The story behind The Frihet Rebellion

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The Frihet Rebellion is my first book release of 2017 (and the first for over a year!). The story behind it, however, starts a long time ago, but still in this galaxy (sorry).

Way back in 1975 (when I was just 16) I wrote a short book called Space Revolution. A simple story of a nasty Earth government, a heroic alien and human aboard a superior alien craft, and a distant, rebellious princess. This was two years before the release of Star Wars, so stop pointing those fingers. Its real influence was comic books, the Martian and Venus tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs, pulp sci fi in general and the imagination of a 16 year old boy (Sexy teenage princess? Sure, why not?).

Paper was cut down to size and I typed the story out (on a ribbon rapidly losing ink). My older brother Colin (who had more experience of this and was – and is – much more of a perfectionist than me) agreed to glue the book together, trim the pages to a neat edge AND produce an amazing wrap-around cover, created with pen and poster paints. Here’s the result (I still have it, and it still holds together perfectly).

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In 2015 I decided to resurrect Space Revolution and rewrite it, start to finish. The basic story elements remained, but characters and incidents were fleshed out and changes made to fit with my older and, possibly, more mature outlook. The result was The Frihet Rebellion which, I hope, retains the excitement, fast movement and pulp nature of the original.

When it came to the cover design, I knew I had to have that ship from the original cover. It just conjured the flavour of the story so well. So, with a little photoshopping, I added a fresh new star field to the background, the new title and there it was – I think, the perfect cover for The Frihet Rebellion.

As with everything I write, I am less concerned with being seen as a “good writer” and more with being a “good storyteller”. This story has been with me a long time. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing, and rewriting, it.

The ebook is currently available for pre-order and will be released on 1st March 2017. The paperback is currently going through review and will also be available then, if not before.

You can pre-order on Amazon now.

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Price reduction on Book #1 in The Szuiltan Trilogy

It occurred to me a short while ago that one possible problem with Liberation Of Worlds (Book #2 in The Szuiltan Trilogy) is that it really is one of those #2 books that requires the reader to have read #1! So, until #3 is written and I can put all 3 together in one special priced volume, I thought I would reduce the price of #1 on kindle to tempt some people to try out the first book (hoping of course that they like it enough to buy the second!). Did all that make some kind of sense?

So, for a limited but unspecified time, the kindle version of The Szuiltan Alliance (Book #1 in The Szuiltan Trilogy) is reduced to 99c (77p). If you want to try it out, please take advantage of this offer, and I hope you like it šŸ™‚

The Szuiltan Alliance

Liberation Of Worlds

Cover reveal for Liberation Of Worlds

Here it is, the proposed wrap-around cover for the paperback release of Liberation Of Worlds (Book Two of The Szuiltan Trilogy). Just waiting for final approval.

The artwork is, once again, done by the incredible Steve Upham (http://www.screamingdreams.com). If you don’t like the lettering, blame me. I did that bit.

It’s been two years since the first part was released so, a bit of a long wait. Those of you who were kind enough to buy the first one, I hope you enjoyed it enough to be tempted to read the second one too.

The final part of the trilogy, The Offspring, is at the planning stage. I’ll keep you in touch with it as it progresses.

Liberation Of Worlds

Wrap-around cover for the paperback of Liberation Of Worlds.

The Szuiltan Alliance available on kindle

The Szuiltan Alliance, book one in my Szuiltan Trilogy of space adventure science fiction books, is now available for the kindle:

The Szuiltan Alliance

When Steve Drake, Space Trader, agreed to take on a trade to the Szuiltans, the only truly alien race ever discovered in man’s expansion across the galaxy, he had no idea it would land him in the middle of murder, intrigue and an interplanetary war!

Buy it now:

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Or read more about it by clicking here (including sample chapters)