A disgraced businessman’s chance encounter with an enigmatic stranger leads to a journey of political awakening and redemption.

Set in a murky world of anarchist computer hackers, sinister secret societies, the Deepnet, quantum computing and ultimately a struggle for world domination, nothing is as it seems and no one is who they claim to be.

"In skilled hands, not merely would a rose by any other name not smell as sweet, it could be portrayed as the essence of all evil if - perchance - the camera focused solely on the thorns."

"An enemy at the gates carries his banner openly but the traitor moves amongst those within freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor, he speaks in accents familiar to his victims and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear."

Marcus Tullius Cicero


Krill reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this political thriller. It left me with the most important quality of fiction. I wanted more. I wanted it to go on and not end. Then again, Krill left me unsettled. Why? Though he wrote Krill some years ago, the story has become even more relevant to our times. Its author Em Thompson takes the reader on a journey into our future. A future when global politics marches toward authoritarianism. With promises of glory and greatness, populist leaders persuade an electorate to exchange the rule of law with the rule of a strongman.
Indeed, Krill is arguably prescient. In the real world, we see before us an advancing far right in Hungary, Turkey, Italy, and Argentina. Only days ago, also possibly the Netherlands of all places. By next November, it is quite possible the United States of America will be added to that tragic list.
Richly detailed with colourful characters facing twists and turns, the plot’s scenario of the ascension of a strongman is altogether credible. A reader will say again and again, ‘Yes, this could happen!’ Krill is a helluva satisfying and scary read.
Rating: 5
First Amazon Review

Krill is a vibrant and engaging read, with never a moment of tedium. Each sentence pulses with energy and life, keeping the reader thoroughly engaged. The book addresses complex themes with clarity and depth. Certain elements of the narrative are notably vibrant and theatrical, adding a unique flair to the story. These moments contribute to the novel’s dynamic and eclectic atmosphere and the heightened drama enhances the compelling nature, adding to its overall intrigue.
This book is particularly recommended for those who enjoy contemporary novels with brisk pacing, sharp dialogue, and unpredictable plotlines. The novel’s unique character portrayals and unexpected twists make it a rewarding experience for a wide array of readers.
Rating: 5
Thomas Anderson

This is a thought-provoking political thriller that explores populist politics and the use of the mass media and technology as a source of gaining power. As highlighted in the Author’s note, this book was initially written in 2013 and 2014, before a lot of the themes explored in the book featured in our lives with the same prominence as they do today. Because of this, and the author’s choice to not revise his work to more closely reflect the developments we’ve seen, I think that ‘Krill’ has a unique plotline. Although political thrillers aren’t necessarily my go to read, the ones I have read, however thinly veiled, reflect contemporary events. The fact that ‘Krill’ almost isn’t biased by knowledge of current events leads to a unique and intriguing plot line that still manages to hit on key and relevant themes. A political thriller that offers something a little bit different from the norm but still contains all the components of an engaging read.

We would be happy to add this book to the We Love section of the LoveReading website.


I was gripped by your Krill. Wow. What an amazing compelling story, dark and tender and funny, full of real living characters and politics and big ideas.

Cathy Porter — Author and Russian translator of twenty books, including the plays of Maxim Gorky and the diaries of Sofia Tolstoy.


A gentle thriller, with secret organisations, revenge sabotage, cryptic ciphers, a cyber-geek revolution and a ticking doomsday clock

The protagonist/narrator’s journey is an interesting one, and profound, and a unique writing style—straight-forward, yet personal and sometimes emotional—contributes to pulling us right in. It becomes a story of redemption. The cyber-revolution gone bad is a common thriller theme, but the denouement to this one is especially exciting.

Reviewed by
Susie Helme

Susie Helme is an American ex-pat living in London, after sojourns in Tokyo, Paris and Geneva, with a passion for history and politics.

The Stoat Hall Legacy Book Club Series

The Stoat Hall Legacy Book Club will publish these short stories at regular intervals as bedtime, morning, midday or night time reading for those of a curious bent.

The Stoat Hall Legacy Book Club

When reclusive best-selling novelist, W.C. Lumin, is diagnosed with a terminal wasting disease, he gathers his family and close friends together at his isolated mock gothic mansion and presents them with an ultimatum; they will each write a short story which his wife, Edith, will turn into a full length W.C. Lumin novel to fund a revolutionary course of treatment. If they fail in the task, they will be cut out of Lumin's will without a penny.

The Owl and The Kitty Cat

The second short story in The Stoat Hall Legacy Book Club series, The Owl and The Kitty Cat is a brief account of Barney and Kitty's elopement to the land where the Bong Tree grows. In a heart-rending finale, they are married without tarry by the Turkey who lives on the hill, watched by the Piggy-Wig with a ring in the end of his nose and the Pobble who has no toes..

Inspired by the late, great Edward Lear.

The Happy Thistle

Beyond the swing doors of The Happy Thistle Restaurant lurks a sinister secret - the Highland themed eatery is a front for a mad professor hell-bent on world domination. Half way through constructing a domestic nuclear fission laboratory in the basement, his bitcoin reserves run dry leaving him with no alternative but to kidnap the daughter of a billionaire banker. Simple, I hear you say . . . or maybe not. To put it mildly, the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley.


Volume four in the Stoat Hall Legacy Book Club series takes the reader to lunch . . . and an unexpected encounter.

The Long Goodbye

Parting is such sweet sorrow at the end of a passionate affair. Is this a long goodbye or the start of something new? A fifteen minute tear-jerker for members of The Stoat Hall Legacy Book Club.

Sir Edward Foxxe and the Wreakers of Holy Havoc

Sir Edward Foxxe is a man whose name has been erased from history along with all traces of his dissolute followers, The Wreakers of Holy Havoc. This brief history seeks to rehabilitate them from the trashbin of oblivion.

The Curious Case of the Kitnapped Cat

The Curious Case of the Kitnapped Cat describes rookie police officer, Heather Prendergast's, first hamfisted foray into crimebusting in an attempt to salvage her career when threatened with expulsion from police college.
Stoat Hall Legacy Book Club cover illustrations by Amelie Ahern-Williams

About em

An Oxford graduate in Modern History, em thompson spent his working life at the sharp end of in the music industry. A passion for writing has resulted in eight novels over two decades. "Krill" is the first of these to be published and showcases his unique blend of historical insight and contemporary storytelling.


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