The complete series in one omnibus edition.
This trilogy takes place in the near future, it isn’t science fiction, it’s ‘faction’, and all the more chilling because you won’t find zombies here, or people suddenly endowed with super powers, just a cast of realistic characters struggling with the challenging events that overtake their lives.
Against a background of terrorist plots, political intrigue and espionage, the lives of three powerful women become inextricably entwined.
Fleur Nichols, an investigative journalist, Wenna Cavendish, a senior MI5 officer and Simone Gofre, a brilliant virologist, leave their marks on world events and a stunning revelation will change the course of human history forever.
Evolution’s Path is a frightening look at the mechanics of an all-too-possible societal collapse and its aftermath.
It really could happen and this is how.
Excerpts from customer reviews:
‘A gripping scenario. Well written and character driven … a credit to a master story teller.’
‘The multiple themes of this thriller suggest its title: population control, germ warfare, investigative journalism, corporate greed, terrorism. It was a well-paced read with the tension and conspiracy to keep you engaged.’
‘He very deftly links all aspects and the final chapter is chilling in its possibilities.’
‘Compulsive reading. I was gripped by this story from the beginning. Hill is a talented writer who has the ability to create a completely believable and terrifying future scenario.’
‘…this well-written book with its intriguingly woven plot…It seemed impossible that this cast of fascinating characters and their stories would all tie up neatly at the end, but they did, dramatically, and very satisfactorily.’
‘Author Peter Hill is a visionary storyteller. He does it with razor-sharp prose, and he isn't afraid to tackle ambitious themes here: feminism, globalisation, environmentalism.
…a story so chilling in its realism, you won't soon forget it even after turning the last page. It’s a dystopian narrative that sears itself into your mind.’
The Ladies’ Game
‘Epic story telling; intriguing premise drawing the reader in and keeping the pages turning.’
‘It has plenty of intrigue, fast paced action with the plot closely mirroring many of the contemporary issues being faced around the world today. It draws you further into the world of terror and espionage and the potential for dire consequences.’
‘Fleur Nichols, the strong-headed journalist, is on the run, pursued by ruthless enemies even as the world around her falls apart in an escalating viral pandemic…
Once again, themes of feminism, globalisation, environmentalism take centre stage as Fleur fights not only to survive a tumultuous apocalypse, but to separate lies from truth. At stake is the fate of humanity, and Fleur's unborn child may hold the key.’
‘A great conclusion to a fascinating trilogy. Well written, extremely thought provoking, and a thoroughly good read!’
‘The epic conclusion to blistering trilogy.
It's bold. It's scintillating. It's the brilliant culmination of everything that's come before.
Now that a viral pandemic has all but decimated the male gender worldwide, it's the women who have ascended to political supremacy. The social order, as we know it, has been upended.
But all this just sets the stage for another catastrophic confrontation.
This is a techno-thriller completely unlike anything I've ever read. It's controversial. It's provocative. It's uncompromising.
If you're a looking for a post-apocalyptic story written with both emotional sensitivity and propulsive excitement, this is it. It's Tom Clancy meets Margaret Atwood
Read the whole EVOLUTION'S PATH trilogy. I can't recommend this enough. It really is something else.’
‘The men that are left will be calling the shots when it comes to choosing partners. What’s more the small percentage that are still fertile will decide who has children and who doesn’t. It will be an uncontrollable genetic and sexual street market with the price dictated by supply and demand.’
There was a moment’s silence, then Wenna said. ‘I don’t think we can allow that, can we?’
So the story continues, and…
Whoever controls these men controls the future of the world.
After the virus, men are rare.
Fertile males are even rarer.
They have to be protected and milked of their semen if humankind is to survive.
In this female-dominated world all but a handful of the viable males are in England, kept in a luxurious, heavily-guarded ex-SAS compound, prisoners of their own fecundity. They are serviced by 'milkmaids', whose function is to secure their precious semen, which has become prime international currency.
Colloquially known as 'The Milking Shed', the very existence of this facility is a source of festering international envy.
With the threat of functional extinction looming, England's possession of these valuable males is increasingly in jeopardy as resentment and the rising level of risk stirs up the rivalry of old enemies America and Russia.
They both have the military might to simply take what they want. All that stops them is a nerve-jangling nuclear stand-off.
After a winterless European winter, a blistering hot summer is forecast. And, on both sides of the Atlantic, heat fuels the social and political passion for procreation.
As England's weak defences start to buckle, society fragments and its leaders begin to lose control.
In this dangerously fractured world can Fleur Nichols, thrust into an unwanted leadership role, put aside the agony of her son's abduction and save her country from annexation as the major powers jostle for dominance?
Or has everything gone beyond the point of no return?
A mother's love is a ferocious weapon but the odds are stacked heavily against her.
Buy this exciting techno-thriller to discover what the future may hold for mankind.
Perfect for fans of Tom Clancy, Margaret Atwood and Michael Crichton.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
The CIA think she is a Jihadist sympathiser.
The Jihadists think she is a CIA informant.
She is on the hit list of a renegade assassin.
But the biggest threat of all is the deadly virus that has been let loose on the world, leading to the closure of international borders and the imposition of martial law.
If that wasn’t enough her partner has been killed by a suicide bomber in Pakistan and the whistleblowing documentary they were working on has been suppressed by the government.
Now it seems that Wenna Cavendish, deputy head of MI5 and once her friend has turned against her.
As the death toll rises and the killers close in, Fleur discovers she is pregnant.
Against seemingly impossible odds can Fleur fight on to protect herself and her unborn child from her adversaries and preserve the kind of democratic society she has always fought for?
Get this book to find out who will survive the deadly pandemic.
The Ladies’ Game is a gripping, fast moving thriller set in an ominously believable near future.
It’s perfect for fans of Tom Clancy, Margaret Atwood and Michael Crichton.
SOME PRESS COMMENT ON PETER HILL'S PREVIOUS BOOKS
‘This is a taut, handsome job, beautifully written, full of real characters and acute observations.’
The New York Times
‘Exceptionally well told, with satisfying outcome.’
Columbus Sunday Dispatch
‘Peter Hill does a fine job with character, plot, atmosphere and suspense.’
‘… an acute professionalism. What is even better, it has the holding qualities of a rock-loving limpet.’
‘A tremendous piece of fast moving fiction. Not one word wasted, the story starts and ends with a bang.’
Coventry Evening Telegraph
‘Taut, sharp, fast moving.’
Manchester Evening News
‘To follow… the brilliantly inspired tracking of Hill’s two detectives is a joy, apart from the brainteasing pleasure of accepting the author’s challenge to identify the murderer.’
London Evening News
'Staunton walked out into the field. He stopped about twenty yards in, squatted down on his haunches and stared at the ditch where the girl’s body had been found. Then he was motionless for a while, absorbing the details of the place, picturing it in darkness, the girl, her screams muffled by the murderer’s hand, being dragged along the inside of the hedge, struggling madly in the last moments of her life.
He picked up a clod of dry earth, broke it in his hand and let the soil trickle through his fingers. He spoke out loud, aiming his words at his unknown quarry, ‘I’m going to get you, you bastard,’ he said.'
It is 1975 and there are no sophisticated aids to help shrewd and earthy Chief-Superintendent Staunton of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad and his amorous young assistant, Detective Inspector Wyndsor when they arrive in a time-warped East Anglian village in the east of England to investigate the death of a local girl.
While most of the villagers are silently doing their best to hinder the enquiry, including the unhelpful local squire and his glamorous but sinister daughter, Wyndsor makes a shocking discovery—a black magic chapel, which has as its altarpiece a huge phallus.
This is a place where old ways still hold sway, where animosities are pursued through the generations and where outsiders are viewed with the utmost suspicion.
Here the murderer lives, embedded in this introverted society. On several occasions as the search proceeds the reader is aware that they are looking at the murderer—without the possibility of identification—and it becomes increasingly certain that he will kill again unless Staunton and Wyndsor can hunt him down.
The author of this impressive novel has created the vivid realities of life, and death, at Bacton Ford and introduced the reader to two memorable detectives.
The Hunters is the first in the Staunton and Wyndsor series of classic police procedural murder mysteries set in various locations in Britain.
The others are The Liars, The Enthusiast and The Savages.
These books were previously published worldwide, by major publishing houses, in hard and paperback editions and several translations and are now available as eBooks.
Each novel is a stand-alone story, but with the same major protagonists.
Peter Hill has also worked extensively in television for renowned British drama series such as 'Callan', 'The Sweeney', 'Z Cars', 'Public Eye', 'The Bill', 'Special Branch', 'Crown Court', 'New Scotland Yard', and 'Armchair Theatre'. He has been a writer, script editor and producer both in the UK and New Zealand, where he now lives.
‘Brilliantly described police procedure… Unputdownable.’
‘…an acute professionalism. What is even better, it has the holding qualities of a rock-loving limpet…’
Eric Hiscock in The Bookseller
‘…a masterly and entertaining beginning. Not a suspicion of cardboard in the characters, and a story with a hook-hold from which there is no escape. More please of the down-to-earth Chief Superintendent Staunton and the efficient and amorous Detective Inspector Wyndsor.’
‘A really first-class who-dunnit’
Also by Peter Hill
The Commander Allan Dice books
Peter Hill has recently returned to novel writing, but in a completely different genre, and Killing Tomorrow, the first of a new series of near and far-future novels, Evolution’s Path, is also available as an eBook. The second, The Ladies' Game, and the third, Procreation, have recently been published.
The Evolution's Path series
The Ladies' Game