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The Avalon Job
(novel) - Hollow Moon #4
Coming sometime in 2020...
Ravana O'Brien is confronted by her past in more ways than one. None particularly welcome. Secret agent Kedesh is back on the scene, seeking recruits for a mission to Alpha Centauri. Artorius, the young boy taken by the authorities after they saved him from the clutches of the Dhusarian Church, has been traced to a shadowy American base on the moon of Avalon. Another ancient alien portal has been found, a mysterious machine that can twist space-time. A rumour of hidden gold is sowing confusion.
Avalon is no ordinary world, for the Avalon Broadcasting Corporation rules the roost. 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 Federation at his disposal, is pulling the strings. He has a new chosen one, a man called The Raven who seeks Ravana's doom. Artorius is the key to those who want the alien portal open. Not all interested parties are human...
(To be published 2020; approx. 140,000 words. [details])
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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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Old enemies are back...
-->“Ravana O’Brien,” she
sneered. “We meet again.”
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?”
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 the scheming Priest Taranis has a new champion of prophecy...
-->"You must be Uttar,"
Ravana replied coolly. "Taranis’ new chosen one."
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 wonderful wizard
of odd / The boy who would be king / Battle Royale / Rime of
the ancient watchers / Parting of the ways.
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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.]
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