This week I’m posting a guest review written by my father Haydn Savage. As an avid reader of political thrillers, he was perfectly placed to review John M Green’s new novel, The Trusted.
Beautiful and brilliant Tori Swyft is the central character and hero of The Trusted. A world junior surf champion at 13, at age 20 her PhD dissertation made nuclear power plants safer and more productive. Tori still surfs one day per year on the anniversary of her father’s death.
On the seventh anniversary, a stranger arrives on Narabeen beach, via helicopter, to offer Tori a job with an international advisory company. We fast forward to the luxury yachy owned by multi billionaire and new boss Soti Skylakakis. Here a plan is concoted to buy a debt strangled European country and establish a “corpocracy” with Soti as president.
Prior to this Tori had studied at Sydney Uni under the charismatic Professor Mellor. He convinces a group of his stellar students, known as 9S, to be trusted and valued superiors in their speciality fields, and sends them out to work their way into influential positions in industry and government. At a given signal they were to betray all trust by destroying the world’s oil production, banking, power and safety systems. Perversely, they are instructed to destroy the planet in order to save it. The race is on to discover the perpetrators and their deadly plans.
At this stage the book could have lapsed into fantasy. But sharp and exhilirating writing and impeccable attention to detail makes the improbable possible, and the pace accelerates to a convincing conclusion.
This page turner is a compulsory companion on a long flight or relaxing holiday.
The Trusted by John M Green is published by Pantera Press (2013).