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Episode 2 - The Plan

Episode 2 - The Plan

“You’ve got to be kidding me!” an astonished Bosk exclaimed. “You said what to whom?” Bosk’s short greying hair stood on end and seem to take on a life of its own as he heard his best friends plan.

Whizzbang took in his friend’s reaction as he calmly chomped into a piece of fruit that looked vaguely like an apple but tasted like a banana. After years of growing up together he knew better than to interrupt Bosk as he absorbed the ramifications of the plan. Whizzbang was wearing his Raven recon battleframe and availed himself of a plasteel seat that was designed to take the weight of both pilot and frame.

“That is the dumbest, stupidest plan I’ve ever heard! Whizz, have you finally lost it? Have the nano-meds finally screwed with your brain?” Bosk was really getting worked up now.

Whizzbang glanced out the window of Bosk’s personal quarters overlooking Concord Central Command. Since the destruction of the Scourge base on the far side of Alpha Three the Earthmen had been given quarters within the superstructure of the half-built starship that now formed the core of Central. Taking another bite out of the banapple, as he now called it, Whizzbang reflected on what had transpired over the last couple of weeks while Bosk remonstrated opposite.

They’d all come a long way. Since being transported via an interstellar transwarp, the six Earthmen had managed to free the planet by destroying the Scourge main base on the other side of the planet. In the process, they’d discovered that the blending of their genetic code and the miniature nano-med micro-machines had provided them with some astounding new psionic and physical capabilities. Telepathy, mental scanning and a way to invade and take over another entity's mind were only what they’d discovered so far. Whizzbang let out a deep sigh as he remembered his friend DG’s death at the hands of General Grendig. It was a loss he would bear the rest of his life.

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Episode 1 - They're Here

Episode 1 - They're Here

Major Ruscov pushed back his chair as he stood to his feet behind his console in the Concord command center. “General Bardon,” he called over the noise of the officers giving orders to squads all over Alpha Three.

General Bardon’s head snapped up from a report that had just been handed to him from an aid. His neatly trimmed moustache seemed to quiver to attention at the major’s voice. Since the victory over the Scourge on the other side of the planet and the vanquishing of the Barrier the Concord morale couldn’t have been higher. They knew they had two weeks and Major Ruscov had the most important job on all of Alpha Three.

“Report Major.”

“They’re here.”

Without a second thought to the aid at his side or the report he was reading General Bardon nodded his head in acknowledgement and strode off towards the command conference room. A sudden silence descended across the command centre as every officer dropped what they were doing and watched the general enter the “think tank”. They knew their jobs and the critical situation they were all in.

In one motion General Bardon closed the door behind him and pulled out a high backed black leather chair to sit at the large boardroom table. “They’re here”, he said.

General Alban’s pony tail swung as she pinned Bardon with her gaze. “Ruscov’s confirmed it?”

“There was no need. They’re here.”

General Frank MacLeod, his normally impeccably neat silver mustache was now matched by a five o’clock shadow. He’d been sleeping in his clothes again and didn’t have time to get cleaned up after a quick nap earlier in the day. There was just too much to do. Although exhausted, his eyes were like those of an eagle, not missing a thing. “Thoughts generals?”

General Bardon said, “We’re as prepared as we’ll ever be on the ground. All battleframes have been repaired, all settlements have been augmented with any mounted cannons we have. It helped that we could strip the Scourge base of a few larger weapons.”

“Do we know the composition of the Scourge fleet?” Aldan asked.

“I came straight in here but Ruscov will put it up on the monitor in a minute.”

Just as General Bardon uttered the words the main screen at the end of the table came to life. Displayed in a classic V-formation were the three massive Scourge troop carriers that the now deceased General Grendig had revealed to Whizzbang and his squad of Earthmen. What was a surprise was the battleship leading the fleet and the two destroyer class ships bringing up the rear.

“We’ve got three really serious problems,” Alban stated flatly.

Franky ran his hands through his grey hair as he leant back in his chair. His face a mask of concentration. “That’s a frapping understatement and they’re arriving in just under two hours.”

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Definitly need you to finish the book now, that appetizer tasted good ... Read More
Monday, 13 April 2015 17:22
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Battleframe Video

Battleframe Video

I had a lot of fun with the family across Easter putting together the Battleframe video below. I hope that you enjoy it and are a surprised as I was by what happened about of a third of the way in.

I would like to thank my wife Roselyn and daughter Sarah that provided some of the character voices. They did a great job....with some very bad acting from yours truly. I used freesound.org for some of the sound effects and music....it's a great site.

For those of you that are wondering, I edited the video in both Microsoft Movie Maker (darkening effect) and the majority of it in Camtasia.


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Kheldar
Fantastic effort on the video, great teaser!
Monday, 06 April 2015 14:35
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Easter, Videos and Book Two

Easter, Videos and Book Two

It’s Easter and a great time to catch-up on all of the little things that seemed to get forgotten in the rush and excitement of the last few weeks. So after reintroducing myself to my wife and children I gave myself a little break from writing….well, sort of anyway.

Book two in the Mindwars is already taking shape in my imagination and 25% is down on paper. It starts immediately after Battleframe and I think that it is shaping up to be a really interesting read that expands the reader’s knowledge of the various characters enormously. My biggest problem is that my father is harassing me to get it finished so that he can read about what is going to happen next!

I find myself laying back in bed at night going through plot outlines in my mind and thinking about how the characters would react to the different situations. What many people don’t realise is that an author doesn’t actually know what’s going to happen until the write it down….so they’re really interested in the outcome as well.

I’m in the process of producing a promotional video for Battleframe. It’s a lot of fun working in video and sound….it’s a little different from just words. All the principle video footage is now complete and I’m just finishing off the editing. I was hoping to have this released last weekend but it looks like I’ll get it completed later this evening (fingers crossed!).

Don’t forget to register to get access to the two maps from Battleframe. I’m also adding more and more topics in the forum area….so don’t be a stranger and say “hi”. I’d really love some feedback in the forum area as well on what you thought of the characters, setting, plot etc.

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Battleframe Gets Reviewed!

Battleframe Gets Reviewed!

Since releasing Battleframe just over a week ago my schedule has been chaotic. I’ve been getting to bed at around 3am most nights as there is just so much to do….and it’s all good.

For a start, I’ve received two reviews on Amazon so far which is awesome considering that it probably takes at least a week to read the book. Sales continue to increase and really positive feedback from readers is coming in from other quarters.

Here’s a quotation from each of the reviewers:

“This is good science fiction for those who like the technical end of the fiction without too much emphasis on the Simon Pure part of that. With a little more attention to balance in the writing, there is potential for greatness.”

“I implore anyone wanting to hop on to give this one out a shot you won’t be disappointed.”

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