Blog Tour Review: The Warden – Jon Richter

Today is my spot on the blog tour for ‘The Warden’ by Jon Richter. Thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours for my spot on the tour and the E-ARC I received to review.

About the Author:

Author Bio –

Jon Richter writes genre-hopping dark fiction, including his three gripping crime thrillers, Deadly Burial, Never Rest and Rabbit Hole, his cyberpunk noir thriller Auxiliary: London 2039 and his new techno-thriller The Warden, as well as two collections of short horror fiction.

Jon lives in London and is a self-confessed nerd who loves books, films and video games – basically any way to tell a great story!  He writes whenever he can, and hopes to bring you many more sinister tales in the future.  He also co-hosts the Dark Natter podcast, a fortnightly dissection of the world’s greatest works of dark fiction, available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcast fix.

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The Warden, by Jon Richter – Book Information

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  • Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • Print length: 312
  • Suitable for young adults? This is an adult book but suitable for mature teenagers 16-18
  • Trigger warnings: Covid references; homicide with some graphic violence; references to medical experimentation on humans; swearing; brief animal cruelty (goldfish left to die); references to suicide and mental illness
  • Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars

About The Warden

The year is 2024, and the residents of the Tower, a virus-proof apartment building, live in a state of permanent lockdown. The building is controlled by a state-of-the-art AI named James, who keeps the residents safe but incarcerated. Behind bricked-up front doors, their every need is serviced; they are pampered but remain prisoners.

This suits Eugene just fine. Ravaged by the traumas of his past, the agoraphobic ex-detective has no intention of ever setting foot outside again. But when he finds the Tower’s building manager brutally murdered, his investigator’s instincts won’t allow him to ignore the vicious crime.

What Eugene finds beyond the comfort of his apartment’s walls will turn his sheltered existence upside down. To unravel the Tower’s mysteries, he must confront James… and James takes his role as the Warden very, very seriously.

My Review:

I received a gifted E-Book copy of ‘The Warden’ by Jon Richter from Blackthorn Book Tours in return for my honest review. Thank you for my copy and the spot on the blog tour.

This book is set in 2024, the pandemic is still affecting the world and is mutating into different deadly strains.

Eugene used to be a detective but during the pandemic he moved into a tower block which was a prototype designed by Innovation, showing how safe living could be achieved in the current climate.

The doors and windows are bricked in, and all the food and other items required are delivered by Robots. Each apartment comes with an intelligent AI called James. All this suits Eugene quite well as his past has caused him to suffer from agoraphobia.

One day when he is expecting his daily food delivery instead, he finds the tower’s facilities manager Curtis dead in the lift.

What is going on in the tower? Who killed Curtis?

Eugene must push through his fears and anxieties to find out the truth.

I found this book quite an intense read and it is scary too, as although it is very unlikely to happen some parts are very close to the truth in our present situation.

Although this book is mainly narrated from the point of view of Eugene, there are a few chapters looking back to 2021 which gives an insight in to how events unfolded to lead up to 2024.

I loved Eugene’s character, as although he has his fears, he manages to build himself up when the time is right. His character develops throughout, showing him to be stronger than I think he even believes he could be himself.

Overall, an intense thriller based around the pandemic with a sci-fi edge.

My Rating:

💜💜💜💜 /5

Praise for The Warden

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I wasn’t sure I wanted to read a book set during a pandemic – but I’m so glad I did. One of my top reads of 2021 – it grabbed me from the start and didn’t let go till the fantastic ending. Part psychological thriller, part horror story, part crime novel – and there’s even a touch of romance – all brought together by superb writing. Amazon review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Wow, I loved this book! Set in the year 2024, with flashbacks to 2020, it shows an alternative reality to the Covid situation we’re currently living through. The virus has become even more virulent, and people are shut inside their homes, terrified to go out. Amazon review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Massive 5 stars. Jon Richter is an author I admire – I loved his Rabbit Hole, and it was my number one book for 2020. This one is definitely in the running for being number one in 2021! It is set in Covid times, with some remarkably likeable characters who prove to be anything but… Amazon Review

This tour continues until 24.11.21, so look out for more posts on Twitter and Instagram:

7 thoughts on “Blog Tour Review: The Warden – Jon Richter

      1. I have too. I can handle it okay in books, but I don’t want to go there in real life or anywhere close. I am still holding out hope for normalcy sooner rather than later. 🤞🤞🤞

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  1. Wow, that’s depressing to think we’ll still be facing this virus in 2024, but back in 2020, I would have thought that still dealing with it in 2022 would be depressing… I do like the premise of this book, an AI warden!

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