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The Avalon Job
(novel) - Hollow Moon #4
OUT NOW! Ravana O'Brien is confronted by her past in more ways than one. Secret agent Kedesh is back on the scene, seeking help for a mission to Alpha Centauri. Artorius, the young boy taken by Que Qiao agents after fleeing the Dhusarian Church, has been traced to a shadowy American base on the moon of Avalon. A second alien portal has been found, a mysterious ancient machine that can twist space and time.
Avalon is no ordinary world. The moon hosts epic holovid events, not least the vicious celebrity show Gods of Avalon, a game based on the legends of King Arthur where players fight to survive against cyberclone beasts. Infiltrating the secret base means getting past the game arenas, but Ravana cannot trust the slippery Kedesh and has enemies old and new out to see her fail. The rejuvenated Priest Taranis, now with the might of the new Terran Federation of Worlds at his disposal, is pulling the strings. He has a new chosen one, a man called The Raven who seeks Ravana's doom. A rumour of hidden gold is sowing confusion. Artorius is the key to those who want the alien portal open. Watchers are playing the ultimate game.
(First published 14 August 2020; approx. 136,000 words. [details])
|EBOOK recommended retail price: £1.99 / $2.99|
|ISBN: 978-1005266943 (Smashwords); ASIN: B08DMVWS65 (Kindle).|
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~ T H E - W O R L D S - O F - H O L L O W - M O O N ~
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The Barnard's Star player in the holovid games is not doing well...
-->“A lark?” Maia scowled.
“This place is horrible. Why did I ever agree to take part?”
Old enemies are back...
-->“Lieutenant Dana of the
Chinese space fleet,” she growled. “You and your fellow rebel
scum caused me a great deal of trouble during the peace
conference on Daode. You threw a cat in my face!” she
persisted, waggling her gun.
The scheming Priest Taranis has a new champion of prophecy...
-->"You’re alive," said the
man, halting before her. He sounded disappointed.
Even for the rebels of "Psyche's Seven", infiltrating Avalon is a dangerous game...
-->“A Knight of Mordred,”
Brokkr remarked. “One of those dumb cyberclones viewers
operate through VR from home. You need to step carefully
inside this castle.”
And much, much more!
CHAPTER TITLES: Prologue: The
mountain and the mammoth / An unexpected reunion / Almost
famous / Ghosts in the machine / The halls of Valhalla /
Fright knight at the Round Table / The god, the bad and the
ugly / Monsters, murder and mystery / Between a rock and a
hard place / Games without frontiers / The wandering wizard
of odd / The boy who would be king / Battle Royale / Rime of
the ancient watchers / Parting of the ways.
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Map of Gods of Avalon holovid game arenas
A map of the terraformed sector of Avalon (moon of Thule), West Celtica region, as used by the Avalon Broadcasting Corporation. Hand-drawn (badly) by the author. A smaller version of this map can be found in 'Ebook Extras', the ebook endpapers.
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Star system charts from The Avalon Job
“On the other hand, Alpha Centauri is the one system where we haven’t made loads of enemies!” Ostara said brightly. “It’s a long way from Taranis and his Federation.”
[The Avalon Job, Chapter One: An unexpected reunion.]
"You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" - Charlie Croker (Michael Caine) in The Italian Job (Troy Kennedy-Martin, dir. Peter Collinson, 1969).
Do you have the latest version? Texts are periodically revised to update endpapers following new releases and to correct any errors.
|August 2020 -
First ebook edition (pre-order/pre-sales in July) (approx. 380
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