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Blair Wylie Author Interview

Wolf Slayer is a thrilling blend of dystopian science-fiction, adventure, and political intrigue. What served as the inspiration behind the idea for this book?

The current political turmoil in the US is disturbing. Democracy is threatened globally by fascist oligarchs and autocrats. I believe most people are good, and would do something about it if they had the chance. My tale gives such a person that opportunity. I also wanted to show how bad things can get if we do not change our ways, and how humanity can tough it out and survive, like it has done throughout our history. The book is also the lead-in to a series of books where more threats will emerge, and where more everyday hero’s are given the chance to shine, like Matt Adams.

Matt Adams is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his character development?

I was thinking of the hero Winston Smith in Orwell’s 1984. Matt is caught up in an oppressive political system. He comes to recognize it as evil, and he feels shame for the people he has killed while fighting for his country. His country mistreats him as a veteran, but in the midst of a terrible economic depression, gives him a dangerous job spying on a rebel organization. The organization opens his eyes further, and gives him the chance to really make a difference. Matt grows further as he escapes and flees to his native wilderness of Quebec. He meets the woman of his dreams, and the political system changed by his actions lets them live in peace. So, unlike Winston Smith, Matt fights Big Brother (a.k.a. Uncle Ernie), and Matt wins.

The story takes place in a dystopian future. What were some themes you wanted to focus on when creating this future world?

Climate change and over-population will destroy our world if unchecked. The 1% wealthy run our world, and always seem to win. They will always fight wars over turf, accelerating the end of civilization. But ultimately, the skilled hunter-gathers in remote regions will be the survivors. And with a bit of forethought and investment, we can arm the survivors with a cache of knowledge to re-build a better world.

This is the first book in the Master Defiance series. What can readers expect in book two?

Book Two will be titled ‘Martian Hermitage’. Earth continues to decline, and natural calamities wipe out the last vestiges of civilization. The people in Moon Base are stranded, but they have been secretly preparing for an exodus… to Mars. Mars is a dry, sterile, hostile place, but it has more life-giving resources than the Moon for tough, ingenious people. But Mars is not as it seems. It has been visited before, by a noble race fleeing an evil alien race. And so, the ‘Masters’ are introduced to the series, and more hero’s will be needed…

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The first book in the Master Defiance series, Wolf Slayer combines political thriller and dystopian science-fiction in an action-packed adventure, culminating in a desperate flight across North America.

When Matt Adams, a much-decorated army veteran, is offered the job of infiltrating and spying on a revolutionary party, he jumps at the offer. Scarred and blinded in one eye, his employment options would be poor, even if the economy wasn’t in meltdown.

Meanwhile, the President of the US, Ernie Wolf, is cementing his position of absolute power with the assistance of the thuggish bullies known as the Loyal Order of Patriots. President Wolf is flourishing, despite his cruel, vindictive nature. He disbands Congress and bans all media outlets, declaring himself president for life and effectively creating a totalitarian state. Wolf then turns his attention to warmongering, and to the destruction of the Second Chance spaceship, currently in orbit around the moon.

When Matt discovers the President’s intentions, he has a stark choice. He can do nothing and watch as the President destroys all hope for current and future humanity, or he can become a Wolf Slayer and help to save the Second Chance and avert war..

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