AD 2179, the planet Prosperine, twenty light years from Earth.
Since the discovery of a stone burial box in Hierapolis, Turkey eighty-four years before, the Alien Corps has been searching for an interstellar messiah, without success.
Hickory Lace, recently reinstated to the rank of commander, is assigned to investigate the rising figure known as the Teacher on the frontier world, Prosperine. The Teacher may well be the one the Corps has been looking for.
But Earth isn't the only planet interested in Prosperine. Hickory and her team discover a plot by the non-aligned worlds to seize the planet’s precious resources. At stake is an incredibly rare fuel source for faster-than-light space travel and the security of Earth and its allies.
Hickory must find a way to stop the aliens from succeeding and at the same time determine exactly who the mysterious Teacher is and what he represents.
Avanaux: A Hickory Lace Adventure is a science fiction adventure novel, book one of the Prosperine Trilogy.
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.
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.