My latest novel, Pelquin’s Comet is released this April. I’m shocked to realise that this will be my first novel since City of Light and Shadow in January 2012. I refuse to say anything as clichéd as “where does the time go?” but…
This is the first in a space opera series, ‘The Dark Angels’, but is set in a completely different milieu to the Noise books with no connection between them, other than, well, space; and spaceships, of course.
I had a lot of fun writing this, essentially an interstellar romp, though I trust I’ve introduced worthwhile characters and intriguing backstory along the way, with enough twists to keep readers entertained. I wanted to write something that had an almost ‘Firefly’ feel to it, while keeping the plot and characters very much my own. As a backdrop I’ve utilised a familiar trope: that of caches of alien technology left over by a vanished Elder Race helping humanity to bootstrap themselves to the stars… Or so it would seem. In later volumes, people’s perception of these caches and their purpose may need some radical revision. What’s the point in utilising a trope unless you can subvert it? Perhaps uniquely in SF (though I’m sure someone will be able to point out an example that proves me wrong), my central character is… a banker. He’s sent to chaperone the mission which his employers are financing, but soon proves to be far more than he seems and becomes involved in proceedings to a greater degree than he ever intended.
Aliens, physical augmentation, blackmail, treachery, and skulduggery all play a part. Well, where’s the fun otherwise? The cover art has been provided by the ever inventive Jim Burns and I couldn’t be more delighted with the result.
Pelquin’s Comet can be pre-ordered now via the SpaceWitch site:
And the kindle edition is available to pre-order now at a deliberately low price.
To quote the blurb: “In an age of exploration and expansion, the crew of the freetrader Pelquin’s Comet – a rag-tag group of misfits, ex-soldiers and ex-thieves – set out to find a cache of alien technology, intent on making their fortunes; but they are not the only interested party and find themselves in a deadly race against corporate agents and hunted by the authorities. Forced to combat enemies without and within, they strive to overcome the odds under the watchful eye of an unwelcome guest: Drake, agent of the bank funding their expedition, who is far more than he seems and may represent the greatest threat of all.”
“Intrigue and action in this high octane collision between Firefly, the Bourne films and Indiana Jones. A two-fisted SF adventure, space opera as it should be written!” – Gavin Smith, author of Veteran