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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  49 reviews
The most important event in human history takes place in the middle of nowhere. Perspectives are altered. Perceptions are changed. Nothing will ever be the same again. Is this a moment of deliverance for the human race, or the beginning of its end? Tom Winter thinks he knows, but if he's right, then seven billion other people are wrong.
Paperback, 298 pages
Published July 23rd 2012 by Infected Books (first published May 10th 2002)
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Trudi

David Moody fans (or sci-fi junkies) will be pleased to note that he has made this title available online for free at this website until about the end of January. And it's pretty damn fine. Not as strong as Hater, but perhaps it isn't even fair to compare the two because in a lot of ways they are very different stories.

Imagine if you will your average particle accelerator -- the Hadron Collider if you please. But instead of smashing sub-atomic particles into one another, let's say you're David
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Rhonda
☆☆☆☆This review contains spoilers☆☆☆☆

The story, created by David Moody, compares to a train moving away from a station platform. At first, a person could run alongside the track easily, though as the train speeds up, there comes a moment that the runner anticipates the futility of persevering, and as the cars rush forward, the person inevitably slows down, or at the last moment a decision emerges to jump on for the ride.
I was that runner, easily bored at the beginning of the book--my mind outra
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Maribel Tostado
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am going to be honest when I first started reading the book I really had a hard time getting into it. It was a little slow written for me. Usually with Moody's work it is fast paced and has to do with some sort of zombie catastrophe. But this is not the reason why I at first didn't like it. When I say i didn't like it was not because it didn't have to do with zombies this is more like a sci fi existentalism piece of work and yes It does deal with aliens and in some way the meaning of life. Whe ...more
Alexis Winning
What to do when you're sick and immobile? Why, read David Moody's Trust! All of a sudden, you're 3/4 of the way through, and you have no idea where the time goes.

Trust has a lot of similarities to the T.V show "V", and of course deals with Moody's reoccurring themes of "Them v.s Us". Except in this examination of that theme, there is adequate reason for such cautious segregation. Aliens land in the small English town of Thatcham, under the guise of being stranded. The people of the world are he
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Chip Fehd
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
TRUST cements my belief that David Moody might be one of the best authors working today. A sci-fi novel for people who may not like sci-fi, it reads almost like an extended episode of the Twilight Zone. Moody excels in exposing the lives of everyday people, and then putting them in extraordinary circumstances. TRUST is at times subtle, sneaky and always intriguing, with a third act shift that isn't so much a gut-punch as it is a full on Ninja kick to the head. Another brilliant work from Mr. Moo ...more
Jason
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
5 Stars

I love David Moody!

Yes, I want to believe.

And the Truth is definitely out there.

Trust is another classic David Moody novel who writes about the human condition in a realistic, down to earth matter, and a book that is really just about people that just happen to face unreal situations. This is a book about the first contact with aliens. It is of course also about alien invasion. The twists in this book are a bit clear and obvious but work none the less.

Trust is fast paced.

Trust is a fun
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Allan
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science fiction fans
Are we alone in the universe? What would happen if there was a first contact encounter? Will the aliens be hostile or friendly? Would you trust them? These are the tough questions this book concentrates on without any difficulty.
I suggest this book to everyone who would enjoy a good science-fiction book although it does not have a happy ending.
It was a total joy to read, at 2 AM in the morning with some music that sounds out of this world. The experience was surreal.
Gatorman
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A solid thriller about alien visitation that starts off slow but picks up in the second half and finishes with a powerful ending. Very well-written with interesting characters that elevate it above its standard plotline. Moody keeps the aliens' motives sufficiently hidden to maintain the proper level of suspense despite the lack of surprises in the story. Even though we've seen this before, Moody makes it an enjoyable ride with his writing skills. Recommended.
Tom Collins
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd waited four years to read this, after being so taken with David Moody's debut novel - 'Straight to You' - that I wanted to sample some more of his work. However, 'Trust' was out of print by that point, and I was unwilling to pay the kind of second-hand prices I saw on Amazon.

Thankfully though, good things come to he who waits and 'Trust' was finally reprinted this year. The reason I write this little introduction is because I think the best, and most succinct, compliment I can pay this book
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Linda  Branham Greenwell
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, fantasy, sci-fi
I really enjoyed this book - and I'm having a difficult time trying to figure out what to say because I don't want to spoil it for other who want to read it.
The main character is Tom - he has moved to Thatcham, a small coastal village in England and has retired - even though a young man - he wants to get away from the dog-eat-dog world. So we find Tom living in a small town. At this point Aliens arrive on Earth as their mining starship has a technical problem that they can't seem to fix. As a re
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Isis
I initially began reading Trust as a serial, with each chapter being released one per week. I got a bit more than 4/5th of the way through when I simply became too busy to read a serial (yet books were no problem - lack of a connection to the Internet was the main issue).

I finally purchased the book, months after reading my last chapter while I was still part of the collective group reading the serial. Once the book was finished I believe that all the chapters were removed from the website, prom
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Kimberly
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
David Moody has such a fantastic writing style. He brings you along on journeys that are impossible, but all the while you are inside the mind of the main character. This story in particular was interesting in that way. Tom is a normal guy, doing normal things, living in a small town. The story opens with him on his morning run. As he's running, an alien spaceship flies overhead changing history forever. Why are they here? Is this going to end like every other sci-fi movie? I don't want to spoil ...more
John Wiltshire
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
What an odd story. I quite enjoyed this, but in some ways the book is like being in another room to where the action is: the plot is merely a sideline to what ought to be the story. Aliens come to Earth. They actually come to Thatcham, a small village in England. Told entirely by one man witnessing the first craft, we only know what Tom knows, so the whole novel has this incredible insularity about it. This huge, Earth-changing event is going on around Tom as he drifts rather jobless and purpose ...more
Sabrina
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2014
The downfall of man. Are we really that easy; just promise us technology and the ability to cure all sickness and we will follow you anywhere. Makes you wonder if the sins of the forefathers came back to visit the sons/daughters. The subjugators now being subjugated.
Chris Bowsman
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Hell of a read. Slow burn for the majority, then it really takes off.
Lucy
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This man knows how to write a cracking good tale. But so dark. Not a world I want to revisit.
Vixie
Jan 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Trust had the potential to be one of the greatest novels of all time but all I can say is Boring, Boring, Boring over and over again. I picked it up after seeing so many four and five star reviews and I regret it. I suppose the reason I didn't enjoy it is because I don't enjoy psychological thrillers, I prefer action/adventure.

This story ticks all the boxes. An alien race coming to Earth and asking for help, integrating with the culture and living with humans until, surprise it was all a ma
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Christopher Teague
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I knew of David Moody for a long-time but hadn't actually read his books, assumed they were all zombies and gruesome horror (I know, call me a snob...) so when I bumped into him at last year's horror con in Birmingham I saw this book on sale and it looked so different to his usual (as far as I knew) fare that I bought it.

Well, finally got around to reading it and all I can say is that I'm an idiot: this is a very fine book indeed; a slow-burn Wyndham-esque tale of alien invasion (with more than
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Marie
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I rarely have time these days for reading pleasure and that is something I want to change. But I have to say Moody is in a league of his own and simply a fantastic writer. As I was reading this tale I easily imagined skilled actors who fit various roles and felt like I was one of the skeptics questioning the intentions of the .... (spoiler alert) “new arrivals”! There came a point in the book that the reigns came off and I was catapulted into a place of terror. I found my self feeling the emotio ...more
Kay Smillie
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully dark alien invasion novel and healthy cynicism from the main character, Tom Winter. I like to think I would be like Tom Winter, not buying into the friendly aliens. Probably the luddite in me. I use technology (obviously as I am typing this) but don't buy into the need to replace old technology with the new technology asap. Similarly I will never have the likes of Alexa and my mobile is a basic model. Anyway, I digress. This is another excellent David Moody tale.

Ray Smillie
Gil T.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Michele
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I wasn't sure what to think of David Moody writing an alien novel but I figured that if he was tackling the task, it was going to be interesting. His take on any genre is always a bit atypical. Additionally, I really don't like alien stories. But, again, thsi was David Moody. It is worth a look.

I was pulled into the story immediately and pulled through to the end in a very fast read. This was....a bit realistic. The point Moody makes is entirely valid. I loved the premise and the pace. I wouldn'
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Carrie McGath
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a massively intense fan of ALL of David Moody's books, so I was diabolically excited for the release of TRUST. I am surprised to say that I am only giving it 4-stars after totally anticipating another 5-star book by Moody.

The 4 reasons I give TRUST 4 (and not 5) stars:

* With the exception of Tom, the main character, all of the other characters (the aliens included) were a bit flat. Let me qualify that statement, though, they were flat for Moody. One of the main reasons I love his books is
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Steve Clark
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Trust tells the story of Tom Winter, a man living in a village on the South coast of England, who one day witnesses a huge alien spacecraft arriving on Earth. In the weeks and months that follow, the aliens are gradually integrated into Earth life, and Tom's friends and family, along with seemingly most of the world's population seemingly love them. However, Tom is not so sure. What are their motives for coming here and can they really be trusted?

David Moody is one of my favourite writers, as hi
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Ann-Kristin
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-horror
As others say, it takes a while before there are any action in this book. But at the end of the book I understod why, because the build up just makes the last part of the book so much better.
I am a huge fan of the Autumn series and I'm also currently reading "Dog Blood" and I enjoy every moment. (As much as you can enjoy scenes involving a begging woman and an axe. Chop chop) I was very curious toward "Trust". I guess I expected more action and at the end of the book I wasn't pleased. But then
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Matthew
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, sci-fi
David Moody you are a gigantic bell-end!
how dare you create such an amazingly fast-paced,page-turning(or in my case,button pressing)masterpiece and end it so abruptly?!

Trust is awesome! I forget the John Wyndham phrase what this kind of sci-fi is but this book reminded me heavily of the Wyndham apocalyptic stories and a little of Well's War Of The Worlds.
I love the fact that Moody's books are in 'normal' surroundings, screw seeing World famous landmarks being obliterated before the reader's eyes
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Joseph Barnes
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most important event in history takes place in the middle of nowhere. Perceptions are altered, perspectives are changed. Nothing can ever be the same again. A moment of deliverance for the human race, or the beginning of its end? Tom Winter thinks he knows, but no-one else agrees. If he's right, six billion others are wrong. Trust no-one, because no-one trusts you.


I gotta say....I'm a really big fan of David Moody. The more the man writes the better his books get. This is my new FAVORITE bo
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John Houlihan
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it :)

Not Moody's best compared to his others but his character descriptions and development was amazing Tom Winter was a truly well written lead and I could perfectly picture the beauty of Siobhan; but the entire book led up to an event that I thought may be greater...I wish there was more detail about his parents as well, I was at least expecting a monologue. I'm still glad I read the book, I felt myself daydreaming about it all week at work and excited to get home and read more, what I
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Carole
Feb 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by this author and while the story started out very captivating I found myself about half way through the book waiting for something to happen. The main character Tom's parents are mentioned a number of times and I hoped to eventually find out how they met their demise but to no avail I never did find out why there was an inquest into their deaths. The story ends in a manner that was worth my reading through to the end. I look forward to reading more of David M ...more
Stephen Dressler
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
There is just something very raw and emotional about Moody's books. This story was great, I truly loved it. For those of you out there who like stories that may not end with problems solved, everyone is happy or somewhat happy, don't read this book. David Moody reminds me of Clive Barker in that sense. The main character, who has the best story to tell, might not have that happy ending. They might facilitate a happy ending but not be around to reap the rewards. This particular story, about alien ...more
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A pioneer of independent publishing, DAVID MOODY first released HATER in 2006, and without an agent, succeeded in selling the film rights for the novel to Mark Johnson (producer, Breaking Bad) and Guillermo Del Toro (director, The Shape of Water, Pan's Labyrinth). Moody's seminal zombie novel AUTUMN was made into an (admittedly terrible) movie starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. He has a ...more
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