Thanks to Allan Guthrie and Kyle McRae, my novel Phase Four will be published as an ebook through Amazon and Blasted Heath as of Nov. 1. The novel will be available for free download from Blasted Heath on Thursday, Nov. 3. Needless to say, as a complete nobody, I’m very happy to appear in the same company as writers like Ray Banks, Douglas Lindsay, Anthony Neil Smith and Brian Pendreigh, the other Blasted Heath launch authors.
Phase Four is a complex, fast-paced, apocalyptic technothriller that deals with secret government cabals, false-flag operations, genetic engineering, FEMA camps, double agents, corrupt intelligence services, underground bases, a doomed conspiracy to “save the world” and the use of altered states of consciousness as a means of social control.
Described as “24 meets Philip K. Dick,” the novel takes a wild ride on helicopters, black transports and hijacked trains through a chaotic landscape of burning high rises, collapsing cities and classified underground laboratories, wandering in and out of the real world as the clock ticks down to the fall of civilization and the rise of a sinister new regime with some radical ideas about solving the world’s problems.
Phase Four has a long history almost as convoluted as my job resume. The novel began years ago as a completely different book–a thriller about an IT geek working in a San Francisco psychiatric institution who stumbles across a conspiracy by Big Pharma to cover-up the bizarre side effects of a new sleeping pill. Like most of my ideas, I have no idea where that came from.
The original novel never made it past the first couple of drafts, but it morphed through some weird process into Phase Four, which bears no resemblance to the original story at all. So how are they connected? Who knows? Somehow my interest in espionage, political conspiracies, action-adventure thrillers, science fiction, psychedelics and apocalyptic disaster stories all came together at once–a preoccupation I’ve continued with my new web site, Ominous Planet. I’ve always been a big fan of Ian Fleming, who said he wrote books designed to be read for pleasure on trains and planes. I hope you’ll enjoy Phase Four the same way.