Mark Cantrell, Author

For an eclectic mix of science fiction, fantasy and a touch of horror...


"It's like Philip K Dick wrote The Matrix!"

Craig Hallam,

Author of Greaveburn

Presenting a dystopian glimpse of a future born in today's austerity and political uncertainty, CITIZEN ZERO is a critique of the here and now: a wake-up call from a burning tomorrow...

Out August 2017 from Inspired Quill

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“Those people are no-hopers.”

“And what does that make me?”


In a bitterly divided nation where security trumps civil liberty, unemployed David is on the verge of sinking into the ‘Zeros’ – a destitute underclass numbering millions. But then JobNet's advanced virtual reality world offers him a gateway to a worthwhile future, and a chance to rejoin society.


But David is an unwitting pawn in a deadly conspiracy to topple the Government: he's the ideal carrier for an intelligent virus designed to shatter the system and set the Zeros free.


When the virus activates, chaos ensues and the Zeros rise. David is left trapped inside a corrupted reality. If it doesn't shatter his sanity, the secret he finds there will change everything...


Sometimes even a pawn can hold the balance of power.