I started Descent at the end of 2016 and it “came out” at the end of 2017. It’s in the Action/Spy/Psychological genre. That is to say there may be spies lurking around the edges.
Here’s the blurb:
Things go wrong for Marc very suddenly.
Losing his best buddy and a dream job leaves him grief-stricken and trying to escape from his reality.
When he meets the wrong person, he is easily exploited, and walks blindly into an intrigue. Before long, all the moral and existential certainties of his life have evaporated.
Through a bizarre twist, external events offer him a new sense of purpose. Could redemption come from outside, instead of within himself?
This book explores a man’s descent as he reaches his lowest ebb, and beyond.
I blogged on the subject of Identity in the book separately. For interested readers, there are a three sources of inspiration which I’d point to:
Robinson Crusoe: The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. The fame of Daniel Defoe’s book of 1719 extends way beyond its readership, so no recap of the story here, but to say that the book’s storyline has a surprising resonance.
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry. This 2011 book by Jon Ronson made me wonder whether there are ambiguities and grey areas around the labels we attach to people’s madness. The more I read, the more this becomes evident.
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography. If you have even 10 per cent nerd in you, then Simon Singh’s 1999 book is a brilliant précis of the history of code making and breaking, in language most people can understand. By the by he explains how public key cryptography works (i.e. the backbone of security in Web 2.0 and Internet commerce in general), and spins a great yarn out of it all as well.