The Chain

By Antony Millen

Young adult, Action & adventure, Sci-Fi | Paperback, eBook


The year is 2043. Empowered by the anti-encryption program, ICALL, and the worldwide wireless Blanket, the Global Domain enforces mandatory online activity for every eartizen. The Domain’s slogans are: "Secrecy Threatens Security" and "Privacy Prevents Prosperity". From his death-bed in New Zealand, Fenton Ouvert commissions his sons, Topia and Lukan, to locate a flash drive containing files stolen thirty years earlier from international surveillance agencies. A former investigative journalist, Ouvert hid the flash drive at the end of a chain of clue-bearers around the world. Contacted by the resistance movement known as Arachne, Ouvert believes the drive contains original plans for the ICALL program and thus, hope for a free world. The Ouvert boys locate the links, but what will their journey reveal about their father? And what will their quest mean for the world when they reach the end of the chain?


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The year is 2043. Empowered by the anti-encryption program, ICALL, and the worldwide wireless Blanket, the Global Domain enforces mandatory online activity for every eartizen. The Domain’s slogans are: "Secrecy Threatens Security" and "Privacy Prevents Prosperity". From his death-bed in New Zealand, Fenton Ouvert commissions his sons, Topia and Lukan, to locate a flash drive containing files stolen thirty years earlier from international surveillance agencies. A former investigative journalist, Ouvert hid the flash drive at the end of a chain of clue-bearers around the world. Contacted by the resistance movement known as Arachne, Ouvert believes the drive contains original plans for the ICALL program and thus, hope for a free world. The Ouvert boys locate the links, but what will the...


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Antony Millen is a Canadian living and writing in New Zealand. Originally from Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada, he moved to New Zealand with his wife and two children in 1997. He has lived in Taumarunui since then, working at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School and, more recently, as the head of the English department at Taumarunui High School. During his early years in New Zealand, he wrote sporadically, but with a dream to write novels as a major part of his life-style if not as a career. In 2013, he launched his first novel, Redeeming Brother Murrihy. He followed this in 2014 with Te Kauhanga: A Tale of Space(s). The Chain is his first novel for young adults. Antony is the winner of the 2014 Heartland short story competition (Fishing the Pungapunga). He also won third prize in the 2015 NZSA Central Districts short story competition (Aukati), a competition in which he was awarded Highly Commended in 2014 (The Boy at Ohinetonga). His short story, The Homeless Men of Mahuika, was published in Issue #4 of Headland in 2015. His short story, Aukati, will be published in Landfall 231.


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Antony Millen is a Canadian living and writing in New Zealand. Originally from Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada, he moved to New Zealand with his wife and two children in 1997. He has lived in Taumarunui since then, working at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School and, more recently, as the head of the English department at Taumarunui High School. During his early years in New Zealand, he ...


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