Monday, 22 November 2021

No Turning Back (Life Goes On 5) Out Now

In a post-apocalyptic world where food is treasure, pirates will kill for a meal.

A month after the nuclear war ended, Commissioner Qwong and her crew of scientists and soldiers head north. Following a clue found in the logbook of a sinking ship, they search Mexico for a community trading safety for oil. As they follow garbled radio messages and breadcrumb-clues northward from one small band of survivors to another, a picture of the new world emerges.

Sinking cities and rising swamps, fallout-laden farmland and fire-ravaged homes, pirate-ridden coasts and zombie-filled shores: the damage is irreversible, and the rescue mission soon becomes an ecological survey, charting the spread of fallout, the location of inland craters, the growth of oceanic dead-zones, and the extent of coastal flooding.

Despite the increasingly bleak discoveries, a new plan emerges, a blueprint for a new haven and a new way of living, a new future for the last survivors of humanity. There is one last chance to save the species, a desperate gamble which will take them to where the outbreak began, and then beyond.

From the Caribbean to the Great Lakes, the full extent of the apocalypse becomes clear as the battle for humanity ends, and the fight for a new future begins.

Available from

Amazon Thunderbolt & Sidnaw (& USA)
Amazon Broken Hill (& Australia)

All books in the series are available to borrow, as ebooks, from local libraries using Hoopla, Overdrive, Bibliotheque, etc. This is about 90% of libraries now, and you can borrow without having to go into a branch. Check to see if your library offers this service.

They're also available on the subscription services offered by Scribd and Kobo Plus.
Audio will be recorded in December

Paperbacks are available now from Amazon. Please note, this is another long book (145,000 words, so twice the length of Book 1), as such the printing costs are much higher, and thus so is the retail price.

Coming Next: Surviving the Evacuation 19: Welcome to the End of the Earth

Surviving the Evacuation began a long time ago, when quarantines, lockdowns, and week-long hunts for toilet paper were purely fictional. Life Goes On 5 marks the end of Commissioner Qwong & Pete and Olivia's pursuit of the cartel, and so is the end of this series. Surviving the Evacuation 19 marks the end of that series, though it's not the end of these characters' adventures.

Coming in 2022 - After the Evacuation 1: The Scavengers' Guild. Set in California and Papua New Guinea (and elsewhere), a month after the end of Book 19, and staring Bran (among others, but I don't want to reveal anything that gives away the plot of No Turning Back or Book 19). While the scientists map the full extent of the environmental damage, and so calculate whether humanity has.a future, salvage operations begin in the old world's major cities. But where there is opportunity, there is corruption, crime, and revenge...

Also coming in 2022, Strike a Match 5: Valley of Hope - Please note, the Twynham Gazette's book of the month is Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear.

Brawl of the Worlds: A First Contact Comedy

Hope you enjoy Life Goes On 5. Pete and Olivia's adventure was a lot of fun to write, even if it did result in me living on a cereal diet for six months.

Happy reading, Frank :)

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Over By Christmas, Strike a Match 4, Out Now

Strike a Match 4: Over By Christmas is out now

Two deaths could be an accident. Three must be murder.

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Amazon UK:
Amazon US:
Amazon Australia:
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Google Play:
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Kobo & Kobo Plus:

This book (and all the others in the series) are available from libraries via Hoopla, Overdrive, and Bibliotheque, so check your local library. Most allow digital borrowing of ebooks from home (which, frankly, is awesome!). You should be able to get paperbacks from the library too. :) 

My books are also available on the subscription service, Scribd and Kobo Plus.



2039, twenty years after the AIs went to war, plague and famine has reduced the global population to a hundred million. Most of the planet is a wasteland, with only a handful of enclave-nations preserving a dim shadow of civilisation. Technology has regressed to the era of steam trains, telegrams, and sailing boats, but democracy survived and is again under threat.

Three terrorist insurgencies have swept across Europe, pillaging farms, burning villages, destroying two decades of fragile recovery. Those refugees who escaped the massacres fled to the coast. Like a century before, Calais and Dunkirk have become the front line.

On the home front, rationing continues, and another ice-age winter has begun. Christmas is only days away, but Constable Ruth Deering’s mood is anything but festive. In the walled city of Dover, a lonely chef is discovered dead, poisoned. What first appeared to be an accident is soon suspected to be the work of a serial killer who is certain to strike again.

On the front line, Henry Mitchell doesn’t view this as war, just another crime against humanity during the twenty-year-long battle for survival. As hastily built bastions are fortified by a conscript-militia, Mitchell ventures deep behind the lines, hunting for the mastermind responsible for this latest assault.

In the new British capital of Twynham, a peace treaty with the separatist kingdom of Leicester is in peril. Until it’s signed, the soldiers laying siege to the royalist redoubt can’t be redeployed to the front.

As rusting tanks are recovered for repair, as new regiments are raised, and spies are sent east, the nation prepares for a war that certainly won’t be over by Christmas.


This is the first in a new trilogy following the trials of life (and crime) on the home front, and the tribulations wrought by the terrorist insurgents across Europe, with the next two books due out in 2022.

But coming Next: Life Goes On 5 (I hope to have it finished by the end of September) & Book 19: Contentedly Ever After (out this winter)


Happy Reading :)

Friday, 7 May 2021

If Not Us (Life Goes On 4) Out Now

If Not Us (Life Goes On 4), the latest novel in the epic apocalyptic saga, Surviving the Evacuation, is out now.

If not us, who? If not now, when?


As the much-depleted United Nations meets in Canberra, the scale of the global catastrophe becomes clear. The tsunami left Brisbane a flooded ruin. Vanuatu has disappeared. The Madagascan evacuation has failed. Vancouver has been reduced to a radioactive crater. For as far west as Mozambique, as far to the east as Chile, and as far north as Canada, the world is a catalogue of devastation. From the Atlantic, there has been no news since the early days of the outbreak, four weeks ago.


As search and rescue efforts stall, the investigation into this ultimate war crime continues. With her misfit team of Special Forces and conscripts, Tess Qwong heads to Mozambique. There, a New Zealand frigate will take them into the unknown dangers of the Atlantic. But while they hunt the radioactive seas for the war criminals responsible for the outbreak and nuclear war, below the waves their enemy is hunting for them.


From Perth to Panama, from South Africa to South America, from paradise islands to radioactive wastelands, the battle against extinction continues.

Available from:

Amazon UK:
Amazon US:
Amazon Australia:
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Google Play:
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This book (and all the others in the series) are available from libraries via Hoopla, Overdrive, and Bibliotheque, so check your local library. Most allow digital borrowing of ebooks from home. You should be able to get paperbacks from the library too. :) 

My books are also available on the subscription service, Scribd.

Paperbacks - available soon (I'm hoping for today or tomorrow)

Audio, coming soon (probably June/July.)


Life Goes On follows large scale survival, focused on the Pacific, while Surviving the Evacuation tells the story of individual struggle in the Atlantic. While these stories are interlinked, and with character crossover, they can be read as separate series.


Australian Paperbacks - Good news. I recieved an email yesterday to say, from 19th May, paperbacks will be printed locally rather than imported. This means my books should be easier and cheaper -(printing costs plus the cost of a cup of tea.) In case you read any other authors (do they even exist?) this should mean all other print-on-demand books (essentially, anything other than mass-market paperbacks) should get cheaper, too. Woohoo! (though only a little woohoo, at least until the pricing structure actually gets revealed.)

Coming Next

Strike a Match 4: Over By Christmas
Life Goes On 5 & Surviving the Evacuation 19

Book 19 should (hopefully) wrap up the cartel/Kempton storyline (maybe). For Sorcha's journey to be complete, we need to know what happened to Lisa, for Bill and Kim to plan a future for their community, they need to know what happened in the MidWest. For Scott to relay what happened in the Pacific, well, I need to figure it out. And for Sholto... I really can't say, except I've the perfect story for him, but it needs a bit of a build up.

While I do have a few ideas for where I'd like to take the series next (it begins with a father/son road trip. Thing is, I'm increasingly convinced George would insist on being the driver. He did run a bus company, back in the olden days. As for the Pacific, I'd like to write about Megacity Perth) I'd like to make sure I've concluded the current narrative arc before getting too far ahead with my plans.

(I will also, at some point, take a break from the apocalypse to finish one of the gazillion manuscripts I've been working on. But getting to Book 19 is now the priority.)

Happy reading,
Frank :)

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Out Now: Surviving the Evacuation 18: Rebuilt in a Day

Surviving the Evacuation, Book 18: Rebuilt in a Day, is out now!

It took three weeks to destroy civilisation. It won’t be rebuilt in a day.

Please Note: This story features characters, places, and events from Life Goes On 1-3.
Amazon Australia:
Amazon Digby (and the rest of Canada):

Barnes & Noble / Nook: Soon (in the next few hours)
Google Play: Soon (in the next few hours)

Ebooks should be available from Scribd, Hoopla, Overdrive, and other library and subscription services in the next few days.


A year after the outbreak, a sharp winter is followed by a sudden thaw. Spring has come early to Nova Scotia, bringing new hope. For the thirteen thousand survivors who’ve found sanctuary in northern Canada, and for the first time since the apocalypse, extinction isn’t imminent. But it looms large in the near future, a legacy of the nuclear war that destroyed civilisation.

As the weather improves, some survivors quit the small community. Even more plan their departure. The old-world supplies of food, oil, and ammunition have been consumed. More will have to be grown, drilled, and made. Medicine, paper, clothes: in a few years there will be none left to salvage. If it can’t be manufactured, it will have to be forgone. What knowledge can’t be preserved will be lost.

Humanity’s future appears bleak unless more people can be found. Hoping there is some truth in the rumours of a redoubt in Vancouver, an expedition to the Pacific is launched. The journey will be perilous as North America was ground zero for the outbreak, and for the nuclear war.

Set in Canada and beyond, as survivors from the Atlantic and Pacific meet.


Coming Next:

A World of Magic 1: Work Experience (A contemporary comic fantasy set on the Isle of Wight, and in the very, very distant past.)
Life Goes On 4: A World in Flames
Book 19: From the Ashes
Life Goes On 5: The Repentant Billionaire
A World of Magic 2: Draco Australis (set in Dubbo, and in the Outback Dragon Reserve in NSW)
Strike a Match 4: Over By Christmas

While I had planned a sweeping multi-book arc for Surviving the Evacuation, I now think the open storylines can be wrapped up in two books (with a third to focus on Lisa Kempton, because I've been wanting to write her story for ages, but I can never seem to fit it in.) I won't say that Book 19 is the end, rather it's a pause to be followed by standalone stories set in this increasingly apocalyptic world (I'm absolutely determined that Jay should paddle a canoe down the flooded ruins of Wall Street, but that's quite a way for him to trek. I don't think he'll be travelling alone.). I have mapped out a few stories to cover the next 5 years (both for our survivors, and for me), but one year at a time, and I think 6 books is enough to be working on for now.

Happy reading & stay safe, Frank :)

(PS, You'd think, having written all these books, I'd have learned a few lessons from Bill et al for use in our current pandemic. Well, I suppose I did - my neighbours are very upset about the moat I dug around my home, probably because I live in a flat. But while I did remember to stock up on tea before this current lockdown (phew) I completely forgot the biscuits. No matter what the internet says, you really can't dunk banana bread in tea.)