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Get your motor running
on 10 July 2015
Britain has become a dystopian society, in which a 'socialist' prime minister uses an ever increasing police force and gangs of brain-washed vigilante squads in order to uphold his draconian laws.
Those wanting out of this current societal regime, are uniformly scape-goated, and exposed as terrorists against the state. Receiving the severest of punishments.
Motorbikes have been outlawed.
Gerry (an ex-soldier) and his girlfriend Brenda have had enough of Britain! And in order to try and make a stand against the corrupt government, they travel to find the 'Last Heroes', an outlaw biker gang, who they intend to join..
After a rather rough initiation they are accepted, and soon Gerry is becoming a very strong candidate to challenge the current leadership, especially with his brains and skills in combat. With his goal being to unite all the remaining UK chapters of biker gangs, to form one big organization against the state.. An idea which is welcomed by the majority..
But not everyone shares Gerry's vision, especially Vincent, the current leader, who it seems is more intent in taking on the authorities as they are, and going out in a blaze of glory!
Pretty solid opener from pulp legend Laurence James. Plenty of sex and violence (which would have been very sensational back in the day, but not overly strong by today's standards), as the underground outfit of ruffians take on The Man, and sometimes themselves.
The writing style is interesting, with not only traditional straight chapters, but also included (interspersed) are shorter chapters, made up of parodies/pastiches of film scripts, interviews, News At Ten bulletins, government letters, a schoolboy's poem, newspaper clippings etc etc.. Which serve as a way to get you into the mind set of the fictional near future (when it was written of course!) James was trying to create.
Actually James does a pretty good job and although hardly prophetic, his future Britain has certainly nailed some events which have since been quite close to the actual country we live in.
Think Alan Moore's V for Vendetta (not the film!), crossed with Roger Corman's 'Hell's Angels' pictures and you wont go far wrong!
So, if rough tough biker gangs, getting sozzled, then racing out of secret HQs in the Snowdonian mountain range, to take on government powers is your bag, then this series (4 books) will certainly be of interest.
They're short (around 50 thousand words-ish?), with plenty of action, a sense of humour and glorious levels of 1970s Brit pulp youthsploitation...
For what it is - 4.25/5.