In a futuristic society controlled by theocratic zealots, a retired CIA operative racing against time to save his young grandson from prematurely dying unravels a startling conspiracy
and the frightening truth about himself.
The Click is a dramatic thriller set in the distant future when all humans reaching the age of seventy-five hear or feel or otherwise experience 'the Click' and peacefully die in their sleep; God’s chronological death sentence intended to prevent overpopulation according to conventional wisdom at the time.
Handsome Oliver Hitchcock, who looks to be in his late fifties, is a retired narcissistic C.I.A. operative, and lady’s man. He is also one of the lucky ones, a Beater. At seventy-eight he beat the Click and the aging process. His eleven-year-old grandson is not so lucky. Christopher, a Preemie, is prematurely in the throes of the Click and will die within the year if Hitchcock can't save him. To do so, Hitch must fight off the Church of Ecclesia and the Coalition United for Theocratic Oversight, the Cūtocracy, as well as Janine Rousseau, his past lover and strong-willed antagonist. But he has help including the president of the United States and a village hidden in India's heart of darkness.
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THE CLICK - My first review - MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW (Diane Donovan)
The Click is a fast-paced story that will keep readers on edge with powerful characters, globe-trotting action, confrontations with self and larger social issues, and ultimately with the meaning and purpose of survival itself. Refreshingly original in its story line and progression, The Click is a top recommendation for those who like their stories well-crafted, futuristic, and thought-provoking.
It’s all over the internet, a crescendo of horror, first overpopulation, then a plague that erupts across Earth in the distant-future, changing a world run by religious principles even in places where secular politics once ruled, such as the United States. In this world, the Cūtocracy has banned many of the scientific processes that would have changed things, eliminating any advancement that might place man above God and leaving humanity vulnerable to its worst nightmare: a planet-wide Plague.
When twenty percent of the world's population is decimated, the need for a super vaccine from the vestiges of a scientific community operating in secrecy is evident; but many forces are at work against this.
The timeline swings between the near-distant future and the twenty-third century, fast-forwarding to a world where the Click is a dreaded part of life, where most everyone hears or feels a ‘click’ at seventy-five and dies, and where children (Preemies) even hear it in their adolescence.
Oliver 'Hitch' Hitchcock is seventy-eight and hasn’t died. He is a Beater, having beat the Click, but he still turns out to be a carrier and has inadvertently caused the death of his older grandson one of those Preemies. His younger grandson Christopher, also a Preemie, is next if Hitch can’t save him.
In this world, the Click has been deemed the will of God. Or, is it? Hitch must find out quickly if he is going to save Christopher, a promise he made to his wife, Edna, before she died.
The Click is more than a disease: it, along with political and religious institutions, have reduced empathy and caring in the world: "Hitch only half listened as he watched the bright orange bag being dragged down the aisle toward the back of the plane. What astonished him most were the other passengers. They seemed to take little notice. “Only you Americans seem to think it’s okay to fly while in the throes of the Click.”
As Hitch navigates this much-changed landscape and confronts his own fears, responsibilities, and his promise to Edna and himself that he struggles to fulfill, he encounters the Cause ("The secret mission of the Cause was to rid humanity of the Click...") and comes to question his own purpose in the time he has left in this dangerous world.
From social, religious and political struggles around a vaccine that has harmed as much as it's helped to the involvement of a tiny Indian village in a resistance movement that could change everything, The Click offers a unique blend of futuristic sci-fi, apocalyptic story, and thriller that posits a future challenged by human efforts to extend life and redefine not only their abilities but their belief system