Friday, 18 May 2018

Surviving the Evacuation 13 - Out Now

Surviving the Evacuation, Book 13: Future's Beginning, is out now.

For good or ill, the future has begun.

After the outbreak came the nuclear war. The blasts killed millions. Chaos followed. Most of those unlucky enough not to succumb to starvation and disease joined the ranks of the living dead.

Fleeing the impossible nightmare, ten thousand, from nations across the Atlantic seaboard, found refuge on the Welsh island of Anglesey. There, they should have been safe. There, they should have been able to rebuild. There, they were betrayed.

Forced to flee once more, a hasty exodus was planned, but those plans were sabotaged. The survivors became scattered across the island of Ireland. Old-world supplies are scarce, hope is running out, and safety is just a memory. The snow has come, and though rain will soon follow, winter has truly begun.

In Dundalk, eight hundred survivors have occupied a local college, but the campus is too dispersed to defend. As they scour the snow-covered town for a safe route to the sea, they find signs of long-fled survivors and answers to a question they hadn’t asked.

In Belfast, the situation is increasingly precarious. There are saboteurs in their midst. As the investigation into their identity slowly progresses, the terrorists continue to plot. Rumours of a mutiny escalate into a riot, while an unseen clock ticks ever closer towards humanity’s destruction.

Set in Belfast and Dundalk, over three days that change everything.

Available from:

Amazon UK
Amazon .Com
Amazon Australia
Amazon Canada

Google Play:

It should be available on Scribd and Nook over the next few days. The paperbacks should be available to order on Sunday.

Recording will begin on the audiobook tomorrow. The Book 12 audiobook is now with the sound engineer, and should be out very soon.

Coming next: 14: Mort Vivant.

Happy reading (and have a great weekend)

Frank :)

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Surviving the Evacuation 13 - Out Soon.

Surviving the Evacuation 13: Future’s Beginning
will be out very soon, set in Dundalk and Belfast over three days that change everything.

(Audio - I’ve locked Tim Bruce in his studio, and he’s recording Book 12, and nearing the final few chapters. I expect it back this coming week.)

Book 13 is with the proofers at the mo. I’m using a new team with this book, and while they haven’t given me an exact delivery date, they’ve said it will be before next Sunday.

Please note, Sholto is one of the big stars of Book 13, and he makes a few references to his escape from the U.S. in Here We Stand 1&2 (particularly the end of Here We Stand 1). If you’ve not read it yet, this would be the perfect time.

Sorry for the lack of updates, but things have been a tad hectic on my end (and will remain so for the foreseeable, though I’m still aiming to publish another three books this year). While life(TM) is partly to blame for the delay in publishing this book, most of the fault lies with me.

I’d thought Book 13 would focus on Bill & Chester (as their story begins about halfway through Book 12). I wrote a good chunk of their adventures before I realised their story doesn’t really make sense unless, first, we return to Nilda & Jay, and their... actually, best not say what they’re doing or where they are. Anyhoo, I then wrote a good portion of Nilda’s exploits, too, before I realised that, of course, and with the sat-phones, they’ll spend some time discussing what’s transpired in Belfast and Dundalk following the sabotage. Thus that, (and, in hindsight, obviously) is where the story must begin. The end result is that Book 13 is now set in Belfast and Dundalk. Mort Vivant (Bill & Chester’s story) will be told in Book 14.

In order to maintain consistency with the broader timeline, changing the story around in this way required a major restructuring of the plot. There’s more about Siobhan than Colm, and Bran than Mirabelle, than I’d originally planned, but the outcome is a tight-packed, twist-filled, zombie-procedural, horror-thriller, focusing more on people than the undead. It’s a little different from the rest of the series, but sets up a return to a survival-based story in Book 14. Beyond that, well, things are getting increasingly desperate for our heroes. Will they survive until Book 15? I hope so, I’ve just ordered the cover.

One (exciting to me) upshot of this change was that I was able to use a Markus-subplot. If you remember, Book 9 was originally mostly set in Belfast. When it became clear that book would have to be set more widely across Ireland, I had to put that plot back on the shelf but, woohoo! I’ve been able to include it here. (Albeit in a trimmed down fashion. You’ll know which scene I mean when you read it.) Now, can I tell you anything else about the story? Oh, of course, Annette's searching for a stray cat. Hmm... I can't think of anything else without revealing too much.

The cover for Book 13 has been designed by the team at Author Packages.

If you’re looking for graphics/covers, I can’t recommend them highly enough. There was a mini-nightmare with the original cover. I contacted Author Packages on Monday, had a sketch back on Tuesday, some options on backgrounds/foregrounds on Wednesday, a draft on Thursday with the changes all made by Friday. They’re competitively priced, friendly, very professional, and I’ve already ordered the next cover from them.

Coming next, Book 14: Mort Vivant. This will be followed by a novel (maybe a novella) following the exploits of an FBI agent before and after the outbreak, and which sets up the events in Book 15.

Coming soon (though not as soon as either of us would like): Outback Outbreak & The Great Undead North. (Possibly with a story in between. The Great Pacific Zombie Patch, perhaps? Perhaps not, or at least not that title...)

Have a great weekend and week. May it remain safe from the living dead.
Frank :)

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Surviving the Evacuation 12: Britain's End, out now.

Humanity is at a crossroads. Either all will survive, or our species will perish.

Anglesey became a refuge for survivors from across the world, but living in the shadow of a decrepit nuclear power station always made for a precarious existence. There is only one destination for their final exodus from Britain, but Belfast won’t become their new home.

There are fewer undead on the island of Ireland, but their numbers still count in the millions. With farming impossible, with the weather worsening, with ammunition exhausted, desperation turns to despair. All seems bleak, but the survivors don’t know how truly desperate their situation is. During the chaos that ensued after the calamitous election, they misjudged the evidence. Their true enemy is still among them, and that enemy is about to act.

Set nine months after the outbreak, in Britain and the island of Ireland, when humanity is at a crossroads. Either all will survive, or our species will die.

Book 12: Britain's End is available now in ebook from:

Amazon UK :
Amazon .com :
Amazon Australia :
Amazon Canada :

It should be out on Toilno, Nook, and the other smaller sites, by Friday.
Paperbacks should be available to order from Amazon on Friday, and from The Book Depository on Saturday, and all good bookshops from Monday.


Book 11: Search and Rescue is available now from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes as are Serious Crimes and Counterfeit Conspiracy.
Recording of Book 12 & Endangered Nation should begin in the next week or so
Book 12 was a lot of fun to write, so I'm glad to say that it isn't the final book in the series. This part of the story will continue in Book 13: Mort Vivant, out late spring (Title tbc). As to whether there will be a Book 14 will very much depend on whether any of our heroes survive...

Happy reading, Happy New Year, and may your 2018 remain zombie-free (except in fiction)
Frank :)

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Counterfeit Conspiracy out now in Audiobook

Hello from snowy London. Counterfeit Conspiracy is out now as an audiobook from Audible, iTunes, and Amazon. Book 12: Britain's End will be out in January (apologies).

Counterfeit Conspiracy: In 2019, the AIs went to war. Millions died before a nuclear holocaust brought an end to their brief reign of terror. Billions more succumbed to radiation poisoning, disease, and the chaotic violence of that apocalypse. Some survived. They rebuilt. Twenty years later, civilisation is a dim shadow of its former self, and crime is on the rise. During the investigation of a routine homicide, Police Officer Ruth Deering prevents a group of Luddites from destroying the telegraph. This act of sabotage is only the beginning. As arrests are made, and criminals are caught, evidence emerges that the saboteurs are connected to the AIs, the counterfeiting, and to the assassination. The shadowy figure behind the conspiracy must be unmasked before their fragile democracy is destroyed.

Surviving the Evacuation 12: Britain's End will (probably) be out in January. I'd hoped to have it finished before Christmas, but to meet the pre-holiday publishing dates for Amazon & iTunes it would need to be finished by the 16th December, and it's just not there yet. There's not too much to do, but life has become a tad hectic, I don't want to rush it (either life or publishing ;) )

Despite the name, this isn't the last book in the series, though I hope to finish this arc in either Book 13 or 14, and then plan to jump the story forward a few years. Before Book 13, I plan to publish a novella about an FBI agent, and Lisa Kempton. This was originally going to be the prologue to Book 12, but, while interesting and important to the overall story, isn't strictly relevant to the plot in this book. Nonetheless, it is quite cool, so that will be out early in the New Year.

The audiobook for Book 11 should be out before/around Christmas.

Happy listening, and enjoy the snow (or, if you're me, enjoy watching the snow fall while sipping tea while inside, in the warm.)

Frank. :)

Friday, 3 November 2017

Serious Crimes (Strike a Match 1) is out now as an audiobook

Serious Crimes (Strike a Match 1) is out now as an audiobook.

In 2019, the AIs went to war. Three days later, the EMP from hundreds of nuclear bombs destroyed the infected circuits. Billions of people succumbed to radiation, starvation, and disease. But millions survived, and they rebuilt.

Twenty years later, a ceremony is being held to mark the first transatlantic broadcast since the Blackout. The Prime Minister of Britain and two of the Presidents of the United States will speak to an audience of nearly 10 million people. Not all are celebrating. Crime is on the rise, and power is once again a prize worth murdering for.

Ruth Deering, a new graduate from the police academy, doesn't care about ancient history or current affairs. She only joined the force to escape the smog-infested city. Those hopes are dashed when she is assigned to the Serious Crimes Unit, commanded by the disgraced Sergeant Mitchell. Her first case appears to be a simple murder, but the investigation uncovers a counterfeiting ring and a conspiracy that threatens to destroy their fragile democracy.

Amazon UK:

Amazon .com:

Audible UK:

Audible. Com:

Happy listening,

Frank :)

Friday, 27 October 2017

Strike a Match 3: Endangered Nation, out now

In 2019, the AIs went to war. Three days later, hundreds of nuclear missiles were launched. The electromagnetic pulse destroyed the machines, but the radiation and ensuing famine nearly destroyed humanity.
By 2039, civilisation had regressed to the age of steam, but newer technologies were on the horizon. The future looked bright until the warlords swept through Europe. Villages and towns were laid waste, the few thousand people who’d hacked out a life in the continental wasteland were butchered. It was only when the barbarians reached the British garrison in Calais that they were stopped. And so, another war began.
In Dover, life goes on. Food needs to be grown. Children need to be taught. For Ruth Deering, the city’s newest police officer, crimes need to be solved. When an artist is murdered, an investigation begins that will take her far beyond the city’s walls and, ultimately, determine the fate of their fragile democracy.

Set in Britain and France, twenty years after the world we know was destroyed.

Amazon .com


Paperbacks are available from Amazon now, and should be available to order from your local bookshop or library early next week.

Amazon UK:
Amazon. com:
Amazon France:
Amazon Germany:

The audiobook will be recorded in November. (Serious Crimes, the first novel in the series, is now with Audible, and should be out in a few weeks.)

Coming Soon: Surviving the Evacuation 12: Britain's End

Happy reading,
Frank :)

Friday, 20 October 2017

Audiobook, Surviving the Evacuation 10: The Last Candidate, out now

Surviving the Evacuation 10: The Last Candidate, is out now as an audiobook.

Amazon UK
Amazon .Com

Audible UK

Audible. com

(It should be live on Amazon Australia, Canada, Germany and other sites within the next few hours, and on iTunes by tomorrow morning.)

Nine months after the outbreak, 10,000 survivors have found a refuge on the Welsh island of Anglesey. Hordes of the undead ravage the wastelands of Britain and Ireland. Satellite images show that the rest of the world is no better. Food, fuel, and ammunition are running low and there are no more old-world supplies with which to replace them. Intended as an alternative to a slide into despotism, an election is called. It is hoped the contest will bring forth solutions to the myriad crises facing this last bastion of humanity.

After the favoured candidate is hospitalised, suspicion falls on the new frontrunner, a publican who purchased his support with an impossible promise of a return to the pre-apocalyptic world. With no viable candidate, and no way of calling off the election, those who still have access to a ship plan their departure; others plan to rig the contest; a few give up on all plans for a future beyond tomorrow. Anglesey is on the verge of collapse, and humanity is on the brink of extinction.

Happy listening & Have a great weekend,

Frank :)