A global thriller presenting an apocalyptic vision of a world on the brink of despair and destruction.
What would you do if the world was brought to a standstill? If you heard deafening static followed by the words, ‘My children. Do not be afraid’?
Would you turn to God? Subscribe to the conspiracy theories? Or put your faith in science and a rational explanation?
The lives of all twenty-six people in this account are affected by the message. Most because they heard it. Some because they didn’t.
The Testimony – a gripping story of the world brought to its knees and of its people, confused and afraid.
‘[An] utterly gripping and highly original debut novel…a tour de force of virtuoso writing that explodes off the page’ DAILY MAIL
‘As if Philip K Dick and David Mitchell had collaborated on an episode of The West Wing … unsettling, gripping and hugely thought-provoking’ FHM
‘A fiercely-imagined dystopia of the near future. Intelligent, visionary and compulsively readable’ ALEX PRESTON, author of The Revelations
‘A literary post-apocalyptic novel built around a clever conceit’ GUARDIAN
About the author
James Smythe was born in London in 1980. Since completing a PhD at Cardiff University he has worked as a computer game writer/narrative designer and currently teaches creative writing. He lives on the grounds of a boarding school in West Sussex. He can be found on Twitter @jpsmythe
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What begins as static that somehow broadcasts directly into people’s heads resolves into a simple but startling message of hope. Could it be the voice of a kindly divinity, a cunning manipulation or something wholly inexplicable? The globe-spanning cast of diverse characters in British author James Smythe’s captivating second novel vividly recount their mystifying experiences and wide-ranging reactions. Revealing moments of human valour and frailty, intriguing questions of faith and the stark terror of the unknown make this an exceptionally smart apocalyptic thriller.
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Page 820 was missing on my iBook version.
The story got you thinking about how possible all this could be. It gelled all the different story lines together really well. Was a good read & the ending was as expected. Would have liked to have a more definite end but at the same time I think that would have ruined the story.
When's the film due?
A wonderful thought provoking story that had me gripped from the first few character paragraphs. I was unsure if the unique format would work for what was a complex story but, I'm glad to say the narrative was stronger and better for the real human connection brought by the individual characters. I enjoyed the twists and turns and truly feel that it is an accurate description of the fragile state we humans exist, certainly deserves the credit Thank you for the story
This is an excellent book. It draws you in from the start.
Characters have separate paragraphs and this makes you so interested as to how it all interacts.
I highly recommend this book