BLUE - The King of America
RED – Sinema
GREEN - The Killing Moon
ORANGE – Sinema 2
~ In Potentia Book Reviews
Meanwhile, the son of a victim and the lone survivor of the massacre team up to track Whitman down.
These and other elements, such as a blossoming relationship with a police officer and dreams of the past give this book a completely different feeling to the first. Gone is the revulsion, this time you can understand the mission (or experiment as the character calls it) and there are even some moments of dark humour. It’s wild ride that takes you into the past of the main character and explains how he became an outwardly ordinary but deeply scarred individual.
Rod Glenn’s original Sinema novel will live with me for some time and here he has managed to expand and enrich the story while delivering another thrilling tale. This instalment is a more conventional serial killer novel and fans of the hit tv show Dexter will love it.”
~ Ric’s Reviews
“The world oil is running out and desperate times call for desperate measures. The Israelis are fighting the Middle East Alliance and China is about to invade Russia…Things are about to get worse. Much worse. A virus spread across the war-ravaged world swiftly, decimating populations.
Twenty years later things are very different in the post-apocalyptic world and a group of five friends head to a Middlesbrough beset by violent gangs and worse. This fast moving novel seems to throw in everything it possibly can to increase the tension and the action, but it all works. The book keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the story moves along as such speed you barely have time to take a breath. A thrilling post-apocalypse novel that does not let up.”
~ Adrian Brady, Morpheus Tales
And the thing that kept occurring to me throughout was the cinematic quality of the book. I could see everything, feel everything. If I were an American reading this book, I’d be terrified and exuberant in equal measure. But I am English. And I just loved it.”
~ Ric’s Reviews
After a wealth of technical information, the novel then moves to twenty years later with a new generation. Within this new life are five friends who have to leave their idyllic home in Northumberland and begin a trek to Middlesbrough facing horrific gang violence on their way. There are one or two very graphic scenes but they are necessary if the reader stands any chance of appreciating the challenges facing the friends.
There were moments where I felt that the novel lost its pace but these were only fleeting moments and every chapter is crammed with imagination. Pitched, as a mix between Mad Max and Stephen King, there is something here to tantalise many different readers. In addition, as I said at the beginning, each novel written by Glenn is a different genre and I am definitely looking forward to trying ‘The King of America’ although I have a feeling ‘Sinema’ will still remain my favourite. ”
Conclusion – A great book that will be going into my post apocalyptic collection. I had a hard time setting the book down and fervently hope that someday Mr. Glenn will write a sequel. I’m very interested in seeing how things play out. Until then, I whole heartily recommend this book as one of the top post apocalyptic fictions written in quite a while.”
~ Matt Baldwin, Star Shadow
“Taking current events to a logical hyperbole, the author weaves an immediately grabbing, absolutely terrifying soon-to-be future. Without giving too much away (because this is one I firmly recommend reading) a cocktail of Iraq, China, Swine-flu, and all around poor human decisions bring about the collapse of society as we know it.
But the book’s broad-scope beginnings merely set the stage for a coming of age tale that is something of a mix between Mad Max and Stephen King’s The Body. It is the characters in this story that really capture the reader and keep you turning pages well into the night. Let me put it this way; at 322 pages, the book is a respectable length and I took it with me to be my reading material on a three day trip – I was done with it in a day and a half.
The boys the novel centres around are a charming mix of battered, world-weary angst, fun-loving immortals, and quietly introspective naïveté, and the perilous journey they make across post-cataclysmic Northern England is just the right mixture of suspense, humour, and characterization. The setting, like many of the characters, is gritty and hopeful at the same time. If you are a fan of Mad Max, or the recent video games Fallout 3 and Mass Effect 2, you’ll find this book enormously enjoyable.
In all, The Killing Moon is a fast-paced thrill ride with a pack of guys who could be anyone’s best friends. If I have one complaint, it will be that the tale ended too soon. However, this one was Rod Glenn’s fourth novel, so I have high hopes for a sequel. Overall, I give it 4.5 of 5.”
~ Gabriel M. Cole, Editor, Orion’s Child Magazine
~ A J Kirby, author of Bully
I was engrossed in the chase, how he sets up his prey, learns all about the villagers including the conversations they have. This was actually, for me, more interesting than the main event. Wonderfully written, will leave you with chills down your spine. 5/5″
~ Karen Howe-Shepherd, Hertfordshire
Rod Glenn is a damn good writer – his conversational style inspires vibrant images to accompany his flowing, powerful prose. You can see the rolling country of Northumberland, you can feel the chill of the winter and the taste of the snow, and the cold steel of Whitman’s knife as he slices through your throat! It’s an easy read without being simple, and it’s free-flowing without leaving a single detail out, and it has a complete and surprisingly relatable plot where you simple don’t know who the bad guys are – or if there are any. I have seen many reviews make the obvious comparison to Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, but I disagree, because Sinema is in a league of it’s own entirely.
Glenn’s almost incredible plot is given all the justification and perspective it needs with the intricate details of the story, with Whitman’s icy cool plotting, and with the wittily realistic community of Haydon. A how-to for mass murder, a grounded and open commentary on modern life in the North East and a stark reflection of the brutal, callous individualism and greed of modern times. What may seem a crazy pipe dream is very soon made a chilling inevitability, and every moment is not only believable, but strangely seductive.
Rod Glenn’s second book should have the Daily Mail readers taking up shotguns and hunting him down – wait for the uproar, Rod, if the “moral majority” get a hold of this book…”
~ Justine Conway, Regional Sales Manager
Whether you have fun spotting the movie references, recoil at the brutality of Whitman’s crimes, or feel slightly guilty chuckling at the dark humour, you will have a ball reading this! A guilty pleasure, maybe… but a pleasure, nonetheless. Many movie references and quotes jostle for your attention in this book as the protagonist, a Tarantino-esque British video shop owner, decides to commit the perfect crimes…. and does so in style. Extremely well written, this gripping and, at times, brutal novel follows the everyday trials and tribulations of a man planning a series of horrific murders in one small town cut off by a harsh British winter. Glenn also vividly paints for us the planning of Whitman’s crimes and the lives (and deaths) of those he befriends and, ultimately, sets out to kill. There are no ‘extras’ in this movie. As two dogged police detectives close in when the murders begin, can Whitman achieve his goal of total carnage? Read the book to find out!! Likeable and well fleshed out characters abound in this novel (even our murderer is, despite his plans, sympathetic somehow) and it’s all topped off with very dark and very British humour. At turns shocking, funny and tragic, this book is a real page turner. This work will chill you to the core!
Highly recommended for horror or thriller fans with a strong stomach and will especially please those with a good knowledge of movies. Although, I stress that the latter is absolutely not necessary to enjoy this book! I hope Rod Glenn goes on to do a sequel… I have a feeling that we haven’t heard the last of Hannibal Whitman!”
When asked if he had ever scared himself during the writing of “Sinema” Rod said he had had his moments, in particular during the write up of one of Whitman’s grisly murder scenes, when he felt he had exceeded even his own comfort zone, and “gone too far”!”
~ Paul Reizin, Booktribes.com
~ Cath Flynn, Shipping Clerk
~ Lauren Dornan, Editor North East Regional Portal“There are two kinds of science-fiction – novels written for, and by, physics students and stories that use allegory, wit and fancy to stretch the reader’s imaginations beyond breaking point. Rod Glenn’s lyrical futurist-epic falls, squarely, into the latter category. A major achievement.”
~ Keith Topping, Author and BBC writer
“You know that feeling you get when you are into a good book and can’t wait to finish what you are doing so you can grab half an hour to read some more? The King of America did that to me. Having worked alongside Rod for a couple of years, I must confess that I bought the book purely out of curiosity, but found it a compelling read. Yes, it has violence, but then it is a war story. The story twists and winds with intrigue and betrayal, friendships and romance, death, destruction and remorse, bringing all the characters together in their quest for revenge and justice. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done Rod, looking forward to the sequel.”
~ Lynne Harrison, Secretary
“The King of America, a science fiction novel by Rod Glenn, is a fast-paced, skillfully written story. It grabs the reader from the very first page and takes them on a frightening journey into the future. In the future, the current countries undergo tremendous changes due to wars and form unexpected alliances and nations. Rod Glenn’s America is ruled by a monarchy; Europe, Asia, Africa are now individual Provinces. America is thrust into chaos and bloodshed when the King’s friend, Lexus, betrays him. A bloody and violent war ensues as Lexus pursues the escaped King. There is a strong core of characters that take their responsibilities for the violence and death surrounding them to heart. King Paul, for example, realizes that his indulgences are one of the reasons America is at war. Those who support the King are driven by their loyalty and belief in him, offering their lives in his defense without a second thought. This and other revelations change him and force him to grow not just as a King but as a man. There are numerous minor characters that live and die within one paragraph. Their brief mentions only heighten the devastation and tragedy in the story. The King of America is not for the faint-hearted. It is a gritty tale of power grabbing and the brutalities of war.”
~ Patricia Perry, Author