Thriller, Espionage, Rural Australia, Light Romance
It was supposed to be a quiet place for a cyber-researcher to take up her new role after the attempt on her life. But the country town of Brimpaen bristles with an undercurrent of fear that Hella Solaris, recently retired from covert ops, can’t leave alone. The instincts that have kept her alive this long are burning worse than the scars from the last failed sting.
And this rot stinks like a shallow grave.
Like someone followed her. Like it’s personal.
When they try to kill the horse, she needs to use any asset she can, including a young girl and her overprotective-cop-father, to find the who and the why – or is she seeing shadows where there are none?
Sci-fi, Action-Adventure, Fantasy, Historical themes
A horde of monsters pursues the rapidly diminishing group of colonists and kills off more every night.
If not for the lights …
And then it happens, there are no lights, and Corporal Kopa Redding is on night picquet. They come …
An exciting, fast-paced run through an alien world where nothing is familiar.
A new world, a dangerous place mistakenly assessed as suitable for human colonisation.
Mistake, or exile?
A mother will do anything, travel all worlds, through times and planes and dimensions, even beyond the known, for her child.
Chiri’s first concern should be the safety of her daughter, but as the Gate-Keeper responsible for the lives of millions, all now in grave peril due to her error, she must choose.
Will she sacrifice the search for her child, or abandon her world to the fate decreed in the Cards?
acflory (5*) review here. – “a reward commensurate with the challenge.” & “All I can say is that once I started reading, I literally could not stop.”
M said: I enjoyed the book. It read like a short story — very fast paced, very focused on plot. I got caught up in Chiri’s desires. … I liked the way it was a growing mystery enfolded in a sci-fi thriller.
L said: Congratulations! It held my interest, a page-turner! The sense of place -Camberwell, the markets and the junction. It’s real and grounded. I can visualise it all so perfectly. The pace of the scenes … is great, edgy; I felt all the emotions Chiri was going through. I loved it, Cage – not a genre I normally read, so thank you for the introduction and the privilege of being an early reader.
C said: Fast paced from the start; I was completely enthralled with her fears and journey. I would recommend this to the person who wants something interesting and different. Not witches, not warlocks, but enough arcane mixed with soft sci-fi, and in places we can see, smell, and hear. Loved it. GoodReads
5bayby14uReviews: 4* – A story of needs versus love, of deeds versus promises, of commitment and release.
Landis, RSM, an ordinary soldier, is given the task to ensure the Daughter of the Father Holy, brought forth to renew the Faith of the Scriptures, lives – despite the sentence of Death by Pyre.
Not an easy task when she speaks up in the wrong places at the wrong times and says the wrong things to annoy the wrong people.
The Prince sentences her to death by pyre and Landis must fight for the life of Agoness, his soldiers, and those he protects.
Reviews by Reading Minds , iArtichokeu, The Book Prophet, LF Books
Fantasy Allegory, Conservation by Cage Dunn.
Australia is hosting the International Conference for Creatures of Magic and their Representatives. Standard procedure, a bit of a lark for the delegates. Nothing ever changes. Except this time.
Kraken abdicates. Dragon resigns. The Candidates must undertake the Test of the Puzzle of the Ages or Cat becomes Overall Ruler of Magic, the Overlord. Uh-uh – no way! Cocky won’t let a bird-killer Cat lord it over the Creatures of Air. Not on his sticky-beaking watch. But all must succeed, or all fails. Who Will Become the Overall Ruler of Creatures on Earth?
On the day of Allocation, Neesa is accused of cheating, of manipulating the List. When the Master of Horse comes to claim her as his student, the Master of Gold refuses. He has other plans for her, and none of them involve her remaining alive for long.
The only chance she has is to run into the desert of death, the red desert, and chase the Master of Horse. Better a death by desert than from the cruel hands of the Master of Gold.
A long journey, a lost soul, a destination in mind, and a task to perform. Which of these four short stories will open your eyes?
Journey, they tell her, but for whom?
Long Way Home: A Stranger in a strange land.
Wave: What comes in with the water?
And the last story, the worst of all, is the things we cannot see, that know us at our deepest level …
Night Driver – light sci-fi, outback Australia, the Nullabor Plain
Mind-Walk – contemporary, ACD, choices, last wishes
The Roundel – light fantasy, roundel shapes in rhyme and time, mystic
Lost; Zani Dacrydium Seeks Similar; Love and Loss – super shorts!
Tones of Dawn – Reprise! – contemporary, art, music, seeing beyond
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