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Midnight Empire- Andrew Croome


This book found its way into my winter reading list by pure chance- Wandering around, exploring Clifton hill on my rickety vintage bike, “old rusty” I happened upon a sprawling of miscellaneous goods spilling out onto the pavement and carparks in front of a row of mildly dilapidated terraces.

Amongst the eclectic mess of surplus personal effects, languidly lazed a group of friendly neighbours in their twenties, and early thirties, chattering excitedly about the impending arrival of “the best” chips from the local chicken shop.

The natty vests, skinny jeans, unruly hair, and general ‘uberalternative” look of the bunch, as well as the mix of art supplies in their proffering gave these junk vendors a distinctly authentic struggling artist look.

Browsing though old shoes, and a multitude of cute but now unlived and musty dresses that weren’t exactly my style and boxes of cottage art projects that failed dismally in their search for a commercial niche, I found a cache of books.

After making a purchase of a vintage Gladstone style English leather briefcase, and a pair of brown leather shoes from the totally hip and chilled stallholder, I set about filling said briefcase with cheap $1 books. I love this kind of shopping!

Midnight empire was among them, and one of my first reads.

Flipping over the blurb on the back cover, and the author biography, I made the pleasant discovery that the man responsible for the title originated from my favourite state of Australia- Tasmania- many creative and quirky things I like herald from that part of the world.

Now, the actual book- Was it any good?

Like the author, the protagonist Daniel Carter is an IT guy- a programmer.

Working for a aerospace and military hardware company, linklock, Daniel is shipped off to work on an assignment at creech air force base, Indian springs.

Treated as a corporate rockstar, pampered with all the luxuries of the international consultant lifestyle like 5 star accommodation, the realities of working at the base are much more stark, and closer to the cold reality of the business of war, death, and now impersonal destruction via drone technology, Daniel discovers things that turn his life and sense of morality upside down.

I’m pleased to say that I couldn’t put this one down and read it cover to cover.

If you come across a copy of this title- pick it up. you won’t be disappointed!

It also seems i’m not the only one who likes this title either- the SMH rates it well too.





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