Flare by Paul Grzegorzek // book review

Title: Flare
Author: Paul Grzegorzek
Publisher: Paul Grzegorzek
Genres: Adventure, Thriller
Published: 18th February 2014
Edition: Kindle
Source: For Review*

Malcolm King is a journalist living in trendy Hove on the south coast of England. His days are taken up with video meetings and research on the internet while he writes articles for magazines around the world. 

When a solar flare of unprecedented magnitude hits the Earth, effectively hurling us back to the stone age in a matter of hours, Malc is thrust into a terrifying new world as he travels the length of the country to find his young daughter. 
Society, a fragile construct at best, shatters as the survivors fight each other for food and water, neighbour killing neighbour as fires rage through the cities, destroying much of what's left. 
Faced with difficult choices at every turn, Malc draws his strength from those around him; Emily, a tough, no-nonsense soldier with a soft spot for lost causes and Jerry, a disgraced astrophysicist who may be the only person left who understands what's happening with the sun. 
With their help, he must struggle to answer the ultimate question. 
What won't he do to get his daughter back?

I must say that I really enjoyed this book. Admittedly, after reading the synopsis, I'd thought it looked interesting, but I wasn't expecting to be as enthralled as I was reading this book. 

This book doesn't take long to get into the action. Within the first few chapters, journalist Malc recieves a phone call from his astrophysicist friend Jerry who is claiming that there is a threat of a solar flare hitting the earth. Pursuaded through his disbelief, Malc joins Jerry that night, and the solar flare hits, worse than Jerry could have ever imagined. 
I was thrown into the action at such a fast pace, and to be honest, I was very glad of it. It gets a bit boring reading through an entire backstory of unnecessary events sometimes. Now, you would think that the excitement ends there, but no, the thrill continues on during the entire book. There is not a dull moment to be seen. 

After witnessing the damage of the flare, Malc realises that his daughter has a low chance of survival with her mother, Malc's ex, who is not one to be prepared for disaster. So he ropes Jerry and his working car (one of very few) to drive him across the country to find her. This wouldn't be a story without any complications in the journey, and those are the things which bulk it out, and kept me on the edge of my seat. Just when I'd thought that the worst thing that could happen to them had happened, something else was thrown in their face. 

The characters in this book were just perfectly written. There is character development which is just so beautifully portrayed, Malc goes from a journalist with no skills to survive to become a man who is able to do anything he is faced with in order to protect the ones he loves.
Quite early on in the book, Malc meets Emily, an ex-army girl, who is eager to help him recover his daughter. So the two of them travel the country to Malc's daughter. I love the relationship that is shown between Malc and Emily, throughout the entire book, and it just kept on developing into something beautiful.

On the whole, I really really enjoyed reading Flare. It was exciting and very emotive, a book that I wasn't expecting to enjoy, but I really did. I definitely recommend that you give this book a read, especially as it's only 99p on Amazon, but for a limited time only!

Eden xx

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*thanks to publishing push and Paul Grzegorzek for sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review


  1. Would you do a review of the book I am writing when I finish it? It would be really cool to see what other people think besides friends and family... and would be really cool to kind of get it out there to a different market. :) Here's the links to my blogs btw: www.risingaffection.blogspot.com www.theroyalsqueak.blogspot.com www.thebookofannoyingblog.blogspot.com Thanks! :)

    1. aw I would love to! Feel free to email me when you've finished!


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