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The Guard

by Peter Terrin
Translated by David Colmer

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Harry and Michel live in the basement of a luxury apartment block, guarding the inhabitants. No-one goes outside. The world might be at war – it might even have been plunged into nuclear winter. No-one knows.

All Harry and Michel know is that if they are vigilant, ‘the Organization’ will reward them: promotion to an elite cadre of security officers remains their shining goal.

But what if there were no-one left to guard? And if the promised relief shift arrives, how will they fit in to Michel and Harry’s studied routine of boredom and paranoia?

‘webs of Pinteresque paranoia … Effectively horrid’ Sunday Telegraph.

‘A mix of psychological thriller and SF fable, this strange, wonderfully claustrophobic novel’ The Guardian.

‘a rich and gripping mix of all the ingredients that make for a truly haunting atmosphere’ Writers’ Hub.

‘Terrin wastes no time sucking the audience into the narrative … you simply won’t want to put the book down until you find out exactly what’s going on’ Starburst Magazine.

‘There’s a cold and beautiful precision to Peter Terrin’s writing, and a remorselessness and finally terrifying accretion of detail that begins by seeming fussy and ends by being unsettling’ SFX.

‘The Guard is so good, its world so minutely described and Michel so undeniably compelling that to suggest anything other than to pick this up and read it immediately would be to do it a disservice’ SciFi Now.

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