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Wrath of the Lemming Men

Wrath of the Lemming MenToby Frost

The third instalment in the chronicles of Isambard Smith – Captain in the service of the British Space Empire.

From the depths of Space a new foe rises to do battle with mankind: the British Space Empire is threatened by the lemming-people of Yull, ruthless enemies who attack without mercy, fear or any concept of self preservation. At the call of their war god, the Yull have turned on the Empire, hell bent on conquest and destruction in their rush towards the cliffs of destiny.

When the Yullian army is forced to retreat at the battle of the River Tam, the disgraced Colonel Vock swears revenge on the clan of Suruk the Slayer, Isambard Smith’s homicidal alien friend. Now Smith and his crew must defend the Empire and civilise the stuffing out of a horde of bloodthirsty lemming men – which would be easy were it not for a sinister robotics company, a Ghast general with a fondness for genetic engineering and an ancient brotherhood of Morris Dancers – who may yet hold the key to victory. . .

 

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Reviews

‘What I enjoyed most about Wrath of the Lemming Men was the fact that we’re now on the third novel and following the crew of the John Pym again through their adventures. I know this sounds simple – and it is – but I feel that when I start reading these characters I’m not only whole heartedly enjoying reading about them, but I’m also running through my mind just what they’ll say and do in the situation they’re in. I feel at home when they come on page – Smith, Carveth, Suruk, Rhianna, they all feel like old friends now.’ Walkerofworlds.com

 

Paperback 320 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-905802-35-7
Release Date 15th June 2009
Price £7.99
Ebook  978-1-905802-45-6

Space Captain Smith

Space Captain SmithToby Frost

It’s the 25th Century and the British Space Empire faces the gathering menace of the evil ant-soldiers of the Ghast hive, hell bent on galactic domination and the extermination of all humanoid life forms.

Captain Isambard Smith is the square-jawed, courageous and somewhat asinine new commander of the clapped out freighter John Pym, destined to take on the alien threat because nobody else is available.

Together with his bold crew- a skull-collecting alien lunatic, an android pilot who is actually a fugitive sex toy and a hamster called Gerald-  he must collect new-age herbalist Rhianna Mitchell from the New Francisco orbiter and bring her back to the Empire in safety. Straightforward enough – except the Ghasts want her too and, in addition to a whole fleet of Ghast warships, Smith has to confront void sharks, a universe-weary android assassin and John Gilead, psychopathic naval officer from the fanatically religious Republic of Eden before facing his greatest enemy: a ruthless alien warlord with a very large behind… 

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Reviews

‘Toby Frost has created a very entertaining sci-fi comedy romp that openly borrows and sends up some of the most well known science fiction films and TV shows. If you don’t mind poking fun at sci-fi classics, and your nose doesn’t get bent out of shape by that sort of thing, then this is a series for you.’ Walkerofworlds.com 

‘If you are in the mood for a light and funny space opera adventure, then you can’t do any better than Toby Frost’s Space Captain Smith. Very enjoyable and strongly recommended. . .’ fantasybookcritic

 

Paperback 320 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-905802-13-5
Release Date 6th May 2008
Price £7.99
Ebook 978-1-905802-43-2

 

Thirteen

ThirteenSebastian Beaumont

Thirteen is not a number, it is a state of mind.

Thirteen is the story of Stephen Bardot, a taxi driver working on the night shift in Brighton.  He works such long shifts that he is often driving while exhausted, and it is then that he starts to experience major alterations to his perception of reality.  People start to take lifts in his cab who know things they shouldn’t, and who ultimately may not even be real, although the question of what constitutes reality forms one of the basic themes of the novel.

He regularly gives lifts to Valerie – beautiful, haunting, but terminal – from 13 Wish Road to her ‘positive thinking classes’ at the Cornerstone Community Centre on Palmeira Square.  When he is no longer asked to collect her, he fears that she is dead, and queries this with Sal, one of the night operators.  Her response turns Stephen’s world upside down.

‘But Stephen,’ she tells him, ‘there is no such address.  Wish Road doesn’t have a number thirteen.’

She’s right.  Wish Road’s odd numbers are 7, 9, 11, 11a, 15, 17…  And number 11a looks totally different from the house he thinks of as number Thirteen.  So where has he been collecting Valerie from all this time?  A house that doesn’t exist?

As time passes, the world gets weirder.  People appear (and disappear) who know far too much about Stephen and his past, and who lure him further and further into the twilight world of Thirteen.  But if he asks any questions, he gets hurt.  Ultimately, he decides, for the sake of both his safety and his sanity, he must walk away.

But Thirteen has no intention of letting him go.

 

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Reviews

‘Sebastian Beaumont’s novel Thirteen is the best thing I have read this year and one of the two or three finest books I have come across since the new century kicked in.’
Scott Pack, The Friday Project and former Head Buyer at Waterstones

‘Sebastian Beaumont pulls off two impressive feats in his first novel. He writes a colloquial, first-person narrative that is consistently engaging; and he creates a dreamlike, alternate world without stretching the reader’s credulity or patience.’
Nicholas Clee, The Guardian

‘Stimulating and entertaining.’
Francis King

‘His writing style was crystal clear and effortless and the story was like nothing I’d read before… Well worth a read.’ 
Gary Davison, Paperbooks authors’ blog

Hardback 256 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-02-9
Release Date 16th September 2006
Price £13.99
Paperback 256 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-12-8
Release Date  29th April 2008
Price £7.99
Trade Paperback 256 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-03-6
Release Date 25th November 2006
Price £9.99
Ebook 978-1-910183-16-8

 

Bulletproof Suzy

Bulletproof SuzyIan Brotherhood

The story is set in a near future Britain in the direst quarter of an unnamed city.  This is a landscape of tower blocks of huge street lamps that turn the world a shade of greyish orange – beneath which all human activity seems suspect – of winding paths and foot bridges over never quiet motorways.

A government initiative to deal with increasing opposition to unpopular council tax rises contracts bands of citizen volunteers to collect payment.  Francine O’Brallahan aka Bulletproof Suzy, a highly intelligent though somewhat violent member of the urban underclass, recruits three other young females, her ‘little ladies’, to exploit the opportunity to earn enough cash to find a better life.

Suzy’s middle class politically correct friend Joanne disapproves of the venture and their friendship is broken. Joanne is found brutally murdered outside Suzy’s tower block not long afterwards.  Suzy and her crew set about finding the killer to exact retribution in the only way that they know, but there are two deadly and ominous complications: as far as the city police are concerned, Suzy herself remains the prime suspect and there appears to be damning video evidence to back up their theory; there is a menacing new gang infiltrating Suzy’s neighbourhood – they’re numerous, sophisticated and armed to the teeth and they’re after Suzy’s blood.

Ian Brotherhood’s debut novel seems destined to become a modern cult classic.  Suzy’s narrative is pacy,  fresh and idiosyncratic and her character is an astonishing creation-perhaps the first significant female anti-hero of the 21st century.

This is a short sharp left hook of a book, and it hits the spot.

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Reviews

‘Bulletproof Suzy is certainly not the kind of girl you’d take home to meet the parentals. It is a heady mix, to be sure, and one that easily pulls you right through this, Brotherhood’s debut novel. It’s a fast read and as entertaining as it is brutal.’ 
The Big Issue

‘This is an ambitious, powerful novel from an important new voice.’ 
Jules Horne

‘Brotherhood… demonstrates a unique view and flair for action.’ 
Michael Stotter, Shotsmag

Hardback 256 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-00-5
Release Date 25th August 2006
Price £13.99
Trade Paperback 256 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-01-2
Release Date 7th October 2006
Price £9.99
Ebook 978-1-910183-15-1

The Blood Lance

The Blood LanceCraig Smith

Kufstein, Austria, 1939

At the foot of a mountain known as The Wilder Kaiser lies the body of an SS officer, his neck broken but his face a picture of bliss and serenity. The dead man is known to history as Otto Rahn, Himmler’s own archaeologist. Rahn’s pursuit of the legendary Blood Lance of the Cathars has not only led to his own downfall but set in motion a tragic chain of events reaching far beyond the holocaust.

Switzerland 1997

Lord Robert Kenyon is a wealthy financier and a senior member of a humanitarian order calling themselves The Knights of the Holy Lance. Whilst climbing the North face of the Eiger with his new bride, he is attacked and murdered and his young wife Kate left for dead.

New York City 2008

When billionaire Jack Farrell, long suspected of connections to European crime syndicates cuts loose after defrauding his own company, ex CIA agent Thomas Malloy is assigned to track him down. The trail leads to Germany and the Order of the Holy Lance. With his friends, former art thieves Kate and Ethan Brand, Malloy set out to unlock the secrets of the order: Malloy seeks his man; Kate must find the truth about what happened on the slopes of the Eiger eleven years before – and exact her vengeance. Their first step is to kidnap a corrupt lawyer, connected to the order, from his home in Hamburg. Things don’t quite run to plan – and all hell breaks loose.

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Reviews

‘A marvellously thrilling book. . . the distinction between villain and hero is constantly blurred. . . a most enthralling story.’   Paul Doherty, author of the Hugh Corbett mysteries 

‘Seamlessly mixing history, legend and fiction Smith’s writing is both intelligent and exhilarating. His characters are alive, and the twists and turns of the several plots will keep readers breathless.’  Historical Novels Review

 

Hardback 384 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-22-7
Release Date 2nd September 2008
Price £16.99
Paperback 384 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-905802-29-6
Release Date 4th April 2010
Price £7.99
Trade Paperback 384 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-23-4
Release Date 2nd September 2008
Price £11.99
Ebook 978-1-905802-555

 

Cold Rain

Cold RainCraig Smith

Cold Rain was one of only five novels shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller 2011

The author of The Blood Lance and The Painted Messiah demonstrates his versatility with this dark, stylish noir thriller set on and around a Midwestern university campus.

‘I turned thirty-seven that summer, older than Dante when he toured Hell, but only by a couple of years.’

Life couldn’t be better for David Albo, an associate professor of English at a small midwestern university. He lives in an idyllic, out-of-town, plantation-style mansion with a beautiful and intelligent wife and an adoring teenage stepdaughter. As he returns to the university after a long and relaxing sabbatical, there is a full professorship in the offingand, what’s more, he has managed to stay off the booze for two whole years. But, once term begins, things deteriorate rapidly. The damning evidence that he has sexually harassed his students is just the beginning as Dave finds himself sucked into a vortex of conspiracy, betrayal, jealousy, and murder. Unless he can discover quickly who is out to destroy him, all that he is and loves is about to be stripped away.

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Reviews

‘A fine novel, suspenseful and impossible to stop reading.’  David Pitt, Booklist

‘You know that dull weekend when the weather doesn’t tempt you to go out and there’s nothing on television? Right – well this is the book you need.’ Sue Macgee, The Bookbag

Paperback 320 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-905802-34-0
Release Date 4th August 2009
Price £7.99
Ebook 978-1-905802-59-3

The Painted Messiah

The Painted MessiahCraig Smith

An intelligent and superior example of a genre whose popularity shows no signs of abating. It combines a blistering action thriller set in the streets of Zurich and on the lakes and wooded slopes of Switzerland with a compulsive and convincing account of first century Romano-Judaean politics and the real reason for Pontius Pilate’s condemnation and execution of Christ

A legend persists that, after the ‘scourging’, Pilate commanded that his victim be painted from life. Somewhere, the painting survives, the only true image of Christ, granting the gift of everlasting life to whoever possesses it.

Kate Kenyon, the wealthy young widow of an English aristocrat killed on a Swiss mountain, has an addiction to mortal risk. She feeds it by engaging in the armed robbery of priceless artefacts with her accomplice and lover Ethan Brand, a Tennessean who owns a bookshop in Zurich. Their latest target is a priceless ‘Byzantine’ icon hidden in the tower of a chateau by Lake Lucerne. So far they have never had to shoot anyone. This time will be different.

Thomas Malloy is a retired CIA man looking for his first lucrative freelance assignment. His chance comes with a presidential favour to a rich but ailing televangelist. Malloy’s task seems simple enough: pick up the preacher’s newly acquired painting from a Zurich bank and get it to the airport. But, once in Switzerland, Malloy’s old friend, the enigmatic Contessa Claudia de Medici tries to warn him off his mission.

Sir Julian Corbeau is an international criminal holed up in Switzerland to avoid US extradition proceedings. He is also the sadistic head of the modern Knights Templar. He had the painting and now he desperately wants it back as well as to wreak a bloody revenge upon those who stole it.

As the contenders vie for possession the bullets fly, the body count rises and the secrets of the portrait gradually unfold. We learn how and why it came to be painted and how an object depicting the Light of the World could exert such a baleful and malignant influence on those who possess it.

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Reviews

‘I got paper friction burns on my fingers and pressure sores elsewhere because I could barely move until I’d finished it. Things were so tense that at several points I had to remind myself to breathe . . This is definitely the book for that long haul flight or the arduous train journey, you’ll be there in a flash, but be sure to pack the portable defibrillator just in case.’ 
Dovegreyreader’s literary blog

‘A marvellously thrilling book . . . the distinction between villain and hero is constantly blurred. . . a most enthralling story.’
Paul Doherty, author of the Hugh Corbett mysteries

‘A rattling good yarn.  Fast paced, exciting and very very filmic.’  
Random Jottings of a Book and Opera Lover literary blog

Hardback 320 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-06-7
Release Date 20th June 2007
Price £16.99
Paperback 400 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-905802-15-9
Release Date 24th June 2008
Price £7.99
Trade Paperback 320 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-07-4
Release Date 12th June 2007
Price £11.99

The Stone Gallows

C. David IThe Stone Gallowsngram

‘I guess the end justifies the means. At least that’s what I believe. Most of the time.’

After the accident, DC Cameron Stone had spent three months in intensive care before he could even recall what happened: the high speed pursuit of a vice baron through the night streets of Glasgow that had not only almost finished him but had taken the life of a teenage mother and her child. Then there’d been the message from Audrey on the back of a ‘get well soon’ card announcing that she had left him and taken their young son, Mark, with her. Booze, anti-depressants and therapy have all failed to enable him to resume his old job.

So now Stone lives in a one-room flat in the worst part of town. He pays the rent by running errands for a private detective agency. His tasks include tracking down a teenage runaway and surveillance for a woman who thinks her husband is sleeping with her sister. He’s also paid by his former colleagues, doing the work that’s not quite clean enough for them to do themselves- like putting the fear of God into Jason Campbell, a newly released sex offender whose been seen hanging around the local High School in his soft-top Mercedes.

Stone is having a bad week. Audrey is getting difficult about contact arrangements for Mark. She’s moved into the plush home of a plastic surgeon: there’s talk of marriage- and adoption for Mark. He finds his runaway in a brothel and just gets roughed-up for his trouble. There’s the knife wielding kids who try to mug him on the stairs and the daubing on his front door: Burn in Hell Baby Killer. The only brightness on his horizon is his growing friendship with Liz, the sunny Irish nurse who lives on the next floor. But then petrol is poured through his letterbox and his flat ablaze. And now a stranger has turned up at the school and driven off with his son…

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Reviews

‘There were some stunning debuts this year, but if I had to pick one it would be this world class Scottish thriller… with a cracking storyline and dialogue so authentic you can here the neds speak, this Paisley author scores a massive hit with a debut that promises to be the start of something big.’ Shari Low, The Daily Record

‘This great first book makes me want to read the next instalment – Ingram having promised some interesting times ahead for Cameron Stone.’  Paul Blackburn, Eurocrime

Paperback 384 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-905802-20-3
Release Date 5th May 2009
Price £7.99
Ebook 978-1-905802-63-0

 

Mrs Lincoln

Mrs LincolnJanis Cooke Newman

(May 20th)
Mrs Mary Lincoln admitted today – from Chicago – Age 56 – Widow of ex-President Lincoln – declared insane by the Cook County Court May 19th – 1875.

Patient Progress Reports for Bellevue Place Sanatorium.

Incarcerated in an insane asylum after committal proceedings instigated by her own son, Mary Lincoln resolves to tell her own story in order to preserve and to prove her own sanity. Details of her first encounters with Abraham Lincoln, their courtship, marriage and troubled relationship are interspersed with disturbing accounts of the ‘treatment’ and behaviour of the women around her as she fights to be released from the sanatorium.

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Reviews

‘I could not put [Mrs Lincoln] down and as I read it, I wept. I cannot recommend a book more… a very powerful novel.’ Pat Schroeder, President of the Association of American Publishers

‘…one of those rare books that turns the reader into an admiring fan of both the author and her subject. You feel a compulsion to urge others to read it…Newman gives Mary a riveting voice.’ USA Today

‘… immensely readable, close-to-life story of America’s best known and most controversial First Lady. Sensitive to the facts as well as graced by realistic dialogue and an empathetic portrayal of places and people, including Abraham Lincoln, Mary finally tells her own story. This is historical fiction at its best.’ Jean H. Baker, author of Mary Lincoln: A Biography

 

Hardback 576 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-10-4
Release Date 4th March 2008
Price £16.99
Paperback 640 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-21-0
Release Date 3rd March 2009
Price £8.99
Trade Paperback 576 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-905802-11-1
Release Date 4th March 2008
Price £12.99
Ebook 978-1-905802-81-4

Hope Against Hope

Hope Against HopeSally Zigmond

Stoical and industrious Carrie and carefree and vivacious May lose both home and livelihood when their Leeds pub is sold out from under them to make way for the coming of the railway. They head for Harrogate to find work and lodging in the spa town’s burgeoning hotel trade. But the sisters fall prey to fraudsters and predators and are also driven apart by misunderstanding, pride and a mutual sense of betrayal and resentment. May’s fate is a high-class brothel from which her escape leads only to hunger in the slums of Paris. Carrie becomes a virtual slave to the vicious hostess of a filthy boarding house and the victim of her vindictive son.

Alex Sinclair, a bold and warm-spirited Scot, has eschewed the wishes of his father to become a railway engineer. His companion, Charles Hammond is the dissolute heir to a vast fortune, withheld from him by an overbearing mother and grasping stepfather. Charles bides his time as a physician, a profession for which he lacks both aptitude and enthusiasm. The futures of both men will become bound up with those of the two sisters.

As time passes the sisters overcome their adversities: May becomes the most sought after dressmaker in Paris; Carrie, the proprietor of the most successful hotel in Harrogate. Feeling spurned by Carrie, Alex pours himself obsessively into new railway projects. Meanwhile, having been almost destroyed through gambling, drunkenness and self-loathing, Charles starts on the long and difficult road to redemption and fulfilment.

Carrie and May have now been estranged for several years. There seems little hope of reconciliation or of either of them or finding love and lasting happiness. But this is 1848, the ‘Year of Revolutions’. The streets of Paris erupt in bloody insurrection… while Alex Sinclair is commissioned to bring the railway to Harrogate.

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Reviews

‘This novel is almost an epic, which jumps from Harrogate to Paris and back again as the two sisters pursue happiness, with friends, but also enemies and at times the reader wonders if either will ever have a quiet life. . . as far as a rollicking story goes, this should satisfy readers who like epic novels.’ Historicalnovelreviews

 

 

Paperback 448 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-905802-19-7
Release Date 7th April 2009
Price £7.99
Ebook 978-1-905802-58-6