Graham Stull labels his book a political thriller. It is that with a touch of sci-fi added. It’s a remarkable achievement for a first novel.
The year is 2020. Hydra is a man-made virus that stops population growth by making its carriers incapable of making a baby. The story is told from three POV’s - Brian Matterosi the scientist who discovers and releases the virus, Art Blume the lawyer who defends him at the International Criminal Court, and Leeton Kgabu the prosecuting attorney.
Is Matterosi a deranged scientist or a savior? Earth is on course to an end from overpopulation, so maybe Hydra isn’t such a bad thing.
This is not your ordinary courtroom drama. Plenty of external action along with themes of coming-of-age, infidelity and parental struggle.
When the word political is used to describe a book or a movie today one thing you can be sure of...good guys are hard to find. Think “House of Cards”. It’s true here.
Stull can tell a story and his characters are believably flawed. The book has a surprise ending well worth the effort to read every word.