Recommended Read: DEFIANCE, Beyond the Wall Series

A heads up for all my readers: fellow indie publisher Lucas Bale is releasing DEFIANCE, the sequel to his brilliant Beyond the Wall series this week (17th November). I was an avid fan of the first instalment, THE HERETIC (which was named SCIFI365 Book of the week), and I think anyone who enjoyed the Ruin Saga and my other work will find their appetite satiated by a headlong dive into Bale’s dynamic storytelling and gripping drama.
Bale is being a stellar indie in making THE HERETIC and an original short story, WHAT IT MEANS TO SURVIVE, free for the first three days after the forthcoming release of DEFIANCE. Be sure to muscle in and grab your copy while you can.
Take a peek at some blurby things below and get yourselves over to your favourite retailer to get you copy on release day!
(Hop on over to for more info!)


Earth is gone. 

Centuries have passed since the First Cataclysm ended life on the blue planet. Humanity’s survivors are now dispersed among distant colonies, thousands of light years from the barren, frozen rock that was once their home. Heretic Ebook

A new Republic has formed – one in which freedom no longer exists. In return for the protection of the Consulate Magistratus, citizens must concede their rights absolutely. The Magistratus controls interstellar travel, access to technology – even procreation. Every citizen is implanted with a device to monitor location, health and nutrition, and emotion. Perhaps more. Organised religion is forbidden. All crime is punished by banishment or a lifetime of penal servitude aboard the Kolyma prison fleet.

Humanity’s true history survives only in whispers of a secret archive. Yet there are those who preach a new religion and who want to be free. 

A revolution is coming and the war to control humanity’s future is about to begin.


The darkness in the human heart is infinite.Defiance Ebook
At a time when power means everything, the ultimate power, the imperium, rests with the Consulate Magistratus. The murder of a man in the lowest caste may be inconsequential, but one man, one of the Caesteri who still believes in justice, refuses to ignore it.
The woman he hunts is violent and unstable, and haunted by her own callous ghosts. She will drag him to the furthest reaches of space, where the abyss which awaits them hides an unspeakable truth. 
When faced with their own mortality, there is no limit to what human beings will do to protect themselves, their family, their property. The human mind changes when exposed to relentless horror. It becomes dehumanised. The grotesque becomes mundane.There is no pity, no remorse – only instinct. An instinct which cannot be controlled.
The imperium belongs only to those who are strong enough to wield it.
The war to control humanity’s future is about to begin…
Defiance is the second book in the Beyond the Wall series, an epic, hard science-fiction space opera about the future of humanity and the discovery of the truth of its past.

WHAT IS MEANS TO SURVIVE is an original short story being offered FREE 17-20th November. Be sure to get your copy as well as both instalments in the Beyond the Wall series. 

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