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A resourceful young dissident flees England’s murderous, authoritarian regime – and finds himself in a strange country where he doesn’t know the local language or culture, and where no-one speaks his language. Many of the people he meets are friendly and helpful, but (to put it mildly) it’s not all plain sailing…

Whatever the Story Elements say, this is not Present Day - it's Far Future. But if I set the period to Far Future, this gets called Sci Fi, and it's not sci fi at all - only fairly primitive technology, not up to 21st century by a long way; no space travel, nothing like that.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: Sexual acts implied but not described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: Everyone (no target age)
Violence: Death, but minimal violence


Geography: Earth
Realism: Consistent with real world, no magic, no unachieved science
Setting Type: Wilderness/Desert/Other outdoors
Time Period: 2010 - 2019

Main Character

Age: Young Adult
Gender: Male
Race: Irrelevant
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: Confident/Self-Motivated
Mysteries & Puzzles: Modest mystery element(s) to story
Pacing: Time to savor, deliberate
Physical Action: Frequent action, driven by threat to safety or life by antagonist(s)
Political/Social Commentary: Politics play a minor role
Romance: Major romance, essential to story


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Clive Semmens

Clive Semmens was born in 1949 in London, and grew up in Yorkshire and Hertfordshire, England. He has degrees in Engineering and Mathematics (1st class honours). He's had a varied career in engineering, research, teaching, teacher training and lecturing, publishing and technical writing. He retired in 2007, and now spends his time writing novels, short stories, and articles on various topics, particularly environmental issues. He stood for parliament as a Green Party candidate in the 2015 UK general election. He's been a frequent visitor to India since 1983, mainly to spend time with his wife's many relatives there - they were married there in 1984. They are widely traveled within Europe, much less so elsewhere (apart from India). He speaks and writes French, German and Hindi to a useful but not high standard.

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