Ray McCarthy

Biography

Ray McCarthy has lived in the Mid West of Ireland since 1983. He has a life long interest in SF & F, electronics, computers, science and space. Writing since 1991.
His engineering and security systems background gives the SF and adventures a solid scientific background.

Series

Talents Universe
Mostly involving the activities of the Caemorian Empire, a single planet 80,000 light years from Earth. They are about 5,000 years more advanced. Their culture dominates nearly a third of the Milky Way. Only one person from Earth has the special Talent gift, Maisie Kelly from Ireland. Anyone developing Talent must be trained in the Circle College on Caemoria. Many of the stories involve Maisie Kelly. There are seven novels in the "Talents Universe" setting. The time scale is contemporary and as we didn't notice any giant starship visiting it must be an alternate reality?
The Journeyman's Talent
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The Solar Alliance
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Starship Chief
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The Master's Talent
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The Legal Talent
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Celtic Otherworld
The “Celtic Otherworld” stories are inspired by Celtic, Irish, Scandinavian and Norse legend and are set more or less contemporaneously usually with some connection to Irish or English places. Contemporary travel to Otherworlds mentioned in Celtic Myth and Legend. Meet the Tuath Dé, Sióg, Aés Sidhe, Elves and Faerie. Also set in Limerick, Ireland and Wychavon, England. Unlike Greek and Roman myth, there are many Celtic ‘Otherworlds’ that appear to be magical and often inhabited by the Fair Folk (Fay, Fairy, Sióg) or sometimes the Tuath Dé (later called Tuatha De Danann). They are not realms of the dead. Manannán Mac Lir led the Tuath Dé away to the Otherworld over 2,500 years ago. Except for them it’s been more like 600 due to the time-slip. Portals are often at Court Graves, Raths and other ancient Irish sites. Today Tuath Dé culture is a crazy mix of Mediaeval to 20th Century. Most of the stories involve Alice, also called Eilis, who lived in rural Co. Limerick till aged thirteen.
Seeking the Flaming Spear
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Hero Genesis
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No Silver Lining
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Exiles and Rooks
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Trader's Isle
The Trader's Isle series is set in mediaeval like world without explosives for weapons (black powder etc) or ship's clocks. The massive world wars and loss of much technology a thousand years earlier was bad, but the rise of the Sorcerers called the Silver Wolf Heads using the Arinopean Barons as puppet leaders was a disaster for the Isle of Amrat and the people curiously called Traveller Folk, even though they are not nomadic. The painting is a detail from Le Jardin de Maubuisson by Camille Pissarro (1830-1903).
The Seven Talismans
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Books

The Mission's Talent
Series: Talents Universe, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,690. Language: British English. Published: July 11, 2024 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
This novel is set about four years after the events of “The Legal Talent.” Maisie has just returned from Morglun yet has to assemble an unusual “First Contact” mission to Andromeda with the support of the Arch Chancellor and the Military. About 80,100 words
Goths and Rooks
Series: Celtic Otherworld, Book 12. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,950. Language: British English. Published: May 7, 2024 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Who is the mysterious Marianne that’s started in Upper Sixth form after the Christmas holidays? What killed the two girls last term? About 88,500 words excluding extras.
Dwarves and Rooks
Series: Celtic Otherworld, Book 11. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,060. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Marion is hired by the Fay to investigate the murder of a Dwarf. Yet though her adoptive mother, Alice, is the Minister responsible, Alice has gone on a horse riding holiday on the Peacestead at Asgard. This is the fourth of six “Marion and the Rooks” books. The cover is based on “The Valkyrie and the Raven” by Fredrick Sandys. This is the corrected Spring 2024 edition. Approximately 50,000 words.
The Seven Talismans
Series: Trader's Isle, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,050. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Jorath is hardly adult but hopes to find the Talismans of the High Lords. They must do something to fight the people that want to eradicate their tribe. The story is set in a mediaeval style fantasy world with no ship's clocks or black powder. About 55,240 words.
Artists and Rooks
Series: Celtic Otherworld, Book 10. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,670. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Marion’s Detective Agency has had some clients, but why does the visitor wait till Detective Nossie has gone home? It’s nearly a year since the Fay and the Empress foisted the Irish twins on her. This is the third of six “Marion and the Rooks” books. The cover is based on “Artists Sketching in the White Mountains” by Homer Winslow. This is the corrected Spring 2024 edition. About 46,550 words.
The Fay Child
Series: Celtic Otherworld, Book 9. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,300. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
It’s a year since Daniel (Kevin and Órlaith’s child) was born. So now the Fay Godmothers must return, but they too now have children. Why does Morien want her child minded on Hy Brasil and why is Manannán visiting the Queen? The cover is based on “The Fairy Godmother” by Sarah Stilwell Weber. This is the corrected Spring 2024 edition. About 59,350 words.
The Legal Talent
Series: Talents Universe, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,990. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Sixth novel in the Talent Universe series. Maisie finally has to do the Legal training suggested some years earlier. Why is there a sudden urgency? Is it because someone shot at a delegation from Morglun? Summer 2024 revision. About 53,550 words.
Conspiracies and Rooks
Series: Celtic Otherworld, Book 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,090. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Marion is now a Student Guard. Tony and Sorcha settle into the town house and make friends. Why does the shopkeeper not want the Guards to catch the thieves? This is the second of six “Marion and the Rooks” books. The cover is based on the portrait of May Sartoris by Frederic Leighton. This is the corrected Spring 2024 edition. About 88,900 words.
Fairy Godmothers
Series: Celtic Otherworld, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,240. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fairy tales
Alice (Eilis) had previously agreed to be a godmother for Órlaith. Now the baby has quickened and a geas is triggered. You can’t invoke a fay blessing for a baby without invoking a fay curse first! Everything you wanted to know about the Fairy Godmother and the Wicked Witch. The cover is from “Lady of Shalott” by John William Waterhouse. Corrected Spring 2024 edition. About 53,130 words.
Exiles and Rooks
Series: Celtic Otherworld, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,890. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Parallel to “Hero Genesis” and “No Silver Lining” in the partially Steam Punk world where the Tuatha Dé live. Alice’s half sister’s two children – met briefly in “Carrying the Shining Sword” – are exiled from Ireland because they too have magic. First of 6 “Marion and the Rooks” books. The cover is edited from “On the Threshold” by Edmund Blair Leighton. Corrected Spring 2024. About 74,600 words.
No Silver Lining
Series: Celtic Otherworld, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,490. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Urban fantasy mostly in Limerick. Alice (Eilis) joins the four English teenagers going to the University of Limerick, but senses a Horseman of the Apocalypse. Kate finds that Eilis is a strange friend with many surprises. Sequel to Hero Genesis and #5 in the "Celtic Otherworld" series, though the books can be read as pair or even on their own. Corrected Spring 2024 edition. About 65,450 words.
Hero Genesis
Series: Celtic Otherworld, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,830. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Celtic Otherworld IV Urban fantasy mostly in Worcestershire, also called Wychavon. Four teenagers doing A Levels get sucked into a strange situation with superheroes and aliens. They are rescued by the High Queen of the Aés Sidhe. The cover image is a detail from “Freya” by Doyle. This is the corrected Spring 2024 edition. About 80,750 words.
Seeking the Flaming Spear
Series: Celtic Otherworld, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,730. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Megra must decide how to deal with Morien, who is Fay, so she contacts Queen Oonagh of the Aés Sidhe for help by throwing a Ball. Alice (Eilis) decides it’s time to do more matchmaking. Alice gets to show off some warrior training that Neamhain of the Morrígna has taught her. She figures how to stop Kevin having a crush on her. This is the revised Summer 2024 edition. About 88,350 words.
Carrying the Shining Sword
Series: Celtic Otherworld, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,770. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fairy tales
Who has poisoned Megra and her father, the Emperor? Eilis (Alice) accepts she is different and reveals why to her four friends. They learn about Skandi culture and the forbidden Skand magic. They take ship to another continent in search of an antidote and answers. Cover: Edited detail from “The Love Potion” by Evelyn De Morgan. This is the Summer 2024 edition. About 54,350 words.
The Master's Talent
Series: Talents Universe, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 115,910. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Maisie has returned from her visit to Tellus (Earth). Maisie is reaping the results of her foolishness. How can she teach class and be the Emperor’s Emissary on a ‘First Contact’ Mission? How can she put off any public announcement about her relationship with Olef? About 114,850 words. Summer 2024 revision. Last part of the Maisie Trilogy and book 5 of the "Talent's Universe".
The Solar Alliance
Series: Talents Universe, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 138,370. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Earth has cracked the problem of Fusion power and has the “Secret” of how a “Jump Drive” for a starship works. But what does the shadowy New World Order conspiracy want? Who is controlling the Solar Alliance and will the Valkyries be used to attack Caemoria or kidnap Talents? Summer 2024 revision. About 136,850 words.
Under the Stone of Destiny
Series: Celtic Otherworld, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 80,710. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
Four teenagers are trying to end the ruinous war. They are a human, a runaway Elf Princess, a Dryad Mage and a Dwarf Wizard. Or at least that’s what Caoimhghín (Kevin), the student Magus thinks they are. Out of food and close to despair in the mountains they are told to wait for another companion by Corbie, the rook Familiar of Dean David. Corrected Summer 2024 edition. About 78,200 words.
The Journeyman's Talent
Series: Talents Universe, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 133,280. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Maisie is no longer an Apprentice, but a Journeyman studying to be a Master, at the Circle College for Talent, 80,000 light years from Earth, on Caemoria. But on a visit to Laramos city to sign a contract for her full spectrum colour system she narrowly escapes being murdered. Meanwhile Earth has figured how to build starships without Talent. Summer 2024 version. About 132,000 words.
Starship Chief
Series: Talents Universe, Book 4. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 34,740. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
A prequel to the entire Talent Universe series best read before The Master’s Talent. Set many years before first contact with Earth, three Karnd teenagers are on the way station starship to retrieve a valuable hidden artefact on a planet that’s never been contacted. But how many of the crew are really criminals? Summer 2024 revision. About 33,600 words
The Apprentice's Talent
Series: Talents Universe, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 161,670. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Mei Zhen "Maisie" Kelly is a twenty-three year old working in Dublin. People think she’ll go far, now that she’s had a second major promotion. Maisie didn't pay a huge amount of attention to the news of the alien starship appearing at the edge of the Solar system. Curiously the only thing of interest to the Aliens is to find Maisie and take her away. Revised Summer 2024 About 160,450 words.