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Curse the Day
02 Apr 2020 * EBOOK * £0.99 * 9781788548939

The future of the world is at stake when an AI system reaches consciousness.

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 400 pages
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Curse the Day: The Conspiracy Thriller that Reads Like a Bond Movie A Michael North ThrillerJudith O'Reilly

'Starts off like a fired bullet and never lets up. A sheer delight' David Baldacci.

At a global tech gala hosted at the British Museum, scientist Tobias Hawke is due to unveil an astonishing breakthrough. His AI system appears to have reached consciousness, making Hawke the leading light in his field.

But when terrorists storm the building, they don't just leave chaos in their wake. They seize Hawke's masterwork, sparking a chain reaction of explosive events which could end the world as we know it.

Michael North, ex-assassin and spy-for-hire, must find the killers and recover the AI. But he can't do it alone. Hawke's wife, Esme, and teenage hacker, Fangfang, have their own reasons to help complete North's mission – and together they unravel a dark and deadly conspiracy which stretches right to the top of the British elite.

Can North survive long enough to uncover the whole truth? Or is it already too late for humanity?

REVIEWS FOR CURSE THE DAY:

'A slick, fast-paced thriller from a master storyteller ... Do yourself a favour and buy this book!' LJ Ross.

'A rip-roaring road trip into the dark heart of a corrupt, cynical British establishment' Financial Times.

'Relentlessly plotted with a blistering pace, Curse the Day is a sharply drawn, gleefully witty conspiracy thriller. Tackling tomorrow's nightmare today, this is a superb novel' M.W. Craven.

'A brilliant technothriller that reads like a Bond movie, complete with terrific action sequences, memorable characters, and the fate of the world at stake ... The pace never lets up and the story stays with you long after the final page' Zoe Sharp.

'Packed with no-holds-barred action and memorable characters. It's a blast!' James Swallow.

PRAISE FOR JUDITH O'REILLY:

'A terrific future-shock thriller full of pace, tension, character, and emotion' Lee Child.
'Fast-paced and packed with action' Mick Herron.
'A high-octane plot that centres around the dark heart of British political power' Sunday Times.
'Thought-provoking, pacy and thrilling' Sunday Mirror.
'A gritty, action-packed, page-turner' Andy McNab.
'New thriller writers come and go. I suspect this lady will stick around'Frederick Forsyth.
'A constantly surprising, heart-felt, desperately exciting super-thriller – and a truly standout action-adventure novel ... Left me both smiling and breathless' Rob Parker.

Judith O'Reilly is the author of Wife in the North, a top-three Sunday Times bestseller and BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. It was based on Judith's eponymous blog which was named as one of the top 100 blogs in the world by the Sunday Times, and credited with kicking off the popularity of domestic blogging in the UK. Judith is a former political producer with BBC 2's Newsnight and ITN's Channel 4 News, and, when she isn't writing novels, she writes for the Sunday Times, has acted as a strategic communications adviser for both government and business.

New thriller from the author of KILLING STATE.

From the author of Wife in the North, a top ten Sunday Times bestseller based on a famous blog.

Judith O'Reilly is a former political producer with BBC 2 Newsnight and Channel 4 News, and currently writes for the Sunday Times.

MARKET: Sam Bourne; Lee Child; Frederick Forsyth.


'Judith O'Reilly, a veteran former journalist, delivers Tarantino-esque carnage from the get-go ... Curse the Day is a rip-roaring road trip into the dark heart of a corrupt, cynical British establishment', Financial Times

'O'Reilly has delivered a fast-paced and action-packed thriller that will have been', Shots eZine

'Packed with no-holds-barred action and memorable characters. It's a blast!', James Swallow

'Judith O'Reilly is a masterful storyteller. In Curse the Day she's woven a slick, fast-paced thriller brimming with compelling characters. Do yourself a favour and buy this book!', L.J. Ross

'Relentlessly plotted with a blistering pace, Curse the Day is a sharply drawn, gleefully witty conspiracy thriller. Tackling tomorrow's nightmare today, this is a superb novel', M.W. Craven

'A brilliant technothriller that reads like a Bond movie, complete with terrific action sequences, memorable characters, and the fate of the world at stake. But one that also touches on a genuine reason for all of us to worry about the intelligent tech we're letting into our lives. I could not put this book down, from the opening that completely reverses all expectations to the cracking climax. The pace never lets up and the story stays with you long after the final page. Highly recommended', Zoë Sharp, author of the Charlie Fox series

'A constantly surprising, heart-felt, desperately exciting super-thriller – and a truly standout action-adventure novel ... Left me both smiling and breathless', Rob Parker

'The action adventure genre is a 'male-dominated' world but a female author is taking the fight to the grandmasters of escapist fiction', Yorkshire Evening Post

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