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Reliance (Powerless Earth #1)

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  35 reviews
An eruption on the Sun leaves the Earth powerless, but is it a temporary inconvenience or the start of a spiral into anarchy?

Belfast Professor Martin Monroe knows the answers, but once branded a conspiracy nut, he struggles to get anyone to listen to his warnings of the impending disaster. His only friend, Simon Wilson, still coming to terms with the loss of his wife, is t
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Published July 31st 2020 by McMurrough
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Dakota Voss
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful book to read with the present situation of our world. I love stories that explore how humans react in times of distress and unexpected events. Having said that, the author does a spectacular job showing us both sides of the human condition, resulting in a story that is gripping, emotional, and not possible to put down until finished. This type of writing style I love, concise and only descriptive enough to paint a picture. I’m still thinking about this story, and I will cont ...more
Tahani Nelson
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot. It was fast-paced and had enjoyable characters. I particularly liked how poignant the story was for modern times, but still feels like it could be a timeless classic. Superb.
Sheena Fleming
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
scary sci-fi- A captivating plot with a scary sense of reality. Intriguing and well defined and relatable characters. A gripping stryline. Unique in it's style and portrayal ...more
Luce Wood
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was one of those stories that has the reader wanting to hurry up and read on so that we can see what will unfold next while, at the same time, we do not want the thrill to come to an end. I love that feeling and it comes only when I am reading the kind of book I get lost in and would love to see it as a movie.
An eruption on the sun disrupts the energy fields that controls our electricity and the basic functions of society. On the edge of unprecedented pandemonium, an unlikely g
Jo Williams
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to the author and Love Books Tours for the digital copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

I’ve read a few books lately which turned up the heat gently and gradually involves me in the action. Paul McMurrough unashamedly set the pace alight from the beginning and kept the inferno blazing right to the end. The back story to the characters was as much as was needed and not an ounce more, which worked perfectly for this dystopian thriller.

The sucker punches just keep coming an
Amanda Sheridan
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you start reading a book and you never want it to end. You want to stay in that world with those characters forever. Reliance by Paul McMurrough is that book.
Set in Northern Ireland, a coronal mass ejection knocks out the electricity and it is frightening how society changes for the worse as the things we all take for granted – communications, access to food and money, light and warmth – are no longer at our fingertips. Simple things like a hot shower or flicking the kettle on for a cu
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing


I love stories that make me think and ponder of possible conflicts that could affect our livelihood, and this book does it perfectly.

At times the story was difficult and scary to read only because of its theme. 2020 has been a challenging year for many of us, and I was wondering what would happen if an even like this actually occurred in reality. A global power cut would be disastrous and chaotic. The author writes the story in a
Jessica Townley
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A relatively short book but from the opening chapter it will have you gripped and on the edge of your seat which you will be on throughout!

The book starts before the eruption, with Professor Martin Monroe trying to warn others that this day is coming and to stock up on supplies as the power won’t return for a very long time. These moments before the eruption were definitely my favourite. They left me feeling so afraid and nervous as you knew what was coming, you were just counting down the hours
Heather Heckadon
Awesome book that hooked me from the start and took me on a wild ride. Seeing human reliance on electricity through four different characters really opened my eyes. The author does an amazing job of giving multiple vantage points without ease. Thoroughly enjoyed. Will be anxiously awaiting the sequel.
Onia Fox
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am not usually a reader of dystopian novels, but I am so pleased that I picked up Reliance.
We start by following a few crucial characters develop and begin to interact with each other - as they are spun closer together by world events. The unfolding catastrophe is all too plausible - does the collapse of transport, infrastructure and institutions sound a little familiar just at the moment? Innocents, and the old and vulnerable are put at risk as the authorities struggle to maintain supplies a
D.M.Z. Liyanage
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reliance is an excellent read and I was gripped by the story from the first pages – it is very well written and felt real. The characters and events are vividly painted, and the twists and turns of the plot keep you guessing – if you like dystopian thrillers, you will not be disappointed! The pacing is also very good and keeps you hooked, making it very difficult to put down. The reader is left thinking that the scenario detailed in the book could so easily happen (a terrifying thought!). This d ...more
Michael Siddall
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RELIANCE BY PAUL MCMURROUGH is an excellent read that didn’t disappoint. Great from the word go, it kept me page-turning with its riveting narrative and credible characters. The author wrote this novel with style and great imagination and I would recommend it to everyone and give it a 5-star rating.
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Something new yet possible to happen.
Great story, easy to read with interesting characters.
Very Captivating.
Jane Gundogan
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Reliance. Well the name says it all. What happens to normal people when the one thing that we all rely on is gone? Anarchy? Chaos? All of the above?

This book starts out big (and when you start this gripping novel, you’ll know what I mean… I mentally high-fived the author at that point) and stays big to the very end! The action and writing are superb. Great premise. Well thought out characters that I felt connected to. I rushed to get to the end, to find out what happens, then I was sorry it was
Daisy Hollands
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic, contemporary book. I love reading stories that are of our time that feel like they could be happening in real time and that’s certainly the sense I got from this story. No spoilers but the opening chapter features a rolling news item and was described with such accuracy that I actually wanted to put the TV on to watch it unfold myself. I felt captured immediately, this was no slow burner. It really hit the ground running and that never really dipped off as the story progress ...more
David Henry
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A captivating must read, comprising of a great story, excellent characters which you bond with, and root for, I highly recommend it and hope for a sequel
Michelle  Spencer-Edwards
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven't got audible but after reading this book (it is excellent by the way), I tried the audible sample and wow, that is narrated to say the least. But for now, I'll have to pause my audible desires and keep to the paperbacks and kindle downloads.
This is a marvellous book. On times it scared me because (and I love dystopian and I love science fiction and I love potential disasters in film and book) though it's obviously fiction, i kept thinking, this could happen. The author does that very we
nicola mckenna
Thanks to the author and kelly from love books tours for this mesmerising book, in return for my own honest review.

i was mesmerised from the first to the last page, the book is about how a community works together following a loss of power. Paul has done a great job with the characters and locations, it really makes you wonder. Paul has also done great work with the storyline and flows really well keeping the reader gripped.
Amy Johnson
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A crisis looms on the horizon. Professor Martin Monroe has predicted that a massive solar flare is on a direct path for Earth. The result will be a global power outage. Cell towers, power grids, water systems, prisons— nothing will be left untouched.

How will the world handle this disaster?

McMurrough has a wonderful voice. It’s easy-to-read but really dives into the emotion of each character. He easily balances four points of view seamlessly. He’s just descriptive enough to paint a clear pictur
Tabitha Womack
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A plausible read. Brilliant!

Rich and action packed! This is a beautifully written page turner! His skill shines through every page! Of you don't love it, I'll eat my boot!
John Barry
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting idea, well written with some very unexpected twists.
Oliver Francisco
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book reminded me of Mad Max for some reason. The author does a good job at world building, or, in this case, showing the world as it falls apart. The sense of dread and hopeless was palpable and it was fun seeing the main characters try to fulfill their mission through it all. A great sci-fi thriller.
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In todays world, more than ever, it feels like we're on a knife-edge, a delicate balance between the civilised society we're accustomed to and disaster. This book felt different from other dystopian novels as it explored the realistic consequences of such a disaster. McMurrough considered the small things that are often missing, such as denial, that anyone who tries to warn of a disaster must be a 'conspiracy nut'. The book left me feeling like I was really in that world, ready to go and get sto ...more
Kelly J Woodworth
A Great Page Turner Full of Anarchy

A Sci-fi book masterfully written with great world building that paints vivid images with a realistic storyline. A scientific tragedy causes chaos to erupt that points to how much people rely on modern tech like mobile phones. Without a dull moment, this story unraveled with exciting twists and turns and was full of action and anarchy. I enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read more by this author. Highly recommend!
Samantha Evans
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This took me a few days to read, but it was indeed a good book! The cover is VERY intriguing that had me want to read the entire book. It had me interested that it took me only a few days to read it all. A very good sci fi! If you want to read a good sci fi book I would recommend this one for sure. Good job to the author!
Arlene Lomazoff-Marron
Suspenseful and Thought Provoking

This is a realistic tale of what can go wrong when the public's reliance on power is challenged by outside forces. It was suspenseful to the end.
Lauren Rigby
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is based around I would say four main characters, all living and working, getting on with their lives. We start with the professor Martin who predicts that there is going to be a global blackout, but no one believes him. He is ridiculed and abused until it happens. The earth is plunged into darkness, with no technology whatsoever. Lisa, the lowly government clerk is the only one who takes him seriously enough to try and help.
I can imagine you are thinking the same as I was. So what? A
Steve Rogan
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many stories which toy with the idea of societal collapse seem to do so with a focus on what we might call, the big things, like global wars, alien invasions, asteroids and the like, yet 'Reliance' deals the cards in a different way. The catalyst accounts for but a fraction of the real catastrophe which unfolds, as McMurrough explores that precarious thin line against which all developed societies sit, and all too often reach beyond, rarely giving thought to the consequences of the breaking of t ...more
Brigitte Morse-Starkenburg
Epic Apocalyptic Fiction...or could it really happen?

This is such a well thought out, realistic account of what may happen if suddenly the whole world's power is cut that it really made me think, and it sparked plenty of 'what if' discussion at the dinner table! I could really imagine everything happening the way it did in the book, including the way the government dealt with it. The characters are very relatable and I got totally invested in them. The story is suspenseful, gripping, scary and s
Tony Hampson
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reliance is set in the backdrop of the stunning Northern Ireland. The story develops from the viewpoint of several different people, who see the loss of power in a community and the collapse of the infrastructure around them following the thought provoking reality of a solar flare! Lisa, Derek, Simon and Martin, along with others are very credible characters who built up by the author in a way that you really get the feeling of knowing them. They have been placed throughout the book, as strong, ...more
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Author of the Powerless Earth Series, Paul was born and raised in Belfast, Ireland. Until the age of 15 he could barely read. Then, when introduced to Computing at school, he was finally able to make sense of the letter spaghetti on the pages of the text books.
He went on to get a degree in Computer Science followed by a career in Software and later in IT & Business Consulting.

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