Shorter than my previous novels and written faster, Milly Molly Mayhem was intended from the outset in December for publication this month. There's a certain satisfaction in having met that self-imposed deadline. That makes my sixth Kindle Edition uploaded and begging for readers!
A winter story, told with the chilling headlines of December 2014 through February 2015 in the back of the writer's mind, and set in those months against the background of hybrid warfare, 'non-state actors' and developments leaving the world’s politicians and security experts flailing when confronted with perils not previously imagined. The perspective is that of Milly McLeod, a young British Army Intelligence Officer with plenty of reasons of her own to be confused.
The narrative avoids wallowing in dystopianism. The parallel referencing of books written for children in the early twentieth-century reminds of a world very different from the one we have inherited. Swallows and Amazons, Biggles, The Prisoner of Zenda and even Milly Molly Mandy on the one hand, Dai’esh, Boko Haram and Wikileaks on the other.
Joyous mockery of pseudo-academic techno-babble provides a level of light relief.