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Tipping Point

(Project Renova #1)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  54 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B074LSCX5M

'I didn't know danger was floating behind us on the breeze as we walked along the beach, seeping in through the windows of our picture postcard life.'

The year is 2024. A new social networking site bursts onto the scene. Private Life promises total privacy, with freebies and financial incentives for all. Across the wo
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published August 5th 2017
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Whispering Stories
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourteenth book by British author, Terry Tyler. This time she gives us ‘Tipping Point’ a post-apocalyptical thriller, set in the UK in 2024. We meet our main protagonist, Vicky and her daughter, Lottie who are living the domestic dream with Vicky’s partner Dex in the friendly community of Shipden, on the Norfolk coast. As a backdrop, this works well however in typical no-nonsense Tyler style, it becomes clear from the outset this happy state of affairs won’t last long. In fact the se ...more
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits

I so enjoyed Terry Tyler's short story collection Patient Zero in March that I was keen to get on with her Project Renova dystopian series that it accompanies. Tipping Point is the first of what is currently a trilogy (although I understand the series extending to a quartet is a strong possibility!). Two storylines are cleverly intertwined to produce a thrilling science fiction prospect and one which is scarily close to our present day realit
Judith Barrow
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I need to say right from the start that a dystopian novel is one genre I have never read. And never intended to.

But then I heard that one of my favourite authors, Terry Tyler, had written such a book and couldn’t resist asking for a copy. I was relying on the fact that, whatever kind of book she produces, this author always has believable characters, great narration, can build a great sense of place and writes dialogue any reader can believe in.

I wasn’t disappointed. True, it’s a tough subject
Cathy Ryan
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Vicky Keating lived in the house of her dreams in the seaside town of Shipden on the Norfolk coast, with her daughter, Lottie, and partner, Dex. The story is set in the near future when ‘privacy’ on social media is fast becoming a contentious issue, and huge numbers of people are closing down accounts and deleting profiles – until a new, supposedly completely safe social networking site takes the world by storm.

Dex and his friends belong to Unicorn, an organisation distrustful of government, be
Leonard Tillerman
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever truly considered how you would react to an apocalypse?  How would you really respond to widespread destruction or disaster?  Most human beings pride themselves on their inherent kind and benevolent nature.  A unique human ability to live according to a strong sense of morality which has us look out for the welfare and well being of others.  However, what if these human beings we once sought to help and protect are now pitted against us in a struggle for survival?  Would you still f ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by this author, and to my knowledge, the post-apocalyptic genre is a different path for her.  I'm thrilled she decided to branch out, as this is a favorite for me.  

With a variety of characters operating on various levels of the 'Something's rotten in the state of Denmark' spectrum, the reader is introduced to those who bury their head in the sand, others who believe it's a glitch the government will correct and a happy ending will be had by all, people who thriv
Sally Cronin
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I first read books by Nevil Shute in 1964, I was aged eleven and pinching library books from the bottom of my father's stack on his bedside cabinet. The first "What Ever Happened to the Corbetts" was fascinating because it was set in the Solent and Southampton, the next city over to our home in Portsmouth. "On the Beach" and "A Town Like Alice" followed and all three books were clearly not intended for someone of my tender years. But I loved them.

In fact I went on to read all of Nevil Shut
Liza Perrat
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a great fan of Terry Tyler’s books, mainly due to her great storytelling and character development. That’s the reason I tried Tipping Point even though I’m not generally a fan of post-apocalyptic/dystopian stories. And I’m so glad I did! I found this story scarily plausible and realistic, and could totally imagine it happening, especially since it’s set in 2024, not so far into our future.

It all stems from the new and highly popular social networking site, Private Life, something most of u
Elizabeth Lloyd
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How would we cope if all social media disappeared followed by Google and the whole internet, if family and friends fell ill and died and public utilities ceased to function?

“Only Twitter, the domain of conspiracy theorists, anarchists, artists and writers clung on.”

I have always enjoyed Terry Tyler’s character driven contemporary stories about realistic people I felt I knew but I was unsure of how I would react to a post-apocalypse novel, which is not my usual choice of genre. Well, I was blown
Roy Murry
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

How people react to a catastrophe that pits human against human for survival brings out the best and the worst in them. Add to this a devious plot, and you have this gripping novel that Ms. Tyler has given us.

She develops her numerous characters so that you'll remember them going into a short series most will enjoy. The leading character is a mum, Vicky, who wants to protect her teenager, Lottie, from the events surroundi
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Vicky lives in a small town named Shipden with her teenage daughter and her boyfriend Dex. It's 2024 and when a new and deadly virus is discovered in Africa there isn't immediate reason to panic. Dex and a small group of like-minded people are working for Unicorn. They think the virus is man-made and that it has been spread by the government. They've been preparing for the end of the world. Vicky is not really into Dex's ideas and feels left out when he keeps going to these secret meetings. Wha
Tipping Point is a fascinating post-apocalyptic novel set in 2024. A new social media platform called Private Life has emerged as the digital place to be, until a deadly virus discovered in Africa swiftly spreads across the globe causing chaos until civilisation as we know it to come to a grinding halt.

The novel focuses on English Mum, Vicky, and her family who live in a small town on the Norfolk coast which is quickly placed under military control when the UK’s patient zero is infected with the
Rosie Amber
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever had a thought or a conversation where you expressed concern about our reliance on the internet?

Have you ever felt isolated and at a complete loss when the electricity fails, the internet crashes or fuel shortages occur?

Have you experienced the chaos caused by an area wide power outage? Where shops can’t open because everything is sold using bar codes, or payment can only be in cash. Cash? Who uses cash anymore?

What would happen if all electronic details about finance no longer exis
Alex Craigie
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tend to steer clear of post apocalytic books as they've become rather hackneyed and predictable. This one was recommended to me and I decided to dip into it to see for myself. That dip turned into a full immersion...
This world is so familiar and believable it makes for a terrifying read. The writing is wonderful and the protagonists are people that matter because of their credibility. The characters find themselves in a world without the things we've come to take for granted and their struggle
Lucinda Clarke
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend as she told me I would love it – and I did. Written with an underlying touch of humour, despite the catastrophic story, I was held captive from the first chapter. If you’ve ever wondered how man can solve the overpopulation of the planet, this is one way and it is all too realistic and plausible. It was one of those books when the dished are left in the sink and the bed unmade, I couldn’t put it down. I’m off to g
Tim Mercer
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This is an apocalyptic story that follows a mum and daughter through the collapse of society in the UK in 2024. A virus breaks out and devastates the country and maybe the world. It is a detailed and gritty novel that follows average people trying to survive. From this basic point the story twists through a plot that develops tightly into a thriller. Sometimes you can see what is coming but I grew so attached to the characters that all this did is become the mechanism that increased t ...more
Brian Kitchen
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy post-apocalypse novels which are based in the UK and have a believable storyline and felt that this novel looked very promising. I wasn't disappointed. The author has used a lot of ongoing UK political situations to construct a very good story and into the mix has added an uncontrollable virus, which decimates populations not only in the UK, but worldwide. I loved the 'Survivors' drama series which was on UK TV some years. Terry Tyler's story similarly tells the story of the apoca ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, dystopian
Relationships, paranoia, societal breakdown, and isolation are all explored in this pacy and suspenseful dystopian novel.

Vicky lives in rural Norfolk with her daughter and conspiracy-theorist boyfriend, Dex. When an outbreak of a deadly virus starts to engulf the town, Vicky starts to heed the advice that Dex left her before he went to work for Unicorn, hours away. The town is on lock-down, friends start dying, and the world as she knows it starts to change. But there is more to the story that n
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
I'm a big fan of the post-apocalyptic genre and was pleased to find that established author Terry Tyler had turned her hand to it.

This tale features both the wider picture involving government conspiracies and societal breakdown, and how this affects certain individuals, mostly Vicky and her teenage daughter Lottie who live an idyllic life in an English coastal village. That is, until things fall apart due to a pandemic with a very high mortality rate, a dodgy vaccine programme and armed soldier
Sam Law
Set in the very near future, this novel gives a post-apocalyptic vision of the UK, specifically Shipden up on the Norfolk coast.

It relates the story of an everyday working single mum-of-one, living with her partner  of six years, before during and after the pathogen that has invaded the UK. Ostensibly from Central Africa, it has killed approximately 90% of the population, and we are in the early stages of the survivors trying to right themselves.

Main Characters:
Vicky: The main character.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘Tipping Point’ is the first book in the Project Renova series. And I’m so glad this is a series, because as soon as I’d finished this, I was straight onto the second instalment, ‘Lindisfarne’ (review to follow).
Terry Tyler is one of my favourite contemporary authors. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by her, particularly her family sagas. I wouldn’t call myself a fan of dystopian fiction, but I do love ‘The Walking Dead’ so I may well be a convert, particularly if I can find anything as good as t
Carl Rackman
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest - when I see "post-apocalyptic" in any book description I run the "Zombie 101" program in my head and brace myself for the usual tropes: riots, desperate battles for survival, cardboard cutout characters, contrived action and a lot of brain-eating schlock.

That's possibly why I was so absorbed by this page-turning adventure about the gradual decline of a very recognisable British landscape. (SPOILER: this is zombie-free, at least by the conventional definition.)

Terry Tyler has the
Barb Taub
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A few days ago, I offered in a private message to help someone with his resume. Within the hour, almost every application I opened was inundated with ads for resume editing and assistance. Big Brother might not have been watching me, but big business certainly was.

Terry Tyler starts with a similar premise, and like the excellent writer she is, she pushes into its most extreme potential ‘what if’. What if big brother really IS watching you? What if ‘they’ know every single thing about you, your f
Georgia Rose
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
It has always shocked me how quickly a community, of whatever size, can succumb when put under pressure. How neighbour can turn on neighbour when they’d previously lived contentedly side by side, how a population can lose its humanity and atrocious deeds can be carried out in the name of peace keeping or self-preservation. Tipping Point covered all this, and more, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading how life in Shipden, and then everywhere else, unravelled.

The story is told mostly from Vicky’s poin
Laurette Long
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sleepy seaside town on the east coast of England. Summer barbecues, drinks at the pub a band playing on the pier. A cottage by the sea with cheerful paintwork and gleaming floorboards, home to Vicky, her partner Dex and her teenage daughter Lottie.
It’s 2024, not too far in the future. Society hasn’t changed that much, and Terry Tyler’s perfectly rendered portrait of ordinary families living in a small village community is instantly recognisable .It’s so reassuringly familiar, so normal, that
Shay Mills
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a world of apocalyptic scenarios and the zombie craze, it is impressive when an author brings forth a new concept of the end of the world as we know it. What if you woke up one day and found your life turned upside down from a virus sweeping the world? What if you find out that your sleepy little town was the epicenter and a conspiracy of whodunit begins to sweep across your mind? Would you be ready? Are you strong enough to gather your wits and stay emotional/physically capable of carrying o ...more
Shelley Wilson
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a few of Terry Tyler’s suspense books and thoroughly enjoyed them, so I was delighted when she chose to write a dystopian series as this is one genre I adore reading. One of the things I love the most about this author is how she develops such likeable characters. No matter what situation they are thrown into you can’t help but feel a connection.

Tipping Point is no different. Straight away I was rooting for Vicky and her teenage daughter, Lottie, to survive the horrors of a deadly vir
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.

Tipping Point is a dystopian post-apocalyptic novel set only a couple of years in the future. Centred around a virus which rips through the country and how social media plays a huge part in not only the fear-mongering but data gathering for targeting those who will be chosen to be saved and those who will be picked off.

This is a terrifyingly real account told from the point of view of Vicky, Mum of teenager Lottie, and partner to Dex. Vicky te
Valerie Poore
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. That's what this book is. Just brilliant. I have read it in just two days. It's totally gripping and utterly compulsive. With immense insight, Ms Tyler has tapped in to what is on many people's minds these days...just what are these big corporations doing with all that information they mine from our social media pages, and just what could they do with it in the worst case scenario? And do we really believe our elected governments and the promises they make? How much are we being duped ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m a big fan of Terry Tyler’s character-led family dramas, but not really into dystopian/post apocalypse novels, so I was a little unsure what to expect when I started reading Tipping Point. But I shouldn’t have worried. All the hallmarks of Terry’s writing are still present, with the characters just as expertly crafted as in all her other books, although grappling with more pressing issues. I particularly liked Vicky as she endeavoured to come to terms with her separation from Dex, and Lottie ...more
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I am self-published and proud to be so, and have nineteen books on Amazon. In Autumn 2018 I published Legacy, the final book in the post apocalyptic Project Renova series. The other books in the series are Tipping Point, Lindisfarne, UK2, and Patient Zero, a collection of short stories about some of the characters.

My newest book is Hope, a dystopian/psychological drama set 10-12 years in the futur

Other books in the series

Project Renova (4 books)
  • Lindisfarne (Project Renova #2)
  • UK2 (Project Renova #3)
  • Legacy (Project Renova #4)