Book Title: Bitten by Alan Moore
Category: Adult Fiction, 430 pages
Release date: February 7, 2018
Tour dates: June 4 to 22, 2018
Content Rating: R (Book contains profanities, intermittent sex and violence, incl. one violent sex episode, together with scenes of explicit disaster, distress and death)
In the not-too-distant future, Italy is in disarray. It has voted to leave the EU in an attempt to regain control of its laws, finances and commerce. Even so, the country’s economy is shrinking and its national debt rising. There is a marked escalation, too, in unemployment, bank loans and immigration. Production and service companies are in difficulty. The only thriving business areas are the black market and organised crime. There is discontent and protest on all sides.d
In Florence, the local Mafia boss, more accustomed to gunrunning and trading in plutonium, is involved in organising a silent auction for the sale of one of the world’s most valuable lost paintings – a sixteenth-century masterpiece, which was appropriated in World War II by Stalin’s Trophy Brigade. A British art expert is set to buy the picture on behalf of his client, a South American billionaire – yet surprisingly two Italian undercover intelligence agents, acting as antique dealers, submit the winning bid.
All the while, human beings continue to harm the Earth by destroying land, sea, air, animals and trees. Global climate change, polluting the atmosphere, depleting the ozone layer: these are some of man’s crimes against Nature. But time is running out. Nature has lost patience with humans. Unless something is done immediately to reverse the destruction of the ecosystem, Nature will retaliate by deploying the terrifying forces at her command. And as a first step in wreaking her revenge, she instigates a reign of terror by the deadliest creature on Earth.
I am currently about a third of the way through this book, and I have enjoyed it every step of the way. At this point, the action has just started to pick up the pace, but I enjoy the fact that Moore spent so much time exploring the world before getting into the dystopian part of the story.
This plot seems almost completely unique to me, which I love. It gets tiring reading dystopian novels and feeling like the same exact story has been told multiple times. Moore decides to tell his own story with this one and throws readers into an entirely different world. Not only does the story take place in Italy, where I don’t live, but it also takes place in a new dystopian version of the country.
I also think that the plot that the Earth is fighting the humans that hurt her. It is interesting, yet not completely fantastical. Even though the real Earth can’t create a creature, the Earth can harm the humans that live on it because of its poison. More dystopian novels should play with the ideas of what the world will be like after the pollution really starts to harm it.
There has been a little bit of character development so far, but it is a bit hard to tell at only a third of the way through. I expect great things!
I also haven’t come across any grammar or editing errors in this novel! It seems to be very well-written.
I would recommend this book to fans of science fiction/dystopian novels.
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Born in Surbiton, Surrey in 1944, Alan Moore lives in Barnes, SW London, with his wife, Amber. They have two daughters and a son, who between them have two boys and two girls with another boy expected in May. Alan was educated at Oundle School in Northamptonshire and at London University, where, as an external student, he obtained a BA degree in English. Thereafter, for 25 years, he single-handedly ran his own book publishing company, which at one stage was producing up to 20 titles a year. Now, at the age of 74, he has self-published his first novel.