‘The Gaia Trilogy’ by David Barker is a thriller series set in the not too distance future where the threat of a war for water is on the horizon. The central protagonists are Sim, who has newly joined the Overseas Division, and the more experienced Freda who both battle the constant threat from terrorists and their governments who are after control of the world’s water supplies. Freda and Sim must put themselves at great risk to protect the future of the ‘blue gold’ but it’s a deadly game of deception and high-paced, dangerous missions.
The second book ‘Rose Gold’ focuses on a mining base on the moon and the potential saviour for the world’s global problems but there are others that do not want this project to succeed. The central characters return in this development novel and once again a battle against terrorists recommences; Sim and Freda are once again caught up in a deathly intense mission.
The newly published final book ‘White Gold’ returns the story to Earth and Sim is out to seek retribution for the criminals his Overseas Division battles against. However, the complication of a nuclear warhead being stolen changes his direction and focus. This book is a race to find those responsible and disarm the dangerous device.
This is an intelligently and well-written thriller trilogy that begins with the real question of water becoming an at-risk commodity in our own future and the stark implications of this. It’s pacy, dramatic, with an action film vibe; the principal characters are engaging and their dialogue entertaining. It’s a battle of good and evil, and about those who fight to do the right thing in the face of extreme situations and challenges. And for the reader it also highlights the importance of the earth’s commodities and an awareness of how valuable they are; that we have a collective responsibility to look after our valuable, life-sustaining but increasingly fragile planet.
Published by Urbane. All three books are now available on Amazon UK from £0.99 and available on kindleunlimited; this information is correct as of May 2019.
DAVID BARKER – was born in Cheshire but now lives in Berkshire. He is married to an author of children’s picture books, with a daughter who loves stories. He is Chief Economist for an international fund. David is a graduate of the Faber Academy.
David Barker says: “The Gaia Trilogy allows me to combine my love of thriller writing with environmental and climate issues that are close to my heart. Using the thriller genre gives me scope to look at the complexities surrounding the future of our resources while still entertaining readers.”
Thank you to Urbane Publications for the copy of ‘White Gold’ and introducing me to David Barker’s trilogy.