After what feels like a lifetime, my next book, Blackout: The Battle of Hell Ridge, Book One, has been released on Amazon.
I wrote the bulk of this in the (Aussie) summer of 2021 and true to form, it sat there for most of 2021 after COVID-19 came back, left, came back, and so on. Initially, I outlined three books while we were camping and it was easy to get into the swing of what might happen during the end of the world while sitting amongst the trees by the river drinking coffee at dawn each morning. I had it ready to publish by mid-2022, but then I began talking to Aethon Books through Nicholas Sansbury Smith, and decided to let them release the three book series to help me reach more readers.
It has everyday folks battling to survive, friendships put to the test, betrayal, baddies we can all relate to, and a few surprises along the way. It’s set in the Aussie summer where temperatures can be extreme. If you liked the first Invasion of the Dead book, Aftermath, then I suspect this one is for you.
Here is the publisher’s blurb:
At the height of a scorching summer, multiple EMP attacks are launched against the world’s western allies.
Australia and the US are at the top of the hit list.
Planes fall from the sky. Cars crash through buildings. Power outages create desperation for food and water and people quickly succumb to the heat. The world crumbles faster than anybody can imagine.
Up at Hell Ridge outside a small town on the outskirts of Melbourne, Parker Richardson sits on the banks of the King Parrot Creek, ready for a quiet two-week camping trip. A much-needed escape after the death of his mother, separation from his long-time girlfriend, and the sudden loss of his best mate’s friendship.
But when his phone and truck go dark, Parker loses all contact with his friends and must make the long, hazardous walk down into the township to uncover what has happened. Along the way, he slowly discovers there is more to the situation than he first thought.
Without the essentials on which they have come to rely, Parker and his friends must overcome their relationship issues, then band together to avoid the perils of a town drowning in chaos and an invading enemy intent on taking everything they have ever known.
Can the local people overcome their differences and repel the invasion? Or will this be the first of many towns to fall across the country and the western world as we know it?
Don’t miss the start of the next action-packed post-apocalyptic EMP survival thriller from Owen Baillie, best-selling author of Invasion of the Dead. This disaster series is perfect for fans of Kyla Stone, A.G. Riddle, Bobby Akart, Jack Hunt, and Ryan Schow.
So here we are. I want to give a big thanks to Kim Richardson and Trevor Bacon for helping me get the story into shape again, and to the team at Aethon. The book is on Kindle, in paperback and on audio, available through Amazon and Audible. Book two will release on July 11th.