In the city of Newcastle people are dying. But not from natural causes. Something is burning them. Turning them to ashes, seemingly in an instant.Tasked with investigating these deaths, fire expert Ian Fenwick finds himself drawn into the murky world of a man known only as William. A man with seemingly limitless powers. A man hell-bent on changing the world into an environment fit only for his strange and terrifying allies; The Visitors. With time running out Fenwick must stop William from carrying out his mission before he can instigate an apocalypse that will consume the entire planet.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Point of Contact came about because of my love for the science-fiction writing of John Wyndham. It is science-fiction based in our everyday world, where strange events suddenly occur and ordinary people have to become heroes. It is a cross-genre story; part horror, part crime, part sci-fi and was the very first manuscript I wrote.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The main character in Point of Contact, Ian Fenwick, needed to be someone who would be involved in the investigation of the mysterious deaths, but also someone who was not in charge. He needed to be an expert called in to help the police. So an ex-firefighter seemed to be perfect for that role. His partner, Detective Sergeant Laura Goddard is with Fenwick every step of the way and is also central to the plot. Without her, Fenwick might never succeed. For the villain, William, I wanted someone who really believes that what he is doing, something inherently evil, is actually for the best. He is a man obsessed with his mission and someone who will never give up.
Fenwick and Louise ran through a nightmare world. A world of screaming women, of shouting men; a world of hissing, flashing blue light. Fire slashed diagonally across the control room they had run into, a violent blast that consumed everything it touched.
They had been still in the canteen when they heard the shouting start up. They stared at each other for the longest of moments, both of them shocked into immobility. Fenwick was about to speak when one of the women behind the serving counter screamed loudly. At the same time there was a flash of blue light and her companion, standing chatting to her only a second ago was blasted into oblivion.
Louise turned her shocked, terrified eyes to Fenwick.
‘We need to get out. Now!’
She reached across to him as he was starting to stand up. He was going to go over to the woman who had screamed, to help her maybe, but she grabbed him roughly by the arm
‘Now!’ she screamed again. ‘They’re looking for us. They know we’re here. We have to get out. We need to get away!’
She had pulled him from the canteen. Fenwick’s eyes were still on the woman who stared back at him, helpless and terrified. They left her.
Outside the canteen they ran into the first doorway they found, finding it to be the control room. Fenwick glimpsed a police officer, obviously having just entered the room from a door opposite. The officer stood, aghast in the doorway, unable to comprehend what his eyes were seeing. He suddenly gasped and grabbed his stomach, bent almost double. He seemed to be in incredible pain. His eyes bulged and then burst outwards in a blast of the unearthly light, his body engulfed by it immediately. His cap fell to the floor as there was suddenly no head left to support it.
Looking to his left, Fenwick saw a woman explode in the same way, the glowing atoms of her body touching another officer who himself erupted into the same blue flash, their clothes falling together, tangled on the floor of the room.
Within seconds, what had been an orderly and subdued office was a kaleidoscope of whirling, soaring, scorching electric-blue fire that arced around the room; blinding in its incandescence, deadly in its touch.
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