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Comrades Come Rally: As Britain decides on its future is someone killing to hide their past? [Kindle Edition]

Phil Brett
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Pete Kalder battles his grief with only his cat and his collection of suits for consolation. His days are spent passively observing the turmoil which is engulfing Britain and deciding on which tie to wear. The UK is neither united or even a kingdom, and is at a crossroads, uncertain which direction to take. Classified as a failed state, with its economy broken and tanks on the streets, revolution is looming. But Kalder is merely a sharply-dressed outsider to events which will alter the course of history.
This all changes when the leader of the revolutionary movement visits and asks him to investigate the mysterious death of a comrade. Reluctantly he agrees, and is drawn into a dangerous world of betrayal and murder. Quickly he will have to learn that Private Eye fantasies are not enough, if he is to find the killer, save the revolution and prevent himself becoming a corpse in a fine three-button Mohair suit.
Comrades Come Rally is a thriller with humour and pace. Take the sharp hard-boiled detective novel and transport it to a possible near- future Britain, then add some fine tailoring, and you have CCR.

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Phil Brett lives in London with his partner, cat and suits. Any resemblance between him and his central character is coincidental as unlike him, Phil Brett can’t swim and has less hair.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 592 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Jezza
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A well-written, pacy, cleverly-plotted crime thriller, set against the background of a future Britain in the midst of a Marxist political revolution. There is no ambiguity in the author's attitude to revolution or to Marxism, but he's got a good understanding of the downsides of participating in far left politics – the exhaustion, the endless paper sales and near-empty meetings, and some of the frankly rather creepy people who find a home for themselves in this environment. At times there is something of a feeling that the imagined revolutionary Britain is something of a reward for all this – for the author, at least.

But this is a proper crime thriller, not a political tract. There's a great plot, lots of red herrings, and a cracking denouement. There are lots of good characters, most of all the central character and first-person narrator, who is more troubled and damaged than most crime-thriller detectives, and all the more interesting for it.

Some minor quibbles – the odd typo, in the print edition at least. Hopefully these have been fixed for the kindle version. And the cultural and technological “sameness” of Britain in the 2030s, but this is a crime novel, not science fiction, and a really rather good one. If you like the genre and have any kind of affinity – even a sentimental one, like me – to Trotskyist politics then you'll like this. I look forward to seeing more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the book 7 Oct. 2014
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A frighteningly believable peek into the realm of future of Britain, told through the eyes of the lovable Pete Kalder. The author is clearly a pessimist or at the very least, a huge sceptic about the current state of national politics.
I really enjoyed the book; it had a strong storyline, lots of character interest, and was a real page-turner. Quite rightly shoulder to shoulder with Freddie Forsythe on the bookshelf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary murder mystery 5 May 2014
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Taken into futuristic world, familiar yet different. A gruesome murder and characters not always as they seem to be. This novel is a slow burner - necessary to create another world. Pete Kalder is a complex character sometimes obnoxious, sensitive and cynical but always witty. An enjoyable read leaving me hungry for more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Unlikely Socialist Hero. 19 Aug. 2014
By Martin
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Peter Kalder is an unlikely hero, a clothes obsessed, radical socialist. Personal tragedy leaves him on the periphery of a socialist revolution but he is dragged back into the mix by old comrades following a series of deaths. As he investigates he falls into a murky world of revolution and anti revolution , he doesn't know who to trust as he navigates towards the truth.

A great debut novel, my only criticism is the internal dialogue which sometimes gets in the way of a great story. Set in the near future when Britain looks ripe for socialism .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun 11 May 2014
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Not your usual Brit crime novel. The police are almost the enemies here and procedures have been thrown into the air.
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