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Haven’s End

an epic sci-fi adventure novel

August 2017

Play Theme song "Back to Earth

***** five star review from Dr Bob Rich Australia

I edited a much earlier version of this story for Greg, and am impressed by how it has grown into a tale that grips you, and forces you to think. It now has depth and power. The narrative flows, and although I remembered the general outline of the plot, I had a compulsion to read on.

More than 700 years after humanity has destroyed earth’s environment, the surface is lush and green, but the inhabitants of an underground city designed for survival still continue hiding, despite gradually failing infrastructure. Survival has descended into slavery, with a master class dealing out death to anyone who dissents. A blood sport keeps the masses docile.

Marcus Jarrett is the champion, adored by the crowds, but he is intelligent, and thinks for himself. So, he is a danger to the despots.

In a masterful way, Greg Austin shows how wealth, power and privilege corrupt, and how myths designed for another time can stifle a culture.

There is a group of survivors on the surface too, who are descended from a blending of Aborigines and city refugees. There also, a pattern of living designed for the past stifles the present, and a rebel arises. The contrast between the two cultures is striking and illuminating, and their interaction even more so.

I am delighted to give 5 stars to this excellent novel.

Haven’s End - Recipient of the Life Award

LiFE Award printable