Monday 28 January 2019

#BlogTour Black Matter by G.D. Parker

Happy Publication Day to Black Matter by G.D. Parker. It's a futuristic crime scenario with elements of realism. A premise we could perhaps be confronted with one day.

About the Author
GD Parker is the author of his debut novel, Black Matter. Book one of a three-part series that explores the depths of the unfolding high-tech world we now live in, making it a dangerous place. The novel will be available to purchase in e-book and paperback formats on the Amazon store.

Gareth was born in the UK in 1981. A family man spent much of his working life in South Wales working in a professional capacity. One day he made the decision write about an idea he dreamt about. Still working full time for a large organisation, he enjoys reading all manner of books, and spending time with his world - his family.

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About the book
The future is now… it’s terrifying!!! Humanity locks jaws with the ever-increasing human desires towards highly advanced technological innovations making the world a dangerous place. Unanticipated horrific consequences unfold for Tommy McGregor when he partakes in a new high-tech innovation to enhance his health and wellbeing. He thought it would make him healthier, better looking and live forever…DI Valentina is out of her comfort zone when she’s tasked to track down a killer, unknown to her, hidden behind a digital mask.

The future has already fallen upon humanity as she soon discovers, nothing is as it seems anymore as society embarks in technology that’s already here. A terrifying mystery, it feeds your imaginative mind’s eye - a fast-paced “whoisit” thrilling crime, novel that will leave you guessing until the end, (or will it?) As it leaves the hairs on your arms stand on end as you uncontrollably turn each page in this 3 part series.

Intra-body Profiling Examination Application (IPEA), an implant which is attached to the central nervous system and gathers data about the implantee and their health. Not that this is a new idea per se - there are already similar implants in play in our era, but perhaps less invasive.

The real worry and fear behind an idea like this is who controls and receives the data, and what side-effects could there possibly be? What if the implant were designed to be controlled and person-X could control someone with an implant? Could they use them to commit heinous crimes, whereby the perpetrator was aware of nothing and the person in charge couldn't be blamed.

Tommy McGregor isn't really thinking of any tragic circumstances when he signs up to take part in the IPEA scheme, and it's the last thing he thinks of when he starts having blackouts and acting in an erratic and often volatile manner. He doesn't make the connection between his behaviour, his outbursts and the moments he can't remember, and the IPEA.

There are quite a few sexually graphic and violent scenes. I personally found some of the language and actions towards women, even by other female characters distasteful. Emily in particular seems to think that a personal slight against herself gives her the right to treat others without any modicum of respect.

The premise is sound, but the execution could be better. Less chaos and more structure, character driven instead of an idea zipping and bouncing through the book  uncontrollably. It's a futuristic crime scenario with elements of realism. A premise we could perhaps be confronted with one day.

Buy Black Matter at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer.

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