In 2023, Australia reversed its closed border policy and said to the world:<br /> ‘Welcome! You are free to come to Australia, but you must spend the first seven years in the Temporary Citizenship Zone around the Ord River.’<br /><br /> Seven years later, Ord City is a teeming Asian metropolis with 2.5 million people preparing for the First Wave – the first tranche of refugees gaining full citizenship – on Australia Day 2030. But mainstream Australia is passionately divided over Ord City, not least because of the risk of letting in terrorists, and dark political forces are bubbling to the surface.<br /> Agent Conan Tooley is sent up to Ord City to look into a routine gangland murder, but finds himself frustrated and confused by the questions that arise at every step. As the days to the First Wave count down, Conan encounters any number of people throwing up obstacles, including The Army of God (a Christian charity active in Ord City); a carload of young people travelling to Ord City for the Illumination Festival the night before the First Wave; and Asif, a deep cell terrorist with a deadly mission. There is also the Shadow Group – mysterious figures who seem to be pulling strings at high levels to achieve some hidden purpose.<br /> As the various subplots wind towards the explosive conclusion, the motives and values of all are profoundly challenged.
Eric Judd is 39 and his girlfriend wants him to give up playing football. Eric (aka Mr Cleansheets) is a goalkeeping legend at his amateur Sydney club because in his youth he received a letter inviting him to trial with Manchester United. The letter said to 'come when you're ready' – and six days before his 40th birthday, Eric is finally ready.<br /> <br />Inspired by the dying wish of his Uncle Jimmy, Eric travels to England, but does not quite receive the welcome he had hoped for. Instead, he encounters all manner of villains: murderous football hooligans, Irish mafia, dodgy football agents, beautiful pop stars, international terrorists and a range of supporting players with any number of overt and hidden agendas.<br /> <br /><i>But he does get to play a bit of football.</i>
If God is too indifferent, or too non-existent to take care of His creation, then clearly it's up to Me.'<br />Morgen Tanjenz is a lawyer with an overactive sense of justice. His mission in life is to reward the virtuous, punish the ignorant and avenge those who won't avenge themselves. His favourite pastime is 'life sculpture' – anonymously intervening in the lives of strangers to change their destiny in ways he thinks they deserve.<br />But Morgen isn't the only one changing lives in the city. A serial killer is on the prowl and taunting the police in letters to the local rag. But, as the body count rises, Detective Sergeant Blacksnake Fowler can hardly focus on the job with so many distractions: his boss hates him, his deputy is trying to undermine him and the woman he loves is having an affair.<br />In the cicada-throbbing heat of a Sydney summer, the threads of a strange story become entangled in a wild conclusion no one will see coming.<br /> <br /><i>'a ripsnorter of a ride through the dark heart of the burbs… may just be Australia's answer to American Psycho.' </i>Kirsten Krauth, just_a_girl<br /> <br /><i>'Sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing, and always compelling… with a super-original premise and a one-of-a-kind protagonist'. </i>Tony Wilson, Making News<br /> <br /><i>'A disturbingly good read. Unnerving and darkly comic.' </i>Stuart Quin, Ealing Studios Australia
A Tale of Love and Revenge<br />Set Against History's Bloody Backdrop…<br /> <br />In the year 1060, young Brand Holgarsson's family are wiped out in a Viking raid arranged by Brand's treacherous uncle Malgard. Malgard is named thegn of the town of Stybbor in East Anglia while Brand is made outlaw and hunted through the woods by Malgard's men, determined to extinguish the last possible claim to Malgard's thegnship.<br /> <br />Aided by a strange young woman, Valla, who claims to be 242 years old, Brand escapes and is befriended by Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex and the choice of the Saxon nobles to be king after the childless Edward (the Confessor). Brand nurses his dream of vengeance over Malgard while sharing Harold's perils and waiting for Valla who will only return from The Place of Dreams if Brand has remained true to his promise to lie with no other woman.<br /> <br />All stories come together at the Battle of Hastings, where Harold's great banner, The Fighting Man, flew above the field at Senlac Ridge in opposition to the papal cross carried by William the Bastard.<br /> <br /><i>"Not since reading Sharpe have I felt such a sense of being in the story. Outstanding."</i> – Stuart Quin, Full Circle Films<br /> <br /><i>"I read it on the train, walking down the street, well after my usual bed time and when I was supposed to be working. Even though I knew exactly where the story was headed, I was compelled to know what happened next."</i> – Jane B Rawson, From The Wreck