Title: The Island of Dreams
Author: Gregory James Clark
Genre: Social Fiction
Published date: 5th September 2017
Published by: Clink Street Publishing
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
The Island of Dreams
In 2107, twenty-four year-old Gary Loman is disillusioned with life. There are scant opportunities in the capitalist world that surrounds him. When he receives a prestigious invitation, Gary knows that the change he has been waiting for has finally arrived; it’s a ticket to fame and glory as a skater.
Leaving the old world behind, Gary embarks on a new adventure on The Island of Dreams, led by the world’s newest monarchy, where he is introduced to the woman who will become his wife and a wildly different social order, one which has evolved over the previous seventy years by virtue of a slow, quiet and largely unnoticed revolution. By 2107, however, The Island is poised to become one of the most powerful states in the world, acquiring, most notably, the territory of Kamchatka.
The Island Queen, Queen Katie of Kamchatka, with the help of her devoted Prime Minister and her faithful staff, then attempt to educate and train the 240 receivers of the distinguished Queen’s Ticket, both for their roles as skaters and within the Kamchatskiy organisation, for whom they will be working under a completely new concept in political economy, based on quality rather than profit motives, and which is replacing Marxism as the world’s rival to capitalism.
As Gary progresses on The Island, and as its Queen seeks out her new King, the world is on the brink of a breath-taking transformation.
Character Spotlight: Gary Loman (Main Character)
Gary is the key character, whose background and personality reflect a situation that had parallels with my own life at that age. He seeks to prove a personal capability and make a contribution to the world. Although set in a future time, it is postulated that without further development the social and economic conditions faced by such a character could easily be similar to those of today or the late 20th. century. The story aims to bring out the best in this character once placed in a team setting and partnered with others who possess the same desires as he does.
His suitability for his role both in the Kamchatskiy Auto Company that he is to represent, as well as the society that he is to join, has been pre-assessed, as the story reveals, in addition to the skating prerequisite. He and his setmates ( a concept partially inspired by Big Brother ) are then trained as skaters able to exhibit their talent as they tour the world (post-story) with their demonstration routines. No judges – just plain skating. In parallel they are educated in the philosophy of the new society and how to adapt to its workings based on total trust, which in turn is an essential component of Total Quality Management. The mystery of how Gary comes to receive the prestigious Queen’s Ticket to The Island of Dreams is revealed in the penultimate chapter.
About the Author:
Born and raised in Lancashire, Gregory James Clark went on to graduate with a BSc Honours in Maritime Studies from the University of Wales followed by an MBA from Manchester Metropolitan University. In his professional life he has enjoyed working in the field of Quality Management and the design of programmes including; The Programme for Global Quality Promotion (PGQP) in Russia and the African Nations. Previous publications include Quality Matters: The Decade of Quality 1989 – 2000 (Spire City Publishing 2002) and Deming and Juran: Gift to the World (Spire City Publishing 2007). He is currently the editor of The Electron Newsletter for the Institution of Electronics. In his spare time he enjoys ice dancing, ballroom dancing, golf, chess and snooker and speaks numerous languages including; Dutch, German, Portuguese and Swedish.