Fiction - Dystopia
313 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2020
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Author Biography

Paul was born and raised in Belfast. Until the age of 15 he couldn't read. Then, when introduced to Computing at school, he forced himself to make sense of the letter spaghetti on the pages of the text books.
He went on to get a First Class honours degree in Computer Science followed by a career in Software and later IT and Business Consulting.

You may know him from Game of Thrones, where he played "Back of Head from 100 yards" or in The Fall with Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson where he played "Elbow at the bar" - His acting career ended soon after.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

When planet Earth is left powerless by an eruption of the sun, an unassuming professor in Belfast correctly predicts the disastrous path ahead that may lead humanity to total destruction. Teaming up with a grieving friend, a governmental officer, and a prison supervisor, this unlikely group of people campaigns to make their voices heard before the planet spirals out of control. Reliance is a work of fiction in the dystopian, drama and thriller sub-genres, and was penned by author Paul McMurrough. Written for mature audiences, the novel does contain some instances of explicit language use but is largely free of graphic or sensitive content.

Author Paul McMurrough has crafted an excellent, highly engaging dystopian disaster novel that delivers both realistic plot events and large-scale thrills as its story unfolds. The work is more plot and concept focused than character-led, but the central cast of key players is well drawn to allow us insight into their motivations and the struggles they face along the journey. I felt for Derek the most with the sacrifices and decisions he was forced to make, and I liked that the power of the individual team of characters had a major influence on the wider plot. The inner workings of society within this dystopian setting are also really well developed to present a realistic world where fear begins to creep in and anarchy is only ever a heartbeat away, which is very thrilling to read. Overall, I would recommend Reliance to fans of in-depth thriller novels and realistic dystopian worlds.

Rabia Tanveer

Reliance by Paul McMurrough is the story of faith in humanity above all. Professor Martin Monroe lost his respect in his field a long time ago, but that does not mean he is no good. He is the only man who knows what happened when the Earth lost all of its power when an eruption happened on the sun. No one believes him, but he is not giving up. His friend Simon is the only person who believes in what Monroe has to say and that is enough for him to move on and fight for the people on this godforsaken planet. A more devastating danger is awaiting human beings at the end of this and none of them aware of it. Will Monroe find anyone who can help him?

Reliance by Paul McMurrough raises valid questions for readers to answer. The author uses a strong narrative and an action-packed story to bring create a future that is bound to happen. We are desperately reliant on technology and power generated by natural resources. How long will it be before both of them are snatched away from us? No one can know for sure, and even if someone did, would we believe them? The same question is being answered in this story. Martin Monroe is a brilliant protagonist for this story. Lisa, Simon, and Derek move the story forward, but it is Martin who brings the crux of the matter to the forefront. The research the author did on the topic is humbling and frightening at the same time. I enjoyed how the author didn’t make this story into a complicated, information-overload mess. There was an actual plot to enjoy as well as information to learn. This is a really good book that will keep you aware and entertained at the same time. This is an eye-opener.