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BANG! Lights out! Just how would we cope in an event where every electronic device on our planet was rendered useless in an instant? If all electric power, industry, basic utilities, transport and the very communications that we all take for granted were zapped in a single moment, how would life carry on? What skills do we possess to cope with and help us rebuild life from ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 26th 2012 by Pneuma Springs Publishing (first published July 1st 2012)
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Richard
Autographed gift copy kindly provided by GR author and good friend Steve Morris.

Giles is a man with anger issues. With a short fuse, a recently ended marriage and a frustrating job, he will do anything to get away from it all. So he moves to the Island, where he can deal with fewer people and frustrations and spend the weekends alone with his cat and his favourite video game. Then there is a strange event; whether it be an act of God, a stroke of fate, or a weird natural occurrence, no one is q
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Nicolle
May 03, 2012 Nicolle rated it really liked it
This book is Steve Morris' first published novel and I have to say, what a great start! This novel not plot driven, but revolves around the relationships people make and the ways in which people try to survive in a solar flare. The main protagonist is Giles who is a fun if not slightly angry character who takes in the situation in his stride and helps himself and other through.

Throughout the book there are moans and groans about particular people and parts in todays society including lazy teens
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Marc Johnson
Mar 17, 2013 Marc Johnson rated it it was amazing
Playing Havoc is the debut full-length novel from short-story writer Steve Morris. I was impressed with his short-story collections, "In all Probability" and "Jumble Tales," and I was curious how well he would make the transition to writing a novel.

In short, Playing Havoc is a very well written and engaging story.

While I was reading Playing Havoc, I was reminded of the old Twilight Zone episode, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street." The notion of cutting off the conveniences of modern societ
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I.C. Camilleri
Aug 26, 2012 I.C. Camilleri rated it it was amazing
A very stimulating read indeed. Playing havoc is one of those books that nourish your thoughts, gripping you from start to finish. It is a black-comedy sci-fi story. It deals with the social (or anti social lives) of residents of a UK island after a massive solar flare fries every electronic device on Earth. Imagine surviving in these modern days without our precious gadgets and commodities. I found the plot to be highly original, and the characters well presented.
Playing havoc is definitely so
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Sunshines2008
May 04, 2012 Sunshines2008 rated it it was amazing
It is very attractive book. Once you open the book, you can't stop reading it as fast as you can . Want to find out the ending of this novel. The contents are very sophisticating, describe portrayal of each character is subtile. Once people lack water supply, no electricity, what happened to them under this circumstances. What would you do? It is worth for readers to have a deep thinking afterwards. Highly recommended !
Paddy O'callaghan
Sep 16, 2012 Paddy O'callaghan rated it it was amazing



It's great to see that Morris can do just as good a job on novels as he does on short stories. So what would it be like after the solar flare - read this and find out. Thank god I discovered him, life without Morris' books would now seem pointless. Crack on and write another one maestro.
Mechele
Jul 30, 2012 Mechele rated it it was amazing
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May 22, 2014 Denise Stephenson rated it really liked it
The premise of Playing Havoc is brilliant: What happens in individuals' lives following a solar flare? The setting on a small island in Britain allows for the characters' slowly dawning realizations about what has happened and what it will mean.

As readers, we are inside of the narrator's head. The positive aspect of this is that though we come to quickly realize the cause behind the failure of all electric devices, we learn how slowly it would unfold without broadcast news. The negative aspect,
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Bryony Allen
Aug 29, 2012 Bryony Allen rated it really liked it
A really entertaining read and one that really makes you think about the way we live and what we'd do without all our luxuries and technology! :)
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With a background in math and science, Steve Morris travels around his region of the UK teaching students who are too ill to get to school.
Despite his chosen vocation, one of Steve's passions in life is his love of English literature and of antiquarian books.

Maverick, individual and never afraid to speak his mind, Steve was taught to read fluently by his parents whe
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