David K Roberts
Born in Papua New Guinea to Australian parents, I have travelled extensively and lived in such countries as Singapore, Nigeria and Kuwait.
I graduated from UCNW Bangor with a BSc Joint Honours Marine Biology and Zoology in 1985 and have spent the last twenty eight years working in the Information Technology industry. I currently run my own management consultancy.
A qualified pilot, I am also a keen photographer.
I have been fascinated over the years with the way the public has been educated on new discoveries, inventions and 'truths'. Joe Jackson's song 'Cancer' sums up my healthy cynicism, something I developed at an early age! The fact that the 'next big thing' is usually debunked some time later makes me wonder how we ever know what is right and what is wrong. Can we ever know the truth as lay-people? At least we have our common sense to guide us.
I use this uncertain environment to stretch boundaries in my work, including my writing. I intend to give the reader pause for thought as to whether what I write is possible, now or in the future. It is not science fiction but as a thriller I hope you enjoy the story telling and delivery of possibilities.
My life has changed significantly since I began writing back in 2012. It’s become more time consuming while at the same time far more enjoyable. So what is fun for me? Science fiction and horror. Zombies - you have to love ’em! Zombies are everywhere nowadays, if not in a physical form (probably for the best) then in most people’s minds, including our respective governments.
What is it about Zombies that is fun? Escapism (in more than one sense) for sure. Leading professors and economists say that apocalyptic desires come to the fore of people’s thinking when the chips are down, economies stink and, most often, when people spout bullcrap like that! I think people see the Apocalypse as a personal steam vent; watching wholesale slaughter is cathartic, especially when they know that every dead person they see can stand up again at the end of the film and have a few beers. We have loved apocalyptic genre since pen was put to paper. What about ‘War of The Worlds’ by HG Wells? He didn’t write that in a depression or recession and yet people loved it. And then there’s ‘The Day Of The Triffids’ by John Wyndham. The list is pretty extensive of pre-analysis apocalypse and apocalypsis. As a species we just love threat to our lives as long as it doesn’t really happen.
What about Science Fiction then? With the quickly advancing technologies we see all around us, it has been a real challenge for me to write in this genre. Every time I come up with a new technology I discover Google or someone else has just come out with something similar. It makes it hard not to end up writing science fact. I have written two novels I would classify science thrillers. Using real science and taking it to the next level, I have then added a thriller element to create what I believe are believable stories that will keep you riveted until the end - and then wanting more. I will be writing a sequel to The Animus Portal as soon as time permits; I think the story deserves a follow up for which I have some very different ideas. I hope you will like them!
Where to find David K Roberts online
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle - The Complete Trilogy
This is a story of survival against the odds, a testament to the indomitable human spirit. Having escaped a post-apocalyptic London with his family and friends, against all the odds Daniel has taken up refuge in the Rockies northwest of Denver. Unfortunately the group are finding it harder and harder to survive; the zombies are demonstrating capabilities that are unexpected and downright deadly.
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle - Dez Rez (Book 3)
Tired of eking out a hand to mouth existence in the mountains above Denver, Rob, Daniel and the rest of the original survivors decide that the time has come for pastures new.
Soda Bay, California ticks all the boxes. Problem is, this prime real estate is already occupied by something infinitely more malevolent, yet hard to recognise - making it the most unequivocal threat to their existence yet.
Return Of A King: A Zombie Chronicle - Z Factor (Book 2)
What should have been a routine flight from London Heathrow to New York soon turns into a living nightmare for those on board. With many of his fellow passengers showing symptoms of a particularly nasty virus, Nick, a young Aussie backpacker, has resigned himself to a miserable trip.
Nick battles to stay unharmed as the plane crash lands in the marshes near to JFK airport.
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle - Cabin Fever (Book 2)
This gripping, fast-paced sequel finds our band of survivors set up camp at Tom's lakeside cabin in the Rockies. The isolated location and the imminent arrival of snow lull them into a false sense of security that they will be safe from further zombie attacks, but this proves to be much harder than envisaged as Mother Nature has a particularly nasty trick up her sleeve.
Return Of A King: A Zombie Chronicle (Book 1)
Who would ever have imagined in their wildest dreams that the End of Days would start with the discovery of the earthly remains of some long-dead king underneath a car park in Leicester, of all places?
On that fateful day, little did the archaeologists involved realise that they were about to unleash on their fellow man an ancient evil long since contained in the bottom of that very pit!
The Animus Portal
The divergence of the world began with a computer chip, originally medicinal in use, but now available to the world as a simple social media insert into the brain. A Russian oligarch has taken an overwhelming interest in the technology - he knows the human race is headed for an untimely end and he wants his legacy to be the salvation of Mankind. At the cost of anyone's life but his own.
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle (Book 1)
This book tells of the struggle of a group of people, ably led by two friends, one American and one Brit, in a bid to survive an apocalyptic event of unknown origin. It decimates London and seemingly the whole of the UK, turning people into killing machines. They take the gamble of a lifetime and catch the last airliner out and to the USA. Have they jumped from the frying pan into the fire?
Detective Sergeant George Spartan thinks he has experienced just about everything the criminal element has to throw at him. Until he investigates a new type of civil unrest breaking out on his patch.
Just what sort of godforsaken infection causes blood-crazed inhabitants to violently attack and eat each other? And more to the point, what in hell's name can George and his companions do to stop it?
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