Powys Media Novels
Written By: Jonathan Blum and Rupert Booth/Andrew Cartmel
Page Count: 327 (first novel)
Availability: Try Amazon
Powys Media's association with The Prisoner has to be looked into. In 2005 they launched what was announced as a six-novel series, beginning with Jonathan Blum and Rupert Booth's The Prisoner's Dilemma. However, a follow-up didn't come until 2008 with Andrew Cartmel's Miss Freedom, which could only be ordered from the publishing-on-demand website Lulu.
What went on can only be speculation at this point, though it must be noted that Powys Media do very well with original novels based on Space: 1999, of which the best part of 20 have been published over a 15-year period. It's a shame if low sales have curbed the Prisoner range, as these were nice-looking books... to say nothing of the fact that they gave this site a nice nod, which is reproduced at the bottom of this page.
As for the two novels in question, then Miss Freedom is on a "to read" list here at The Anorak Zone, and will hopefully be reviewed shortly. As for The Prisoner's Dilemma, then I read it and enjoyed it, with minor reservations. However, while I meant to type up my thoughts at the time, I didn't get round to it, leaving just a few random notes on my desktop: "Working together" ... "Kumars at 42" ... "Rover and ducks"... "War". There's also the sentence that starts "To discuss the plot too closely would be to spoil it, so let's just say" and then ends abruptly.
What the Hell it all meant is now lost to me, so until I reread it, let's just say that while there was maybe a little too much pop culture referencing, this was a confident and vibrant first novel from Powys Media. Anything else has been lost to memory...