Earth’s galactic supremacy hinges on its faster-than-light Surfboard® technology. A liquid metal called Crynidium provides the power, and the medieval planet Prosperine is one of the few places it is found.
Prosperine’s government is currently negotiating with Earth for exclusive mining rights, but intelligence suggests a fundamentalist faction is planning to seize power. If they prevail, their manifesto is to return the planet to the Dark Ages.
The Alien Corps’ Hickory Lace and her team are sent to investigate.
When they arrive on Prosperine, they find a planet on the brink of revolution and a squadron of alien shock troops determined to plunder the precious Crynidium.
Hickory has one chance to stop the insurgents. She must banish the pain from her past and reconnect with the powerful empathic abilities she was born with. If she doesn’t succeed, it will be Earth that returns to the Dark Ages.
Mystery, adventure, aliens, psi abilities, and a classic writing style that evokes Simak, Heinlein, and Anderson. A terrific read! Also available in paperback and Audiobook format.
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PJ McDermott lived in Ferguslie Park, a suburb of the town of Paisley, Scotland, and the setting for the novel Small Fish Big Fish until he was fifteen.
At twenty-one he went back to study full-time at college and from there to Glasgow University, graduating Bachelor of Science. A few years later, he met and married Sue who convinced him to return with her to Australia - a move he has never regretted.
Small Fish Big Fish is PJ's first published work.After writing this historical coming of age novel, PJ turned his hand to Science Fiction. The first two books in The Prosperine Trilogy are available in paperback and eBook. The Third instalment, "The Scarf will be published later this year. PJ lives with Sue in Melbourne. They have two beautiful daughters and two seriously cheeky grandchildren.
Jakah and Saurab play a cameo role in the novel, but I've had feedback suggesting they need a bigger part. I think this is because Saurab is a bit of a larrikin - a likeable rogue with a disregard for authority - a sort of Ned Kelly, if you will. You'll need to buy the book to find out - maybe these two could appear in Book 2 of the Trilogy. I'm always on the lookout for opportunities to write spin-off stories! Let me know what you think.
The Alien Corps
Hickory rose to her feet, instinctively wanting to aid the underdog. A dark figure barred her way, and shook his head. 'Let Saurab have his fun. There’s no point in you getting hurt,' he said. Hickory resumed her seat slowly, thankful for the stranger’s intercession. It would have been incredibly stupid to draw attention to herself by intervening in the fight. There was no need anyway. Saurab had already broken loose. Ducking under his opponent’s grasp, he twisted the antagonist’s arm behind him, placed his boot in the man's back and heaved him into the face of his companion. Both antagonists fell heavily against the table and sank to the ground. Saurab flourished a wicked-looking curved knife and advanced. The four naurs struggled to their feet and scrambled out the door.