The Flame: Book 1 (Tales of the Shehkrii)

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The Flame is an contemporay environmental mystery thriller centred around the Acrivities of the Shehkrii,a secret branch of humanity with a global agenda. More

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About Ian Martin

I grew up in Sydney, Australia in a leafy fringe suburb called Gray’s Point and now live with my family on an acre of rainforest in the Glasshouse Mountains of Queensland, commuting to Brisbane for work.

A longtime fan of sci-fi and fantasy I’m fascinated by history and anthropology and how they collide with technology.

I wrote plays and short stories in lower high school. Despite little encouragement I still managed to become a significant essayist by graduation. Mr Wilson (Level 1 English teacher) gave me 9/10 for one effort, a mark he had only handed out once before in a very long career. I learnt more from that crotchety old bugger than I realized at the time and am in his debt.

But I didn’t return to fiction until my late thirties when having devoured Raymond E. Feist’s ‘Magician’, I was devastated to be unable to find any sequels. They were there but I was looking in the wrong places. So I set out to write something for myself and quickly found that I wasn’t comfortable with the sword and sorcery environment for some unknown reason – perhaps it seemed like it had all been done. Anyway, I found myself dabbling in the contemporary area, trying to find characters who brought together the sensibilities of Now with some of the crazy ideas I loved.

I hope you enjoy the results.


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Coral Russell reviewed on on Dec. 28, 2011

I like this book. It is confusing and jumps around with different story and plot lines in the beginning, but that didn’t keep me from reading so it makes it good to me. It has a cyberpunk/technopunk storyline feel to it which I like that kind of thing. It’s from an Australian author but I’ve been loving the stuff coming out from ‘down under’ so far. Author says they’re working on Book 2 now so looking forward to the series! Tons of stuff happening.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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