Author: Alec Birri

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble

Length: 6 hours 32 minutes

Publisher: Essential Music Limited⎮2018

Genre: Medical Thriller

Series: The Condition Trilogy, Book 1

Release date: Jan. 17, 2018

The first in a dystopian trilogy based on the author's command of a top secret government unit.
What if all brain disorders were treatable? Few would lament the passing of dementia or autism, but what if the twisted mind of a sex offender or murderer could be cured too? Or how about a terrorist or maybe a political extremist? What if we could all be "corrected"?
It's 1966, and RAF pilot Dan Stewart awakes from a coma following an aircraft accident into a world where nothing seems to make sense anymore. Not being able to recall the crash might be expected, but what about the rest of his life? And what's stopping him from taking his medication? Is it brain damage that's causing paranoia about the red pill, or is Dan right to think something sinister is going on?
His horrific injuries don't make any sense either - a post-crash fire caused him to suffer almost 100% burns. How is it even possible to survive that? Are the hallucinations and strange dreams trying to tell him something? They are, and he'll soon find out what, but not before his doctor's sure the shock won't kill him.

Alec Birri served thirty years with the UK Armed Forces. He commanded an operational unit that experimented in new military capabilities classified at the highest level (Top Secret Strap 3) and it is this that forms the basis of his novels. Although semi-autobiographical, for national security and personal liberty reasons, the events and individuals portrayed have to be fiction but are still nonetheless in keeping with his experiences.


Narrator Bio

If you regularly enjoy listening to audiobooks then this Shakespearean actor will need no introduction. Winner of a 2016 SOVAS award, Jonathan’s voice is rightly recognized as being one of the best, and his narration of The Condition Trilogy is no exception.



The Condition Trilogy Dream Cast

It’s difficult to play fantasy movie casting without giving too much of the plot away, but here goes:

Squadron Leader Dan Stewart    
Book One’s main protagonist. His journey starts in 1966 and ends in 2028, so it would be great to have an actor who’s already gone through the same ageing process – both in real life and on screen. Michael Caine would be perfect. At 84, his current age doesn’t need any prosthetics, and I’m sure the CGI boys and girls could do something with his 1960’s footage from Zulu and Alfie. He’s even played an RAF Squadron Leader – in the 1969 movie, Battle of Britain. Not a lot of people know that!

Doctor James Adams      
 The audiobook’s narrator, Jonathan Keeble. The way Jonathan made the doctor’s bedside manner sound both settling and unsettling was impressive and, having watched him perform as an actor, I think he would be ideal for the movie too.

Nurse Tracy Richards       
A no-nonsense trope who’s determined to get her way both professionally and romantically, so someone with a record of great on-screen chemistry with her co-stars. Emily Blunt comes to mind. I watched her with Matt Damon recently. The movie was forgettable, but the way their relationship worked on screen was anything but.

Professor Sir John Savage             
The main antagonist (or is he?). Again, the narrator Jonathan Keeble would be ideal, but as he’s already playing the good (bad?) doctor, that honour would have to go to someone sadly no longer with us: Ian Richardson. American readers/listeners may not recognise the name, but on this side of the pond, he played the Kevin Spacey character (are we allowed to mention his name these days?) in the original UK version of House of Cards. Ian was in my mind the whole time I was writing Savage – everyone loves to hate an upper-class British villain oozing an unashamed sense of superiority, and Ian played that to perfection.

Alex Salib              
Every sneering aristocrat needs a working-class foil to keep them in line, and that’s Alex. She couldn’t be more opposite to Savage – a far-left politician determined to put an end to both him and his ‘evil’ far-right practices. The trouble is, she can’t resist using the red-pill for her own purposes. Does that make her good or just as bad? I think Andrea Riseborough might relish the chance to portray the paradox. She’s most well-known for Oblivion and Birdman, but it was her performance in a recent episode of Black Mirror that drew my attention.

President Donald J Kalten             
No prizes for guessing who this character is based on! Alec Baldwin does a ‘great job’ of lampooning Trump in real life, but I’m sure he could play him straight too. Yes, that’s right, The Condition Trilogy includes a character based on the current president of the United States (albeit this one is a ‘good ol’ boy’ from Alabama) and with the same agenda – making America great again. How might the red pill help him to do that?


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