Chester, an English city of about 120,000 situated on the border with Wales at the end of the M56 motorway southwest of Manchester, is, in SUBCULTURE by Chris Hollis, first isolated and then viciously and relentlessly assaulted by a band of atypical terrorists whose message seems to be, "We'll show you!"
This thriller draws you along if for no other reason than to learn why so many innocents are being killed. Unfortunately, that became the only reason for me to finish the book and I can thus only award a non-committal three stars.
There are multiple protagonists here. Two and a half as a matter of fact. There's George Ellison of the Chester police constabulary and Tess Carter, a forensics lab chemist; the half is Grace, the latter's timorous sister. The author's mistake is to not focus on either George or Tess, and so neither becomes a compelling figure though George, through persistence and grit, had the best chance at it.
Not the least of SUBCULTURE's problems for me is that the terrorist intrigue, as ascribed to these particular Bad Guys, was eminently implausible both conceptually and tactically. I mean, really?
Hollis is competent enough when writing the prose necessary to accomplish plot evolution and distinguish between characters, though there is occasional noun-pronoun disagreement such that I had to re-read a line in puzzlement.
If a piece of writing can be developmentally categorized as juvenile, adolescent, or mature, then I would suggest that SUBCULTURE is in the middle. If the author could pen a seasoned storyline, I suspect it would be very good. Sticking with George might be a good starting point.