Nathan, emotionally scarred after three tours in Afghanistan, lives alone in Manhattan until New Year’s Eve, when he meets Lara. The next morning, he notices something strange is going on – a terrified kid is being pursued by his father, and a girl, Sally, pleads with Nathan to hide her from her parents. There is no internet, no television, no phone coverage.
Nathan, Lara and Sally flee along the East Coast, encountering madmen, terrorists, the armed forces, and other children frightened for their lives. The only thing Nathan knows for sure is that he must not fall asleep…
“A fantastic and original premise…flashes of Stephen King and MR Carey.” Tom Witcomb
“A nicely taut thriller, with a Lee Child feel to its staccato writing and strong action sequences, and a high concept stretching the novel into true science fiction territory.” Amanda Rutter
“Not just a page-turner – all in all a fabulous novel, which I was sad to finish.” Loulou Brown
The minute I started reading When The Children Come by Barry Kirwan, I knew I was in for a thrill ride. The premise is unique, with twists that kept me on my toes. I loved it.
The characters are very true to life. They feel so real, I immediately was drawn to them.
The story opens with Nathan letting the readers know he doesn’t like kids. However, his situation contradicts that because he’s determined to save every child he can.
Lara is a risk taker. I liked her immediately. She has a NASA background, so she definitely is smart. I just loved her ability to hold her own.
Sally is awesome. She helps the other kids and has such a strong-willed attitude.
Barry Kirwan’s writing really feels authentic. His knowledge is clearly well researched, and the themes of this novel felt real. I absolutely loved the vivid descriptions. The characters. The struggles. Everything felt so real, I was on the edge of my seat.
Tension, conflict, danger…When the Children Come is a unique and creative scifi that I didn’t want to put down. Highly recommended.
*I received a free copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
I was born in Farnborough and grew up watching the Red Arrow jet fighters paint the sky at airshows. I didn’t get into writing until years later when I arrived in Paris, where I penned The Eden Paradox series (four books) over a period of ten years. My SF influences were Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, and Orson Scott Card, but also David Brin who writes about smart aliens. Iain Banks and Alistair Reynolds remain major influences, as well as Neal Asher, Peter F Hamilton and Jack McDevitt.
My main SF premise is that if we do ever meet aliens, they’ll probably be far more intelligent than we are, and with very different values and ideas of how the galaxy works. As a psychologist by training, that interests me in terms of how to think outside our own (human) frame of reference.
When I’m not writing, I’m either working (my day job), which is preventing mid-air collisions, reading, or doing yoga or tai chi. When I’m on holiday I’m usually diving, looking for sharks. Most times I find them, or rather, they find me.
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