Smorgasbord – Sally’s Book Reviews – Tipping Point: Project Renova Book One by Terry Tyler


I bought books one and two of Project Renova by Terry Tyler based on some excellent reviews for the books. I have just finished Tipping Point book One and can highly recommend.

About the book

‘I didn’t know danger was floating behind us on the breeze as we walked along the beach, seeping in through the windows of our picture postcard life.’

The year is 2024. A new social networking site bursts onto the scene. Private Life promises total privacy, with freebies and financial incentives for all. Across the world, a record number of users sign up.

A deadly virus is discovered in a little known African province, and it’s spreading—fast. The UK announces a countrywide vaccination programme. Members of underground group Unicorn believe the disease to be man-made, and that the people are being fed lies driven by a vast conspiracy.

Vicky Keating’s boyfriend, Dex, is working for Unicorn over two hundred miles away when the first UK outbreak is detected in her home town of Shipden, on the Norfolk coast. The town is placed under military controlled quarantine and, despite official assurances that there is no need for panic, within days the virus is unstoppable.

In London, Travis begins to question the nature of the top secret data analysis project he is working on, while in Newcastle there are scores to be settled…

This is the first book in the Project Renova series; the second, Lindisfarne, is now available, with the follow-up, UK2, due around late spring/early summer, 2018. Patient Zero, a collection of stand-alone short stories featuring minor characters from the series, is also available.

My review for Tipping Point: Project Renova Book One by Terry Tyler

When I first read books by Nevil Shute in 1964, I was aged eleven and pinching library books from the bottom of my father’s stack on his bedside cabinet. The first, “What Ever Happened to the Corbetts” was fascinating because it was set in the Solent and Southampton, the next city over to our home in Portsmouth. “On the Beach” and “A Town Like Alice” followed and all three books were clearly not intended for someone of my tender years. But I loved them.

In fact I went on to read all of Nevil Shute’s books more than once. Most of them were set in a time of war or the breakdown of world order, and their protagonists had to find a way to survive. I believe Nevil Shute would have enjoyed Terry Tyler’s writing style and her book Tipping Point very much.

I believe that novels such as this are essential reading; to shake us out of institutionalised complacency.

You do not need to be in a prison or under some form of confinement to be hide-bound by rules and expected behaviour. Not many of us today live under the radar; usually the banks have all our money, our pensions are managed by the government or private investment firms and we pay for everything by debit or credit card, and at some point in the near future, we are expected to go cash free. Our phones can be tracked and our calls listened to, and for many of us, our lives are open books, laid out for all to read on social media.

We also believe that we live in a democracy and that our freedom to vote means that those in office, chosen by us, have our best interests at heart. Very few of us have a ‘Plan B’ in place should the worst happen. We wouldn’t want to be thought of being one of those crazy ‘Preppers’ who live in the woods in bunkers with canned food would we!

Vicki and her daughter Lottie, Dex and his conspiracy theorist colleagues, their friends and neighbours, and even those working on the fringes of government, are about to find out what happens when the institution begins to implode.

It starts with a little known virus that is reported in the news. It causes some concern, but it is in Africa and it has happened before, hasn’t it? It won’t happen in England, despite its current woes of unemployment, over-population and trade deficit will it? And anyway, the government moves quickly to put an effective vaccination programme in place. What could possibly go wrong?

Tipping Point illustrates extremely well what happens when the thin veneer of civilisation is threatened and it is every man and woman for themselves.

You might think to yourself that with all the depressing stories in the press every day, you might not enjoy reading a book that takes that doom and gloom to the next level. But you will because Tipping Point is well written by Tyler with a great plot that keeps you riveted from the first page. The novel has some characters that are so believable, you think you might actually know them personally. You will experience the loss of all they take for granted through their eyes and their relationships, despising those who have set this catastrophic event in motion. You will cheer them on as they take risks, overcome their fears and scrabble to regain some form of a future. It might even encourage you to start putting a ‘Plan B’ in place.

I am really looking forward “Lindisfarne”, book two of Project Renova, waiting for me on my reader. My go bag is almost packed, my larder is stocked with dried goods and my camping stove is at the ready. I am prepared to travel to this Holy Island and see what is to come next.

I have no hesitation in giving five stars to Tipping Point and I am only sorry that Nevil did not have the chance to read it.

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About Terry Tyler

Terry Tyler is the author of sixteen books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘Patient Zero’, the third book in her new post apocalyptic series, which is a collection of stand-alone short stories featuring characters in the main novels. She is proud to be self-published, is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and loves history, winter, South Park and Netflix. She lives in the north east of England with her husband, a move that took place nine years ago from the beautiful Norfolk coast; she is still trying to learn Geordie.

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over and discover more about Terry Tyler’s books. I am certainly looking forward to reading Lindisfarne Book Two in the Project Renova Series.

30 thoughts on “Smorgasbord – Sally’s Book Reviews – Tipping Point: Project Renova Book One by Terry Tyler

  1. Wow! What a fabulous review Sal. You do write fantastic reviews when you’ve enjoyed a book.
    I love Terry’s books. I’ve read 2 and have this one awaiting me. Now I’m more excited to read. Mostly likely though, I’ll be reading it on a beach come February! 🙂 ❤

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  3. Thanks so very much, Sally – I actually read the review on Amazon this morning and thought, thank you, David, whoever you are! I am delighted you saw the book as I hoped people would, as well as it being entertaining; I do think novels must entertain, as well as making a point. One has to find the balance!

    ….I’ve just re-read it, and must thank you all over again. Ah – I always pay by cash in shops now, don’t have loyalty cards, don’t use my real surname or date of birth anywhere on the internet, put very little personal stuff on Facebook, never ‘like’ any pages on there, because I want my online profile to be as scant as possible. Though I am sure it would reveal much more than I imagine, all the same! If it wasn’t for friends and my books I might become an Offliner… but no, probably not!

    Hope you like Lindisfarne, in which you will see how different personalities adapt to a lawless society. I warn you that there is strong language amongst the bikers, but not constant, and not just for the sake of it. I hope you will get as far as Book 3, too, in which we see what happens in a cash free society.

    Thank you x

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    • I am sure that I will Terry and I was doing a Christmas book fair today and your book was the topic of a quite lively discussion and judging by those commenting, most, particularly with children, have a stockpile of a number staple items ‘just in case’. We saw recently what it was like with just a two day power cut after the hurricane we had here.. no cell phone reception, no landline, no Internet, no light, heating or cooking facilities. Hence my Christmas present from my husband is a two ring camping stove and a healthy supply of gas cans. Anyway looking forward to Lindisfarne.. and strong language does not worry me.. I have been know to use it myself.. take care. Sally


      • Good girl, re the language, and how wonderful to know that my book was being discussed! I think about post apocalyptic life a lot, and read and watch alot of stuff in the genre, read books about medieval life, etc… the few times in my life when I’ve had a few days without modern conveniences, I’ve found it exhilarating and enjoyed the challenge. But more than a few days….!!

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