Title: The Visitor
Author: Terry Tyler
Genre: Post Apocalyptic Murder Mystery
In 2024, a mystery virus ravages the entire world. 'Bat Fever' is highly contagious and one hundred percent lethal. A cottage tucked away in an isolated Norfolk village seems like the ideal place to sit out a catastrophic pandemic, but some residents of Hincham resent the arrival of Jack, Sarah and their friends, while others want to know too much about them. What the villagers don't know is that beneath Sarah's cottage is a fully-stocked, luxury survival bunker. A post-apocalyptic 'des res'. Hincham isolates itself from the rest of the country, but the deaths continue―and not from the virus. There's a killer on the loose, but is it a member of the much-depleted community, or somebody from outside? Paranoia is rife, as friend suspects friend, and everybody suspects the newcomers. Most terrifying of all is that nobody knows who's next on the list... The Visitor is Terry Tyler's twenty-second Amazon publication, and is set in the same world as her Project Renova series, while being a completely separate, stand-alone novel.
An excerpt from an early chapter: Avalon missed the curfew to get back into the town where she lives, which is under military lockdown.
I stood up, ready to run―but as I did so I slipped, dislodging a large stone, which hurtled down the grassy slope until it plopped onto the tarmac at the bottom.
One stone, falling. Enough to make them glance my way.
"Hey! Don't move, or I shoot!"
I didn't believe he actually would, but I wasn't chancing it.
He walked up the slope, gun pointing at me; I could see another one, not far behind. I held up my arms, showing my wristband.
"I’ve had the vaccine, I live here, but I missed the curfew―my boyfriend's dying, I just want to go home and be with him. I'll walk straight there, I won't go near anyone!"
I clenched my fists and growled in anger and frustration. "Can't you think for yourself? What if it was a person you loved? Wouldn't you try anything to be with them?"
"I'm asking you politely. Walk away." His gun was still aimed at me.
I dropped my arms. Glanced round to where I'd seen that girl, my potential saviour; she was gone.
"Go on. Get yourself home."
I pointed towards Mount Street, where my love lay dying. "My home's just over there."
He stepped forward. "This is your last warning."
I turned back, giving him the finger as I walked off.
There were other ways in.
Further along the cliff, a steep route down to the beach had been carved out by thousands of feet, over the years. I careered down the sandy slope, but the Shipden part of the beach was sectioned off by a huge fence. Barbed wire on the top. Around the fence the cliffs were steep; even if I managed to climb up and round it, which I doubted, I'd be turned away as soon as I reached the road.
I tried. I tried so hard.
I drove to the other side of the town, but the cliffs were steeper there, and the guns didn't even like me going to take a look.
I drove back to the Fakenham Road and walked a mile across fields to the back of what was laughingly known as the industrial estate―a few business units and a mini Travis Perkins on the far edge of the town. This time I saw no guards, and spent some time easing coils of barbed wire apart, scratching myself to hell in the process, but I did it. I crept between the units, thinking I'd made it; I was in. But my luck disappeared yet again―standing at the end of the road was one of the two soldiers who'd denied me entrance this morning.
"Stop right there."
I threw my hands up in despair. "What the fuck difference does it make? I'm here now! I'm in the town!"
"Walk that way," he said, pointing to the barrier. "Or I'm arresting you."
I called him a jobsworth dick-for-brains, and he marched me out, ignoring my pleas.
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Terry Tyler is the author of twenty-two books available from Amazon, the latest being 'The Visitor', a post-apocalyptic murder mystery set in the same world as her popular Project Renova series. She is currently at work on 'Megacity', the third and final book in her dystopian Operation Galton series, after which she may decide to write something a bit more cheerful. Proud to be independently published, Terry is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber's Book Review Team. She lives in north east England with her husband.
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