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Roadworks is the story of one man's battle to be free of a system that oppresses him while dragging a hijacked city out of absolute gridlock.
In a city where all rail, road and underground traffic is computerised, Hugh Ryan, a Transport Authority controller, has to outwit Akila Kama, an African terrorist who has taken the city and many foreign heads of state hostage. His demands are simple, either the greatest humanitarian aid package is sent to Africa by the nations of the West, or their leaders die.
Later Hugh realises that while all traffic inside the city is at a standstill, Wellens, a local crimelord who helped the Africans, has embarked on his own traitorous plans which he hatches with a mole in the Transport Authority.
|Publisher:||Writers Exchange E-Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)|
|Age Range:||16 Years|
About the Author
His life has been spent bouncing between England and Belgium. At the age of five he left London and moved to Belgium where he became bilingual English/French. He returned to England to do a Joint Honours degree in Computing and Economics. Once again he went back to Belgium to work in the Network Operations department of a large credit card company. His job brings him into contact with people from many different nationalities.
He loves to travel to see other cultures and traditions, is particularly interested in Pre-columbian civilizations like the Maya, Aztecs and Incas and Ancient Egypt. Also shows an interest in wildlife, nature and astronomy. Enjoys reading Sci-Fi, Mysteries, Thrillers.
Gerard also has a personal webpage at http://users.skynet.be/fa032104/index.htm
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Being in a traffic jam takes on a new meaning in ROADWORKS. Set in the year 2022, this high tech thriller creates innovative architecture, a Traffic Management Centre (TMC), subterranean parking structures, and a whole lot of problems for Brussels, Belgium, in which the roadways have been set up like the spokes of a wagon wheel. Everything runs smoothly with the TMC keeping track of any minor emergency on the Metro, parking structures, or highway. TMC can easily re-route vehicles to other less congested travel patterns. However, there are sixteen entry points to the center of the city, and when terrorists block them, the roadway is literally a parking lot. Very few people can get to work, but fortunately, our hero Hugh Ryan, a Transport Authority Controller, always arrives a little before 7:00 AM, so he is on the job when the problems begin. There are multiple villains with the access to shut down the city or blow up buildings, and they do both. Each is revealed, but not until the end do all of the pieces fall into place. This is one of the most creative situations I have run across in a thriller, and all too familiar because of the traffic jams. I know just how irritated and anxious people are when stuck in traffic, and because I know, this book brought my own emotions into the story. From Prologue to ending, this is an excellent read.
Come to visit Brussels in 2022. Just avoid the day of 'Roadworks'. Set in a possible future for the capital of Europe, a city where all rail, road and underground traffic is computerised, Roadworks shows how Hugh Ryan, a Transport Authority controller, has to outwit Akila Kama, an African terrorist who has taken the city and many foreign heads of state hostage. His demands are simple, either the greatest humanitarian aid package is sent to Africa by the nations of the West, or their leaders die.