This really is a gripping read from start to finish. The characters are larger than life and the story unfolds at a fast pace that kept me hooked. The story depicts some lovely truths about the history of London which makes me want to explore them and learn more. A great debut novel. -Amazon Reviewer
1904. Three years since the death of Queen Victoria and the ascension of her son, Edward VII, to the throne. In that time, the decline of the British Empire has accelerated, the economy has stuttered, Captain Scott has gone to the South Pole, and Liberal politician, Felix Grey, has been parachuted into Number Ten on the crest of a populist wave. The third youngest Prime Minister in history and the son of a Suffragette, Felix is modern and progressive, but also inexperienced, self-deprecating and doubtful.
Having taken on the Conservative old guard in the House of Commons, Felix has found his policies continually blocked and his time in power dogged by his inability to affect any real change. However, when a member of the House of Lords is abducted from the East India Club, and a mysterious card is discovered, Felix begins to feel a sense of purpose again. Against his better judgement, and that of his loyal steward, Humphrey, Felix begins to dig into the card and the missing Lord, desperate to be of service to the people he represents.
With public approval disappearing under a spate of fatal factory disasters, and the emergence of the German and American economies making the front pages, Felix’s premiership is suddenly under attack from all sides. When another Lord is abducted, Felix begins to escalate his investigation, determined to uncover the truth. With suspicious links to fellow members of Parliament and a period synonymous with British history, Felix has to fight off his enemies, unmask the perpetrators, find the missing Lords and solve the case, all while protecting his identity and preserving his position as the British Prime Minister.
About the Author
Mario Theodorou is an award winning, London based writer. He first came to prominence after being discovered by Merman Films who optioned his original comedy series, Conny. A script commission from Sky followed for The Master Forger, before he was selected by the BBC for their prestigious writer’s programme. He has since been named in the BBC top emerging talent list and has released The Cyprus Missing, a single drama for BBC Radio 4 and Anonymous, his Soho based short film which picked up numerous awards on the film festival circuit, including a nomination for the Short Film Award at the Academy Award qualifying, Austin Film Festival. Represented by WME, Mario is currently working on a number of projects, including an original commission for BBC Drama and other original works in development with BBC Studios, Twelve Town, Riff Raff, Sprout Pictures, Tiger Aspect, Vox Pictures, Sevenseas Films, Unstoppable TV and Mainstreet Pictures. Felix Grey and the Descendant is Mario’s first novel, and the first in a series of planned works