Survivors: Genesis of a Hero

Peter Hill writes as John Eyers in this dystopian thriller, which is a spin off from the iconic British television series of the 1970s.


A gripping story of political idealism and power struggles after the holocaust of the Great Death.
The life or death battles of a re-born world, an elemental world—a world in which the keynote is survival.
The scene is Britain, over five years after the Great Death which has killed all but a tiny percentage of the population. Throughout the country small groups of survivors are banding together, forming communities, painfully re-learning long-forgotten but essential skills and crafts. The largest of these groups is the authoritarian National Unity Force, whose self-styled President, Arthur Wormley, now lives like a king in Windsor Castle with his scheming and ambitious ‘queen’, Sarah Boyer.
But there are other groups organized on different lines—groups like the ‘Rat-Pack’, who live in the London Underground; the primitive capitalist community in the north whose leader is known simply as ‘The Trader’; and the ‘Red Dragons’, who mount guerrilla-type operations to prevent the NUF from spreading its power into Wales,
The novel centres on Peter Grant after the shooting of his mother, Abby. It deals with his successful career in President Wormley’s army, the political intrigues which abound at ‘Court’, his ultimate disillusionment with the system and defection to the Red Dragons who claim to be creating a different type of society


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Peter Hill’s background is steeped in crime. He was a detective in the Metropolitan Police, London, serving in some of the toughest parts of that city for thirteen years. He also worked at New Scotland Yard in the Company Fraud Department and later the internationally recognised C1 department known as ‘The Murder Squad’. He travelled widely in Britain, Europe and South America investigating, surprisingly enough, murders.

He left the force at the age of thirty two, with the rank of Detective Inspector, to become a writer. In the 1970’s he wrote six books in his own name, all published worldwide and in several translations: The Hunters, The Liars, The Enthusiast, The Savages, The Fanatics and The Washermen.

These have now been converted back from hard copies and The Hunters, The Liars, The Enthusiast and The Savages in the ‘Staunton and Wyndsor’ series are now available as eBooks in the Kindle store.
The others, The Fanatics and The Washermen in the ‘Commander Allan Dice’ books are also now available as Kindle ebooks.

Under the pen name of John Eyers he wrote the sequel to Terry Nations ‘Survivors’ novel,
“Genesis of a Hero” which were spin offs from the iconic TV series.
Similarly as John Eyers, he wrote “Special Branch – In at the Kill” from the Special Branch TV series.
These have now also been published as eBooks on Amazon.

Peter worked extensively in television for iconic British drama series such as ‘Callan’, ‘The Sweeney’, ‘Z Cars’, ‘Public Eye’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Special Branch’, ‘Crown Court’, ‘New Scotland Yard’, and ‘Armchair Theatre’.
He has been a writer, script editor and producer both in the UK and New Zealand, where he has lived for the last thirty-three years.

‘Evolution’s Path’ is a return to writing novels and is proposed as a series of related near and far future crime stories, of which ‘Killing Tomorrow’ now available as an eBook, is the first. He is working on the sequel, ‘The Ladies Game’.