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Published by The Book Guild, 28
September 2017. ISBN: 978-1-91132095-1(PB)
Russia this gripping mystery thriller is based on the creepy urban legends
surrounding the transmission of a buzz every other second on short wave radio.
Frustrated want-to-be journalist Natalya Kovalski forces her
lecherous over-bearing boss to let her undertake a research project. But
instead of the boring project he suggests Natalya stumbles upon the radio wave
theory and sets about investigating it. She comes across Stepan Litvin, a
short-wave radio enthusiast and computer programmer, and together they visit an
abandoned military base in Povarovo, which is suspected to have once been the
source of the transmissions. They discover links between the city of Luga and a
Soviet Human Enhancement Project C-1 which was undertaken in World War 2. After
discovering evidence suggesting that the Buzzer and the C-1 is an experiment on
the population of Luga, they attempt to expose the experiment to the media in
order to save the city.
David Mason has created a tense fast-paced novel, which is a real
page-turner from the start. How horrific is the C1 experiment and just what
danger are the two main characters (and the entire population of Russia) in as
they proceed with their investigation? Unlike many books set in Russia, The Buzzer does not centre around the
KGB. Instead it is the military who the protagonists are up against. Natalya
and Stepan are likeable, ordinary people with flaws who sometimes make
An excellent read that I struggled to put down.
David Mason lives in Solihull, West Midlands.
In 2005 he came a qualified Optometrist BSc MCOptom and began working in the
family business. A couple of years ago, David came across an article online
which was about an urban legend in Russia known as the Buzzer, a mysterious and
relentless radio transmission heard around the world of unknown origin and
purpose. This kick-started his idea for this, his debut novel and during the
first few months of opening and developing a new optician’s practice in 2014,
he found himself with more free time to write, and so The Buzzer was
Christine Hammacott lives near
Southampton and runs her own design consultancy. She started her career working
in publishing as a book designer and now creates covers for indie-authors. She
writes page-turning fiction that deals with the psychological effects of crime.
To read a review of her debut novel The Taste of Ashclick
on the title.