Finally, I have set a release date for my first sf novel.

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Image above is the front cover for part 1. Release date 08/05/2013 to be confirmed soon.

DEF – Wrath of the Gods – Part 1 – The journey to the Black Mountains

What is the story about?

It is a sf action adventure. A journey of discovery, cliché I know, but in its simplest form that is what it is. It is the first book in a series of three that will be published over the next 2 years.

The story is set in the distant future, upon another world known as Terrak by the native Kaotäri inhabitants (Planet Earth no longer exists). A race of humans and mermians also reside on the planet, neither of them are on peaceful terms.

When a meteor enters Terrak’s airspace emitting a strange power signature, three missions are set in action to locate it. A team from each of the three different races trek through the treacherous Deadlands territories to the Black Mountains where it landed. The teams are on a collision course with one another and a sinister force that threatens the very existence of all civilization upon their planet.

When I say that it is about a journey of discovery, it is at many different levels. Forced into stressful circumstances, the lead protagonists discover significant truths about themselves and others around them. Subconsciously I was writing about my perception of life. The decisions we make and our actions that sway our course for better or worse. I have a slightly idealistic view on how we as a species should be, and how our society should function. I have to say, I am bitterly disappointed at the reality of what humanity has become. That’s not to say that it is all bad. I just find it troubling that we as a species find it so difficult to except cultural differences, on every level. Great things could be achieved if humanity worked together. I guess the threat of an alien invasion might well do the trick, bring nations together. It shouldn’t have to come down to natural disasters or the threat of war to bring nations together – but sadly that is reality. 

I’ll get back to the book and the heroic protagonists now. On the outside, the characters are very different from one another; although they share the same planet, their appearances and cultures are worlds apart. The one thing they do share in common is their will to survive. Throughout the story, events unfold that allow them to see other similarities and traits that help them to respect and understand one another’s cultural differences. 

Mixing hi-tech culture with a primitive culture was something I was keen to do with the story – I wanted the primitive culture to be as valuable and as capable as the hi-tech cultures. They hold their own in the story and don’t get lost when rivalling the array of futuristic gadgetry that is deployed by the other two cultures and the antagonists.

The antagonists of my story are sinister Dark forces that have come to harvest life-force from the inhabitants of the planet. I will post the history and origins of DEF in future posts to this blog and in future ebook releases. They have some interesting abilities that make them a formidable, almost immortal force.

In reality the Dark forces in our world that have inspired my creation of DEF are money, greed and power. It seems to me, that these three things tend to go hand and in hand. Money and power are like a drug to some people. They can’t get enough of it. It is an unstoppable force that controls our world and for all the good it could do, it appears to me to be squandered by the elite few who clearly don’t care about the future of humankind or our planet. These are the people that could make a difference but clearly don’t care. Don’t get me wrong, I do like money. I have to, because in reality I live in a world where it is impossible to be totally self-sufficient and off the grid, plus I like my creature comforts and my motorcycle. So, I guess I’m just a greedy human after all 😉 

As you have probably guessed by now, I like to use writing as a form of escapism! If I was to sum up my story in one word, that word would have to be `escapism´. Not negatively, escaping reality because I perceive it as dull and uninspiring, no, escapism that liberates the mind and allows the use of imagination without the constraints of reality.

I’ll be posting up extracts from the story very shortly.