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Books

Brigitte Sharp thrillers
Action-packed page-turners ripped from the headlines

The Patrios Network

“Contemporary, lightning-paced and in the very top tier of spy fiction. Highly recommended”
MW Craven

ONLINE HATE BECOMES REAL.

When a renegade British officer steals plans for a high-tech weapon that could plunge whole cities into darkness, elite MI6 hacker Brigitte Sharp is sent to get them back. But her mission goes badly wrong. Meanwhile a 'deepfake' video of a senior US politician calling for race war in Europe sends a flood of Americans to join neofascist militias on the continent. The Russians nurse a ruthless grudge against a fugitive whistleblower. And in the wings, the Chinese flex their muscles. Everything seems connected... but how?

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The Tempus Project

“Forget about Lisbeth Salander, here comes Brigitte Sharp. Unputdownable!”
Johana Gustawsson

BRIDGE IS BACK.

And this time she's battling a series of hacks and ransomware attacks masterminded by a hacker known only as 'Tempus', who targets politicians and government officials with impunity. Realising this campaign is linked to a cyber-attack on the London G20 summit, Bridge is drawn into the dark-web world of cryptocurrencies, Russian hackers and an African rebel militia. She must race against time, to prevent a disaster that could alter the balance of global power forever.

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The Exphoria Code

CRIME & THRILLER PICK OF THE MONTH — Audible

“A crackling fuse-wire of a book... Possibly the definitive espionage thriller of the early 21st century”
Alan Moore

NEW SPIES. NEW RULES.

MI6 cyber-analyst Brigitte Sharp has spent three years deskbound and in therapy, traumatised after her very first field op went badly wrong and caused the death of a fellow officer. But the murder of her best friend forces Bridge to go undercover inside a top secret military project, to root out a mole — where she uncovers a terrorist plot that threatens everything she has left to live for.

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Frightening Curves

ANTONY'S AWARD-WINNING DEBUT NOVEL

“A smart and viciously funny debut... Deftly plays on our fear of the unknown.”
Dreamwatch

Phil London is an ex-cop — and a psychic. He used to work for Section Five, a clandestine British paranormal police force, until his wife's suicide drove him to leave. But now Phil has stumbled upon an ancient power lurking in the London Tube system; a power that once ruled the city, and is hungry to regain power even if it destroys society. Realising his past as a 'Fiver' is the key to his survival, Phil fights for his life and sanity... down in London's subterranean frightening curves.


Stealing Life

“Johnston delivers sharp, witty and brilliantly observed prose.”
Strange Alliances

MAGIC AND SCI-FI COLLIDE!

Gentleman burglar Nicco Salarum is in trouble. He ditched an expensive shipment of stolen goods rather than kill a security guard, but that shipment 'belonged' to a local mob boss, and now Nicco owes him. So when a mysterious wizard offers him a large sum to steal a dignitary's necklace, Nicco thinks his prayers have been answered. But the job is not what it seems — soon the wizard has disappeared, the dignitary is dying, and Nicco is on the run...

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Short Stories

Soul Music

Technogothic biopunk on a dead-end world

Shoska is an avant-garde musician and performance artist, trying to deal with a grieving ex-boyfriend who won't quit, an upcoming gig that she still hasn't finished putting together — and the trauma of her home, a distant mining colony, suddenly being cut off from the rest of the universe by The Closure. But then her ex gives her an ancient, forgotten instrument called a 'guitar'...

First published in INTERZONE #274 (TTA Press, 2018)
Now also available on Kindle: Amazon US / Amazon UK


A Decent Country

What if sovereignty meant the right to NOT have to choose?

On her twenty-fifth birthday, Stella finally becomes a ‘decent person’ and awaits her first Votification, to take part in an election and build a decent country.

Published at Wattpad (2020)

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Food By Hand

Are you brave enough to eat food touched by other people?

A post-viral story with a twist, of illegal underground restaurant dining, government health agencies, and too much tequila.

Published online by the Crime Readers’ Association as part of National Crime Reading Month 2020

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Shelter in Place: A Joe Shelter Novel Coronavirus Novel

A parody of opportunistic hard-man thrillers

Inspired by, written, and released during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, SHELTER IN PLACE imagines a ‘ripped from the headlines’ book hastily written by an over-the-top and not-entirely-competent author.

Originally posted on social media as photo snippets of the imaginary manuscript to amuse friends and fans, now compiled into a free PDF for all (with a cover design and additional notes by the ‘publisher’).

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Watching The Football

How do you stop an insane president pushing the button?

Inspired by real-life political brinkmanship, WATCHING THE FOOTBALL is an ultra-short science fiction satire that asks the eternal question, “What price peace?” from a new and unconventional perspective.

Published at Wattpad (2018)

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Acid Burns

A StarCraft II story tying in to Heart of the Swarm

When a sleepy Dominion listening post's tranquility is disturbed by a zerg surprise attack, the base's marine forces find themselves fighting against a terrifying enemy — bringing with it a deadly sense of déjà vu for the commanding officer and her husband.

Published in STARCRAFT II: WAR STORIES
(Blizzard Entertainment/Simon & Schuster, 2014)


Last Drink Bird Head

“Who is Last Drink Bird Head? He, she, or it.
Under 500 words. Don't ask — just write.”

Those were the sparse instructions handed out by Jeff and Ann Vandermeer to an eclectic group of writers for the charity benefit anthology LAST DRINK BIRD HEAD. Antony's story plays with language and symbolism to spin a tragic fantasy of animal ritual.

Published in LAST DRINK BIRD HEAD (Wyrm Publishing, 2009)