Peter Apps lives in England, and The Long Way Round is his first novel. He wrote it because he still thinks people are pretty amazing even though Peter hasn’t met anyone who has built a space portal, but then again, he hasn’t looked in everyone’s garden shed either.
He was born on 1st January 1948 has lived in Sheerness, Kent for most of his life. The Isle of Sheppey where Sheerness is situated has a long, rich history which has always fascinated Peter. History might seem a far cry from Science Fiction but imagining life in a Roman settlement is imagining a world just as alien as a distant planet.
Although he worked in a series of routine jobs he likes to do his own thing when he can. For example, all his computers are Microsoft free zones and prefers to use Linux. He has always had an interest in science, especially Astronomy. Now that planets have been discovered around other suns, he feels that the time is coming when we could discover intelligent life out there.
Other interests include classical music and jazz. He also likes to settle down in the evening to watch a good film while enjoying a nice glass of bitter or else visiting his local for a chat over a friendly drink.
Helping KGB generals to defect is routine in 1990. Combatting a plot to destabilise South Africa in the name of corporate greed is less usual.
David Statton finds himself up against ruthless enemies who will stop at nothing. To stop them, he has to confront personal tragedy and treachery.
Join Statton as he battles to keep Nelson Mandela and his dream of a rainbow South Africa alive.
South Africa during Apartheid, the story follows a multinational group of mercenaries, led by Englishman David Statton, given the impossible task of rescuing a Soviet scientist from Robben Island. With a deadly superpower game of intrigue and treachery, events move towards the inevitable bloody climax.
‘In Memory of Wartime Evacuee Charles (Charlie) Hall, killed August 1943 aged ten years. Always remembered. Ernie.’
Behind this simple Memoriam reporter, Jack Duggan, discovers an unbelievable connection between a young evacuee who disappeared in 1943, an author of children’s stories, a journalist who disappeared in 1993 and one of the world’s modern-day mysteries.
‘Numbers’ is the third book of short stories and poems written by Ruth Partis. Most of the contents are published for the first time, but there a few favourites deemed worthy of another view. Ruth’s stories tend to be very short enabling the reader to re-read them easily or indeed read them aloud to someone else.
An enjoyable collection of stories from the Sheppey Writers Group. From Ruth Partis' offbeat view of the world, James Apps' definitely dark and weird view of it, through to Peter Apps' more light-hearted approach and, not forgetting Karm Arger's fascinating contributions, there is something for everyone.
Pigeon Pie And Other Tasty Tales is as varied as it is thought provoking; with no real theme except that each has a slightly twisted tail. Enjoy all these tasty tales, but take them with a pinch of salt!
These tales explore the fears of people and the motivation for their actions asking “what if” when we deal with normal situations, and normalises those that would otherwise frighten us. They explore the dark side of human nature.
Most teenagers would be content to own a car when they're seventeen but Steve gets something more. He also finds his calm ordered world of a college student living at home thrown into turmoil.
Who is stalking him? Why is Mr. Abercrombey, a billionaire with strange passions, so interested in him?
Join Steve as he battles his enemies on Earth and prepares for the adventure of a lifetime.
Are David and his friends ready for the Quest? Most would say they should wait another six or seven years until they’re adults, but there’s no more time.
Worlds are being destroyed and theirs is already being influenced by the enemy.
Join them as prepare to tackle a foe they have never seen and tackle an even harder task. Keeping it all secret.
When you’re fourteen, how do you save your world from the Great Decline and prepare for a quest to save a parallel world? Being young lets him be receptive to new ideas and being lost on a parallel world, fostered and going to school there gave him plenty to think about. Having an uncle, desperate to gain control, doesn’t help either.
What’s worse? Relatives gathering for Christmas or a Nazi madman intent on conquering universes? As Dave would say, it wouldn’t be Stuart if life did not get even more complicated, so there’s an alternative Stuart who is in jail doing hard labour, reaching out across the universes for help.
21st-century schoolboys don’t crew a warship going into battle. When a temporal explosion tears the fabric of time Aodhan finds himself joining companions thrown forwards in time. David and Brian might be 18th-century teenage midshipmen ready for their ship to engage a French frigate, but they’re not ready for a helicopter arriving to investigate. None of them is ready for the task before them.
Who is David? Is he just a thirteen year old boy with a strange delusional amnesia or is there something more? He is found unconscious, and no identity. Once awake, he has little idea of the world around him but talks of a world, driven by steam. Follow David as he searches for answers and discovers a universe larger than he could imagine.
Youngsters being kidnapped throughout the whole of history, time travellers, and aliens who are more alien the authorities could ever imagine all serve to give Stuart's problems beyond what he could have believed possible. Join Stuart as his new adventures take him to places that he never thought that he would ever dare visit.
A compilation about science and nature hitting back with stories of civilisations being destroyed by a combination of natural disasters, man's arrogance or man simply losing control of events. Other stories of experiments gone wrong and careless time travellers provide a varied volume for your enjoyment.
Diverting an asteroid is all in a day's work for Stuart and his team. Then he does it again on a parallel Earth, then again and again. Stuart despairs as yet another Earth needs his help and he is drawn inexorably into the heart of the crisis.
Are the asteroids an accident or an attack? Was his Earth the real target or just collateral damage?
Stuart lives in a quiet village with his partner, enjoys a pint in the pub with his friends and like many young men he manages to get into trouble. What makes him different is that he commutes to a different galaxy each day and works on a space station. His way of getting into trouble is to have a collision with another time machine.