Narrated by Steve Crossley, The Warden by Jon Richter delivers a psychological thriller that will keep you on edge from the science fiction to the dystopian world. Grab an iced coffee and see why I enjoy Richter’s writing.
by Jon Richter
Narrator: Steven Crossley
Length: 8 hours and 52 minutes
Genres: Psychological Thriller
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Can you be free if you can't go outside?
The year is 2024, and the residents of the Tower, a virus-proof apartment building, live in a state of permanent lockdown. The building is controlled by James, who keeps the residents safe but incarcerated. Behind bricked-up front doors, their every need is serviced; they are pampered but remain prisoners. This suits Eugene just fine. Ravaged by the traumas of his past, the agoraphobic ex-detective has no intention of ever setting foot outside again. But when he finds the Tower’s building manager brutally dismembered, his investigator’s instincts won’t allow him to ignore the vicious crime. What Eugene finds beyond the comfort of his apartment’s walls will turn his sheltered existence upside down. To unravel the Tower’s mysteries, he must confront James... and James takes his role as the Warden very, very seriously.
Jon Richter is also the critically-acclaimed author of the psychological thrillers Rabbit Hole and Never Rest. The Warden is a mind-blowing crime thriller perfect for our times and a book that will appeal to fans of Black Mirror.
Richter’s newest tale takes place in the year 2024 where we head to the Tower, a virus-proof apartment building where residents’ needs are completely taken care of, but they can never leave. In this gripping murder mystery, the author explores the concept of living entirely confined.
I am a homebody, but even I felt the constraints of staying home during the pandemic, so this exploration intrigued me. In some aspects, we are moving closer to the world that lies within this story, from having food delivered, to virtual doctor’s appointments and online shopping.
Eugene, an agoraphobic ex-detective who is perfectly content living in the Tower, steps out of his comfort zone when the building’s manager is discovered brutally dismembered.
Two-threads unfold as. The first is Eugene, who enjoys the building’s security and amenities from bots who deliver food to the protection against the virus outside as he investigates. The second thread takes us back in time where we meet Felicity, a woman working her way up the corporate ladder of a company profiting off the pandemic as they compete against other companies in producing lifelike artificial intelligence. Each thread pulled me and the deeper I went, the more I questioned everything.
Thought provoking as well as chilling, Ritcher explores the technology, potential outcomes and a society living and depending on virtual reality in a virus contaminated planet. A clever whodunit, this techno thriller felt relevant and fresh.
Steve Crossley narrates and was well matched to the story, particularly for the voice of Eugene and the AI. His tone, pacing and inflection helped set the tone and enhanced the story.
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