Published in the UK on Thursday the 17th of June by Gollancz.
Three hundred years in our future, in a world of alien infiltrators, religious hackers, a vast convoying nation of Nomads, city sized orbital elevators, and a cyborg pirate king who believes himself to be a mythological demon Jakob is having a bad day:
“Nothing gets in the way of a hangover like being reactivated by your old C.O and told to track down an alien killing machine. The same kind of killing machine that wiped out my entire squad. And now it’s in my hometown.
My name is Jakob Douglas, ex-special forces. I fought Them. Just like we’ve all been doing for 60 bloody years. But I thought my part in that was done with.
My boss has other ideas. If I didn’t find the infiltrator then he’d let the Grey Lady loose on me. And believe me; even They’ve got nothing on her. So I took the job. It went to shit even faster than normal.
And now I’m on the run with this teenage hacker who’s had enough of prostitution. The only people I can rely on want to turn the internet into God. And now it turns out that They aren’t quite what we’d all thought.
I’ve been to the bottom of the sea and the top of the sky and beyond trying to get to the truth.
And I still can’t get far enough away from the Grey Lady.
All things considered I’d rather be back at home deep in a whiskey bottle.”
Veteran is a fast paced, intricately plotted violent SF Thriller set in a dark future against the backdrop of a seemingly never ending war against an unknowable and implacable alien enemy.
A powerhouse SF debut – a jawdroppingly vivid hell-on-earth future, a brutal war against unknowable aliens and Jake – a harder than all the rest anti-hero it’s impossible not to love.
“Veteran may be a debut, but it reads like the work of a veteran. Gavin Smith is a welcome new recruit to the black ops cadre of combat SF”
“A hard-hitting, violent, and sometimes darkly comic action-filled rampage through a future world of advanced cybernetics, human misery and finding God … I loved every genetically modified minute!”
Published in Germany on the 14th of December by Blanvalet
Published in the UK on Thursday the 15th of September by Gollancz.
“I should be dead.
The war with the aliens. Them. It’s over. Now we turn on ourselves. Human fighting human again, when we came so close to wiping ourselves out the last time and the bad guys, the true bastards like Rolleston, Cronin and the Grey Lady, hold all the cards. God may control the net, privacy is dead, but Demiurge is coming. We don’t stand a chance.
I’ve had enough. No more fighting for my life, last ditch assaults, putting my mostly machine body back together again. No more desperate chases, nearly dying in space when the integrity of the exo-armour starts to give. No more fear…
I’ve pushed my luck too far. I’m out. This isn’t my war, even if it means I’ve lost her.
Just one last piece of revenge.
But things never go as I plan.
If I could only stop thinking about Morag.”
Jakob Douglas, damaged soldier and unlikely hero, returns in another desperate, adrenalin fueled adventure from Gavin Smith, author of the widely acclaimed Veteran.
A tie in to the game CRYSIS 3, from CryTek/EA, Escalation is a selection of connected short stories that explore and expand the game world. Gavin’s futuristic and punchy fiction is a perfect fit for CRYSIS, and this collection is a delight for game-players and SF fans alike.
With stories covering the fan favourite characters of Prophet, Psycho and Alcatraz, as well as introducing themes, enemies and weapons new to CRYSIS 3, this will be a vital part of the game experience. Punchy and kinetic, this is SF with steel at its heart.
Of all the captains based out of Arclight only Eldon Sloper was desperate enough to agree to a salvage job in Red Space. And now he and his crew are living to regret his desperation.
In Red Space the rules are different. Some things work, others don’t. Best to stick close to the Church beacons. Don’t get lost.
Because there’s something wrong about Red Space. Something beyond rational. Something vampyric . . .
Long after The Loss mankind is different. We touch the world via neunonics. We are machines, we are animals, we are hybrids. But some things never change. A Killer is paid to kill, a Thief will steal countless lives. A Clone will find insanity, an Innocent a new horror. The Church knows we have kept our sins.
Gavin Smith’s new SF novel is an epic slam-bang ride through a terrifyingly different future.