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on 10 July 2015
Britain 1997.
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.
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on 30 December 2013
I know it's been at least 30 years since I read this, but it hasn't changed one iota. Of course it's pulp, but wasn't it then too!
Stop whining about how poor it's written, and how clichéd the; plot, characters, attitudes are, and open your throttle and go for a righteous blast on your hog/racer,scooter!
These books are the reason I rode bikes in the first place, and still do.
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on 28 January 2013
I read this book 35 years ago still a good read I have read the other books in the series,I still have them in the loft,this was the only one I have not got great to read it again.
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on 18 December 2012
Read this book so long ago I thought I would never get the chance again, great read recommended for a fiction read on the hells angels.
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on 27 January 2014
It's a good book if your into bikes and the proper biker lifestyle. There are a few untruths about certain events and certain people who exist and are still alive but all in all a very good book. Few spelling mistakes but a very good book.
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on 20 August 2015
Present for husband who loved it. Excellent value, quick delivery and description spot on.
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on 31 August 2014
thank you
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on 13 February 2014
Poorly written, dull, predictable attempts to shock. Just really really bad. Thankfully, it's very short, so I only wasted about four hours of my life on this.
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