Defender by G X Todd


A girl with a gun. The man told to protect her. Or die trying.


In a world where long drinks are in short supply, a stranger listens to the voice in his head telling him to buy a lemonade from the girl sitting on a dusty road.

The moment locks them together.

Here and now it’s dangerous to listen to your inner voice. Those who do, keep it quiet.

These voices have purpose.

And when Pilgrim meets Lacey, there is a reason. He just doesn’t know it yet.

My Review

Initially it was the front cover drew me towards this book to start off with and then reading that it had been rated on a level with Stephen King’s The Stand I knew it wold be a must read, but I did start with caution preparing to be disappointed as that is a HUGE level to live up to.

Sometimes things just don’t live up to the hype but if anything this book surpassed my expectations! It is definitely a book I could read again and still be as enthralled with the story and the characters as I have been reading it now.

My only negative – Having to wait a year for the next book to be released!

Set in a post-apocalyptic America, only a few have survived the madness that has spread across the country. Unlike other books in this genre this destruction of the human race has not been brought about by nuclear explosions,, aliens or experiments. These are voices that appear inside people’s heads, a voice that for most of the entire population drive them to kill and suicide at a successful and rapid rate until only a few have managed to survive.

But not all voices are bad. A man who goes by the names Pilgrim or Boy Scout has been living with Voice inside his head, talking to him and working together to survive.

It is Voice that tells Pilgrim to stop and by a glass of lemonade from a young girl, Lacey, who has survived cut off from the world living on a in the desert.
Lacey and Pilgrim are destined to meet even though neither understand the importance their destinies bound together.

From Lacey’s Grammys farmhouse our two survivors travel across the country heading off in search of Lacey’s sister and niece, trying to avoid the pockets of sadistic groups that are on the hunt for anyone left alive that still have a voice inside their head, and anyone they find that doesn’t hear voices, they are rounding up for sport. Torture, rape murder. That is what the world has become for most.

No-one knows where these voices came from, what they are or what they want. Good versus Evil but with shades of grey in-between.

This is the first book in a 4 part series and book one leaves you desperate for more.
Even if you are not a massive fan of this genre I would still recommend giving this book a read, I think it will surprise you and suck you in from the very first chapter!

I can’t praise this book highly enough, it is definitely one of the best books I have read all year 🙂

You can grab a copy of the book now below and see for yourself if it is on a level with Stephen King’s The Stand!

The second book in this series Hunted is also available to buy now and my review for Hunted  can be found here – Hunted (The Voices Book 2) by G X Todd

A huge thank you to the author GX Todd, publishers Headline and NetGalley for my digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest and independent review.


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