Dystopian future. Ex-cop fights to survive.

The Blurb:

When the oceans rise… Truth drowns.
It’s the year 2031. Our future. Their present. A world decimated by climate catastrophe, where the sun’s heat is deadly and the ocean rises higher every day. A world ruled by the rich, powerful, and corrupt. A world where a good man can’t survive for long.
Hogan Duran was a good man once. He was a cop, forced to resign in disgrace when he couldn’t save his partner from a bullet. Now Hogan lives on the fraying edges of society.
But after four years of living in poverty, Hogan finally gets a chance to get back on his feet. He’s invited to join the National Security Council, the powerful paramilitary organization responsible for protecting the rich and powerful from the more unsavory elements of society. All he needs to do is pass their deadly entrance exam, and he’ll be rewarded with wealth and opportunity beyond his wildest dreams.

But this ex-cop’s path to redemption won’t be easy. The NSC are hiding something, and as Hogan descends deeper and deeper into their world, he starts to uncover the terrible truth of how the powerful in this new world maintain their power…and just how far they will go to protect their secrets.

In a world gone wrong, can one man actually make a difference, or will he die trying?

Release Date: December 5th 2018



The Review:

I came into this book expecting yet again another version of The Hunger Games or another Dystopian fiction novel but I was pleasantly surprised. This novel was different in the way that Clive wove Virtual Reality and truth in such a tangled web that it made it very intriguing. The short length of the book made the read fast and furious.

The first 3 chapters of the book were uninteresting and make it hard for the book to get into but those final 3 chapters, wow, they really keep you guessing. The plot really started to get interesting around the chapter where Hogan has to complete a serious of tests, which if he failed could result in death.

I have to say, I thought I knew the result of the tests but I didn’t. The plot twists, yes, I promise I won’t tell, were great. I should have guessed that earlier on, as the clues were there but I was left completely dumb-founded when the characters were revealed for who they really are.

The main character Hogan Duran was a little to ‘Hero-type’ for me (Did I just coin a term or is hero-type an actual thing?). Always stepping up to save the day and telling the minor characters what to do. I think that his side-kick Ruby Mason should have had more to say and not be ordered around so much by Hogan.

And why does Hogan always have the answers? There were multiple times where Ruby asks Hogan what is going on and why. Ruby could have been a stronger feminine voice for the novel, which it so desperately needed. Jake Teerman was your traditional annoying character, the kind that leaves the characters for dead to make of with the money. The enemy biker Krails made an interesting addition to the story, but we only knew what they looked like and some of the conditions where they lived. What was their history? How did they get their name? There was a lot more that could have been considered in the making of this book.

This novel had a lot of just strange additives to the plot though that let put my rating down. Like with the getting naked all the time. Why do the main characters have to keep getting naked to go into the VR tests? It just seemed a bit to much stripping off for me. Also, at the beginning of the book, Jake is seen with two girls on his arm. I understand this part was in the book to introduce characters but it was simply just a little too strange and unnecessary for my liking. I also found General Stoker’s son Jerry a strange addition to the book. I don’t know why but his being trapped in the car made me feel uncomfortable. This part just didn’t make sense.

The final chapter was a little weird too, with an odd ritual/meeting type thing, where of course, you guessed it, the characters take their clothes off! And since when do these people have the power to regenerate their life after they have been severely injured, why didn’t they save the other members this way?

The style of this novel was modern and lacked powerful description. Clive Fleury did go on an escapade of world-building but because he didn’t have the powerful description it was hard for me to picture the look of the setting. The chapters were divided well and created suspense at the end of each chapter. The setting was good, but the time it was set in was a little too near to the present. 2031 is literally 11 years away – I sincerely hope that this book does not come to reality in that time.

I would recommend this book for 18+ because of the violent deaths and abuse which was the result of the intense fights and battles waged against the Krails. I gave Kill Code 3/5 stars because for the majority it was enjoyable but was pretty gruesome. I would recommend this book for thriller and sci-fi lovers. The author Clive Fleury is a film director which I could see come through the writing of this book. This book ended in a way where a sequel is viable.

Content Warning:

Lots of violent and abusive scenes which could be triggering for some. A single mention of prostitution. Blood and gore are rife throughout this novel, with characters dying every which way including via crucifixion (not what I wanted to read at all Fleury – I reccomend you take that out). Loads of swearing as well. This book is not for the faint-hearted.

What’s in A Name?

The title of this book is an integral part of the plot as everything comes down to the Kill Code. Also there are lots of codes and killing in the novel so it is a fitting name. Although it is pretty similar to Maze Runner: Kill Order and Maze Runner: Fever Code, I continually got the names confused when writing this post.

Favorite Quote

Taking a deep breath, I wrote the envelope open and pulled out and official- looking letter. I scan the note quickly as Max period over my shoulder. “Well?”

This is where the story really began. Note: Did you see the grammatical error in the quote? The official- looking should be official-looking or just official looking.

Favorite Character

This was really difficult to decide as I didn’t feel a strong connection to any of them. Not Hogan as he annoyed me though because he always seemed to know the right way and bossed everyone around.

QFTR (Questions For The Readers)

  • Do you like dystopian fiction? What would be among your favorites?
  • What did you think of the ending? Did you see it coming?
  • Did you want the book to be longer and would you read the sequel?

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