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This first Pagan book is a story of ancient genetics, parallel evolution, hive minds and a clandestine bid to take over the human world.

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Set in the present day, humanity is unwittingly approaching an apocalypse. The vast majority of people are unaware of the existence of a mysterious century's old war broiling and bubbling beneath the surface. Within the world's societies are ancient families pursuing a quest the exact nature of which has been lost even to them. Jean-Louis Rusch and Ruby Dean know only that an evil lurks at the heart of some of the most ordinary businesses around the world. There is talk of witches, ghosts and demons but with no real concept of their enemy they are referred to only as 'them'.

Rusch is forced to accept what Ruby has tried to tell him: he was created for the purpose of defeating their enemy. And those who made him, expecting to control him, find that they made him too well.

This Pagan novel is a sequel to The Rise of the Haliorunnae. It has themes of witchcraft, Christian knights, rioting and mob justice with violent consequences.

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Jean-Louis Rusch has financial control of the world. Humans, ignorant of the existence of the haliorunnae, are trying to understand how their standard of living has nose-dived.

On being challenged for his power the King of the Haliorunnae approaches a secret order of knights whose ultimate purpose is to aid in a future, much bigger fight. However, Louis rightly judges that their courageous Marshal must aid in his cause in order for the knights to continue in any meaningful quest of their own.

In the midst of attempting to court the woman he was betrothed to as a child, and who he has managed to avoid for some years, the Marshal finds himself up against an enemy unlike any he could have imagined.

DCZ is written in a multiple narrative style is a work of speculative eco-fiction featuring a London setting, released zoo animals, global control and a mysterious, powerful organisation.

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Gaia can and will solve the problem of climate change as opposed to living in the ensuing disaster. And humans are not very important in the scheme of things. They will, like all else, be accounted for in the calculations as a part of a global eco-system.

This is a story of reversing and preventing the problem rather than one of living with the dire consequences of it.

Except from the human perspective this is a holocaust.

“As a young mother she has one desire. One fight. And for that she discovers an inner strength she'd been unaware of owning.”

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Abrin's Wife knows no other life. Obedience to men, drudgery and severe punishments are, for the women of Kalvry's Fort, normal. Obsequiousness to husbands, fathers, brothers and sons, is seemly. That is until the day she is kidnapped; snatched out of the centre of the fort, reeled up on a rope and flown away. From this time on she is known by the name her mother blessed her with: Faehan.

Here in the City, she acquires skills forbidden to her in the fort, has privileges she'd never hoped for and gradually comes to understand the injustices suffered by generations of women in the farming communities. While her new friends are hoping she will help them attain their liberal aims she has only one desire. She must rescue her children from their brutal father.

Following Meltdown  is presented in a multiple narrative style.

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It features a dystopian atmosphere in the wake of global pandemics including one started by the fad of keeping Congo rats for pets. Psychological aspects include violent reactions to abuse.

The vet, Gabriel Harrison, who has been conscripted into teaching in his local High School, finally decides to opt out of a society growing in violence in defiance of stringent laws and constant surveillance. In spite of his reluctance to help others a small group, on realising his ability to survive by bushcraft, join him.

Unanticipated consequences push him into a position of becoming aware of an insane individual behind the current global suffering and leads to the formation of the World Liberation Army: something of a coup in psychological manipulation.

Habitat is a tale speculating on where the science of synthetic biology might take us.

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Outer Shell Engineer Buchanan has good reason for his belligerence. The task of maintaining the integrity of the habitat's hull involves walling off areas which have become contaminated by acids and toxins from the outside. His job is certain to herald an early, agonising death.

The rules maintain a happy, productive and satisfying life, for the majority. The Keepers enforce the rules. The rules range from maintaining a peaceful environment to protection from illegal organisations that aim to destroy their secure environment and those who worship a deity.

Keeper Dominic falls in love with a woman his parents discover to be religious. Her entire village is secretly taken to the cells. Knowing Buchanan will provide his best method of vengeance Dominic agrees to trust him in the inclusion of whatever plan the OSE has devised for his revenge.

Expecting to die, Buchanan and Dominic have only one ambition: to get as far away from the habitat as possible.

They came to this world from another realm, with the sole purpose of making humans good. Once here they dwelt amongst the natives in various ancient societies until they found satisfaction and like-minds with the Cathars of southern France.

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Thus, they adopted much from the Cathar lifestyle as ascetics, Credentes and Parfaits. Once labelled as saints and their works miracles, they turned their skills to more mundane matters.

Centuries of this pedestrian lifestyle left them ill-equipped for dealing with the only enemy aware of their existence in the modern world. When hell came to earth, it was a man they rejected, Guy Edrich, a half-breed they judged unworthy of them, who became the only capable defender of humankind.

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What will you be doing tomorrow? Catching the 6.45 to Paddington? Taking the kids to school?

Or will you wake up to a new world. One in which you find yourself threatening to slit the throat of a fellow inmate?

Discover the galaxy that is ruled by the Vinctalin. Lies, propaganda, forced addiction, slavery, culling and torture have been the rule for countless millennia.

Earth has ripened and will no longer remain untouched. Except this time the Vinctalin have made an error.

In this dark hour the Earth needs a saviour. Only a few humans survived the initial invasion and for the first time in the long history of the Vinctalin Tajats fought back, even taking prisoner the fabulous humanoid agent of their cruellest tyranny: the Emperor, Pakow Lam Chenden.

The clandestine masters of the invaders unleash their fury on the slave armies who have failed them. While those vast battalions of Guards are being annihilated in vicious punitive attacks the valiant little amateur corps of English men and women embark on a final battle that should see the truth carried forward by an intrepid few.

It is not by accident or inefficiency that there always are a number of survivors of a Vinctalin harvest. And it is not only the Vinctalin who can make use of them.

Saved by Mettle, the remaining humans of the world are being gathered into a secure haven, but for what real purpose? Questions and resentment abound as the increasing population is forced to aid in the never-ending fight against the Vinctalin. But it is only at the release of the magnificent alien Emperor that Jonathan's suspicions are confirmed and he begins to understand just how dirty the tactics of the Disciples have become.

Eighteen months ago Earth was thriving. Now it is reduced to a deserted wilderness containing one oasis of frenetic activity: the town in England newly named Foundation. Earth's valiant hero, Benjamin Stanzini, has sacrificed his all and lived long enough to see the survivors safe. At last he can let go, but while he's in free-fall Earth's leaders come to realise that their saviours are not all they claim to be.

The magnificent Emperor, one-time slave to the Vinctalin, joins forces with the Earth humans in the fight against the beasts. With growing trust the leaders of Earth's community are forced to re-evaluate enemies as well as new-found allies.

With their home world taken, their people being hunted down and a massive new challenge soon to take place, the Advanced Humans are close to defeat. But an injection of the fighting spirit of the primitives of Earth reignites their zeal.

While these courageous new combatants join forces with the Vinctalin's only viable enemy, the peace-loving psychiatrist Dr. Alexander Byefield is left with what should be the positive task of rebuilding society on Earth. They are told that the Vinctalin don't return to their harvested worlds, so how could they have guessed at the horrific fate awaiting Alex and their vulnerable partners?

The glorious Emperor, ex-slave to the Vinctalin, could prove to be their one enemy capable of destroying them. And he does not think small. Believing he has the means to save humanity, to say nothing of wreaking vengeance on his evil tormentors, Pakow Lam Fellen leads an attack on the Vinctalin Home World. Only the raving, traumatised psychiatrist can see the flaw in his plan, because only he has come to understand the nature of the beasts.

The retaliatory strike on the Vinctalin increases hugely in complexity and scale, and horror, as a simple surgical strike turns into a mass attack on a number of solar systems.

He is a magnificent Emperor, a stupendous hero and a technical genius, and he is surfing on the crest of victory breaking on the ocean of freedom.

On their return to Earth, Pakow finds himself presiding over two new Emperors and vast battalions of displayed Guards, all of whom he needs for the construction of his Planetary Defence System. But these are powerful beings with ambitions of their own. When he discovers that one of the Emperors has chosen to emulate the beasts with a view to trading with them, Pakow deals with him, permanently, but not in time to prevent a great deal of suffering.

In an attempt to be accepted as Vinctalin, Zondex has sent a message deep into space, offering for trade the very items that could maintain world security. While Pakow leads his fleet in defence of Earth, Stanzi must take charge of the battle against Zondex's remaining super-Guards.

Meanwhile the inhabitants of Earth's one functioning town have scattered in evacuation unaware of the danger of one small ship that slips though Pakow's defences in search of a piece of technology with a value far beyond what the current custodians can hardly guess at.

So-called allies seem to be almost as much a threat to Earth's alliance as the Vinctalin themselves. Secrets, lies and false histories have been the order of the day – for millennia. Who really runs the AHS Home World? What are they hiding? What is the truth about the massacre of Pakow's Guards?

Determined to get the answers to these questions Jonathan hatches his most audacious plot yet. In the process he takes Veekenites and Vinctalites one step closer to understanding their origins.

Having fought off many Vinctalin attacks, vanquished them in their own domains, ousted the Veekerens from fraudulent power, and constructed a full and comprehensive Planetary Defence System, the United Citizens of Earth are ready to make plans for the future.

Astonishing revelations reveal one species of beings as more alien to Earth Humans than the grey beasts.

Meanwhile, Alex encounters a new race of Vinctalin best described as halfway to human, who seem to proffer friendship.

There are two new and mysterious races of Vinctalin -and they are both now on Earth.

While Pakow Lam Fellen launches a spectacular retaliatory attack on one group, the other covertly observes the scene of awesome vengeance.

When those conflicts finally are resolved, the United Citizens of Earth re-establish the scheme for integrating Vinctalites and Veekenites in one harmonious society.

But will this society work, and who will be in charge is to be determined.

For the first time ever Pakow sacrifices prudence in favour of the fervour of a quest.

And two entire worlds pay the price. A price bigger than anyone expected.

A battle ensues, the outcome of which is far from certain.

One is utterly destroyed while the other is saved by a spectacular long-shot scheme put into action by one man who no longer follows the old rules.

Who is the enigmatic beauty worming her way into Alex's life? What is the true identity of Jacob's old friend who seems to know more about his hallucinations than he does?

All these puzzles rest uneasily with the allies as Pakow begins a war the like of which this galaxy has never before seen. And may never see again.

They have heard so many stories now that the humans of Earth are understandably sceptical when told their ancestors did not in fact originate on this planet.

However, there is an unsettling ring of truth tying that claim to the notion that Jacob Stanzini is attracting a spectral being who may be merely an initial scout for a potentially annihilative incursion into this world.

This is not a story of chance but one of the legacy of a bio-engineer who made one colossal error. When Halbolival created its own slave armies it failed to realise the nature of the source of the majority DNA utilised in that diabolical project. And it was ignorant of the existence of that same DNA in one planet harvested by its clan.

By bringing together the slaves created in its laboratories with the progeny of ancient settlers on Earth, Halbolival set the scene for the only creditable resistance to Vinctalin rule.

Set five thousand years in the future, planet earth has become a sparsely populated, arid wilderness. Most of the people have joined pacifist sects flying under the banner of heroes from the past who, they believe, fought off an alien invasion.

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One of these peace-loving sects is at odds with the others, adhering to the belief that the terrible conditions endured on earth are a result of human negligence. The dramatic climax reveals the truth of who was responsible for the apocalypse.

About

Vanda Denton, an Education and Psychology graduate, is a retired teacher with a special interest in psychology; particularly personality disorders. Besides the joint novel: The Vinctalin Legacy:Legacy and the associated fifteen volumes of the Vinctalin Legacy saga she has several other novels available in the genre of speculative fiction.

Tom Denton, the author of automotive technology text books. He is also the author of blended eLearning materials sold to hundreds of schools and colleges throughout the UK and the USA. He has published over 30 books since 1995: www.tomdenton.org.

All our stories revolve around strong characters, their relationships and talents, or otherwise, for dealing with catastrophe. They are largely post-apocryphal with a variety of psychological thriller and mystery themes woven into the story line.

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