarch - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fantastic book. I don't usually read post-apocalyptic stories so I am not sure if this is common, but for me this is the first story where "The End" doesn't mean reverting back to a Feudal society after a hundred years. No, just 30 years later and semblences of civilization are right on their way to being re-established.

And where civilization goes, crime goes.