Troubador A Kinder City

Released: 28/04/2022

ISBN: 9781803131290

eISBN: 9781803138855

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A Kinder City

A Market World Novel

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The City is governed by the grim law of profit and loss. No exceptions, no place for compassion, pleasure, the warmth of friendship or the ardour of love. David, an Enforcer committed to the Law, meets Sarah, a villager from outside, and begins to understand that a different, more joyful, life is possible.

A Kinder City tells the story of their tangled relationship and of how they fall in love, and of their struggle against Franklin, the richest man in Market World. If the only law is the market, why not sell everything – and that includes the air we breathe, the land we stand on, the water we drink? No exceptions. His giant factories spew forth the road beasts – the huge machines that devastate the lands beyond the City in pursuit of yet more wealth. Not content with cloning animals, he traps horses in exo-skeletons and works them to death. Torn between her growing passion for David and her revulsion at the City that he is pledged to protect, Sarah turns her back on him.

In despair, he confronts one of the convoys supplying Franklin’s mills and releases the horses trapped within the giant trucks. Pursued by terrifying security guards they escape to the Broken Lands and witness at first hand the desolation that results from ruthless strip-mining and industrial farming driven purely by greed, and the misery of the remaining villagers. In their struggle to survive and return to the City they discover the power of their love for each other. Sarah challenges Franklin to his face and, helped by David, sparks off rebellion among the poor of the City. Together they defeat Franklin. He must learn what it means to be destitute and alone in Market World. The possibility of building a kinder City lies within their grasp.

NetGalley Five-star Review: "This is a brilliant book. Anyone who has ever felt wronged by big business, has ever dealt with chauvinistic men who think you owe them something because you have breasts and they don't, should read this book. A beacon of hope in a world gone dark, this book is what the world needs right now."
A new review on Amazon: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Thought provoking and an interesting, entertaining read.
By Linda's Book Bag TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Ade audits big business accounts, but when she encounters Webster, her life is dramatically changed.

What a thought provoking read Ardent Justice is, especially as, by the end, I'm not convinced justice has really been severed morally. I've been thinking hard about the issues raised and have had to reassess my own views about society as a result. In Ade's place I'm still not sure what I would do and some of my assumptions about what is morally right have been challenged by reading Ardent Justice. One response that reading Ardent Justice raised in me quite acutely was a feeling of ignorance. I wondered just how much of the story could really be happening right under our noses. Truth is, after all, stranger than fiction.

Whist potential readers may feel they will be getting a somewhat dry read in a book described as having a strong social message, they would be wrong. Certainly there are uncomfortable themes of abuse, corruption at all levels and violent behaviour, but these are all presented within dramatic scenes, in a well plotted narrative and offset by friendship and romance so that there is much to enjoy as a very entertaining story too. The sociological aspects are well blended in the narrative so I didn't feel I was being preached to.

I only had one small issue with the characterisation. With Ade's education and position in the city, occasionally I found her grammar incongruous. However, this may well have been deliberate with Ade modulating her language better to fit in with those around her. I found Ade feisty and convincing otherwise.

Peter Taylor-Gooby's style is a pleasure to read. He manages to balance complex compound sentences that build description or Ade's thoughts, for example, with simple phrases that add a drama that almost startles the reader. There's a poetic feel in some of the phrasing too and I really enjoyed this aspect. I thought the appeal to the reader's senses was especially good.

Part thriller, part sociological tract, Ardent Justice is, above all else, a really good story and an entertaining read.

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Peter Taylor-Gooby

Peter Taylor-Gooby is a sociologist. He has published widely and made many TV and radio appearances. His novels deal with issues that matter - love, money, power and environmental disaster. He has worked in a social security office, as a newspaper editor in India, as an antique dealer and as a teacher in Newcastle. He loves walking, cycling, writing and talking to his grand-daughter. I hope you enjoy this book.

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