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The Parth Path



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The Parth Path by Oliver Eade
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In a post-apocalyptic Scotland ruled by women, Solem escapes from Man Camp 7, helped by a woman called Texta. He and a 'clonie' called Rea hope to reach the 'Island'. How could he have known that this was all engineered as part of the Parth Path's parthenogenesis programme to create the Immortal Controller, an invincible leader whose clones will rule forever? On the Island, he is haunted by memories of an idyllic childhood as 'Peter', on a reservation with his friend, wee Moira, before his family was brutally slaughtered by Parth Path wardens during a 'clearance'. He struggles to rediscover happiness with Rea. Sara, a mysterious girl next door, falls for Peter, as he now prefers to be called again, though only shows this by helping Rea. Meanwhile, Moira, still yearning for her childhood sweetheart, after being sent to the Parth Path School, ends up as Director and as such is on the Parth Path Council. She joins Texta, really the brutal man camp Commandant, to collect Rea's baby from the Island, It turns out that little Mary is the genetically-contrived and much-awaited 'Special Child' of the parthenogenesis programme, Her clones are detined to rule forever as the 'Immortal Controller'.. One of Texta's bullies kills Rea. Moira, horrified, shoots Texta. Meanwhile, Sara escapes with Mary to the mainland, vowing to protect Peter's child at all costs. At first Peter blames Moira for Rea's death, but soon their past friendship is re-kindled. They make love, but are tricked by Matt, the father of Sara's brother, and whose son was killed by Moira's wardens, into believing their lives are in danger. Whilst Peter is told to hide in a cove, Moira is taken to a wartime hideout where she expects to meet up with Peter. Instead she's cruelly raped by Peter's reservation rival, Luke... Matt's revenge for the death of his son. But Moira escapes and kills Luke, returning to the mainland to seek out Peter. Peter emerges from the cove to find Matt, in his rage, has also massacred all survivors of the Island community apart from Angela, Sara's taciturn mother. He leaves the Island with her, hoping to find Mary in the City of the Castle (Edinburgh), but is warned against this. Instead, he finds Moira, and together they flee south of the wall that defines Parth Path territory ('Parthpathia') to start a new life in the 'wilds'. Sara, meanwhile, living in the castle with Mary and a clone of elderly Controllers, is befriended by two old maids who knew the First Controller, the lesbian scientist who started the Parth Path project. She learns things from the 'Shrine', which houses the First Controller's computers, that prepare her for what's to come. When an epidemic of Scarlet Fever decimates the population, killing the Controllers and Moira, Peter, beside himself with grief, sets off for the City with one bullet left in his gun to kill Sara for conniving with the Parth Path and taking Mary away. However, he discovers a young woman, now Controller herself, and wise way beyond her years, who has been a perfect mother for his daughter. Sara had discovered that the First Controller wanted to abandon the parthenogenesis programme in favour of natural selection but was murdered by her minions. Peter now realises that only he and Sara, by working together, the 'yin' and the 'yang', can help society to start all over again.

Author Biography

Oliver Eade, born and brought up in London, was a hospital doctor who worked in England, America and finally Scotland before retiring. A lifelong avid reader, he began writing creatively after retiring, joining local and national writing groups. He has also led creative writing workshops in Scotland, London, USA and Thailand, for both adults and children, plus drama workshops in local high schools. He is a keen amateur photographer, belongs to a camera club and took a diploma in photography. He also gives talks on aspects of photography, his chief passion being street photography. His father was a London artist, and he uses photography to express his own love of the visual arts. He met his Chinese wife through playing piano duets, as students, and both are actively involved in a local music society. When he has time, he tends his garden which he loves. He and his wife have two children, and four granddaughters, two in Texas and two in Switzerland. They are widely travelled, and family connections across the globe have inspired much of the author's writing.
Release date NZ
June 6th, 2018
Illustrations, black and white
Oliver Eade
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