RABulgaria over on Twitter has just alerted us on the new, extended blurb with more info about Richard’s forthcoming thriller, Geneva. Narrated by the author himself, as well as his former MI5 colleague Nicola Walker and co-narrator Jane Perry, the audio book is due for October 20, 2022.
Like RABulgaria, I am also adding a SPOILER warning here, just in case. Below you can see the screenshot of the blurb with a short summary of the novel’s plot. If you’d like to remain unspoiled, please don’t read further! Spoiler warning also applies to my first reaction following the screen shot!
- Whoa, for a debut novel, RA has chosen a complicated topic – neuroscience and Alzheimer research. That will have required a lot of research to get it all believable. But well, we know how much he likes research 😉 OTOH, I find that Alzheimer’s is a topic that is interesting for many readers – either due to being exposed to it directly through suffering family members, or just because it is one of those illnesses that we are all very afraid of. I really don’t mean to shoot down the novel before it appears, but I do think that choosing a neuroscience setting is actually very ambitious for a first novel. B
ut hey, I know nothing about writing novels!Kudos to Mr A for setting the bar deliberately high!
- The fact that the thriller element of the novel revolves around a new miracle treatment, makes me wonder whether the book is going to have a science fiction slant. Julie Delpy’s My Zoe comes to mind – a film that combined a contemporary setting with a futuristic medical development. No criticism! Anything is possible in fiction!
- “Mauritz Schiller” – whoa, cool name! I mean, Mauritz really is a very unusual first name. (Schiller not so much. One of the two German national poets is called Schiller. Early 18th/19th century, romantic poetry.) The more common form of Mauritz would be Moritz. But hey, maybe the character is not German/Swiss/Austrian at all! I am just intrigued that RA came across this name…
- Please don’t kill me for another thought that I had.
I don’t mean to offend anyone or burst any bubble. You may believe whatever you want to believe!Anyone else mildly surprised/disappointed that the main characters’ set up is in a heteronormative family constellation? Would this have been a great opportunity for the author to present a less mainstream relationship configuration? I am not even sure why I am adding this reaction here at all. I suspect it says more about me than about the novel and about what I think of the writer 😬 . And there is a whole minefield around the issue of representation, how genders/sexual orientations are represented, and who may represent what or not. Just for the record – I do *not* believe that homosexual writers may only write homosexual characters; or that heterosexual characters can only be *played* by heterosexual actors. Or vice versa. But I *do* believe that non-heterosexual relationships need to be represented more in art and literature. Whoa. Soapbox. Get off, Guylty!
Whatever – I think it is a good sign that the blurb already sparks (my) curiosity and (potentially) debate *before* the audio book is released. I really do look forward to this release. A week to go!