A political thriller taking the current worldwide financial problems and asking the awful question: What if things got worse? The Bailout gets off to a running start with an excellent and intriguing opening scene. The feel of intrigue continues into the first few chapters and slowly, inevitably a sinister shadow becomes clearer. I'd say this is one of the best beginnings to a novel I've read in a long time. The novel soon settles down from the breakneck start and from there on in it's all about details. Charlie Wade uses subtle humour in his character development. This works well as we soon find ourselves empathising with them. It's quite a slow going novel but not without it's action points. The author drip feeds info to the reader slowly but effectively and you soon find yourself hungry for more revelations.
A very competently structured novel with thoughtfully crafted and credible characters. Despite the dark political subject matter a dry, very British, humour not dissimilar to that of Douglas Adams runs throughout the novel. It’s not overdone though, never silly.
The Isle of Wight is referred to as essentially a large open prison for dissidents. This way it is described reminded me of the village from the TV series The Prisoner, although the inmates bear little resemblance to Patrick McGoohan's dynamic number six. The Bailout is a very downbeat kind of novel and more realistic for it. You can only rebel if you have the energy too and in this society very few folk get an easy ride. Hard work is the order of the day and we discover there are a few interesting surprises within the country’s new regime.
The Bailout is one of those novels you want to keep reading. Your thirst for more of the plot is never quite quenched and Charlie Wade shows a number of the storyteller’s tricks of the trade in his creation of a Britain none of us will ever want to see. The conclusion when it arrives seems to jump out at the reader and comes from an interesting and unexpected idea by one of our ragtag band of rebels. All in all a very enjoyable read that will appeal to a broad cross section of readers. Charlie Wade’s talents are in the shop window for all to see and I hope you take the time to read this excellent novel.
Genre: Dystopian Society
Format: E-Book Novel