Zero: action-adventure in near-earth orbit

This is an ambitious first novel, one which creates a sprawling and credible near-future, a tense and turbulent political situation, and then throws a rogue crew of space pirates into the mix. We’re a long way from old-school ‘hard’ sci-fi which tried as hard to be technically accurate as it did to tell a good…

Ripping Reading: new titles and offbeat books

A rapid round-up of crime-thriller, murder-mystery, sci-fi, fantasy and crossover titles from new writers, indie authors and small publishers. Plenty here to top up your ‘to-read’ shelf after the summer holidays… A COLD AND BROKEN HALLELUJAH by Tyler Dilts: investigating the human condition. Long Beach Homicide Detective Danny Beckett is called to a grisly crime…

News: ‘Charity’ ebook now available to pre-order

  Want a killer read for your Kindle? Knife-edge action for your Nook? A crime-thriller for your Kobo? Intrigue for your iPad*? There’s all that and masses more (including but not limited to dead bodies, weird sisters, guitar heroes and strange sex) in A LAST ACT OF CHARITY by Frank Westworth, which is out on…

Lavender Hill: an English X-File?

This is an intriguing ‘what if?’ novella, set in the near-future of ‘next year’, about a moment of shared consciousness and what it might mean for mankind. The story is told from several perspectives; mainly two of the people who experienced the event and those who report on the phenomenon, as they try to unravel…

Hot Lead, Cold Iron: gangster’s molls and mean-eyed monsters

As far as urban fantasy goes, the concept for this new series of magical detectives couldn’t be better. Take the spiritual home of hardboiled pulp fiction – a hard-assed Chicago of the prohibition period, oozing with booze-dealing Italian gangsters and numbnuts thugs driving flivvers – and introduce that time-honoured reluctant hero, a jaded, hard-bitten private…

Fires of Man: psionic super-soldiers on an alternate earth

This is an ambitious series-opener which blends aspects of militaristic sci-fi with a well-constructed alternative reality, and multiple overlapping and interwoven plotlines. The time is now, the earth is different, and a covert cold war is being fought between psionic soldiers and their spies…   It’s a cracking concept which has been adroitly executed. Fires…

First Contract: meet JJ Stoner in a quick Kindle thriller

In ‘First Contract’ we meet JJ Stoner and the Hard Man, central characters from the Killing Sisters series of novels. A decade ago, JJ Stoner was a soldier. He killed people for a living and made no bones about it. On a scorching day in the Iraqi desert, when British blood stained the sand, he…

A Colder War: tradecraft and treachery

A Colder War tells a familiar espionage adventure – there’s a mole; could be British or American; an outsider is tasked with resolving the situation – and places it in the current world of uncertain allegiances in international politics. It’s all about tradecraft and trust: about the possibility of redemption set against the emotional isolation…