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Game of Thrones Clegane-bowl (an author’s perspective)

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SPOILER WARNING FOR GAME OF THRONES S08E05
Like a lot of people I’ve been into a Game of Thrones for the last five years or so (yes I was late to the party). And, like lots of people online, I’ve found parts of the final series to be somewhat lacking. One of the scenes that I’d like to look at in more detail is the long-awaited Clegane-v-Clegane smack-down. That final epic fight between the huge brothers. Or Cleganebowl as the internet has dubbed it.
Straight up, the fight itself was a visual masterpiece and really well choreographed. It was great spectacle, and I’d even go so far as to say it has a really interesting mini-ark, with rise, fall and “darkest moment”. But as part of the broader narrative, I found it lacking in stakes. People (or readers) want character motivations, and given Thrones has been a largely character driven it’s expected that character motivations should be the driving force behind something this “big”. When it comes to character motivations, I’ve found that …

Slave mind cover art and release date.

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Thanks to the amazing work of Tom EdwardsSlave Mind has now has cover art.

Tom is not only an amazingly talented artist, but has been incredibly patient, considerate and professional during the design process. As a first time author, I couldn't have asked for more.
Suffice to say, I'm immensely happy with the result. And hope you guys like it as much as I do.

Slave Mind will be out for kindle on April 7th, with the paperback following shortly afterwards. Check out the novel page for details.



First Impressions (A Terran Legacy Short Story)

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First Impressions A Terran Legacy Short Story 
Captain Dannage is looking for a new security officer for his cargo ship, but the only option he has left is an ex-Special Forces agent with a dark past and a short fuse. Can he trust her? Is there any other choice? Not in his price range.
Shauna Arland has had a cloud hanging over her since her court martial. Now, she's got a chance at a proper job and a family if she can live long enough to save them.

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- Silicate III -
Michael Dannage squinted into the early-morning sunlight. The streets were still damp from last night’s rain. The damp wouldn’t last, not with the light glittering off the glass skyscrapers and the chromed tower of the space elevator. Today was going to be a good day. Dannage glanced over to where Luc shifted his weight from foot to foot. He’d known the burly blond nearly half his life. They’d first met when Dannage signed on with a mid-range Cargo haulier, the Curie, and had been fast friends ever si…

Footprints in Heaven Pt 1: Launch Day

Launch Day
By Rob Dearsley

John Roth leaned forward against the flight harness, eager to get his first look at the St. Marie. The shuttle rounded the curve of the station, giving him his first look at the ship. Floodlights on the docking gantries glinted off her long lines.  Of course, he already knew every inch of his new comand. The last three weeks had been spent reading about her and studying her plans in preparation for the launch.  Plans and manuals hadn’t done the St. Marie justice. The shallow curve of her upper hull hugged the lower sections like a protective lover, shielding them. The ship was two kilometres long, half the size of Gateway Station itself. She was a beauty and she was all his. Although in truth, it wasn’t the ship that had drawn him out of retirement, it was the mission. “All crew and passengers, secure for docking,” the shuttle pilot’s voice broke Roth’s train of thought. After one last look at the St. Marie, he leaned back and tightened the restraints. It wouldn’t …