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June 14, 2014

BLOG TOUR: The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson with Giveaway #TheEnemySeries

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Welcome to our Tour Stop for

The Enemy Series by Charlies Higson!

Just in time for the release of book 5 in this series,

The Fallen.

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

ABOUT THE ENEMY SERIES:

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When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician – every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry.

Only children under fourteen remain, and they’re fighting to survive.

A gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city – down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground – the grown-ups lie in wait.

You can read an excerpt HERE!

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As the chilling Enemy series continues to build toward its grand finale, the kids who have survived the diseased grown-ups grow more desperate for food, for a cure, for hope of any kind . . .

First the sickness rotted the adults’ minds. Then their bodies. Now they stalk the streets of London, hunting human flesh.

The Holloway crew are survivors. They’ve fought their way across the city and made it to the Natural History Museum alive–just barely. But their fight will never end while the Enemy lives, unless there’s another way. . . .

The kids at the museum are looking for a cure. All they need are medical supplies.To get them they must venture down unfamiliar streets, where it isn’t only crazed, hungry sickos who lurk in the shadows.

In this fifth terrifying entry in Charlie Higson’s Enemy series, suddenly it’s not so clear who–or what–the enemy is.

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The Fallen (The Enemy #5)
by Charlie Higson

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CHARLIE HIGSON’S GUIDE TO LONDON

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

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St Paul’s Cathedral, in the heart of old London, is an architectural manifestation of the word ‘awesome’. To visit the cathedral is indeed to be filled with awe. If you take the steps up inside one of its walls and come out inside the huge central dome and look down, it’s hard to believe that this place was built by human hands. This extraordinary structure was put up over 300 years ago, well before the invention of modern cranes and building methods. You cannot conceive how it was done, and the level of detail and craftsmanship that went into it is quite overwhelming. You realise that if the place was destroyed it could never be rebuilt. The price would just be too huge and the skills used in creating it are long gone. It’s full of murals and stained glass and statues, carved stone and wood, inlaid marble… it’s mind-boggling. As a monument to human achievement it is literally amazing. Of course when it was built, in more religious times (in England, at least), it was seen as a testament to God. But for me, as an atheist, it’s really a monument to man. It says – look what we are capable of. These days it’s fashionable to beat ourselves up and say that mankind is base and evil, that we have despoiled the planet and polluted it and generally ruined everything with our presence. But look at St Paul’s, the Empire State building, the temples at Angkor Watt, Michelangelo’s David, the iPad, the latest Mercedes, Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano concerto, Take The A train by Duke Ellington… mankind has created some truly sublime stuff.

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Back in the cathedral, if you continue your climb up inside the dome and go all the way to the top there’s an external walkway from where you can see out across London in every direction. Then you’ll be really stunned by just what mankind has achieved. London is one of the greatest cities in the world, a place I love, a place that you can’t quite get your head round. Imagine you had to sit down and design a city from scratch, how it all worked, you couldn’t do it even if you had 1000 years. This place, this London, has been put together over 2000 years, and is still developing. To view it like this can be quite exhilarating, but frightening as well. Sometimes I try to imagine, for instance, just how many chickens must be brought into the city every day to be eaten in its homes and restaurants…

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So here it is, St Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s extraordinary achievement. If you’ve never visited you must go there next time you’re in London, and prepare to be awed (I’m reminded of the story, probably apocryphal, about the filming of the Greatest Story Ever Told, the big Hollywood epic about Jesus Christ. It was filled with many of the biggest stars of the day. John Wayne was cast to play the centurion at the crucifixion who puts Christ out of his misery. He had only one line to say in the film – “Truly, this man was the son of God!” and it just wasn’t coming out right, he sounded too much like John Wayne, as if he’d just gotten off his horse. The director, George Stevens, said to him “Can you try it again, John, but this time give it some awe.” So John Wayne said “Aw, truly this man was the son of God.”)

I wanted to put St Paul’s Cathedral in my books because it’s a building I love and because it represents London. Everybody in London is familiar with the image of St Paul’s from the Second World War, at the height of the Blitz, when, night after night, German planes rained bombs down on the city. The photograph shows the city of London on fire, there are flames all around the cathedral, its dome sticking up in the middle – untouched. Miraculously it wasn’t hit by bombs, it wasn’t burnt down. It became symbol of British resistance and defiance. The area around it was reduced to a wasteland and unfortunately rather than making the most of this and really developing the area in a sympathetic manner to highlight the cathedral, they did a rushed, cheapo, botched job. Another missed opportunity in the ramshackle development of our city.

I also wanted to talk about religion in my books. All societies everywhere and at all times have invented their own religions, to explain the inexplicable, to fulfil their needs, to give themselves security and some sort of purpose in life. A disease has struck the planet in my series and wiped out most of the adults so that kids are left to fend for themselves. In the books I’m asking what sort of new society the children will build from the ruins of the old world. Organised religion would pretty much have died away once all the priests and demagogues had gone, but I do think kids would have some need of spiritual security, some sense that somebody up there was looking out for them. So I’ve got one group of kids constructing a slightly warped new religion out of the bits and pieces they remember and can reconstruct from the religious education they’d received. A character who becomes known as Mad Matt starts a cult and leads kids to St Paul’s Cathedral where they live a bizarre existence. Music is played round-the-clock, the cathedral is filled with smoke and burning incense to keep the kids befuddled, and Matt spouts his nonsense made up of bits and pieces from the Bible. And of course the kids love it! They flock to him – they want a strong leader, they want someone to show them the way, they want to believe that someone sees a higher truth than they do. Unfortunately Matt’s plans hinge on the personification of the Lamb of God and what he calls the Goat, the Lamb’s evil shadow. When two of the younger characters show up vaguely fitting his description Matt is convinced that they are The Lamb and The Goat from his prophecy. He persuades his followers that the world will be saved if The Goat (The Kid) is sacrificed and the Lamb (Small Sam) is worshipped. Matt tries to feed The Kid to a captive ‘sicko’ he’s keeping in a nearby vault. The sequence where The Kid confronts the sicko, called Wormwood, is a pivotal moment in the series. It happens halfway through the fourth book, the Sacrifice, and is therefore almost exactly the midpoint of the series. It’s when we first start to learn the truth about the disease, as, unlike the rest of the sickos, The Green Man hasn’t completely lost his mind. He can talk, and he used to be scientist. I modelled this sequence very much on the meeting of Bilbo and Gollum in the Hobbit. It’s a contest of wills, a battle of wits, between the two and whoever wins will determine the future. If the Green Man wins and eats the Kid, surely the adults will be triumphant and the disease will win out. If the reverse happens – if the Kid wins – then surely there is some hope that the children can defeat the disease and the diseased adults.

 

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Charlie Higson is an acclaimed comedy writer, producer, actor, and genuine James Bond aficionado. He is the author of the adult thrillers Full Whack and King of the Ants; the internationally best-selling Young Bond series: SilverFin, Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold, and By Royal Command; and five books in the Enemy series. Charlie is a fan of zombie movies and believes that we shouldn’t try to prevent young people from experiencing fear, because it helps prepare them for later life. When writing The Enemy, he kept racheting up the action and description in an attempt to frighten the pants off his ten-year-old son. He lives in London.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Follow the rest of the tour:

June 9: MyFriendAmysBlog.com
June 10: MyBookishWays.com
June 11: AliceMarvels.com
June 12: TheBookSmugglers.com
June 13: BittenByBooks.com
June 14: Chapter-by-Chapter.com
June 15: ForeverYoungAdult.com

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13 Comments

  1. Jane
    6/14/2014

    Aww. Only in the US.

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Sorry =( The prize is coming directly from Disney Hyperion.

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  2. melissa cushing
    6/14/2014

    I love books involving zombies and anything of the sort! Thanks for sharing and good luck to all!
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  3. Wanda C.
    6/14/2014

    This series sounds like something my son and I can both read and discuss. Glad to have found it.

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  4. Lori Hopkins
    6/14/2014

    I have the first 4 books in the series, but the first is a paperback. I would like to have the whole series matching (I am weird like that). I love this series thus far!

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  5. bn100
    6/16/2014

    Sounds different

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  6. Sabine
    6/16/2014

    I love series, once you found a good story, you don’t want it to end…

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  7. Kim Hall
    6/16/2014

    i hope i win

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  8. Mary G Loki
    6/17/2014

    I was gifted the 3rd book in the series and I can’t read it without reading the first two! Plus the covers look awesome! :D

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  9. Nea Peach
    6/18/2014

    Honestly, I’m a huge cover judger, and that cover is pretty kickass. But, the plot sounds really cool too.

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  10. Haley S.
    6/21/2014

    I’ve already read the first book, and I really liked it, so I want to read the rest of the series.

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  11. Anne Marie Carter
    6/27/2014

    I like to read “end of the world” type of books, where civilization has crumbled and there are those who must survive.

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  12. NayeB
    7/1/2014

    This series sounds AWESOME. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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