"Caught in a Moment" describes Alex Trueman’s adventures in the unique world of Intersticia, a world outside of ordinary time, existing in the slender intervals between instants. A habitual daydreamer, Alex has daydreamed himself unwittingly into this strange world where all around seems frozen into immobility -but he is not alone. Others share his fate and one of them is Death's delegate on earth More
Whilst all the world stands still, Alex Trueman wanders alone in the silent streets of the city. All around are the motionless figures of his fellow citizens, solid as marble. "Caught in a Moment" describes Alex’s adventures in the unique world of Intersticia. “He’s a Daydreamer,” states his school report and no one who knows Alex would disagree. But this mental state, this condition of temporary disassociation from reality is one that Alex has immersed himself in once too many times. He has daydreamed himself unwittingly into a world outside of ordinary time, that exists in the slender intervals between instants. From Alex’s point of view the world around has frozen into immobility. There are delightful possibilities in the hushed streets with their motionless cars and people, but as the hours pass exhilaration is succeeded by anxiety. And he is not alone. Alex soon discovers that he shares this world with others. There are a few dozen fellow dreamers who share his fate. There is plump, bespectacled Will, pretty brunette, Kelly and the lonely outcast Paulo. Presiding over them all is the enigmatic Ganymede, an irascible vagrant who distributes food to his dependents and sets them perverse tasks to perform in return. Alex soon finds that he has rare skills in Intersticia, skills that set him on a collision course with Ganymede in which the very existence of Intersticia is put at risk. Nor are all the inhabitants of Intersticia dreamers. Some of them are dead; spirits lingering on after the instant that was their last on earth. The terrifying Cactus Jack, Death’s delegate in Intersticia, stalks the streets in search of these loose ends. Alex is soon engaged in a desperate struggle to cheat Death of at least one of his victims.
Martin Dukes writes in the YA genre, on themes that are influenced by his interest in history and science. 'Caught in a Moment' is the first volume in a trilogy, also comprising 'Worm Winds of Zanzibar' and 'Angelic Upstart'.