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DEFENDER was Book of the Month at the fabulous Goldsboro Books in London. If you haven’t visited them yet, you should. They have an amazing collection of First Edition signed copies, as well as many special edition harbacks of some of the best books around. Order your copy of DEFENDER now, one of only 700 printed in a limited first edition run. It’s numbered, dated, signed and has the coolest black sprayed edges. They’re down to their last couple dozen or so.


Defender by G X Todd is an imaginative thriller that draws on influences from Stephen King, Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman to create a new world – where the biggest threat mankind faces is from the voices inside your own head. If you loved The Stand, you’ll love Defender, the first in a four part series.

‘So accomplished that it’s difficult to believe it’s a first novel, Defender is already worthy to take its place alongside The Stand in the canon. An absolute gem of a book’ John Connolly

On the cusp of sleep, have we not all heard a voice call out our name?’

In a world where long drinks are in short supply, a stranger listens to the voice in his head telling him to buy a lemonade from the girl sitting on a dusty road.

The moment locks them together.

Here and now it’s dangerous to listen to your inner voice. Those who do, keep it quiet.

These voices have purpose.

And when Pilgrim meets Lacey, there is a reason. He just doesn’t know it yet.



Compelling, suspenseful, and altogether extraordinary. You won’t forget this one in a hurry – Lee Child

Defender is lifted way above other novels in the over-subscribed post-apocalyptic subgenre by Todd’s sympathetic characterisation and superb pacing – Guardian

An an incredibly accomplished and impressive debut… In a crowded genre, Defender stands head and shoulders above most recent post-apocalyptic offerings – Independent

So accomplished that it’s difficult to believe it’s a first novel, Defender is already worthy to take its place alongside The Stand in the canon. An absolute gem of a book – John Connolly

A chilling vision of a world gone feral, yet strangely triumphant. You can taste the dust and blood and sweat; the fear on every page. Readers should approach with caution, those voices will burrow into your head and heart – Karen Maitland

Defender shows there’s still life to be found in the post-apocalypse, offering a rich blend of horror and heart with a highly effective high-concept genre conceit – SciFiNow

It’s not often you read a debut this assured, this confident. Defender is simply majestic – Adam Christopher, author of Made to Kill

An outstanding debut, Defender is a brilliant post apocalyptic novel that will haunt your thoughts long after the final page. Thrilling and chilling, G X Todd’s novel is unputdownable – The Bookbag

Defender is insane, intelligent, beautifully plotted, intensely absorbing and will enfold you in a vice-like grip from the first page until the last sentence –

Defender is a delightfully dark dystopian journey with compelling characters and a provocative plot. Highly recommended –

Extremely refreshing . . . a brilliant thriller – Starburst magazine