Discover G X Todd's The Voices series


‘So accomplished that it’s difficult to believe it’s a first novel, DEFENDER is already worthy to take its place alongside The Stand in the canon. An absolute gem of a book’ John Connolly

‘Compelling, suspenseful and altogether extraordinary’ Lee Child

‘On the cusp of sleep, have we not all heard a voice call out our name?’

DEFENDER by G X Todd is an imaginative thriller that draws on influences from Stephen King, Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman to create a new world – where the biggest threat mankind faces is from the voice inside your own head. If you loved The Stand, you’ll love DEFENDER, the first in a four-part series.

In a world where long drinks are in short supply, it’s dangerous to listen to your inner voice.

Those who do, keep it quiet.

But one man listens to the voice in his head telling him to buy a lemonade from the girl sitting on a dusty road.

There is a reason why Pilgrim and Lacey must cross paths.

They just don’t know it yet . . .


We are delighted to offer 5 reading groups 10 copies each of the first of G X Todd’s extraordinary The Voices series. And once they’ve read them we would love to know what they think – and if they want to read more.

For those desperate to discover what happens to Lacey and Pilgrim next, the second book HUNTED is out now and available in paperback from January 2019.

A sample chapter of DEFENDER is attached here.

To be in with a chance of winning please tell us why you think you would be perfect in 200 words or less by the end of the year. The G X Todd team will pick the winning groups early in 2019.


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