Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Book Review: The Untied Kingdom

The Untied Kingdom
by Kate Johnson

Published: 1 April 2011 by Choc Lit Limited
Format: Paperback & ebook
ISBN-13: 9781906931681

When Eve Carpenter lands with a splash in the Thames, it's not the London or England she's used to. No one has a telephone or knows what a computer is. England's a third world country and Princess Di is still alive. But worst of all, everyone thinks Eve's a spy.

Including Major Harker who has his own problems. His sworn enemy is looking for a promotion. The general wants him to undertake some ridiculous mission to capture a computer, which Harker vaguely envisions running wild somewhere in Yorkshire. Turns out the best person to help him is Eve.

She claims to be a popstar. Harker doesn't know what a popstar is, although he suspects it's a fancy foreign word for 'spy'. Eve knows all about computers, and electricity. Eve is dangerous. There's every possibility she's mad.

And Harker is falling in love with her.

The Untied Kingdom is an exciting read and a great page-turner. I fell in love with Major Harker right from the moment he turned up on the page. He is a cross between Sean Bean and Richard Armitage. What could be better?

The London Eve falls into is very different to the one she left. England is a third world country and at war with France. She is suspected of being a spy and even starts to doubt her own sanity.

Ms Johnson's writing is a joy to read. She has a fantastic imagination to have come up with the concept of the alternate world in this book from something as simple as a conversation about a BCG scar.

I absolutely loved this book, and the characters stayed with me long after I had finished it. I give The Untied Kingdom a well-deserved 5 out of 5. I read this book last year and it was my favourite book of 2011.


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