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Monday, 3 June 2013

NEON GODS BROUGHT DOWN BY SWORDS.


In a change to the way the blog is mismanaged, I’m going to throw posts on here running below the usual minimum 1,500 wordage. I’ll plug books, provide associated blurb, display covers, and throw in updates where applicable.
   This isn’t goodbye to blogging – just a gradual goodbye to the way I’ve been blogging. Bundling blog posts with revamped fiction gave material for three volumes of REPORT FROM A FUGITIVE. The fourth volume will house the complete zombie saga featuring Doug Chambers. (No, Doug stars in his own novel - Eclectic Ed.)
   My plan was to put out two reports a year. Plans change. Regular blogging winds down in July 2013. I have fish to fry, and other fish to fry too.
   Let’s start with a plug for Neon Gods Brought Down by Swords. No sorcery to speak of. Sword and science. A romp through an ancient city. The prospect of war in the air. Strange doings in the cobbled streets. This is part of a series, but the next book will be an offshoot – a short story collection called Neon Gods Adrift in Mist.



I am Sorcha Nic Lir. Kill me, if you dare.

Seven men are fated to be sent into the dark. They mustn’t know that they are going to die. There’s no telling who they’ll bargain with, if they think that they are under threat. If they manage to convert the assassin to their cause, everything will fall apart at the outset.
   Fortunately, there’s a plan for dealing with the assassin. It’s the same plan, with the same element of risk. He, too, must not know that he is marked for death. There’s no telling who he’ll bargain with, if he thinks that he’s under threat.
   Gilach Mac Gilach will bargain with anyone, and possibly anything, if it means staying alive that little bit longer. Sent to the city to extinguish the lives of seven ne’er-do-wells, Gilach falls foul of a sudden change in the political mood.
   Within seconds of arrival, he realises that the rules of the game, and promises of gold, mean nothing to the covert agents pulling his strings. The stakes are ridiculous, the odds beyond reckoning, and the treasure unwinnable. Those factors never stopped him before. They could earn him a spot six feet under, this time round…

From the notes on this story…

Creating a Cold War sword and science setting seems like a mad meeting and eradication of styles. Quiller in Hyboria – The Conan Memorandum – though Gilach lacks Quiller’s analytical ability and morality…
   …Mr Quiller has a duty of care to people. Gilach has more in common with Brian Freemantle’s agent-as-survivor, Charlie Muffin. Try not to call him Charles. Anything, to survive. Betrayal’s just a word.
   As for Sorcha…you’ll have to read the book.

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