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: http://amzn.to/2j03lCx

Amazon .com: http://amzn.to/2xY1a55

Audible UK: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Serious-Crimes-Audiobook/B07736RX48/

Audible. Com: https://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Serious-Crimes-Audiobook/B07736D27S/

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  http://amzn.to/2xunNh6

Nook

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

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2zW1z9x
Amazon. com:  http://amzn.to/2ic5o27
Amazon France: https://www.amazon.fr/dp/1979127697/
Amazon Germany: https://www.amazon.de/dp/1979127697/

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 http://amzn.to/2xb42uM
Amazon .Com http://amzn.to/2yCPyXX

Audible UK https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/The-Last-Candidate-Audiobook/B076JK4ZTD

Audible. com https://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/The-Last-Candidate-Audiobook/B076JMD1XH

(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 :)

Friday, 8 September 2017

Do you have a zombie plan?

The polling company, YouGov, conducted a survey of Brits, asking how many had a zombie plan. Only/as many as (delete as appropriate) 11% have.

https://yougov.co.uk/news/2017/09/08/one-ten-brits-have-zombie-plan/

The survey then went on to ask what that zombie plan was. In that spirit, I thought I’d share my zombie plan:

1. Stay put, catch up on my reading until my kindle runs out of power.

2. Go to Bill’s house (it is a real house) and have a look around (I’ve never been inside.) Hopefully find another kindle and catch up on someone else’s reading.

3. Go to the British Museum and ‘rescue’ the Rosetta Stone (just because), travelling via the Tower (natch) to stock up on weapons (particularly that hanger of King George), saying ‘hi’ to any warders, or readers who’ve taken refuge there.

4. Go to the British Library and find the paperback versions of all the other books on my reading list.

5. Debate whether it would be too ironic to write a journal detailing the history of the zombocalypse.


Books Update:

Strike A Match 3: Endangered Nation is almost finished (Woohoo!) I’d hoped to have it out before the 27th September as that’ll mark the 4 year anniversary of publishing Book 1: London and Zombies vs The Living Dead, but I’ve become a little distracted by George Tull and a scene in Book 12. I’ve only got a few minor details to tweak, so, when I do get back to it (probably next week) there isn’t much to do and I may well meet that deadline.

As to why it’s taken so long to finish this book, the short answer is that I was trying too hard to make it a detective novel (a Sherlock Holmes novel if I’m honest) but while it has an investigation at it’s core, this story is far more about life twenty years after the apocalypse. As to what it specifically is about, the only hint I’ll give now is that Book 4 will finish this arc, and it’s called ‘Over By Christmas’ (and I’ll have it published in 2018) More on this in a week or so.

Audiobooks: Serious Crimes (Fiona Hardingham) and Book 10 (Tim Bruce) are both being recorded at the mo. Both books have been delayed a little as both narrators have been busy with acting gigs over the summer, but both should be out in October.

Surviving the Evacuation: While the main story is set in stone, I had a major rethink about which characters were best to tell it. I don’t want to give too much away in case I change my mind again, but it looks like Books 12 & 13 will finish this arc, will feature at least one chapter each set in Belfast, London, and Anglesey, and that, hopefully, it will feature a slightly extended, action-packed prologue set in the U.S. before the outbreak.

Have a great weekend (and if you’ve not done it yet, do remember to create a zombie plan.)


Frank :)


Monday, 7 August 2017

Audiobook - Surviving the Evacuation 9: Ireland - out now

Surviving the Evacuation 9: Ireland is out now as an audiobook.



Within hours of the first outbreak, Manhattan was overrun by the living dead. Within a few days, the undead had reached every corner of the globe.

There was no evacuation of Northern Ireland, and no quarantine in the Republic. A naval blockade prevented ships from docking, but they didn't prevent those who could reach the coast from fleeing by sea. Those who were left behind took refuge in castles, police stations, churches, military bases, and any other buildings with strong walls. The walls weren't strong enough.

Eight months later, Bill and Kim are stranded on the southwestern Atlantic coast of the Irish Republic. They know that there is a safe haven on Anglesey, but that is hundreds of miles of undead Ireland and a treacherous sea crossing away. They begin a journey on which they will have to rescue the innocent and confront the past before they can embrace the future.

Set on the island of Ireland eight months after the outbreak, this is the next volume of Bill Wright's journals.

Available from

Amazon. com : http://amzn.to/2hDnu04

Audible UK : http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Surviving-the-Evacuation-Book-9-Ireland-Audiobook/B074JKDYD5

Audible.com : https://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Surviving-the-Evacuation-Book-9-Ireland-Audiobook/B074JFS52V/


It should be available on iTunes in the next few hours.

Book 10 & Strike a Match 1: Serious Crimes will be recorded in September. 
Happy listening
Frank  :)

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Surviving the Evacuation 11: Search and Rescue, out now


Not all survivors are to be trusted. Not all the conspirators are dead.



February: Within hours of the outbreak, the quarantine was sabotaged. Within days, the world was gripped by civil war.

March: When the lights finally went out, billions were dead. Millions more had joined the ranks of the undead.

May: Anglesey has become home to nearly ten thousand survivors from across the Atlantic. While there is still danger from the undead on the mainland, there is hope. Hope that the zombies might die, hope that the electricity supply might be restored, and hope that more survivors will be found. Hope is not enough. Sergeant Branofski and Chester Carson venture into northern Wales to set up a network of safe houses that will provide a route to Anglesey for those still trapped in the wasteland. Though they find survivors, they discover something far worse.

September: Nowhere is safe from the living dead, not even The Tower of London. The ancient fortress has become home to nearly a hundred people. Food is scarce and the undead are many. The survivors are doomed unless help can be found, but the only place it can come from is Anglesey. Eamonn Finnegan sets out alone to seek their salvation. He never reaches Wales.

November: In her heart, Greta knows that Eamonn is dead, yet she has to look for her lost love because he would look for her. Chester joins her in the futile quest to ensure the search doesn’t cost Greta her life. Before their journey has barely begun, they discover an old foe that they thought was dead.

Set on Anglesey and in London, near Wrexham and in Birmingham, while hope is fading for the last survivors of humanity.


Available from:

Amazon UK - Amazon .com 

Happy reading,
Frank :)

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Can you pronounce Dwygyfylchi?


I was aiming to publish Surviving the Evacuation 11: Search & Rescue tomorrow, and thought I was on a final read through, but I've been making too many tweaks and changes. I will have to declare this the penultimate read through, and say I'll publish Book 11 some point later this week. Apologies for the delay.

Audiobooks: Book 9 was sent to Audible on Thursday, so should be available in a couple of weeks.





Synopsis


Not all survivors are to be trusted. Not all the conspirators are dead.
February: Within hours of the outbreak, the quarantine was sabotaged. Within days, the world was gripped by civil war.

March: When the lights finally went out, billions were dead. Millions more had joined the ranks of the undead.

May: Anglesey has become home to nearly ten thousand survivors from across the Atlantic. While there is still danger from the undead on the mainland, there is hope. Hope that the zombies might die, hope that the electricity supply might be restored, and hope that more survivors will be found. Hope is not enough. Sergeant Branofski and Chester Carson venture into northern Wales to set up a network of safe houses that will provide a route to Anglesey for those still trapped in the wasteland. Though they find survivors, they discover something far worse.

September: Nowhere is safe from the living dead, not even The Tower of London. The ancient fortress has become home to nearly a hundred people. Food is scarce and the undead are many. The survivors are doomed unless help can be found, but the only place it can come from is Anglesey. Eamonn Finnegan sets out, alone, to seek their salvation. He never reaches Wales.
November: In her heart, Greta knows that Eamonn is dead, yet she has to look for her lost love because he would look for her. Chester Carson joins her in the futile quest to ensure the search doesn’t cost Greta her life. Before their journey has barely begun, they discover an old foe that they thought was dead.

Set on Anglesey and in London, near Wrexham and in Birmingham, while hope is fading for the last survivors of humanity.

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So, can you pronounce Dwygyfylchi? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwygyfylchi

This is a village in Wales close to where Bishop’s campsite was. While it's in contention for the coolest place name in Wales, it’s not the only one that features. There’s an important scene that takes place near Rhosllannerchrugog https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhosllannerchrugog , and another at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontcysyllte_Aqueduct

The Aqueduct features on the cover, and was going to take a rather prominent part in the story. In the end, I cut out everything but the final part of the story of the people who had taken refuge among its ruins. Frustratingly (for me) this wasn’t the only location that was cut. The Grand Union Canal has been relegated to only a few brief mentions, Wrexham is never visited, and Cambridge doesn’t get mentioned at all. Perhaps in the next book.

I’ve tried to tie up a lot of loose ends in this book, and though it doesn’t quite end on a cliffhanger, it does set the stage for the final part of the Anglesey story (though not the final part of the series.) Tuck, Nilda and Jay will feature more in the next book, but more of that closer to the time.

If you were wondering which books (or parts of books) to re-read prior to publication, I would suggest the prologue and epilogue of Book 7, and the epilogue of Book 10. And, with that, I shall return to this penultimate read-through so I can get on with the final read-through, and then, finally, publish the book.

Have a great weekend,

Frank :)