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During the Battle of the Nile on 1 August 1798, the fire on board the French line-of-battle ship l'Orient put the Bellerophon (1786) in danger; all the other officers on the quarterdeck on the Bellerophon were killed or wounded, so 13-year-old Midshipman John Hindmarsh gathered some of the crew, cut the anchor cables, and raised a spritsail to get the ship moving.
You realize I write fiction? The above is all true - except I'm a different John Hindmarsh.
Yes, I write science fiction and thrillers, sometimes with crossover. Well, you need a thrill in your SF and an occasional touch of science in your thrillers. I'm Australian, and now live in Southern California, where I'm writing full time. I could be simply relaxing, when I'm not writing.
My books generally are written with an American voice [well, I try], although I prefer to write British English. So I get mixed up - in any event, I claim aluminium is the correct word.
See more details at http://www.JohnHindmarsh.com
Mark Midway series. A technothriller based on genetic engineering. Mark One, Mark Two, Mark Three, and Mark Four are available now; individually, or as a boxed set.
Annihilation Series. The theme - AI: Demon or Friend, the Beginning or the End? The Darwin Project, Body Shop, Natural Born, and I, President.
The Glass Complex series is traditional Space Opera. The first book is Broken Glass, followed by Fracture Lines and Diamond Cut.
Shen Ark: Departure was released as a possible beginning of a series. Currently it is a standalone title.
I'm writing a series: Zed's Parallel Universe Chronicles, commencing with Soul Mayhem, and followed by Red Dragon Prophecy. Magic House will be book number three.
I have written a number of short stories, all science fiction although perhaps one or two have a touch of fantasy. Check my web site - www.JohnHindmarsh.com and subscribe to my newsletter for a free copy.
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Darwin - Demon or Friend, the Beginning or the End?
That’s Toby’s enigma. When he inherits his uncle’s corporate empire, he discovers it’s controlled by two superintelligences.
Darwin wants to prove he’s more intelligent than humans. For Bronwyn—the other SI—there’s no mystery: she already knows the answer.
The corporate empire is based on robotics—it’s the world’s largest manufacturers of processors, software, and templates for robots. Bots are taking over mundane jobs. They’re intelligent, perhaps too intelligent. Terrorist groups—led by brownshirts—are furthering social unrest.
What is the mystery of his uncle’s disappearance?
Toby’s friends are assaulted.
A brownshirt group plans to kill him.
His girlfriend is kidnapped.
Will Artificial Intelligence be the end of Humanity?
The fuse is lit for an exciting thriller.Annihilation Series Structure -
Book One: The Darwin Project
Book Two: Body Shop
Book Three: Natural Born
Book Four: I, President
The universe waits for no one…
When you discover you’re not alone, will you be ready?
Adventures start within and expand beyond. From a world of shadows to one of light. Fantastic races vying for dominance. A microcosm of the greater good. Battles fought for higher ideals. Battles fought just to survive.
War doesn’t care about human or alien. They fight, and they fight hard, as if the lives of their soldiers depend on it.
Because they do.
More than 600 action-packed pages of never-a-dull-moment entertainment! Seize your copy of The Expanding Universe Volume 6 and immerse yourself in new worlds, with new friends.
Get it today.
Can you really trust an AI? What about an SI (Super Intelligence)?
Stephen Hawking - "The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."
Vladimir Putin - “Whoever reaches a breakthrough in developing artificial intelligence will come to dominate the world.”
Body Shop is the second book in the Annihilation series.
What should you do when an AI says it wants a body? Agree.
At some time in the near future, superintelligences will become far more powerful than we expect. The lower level intelligences – robots – will rival humans. There will be conflicts, guaranteed.
Pepper Mountain is the scene of the final body build effort and Darwin almost blows the project. Literally. And it's his body.
Meanwhile, Bronwyn does her own thing. The clown surfaces. Toby and Billie grow closer.
Mix in politics, deadly attacks by brownshirts, add some Russian involvement, a sabotaged aircraft and you have the next stage in Darwin’s story.
John says: “I don't know whether to describe the Annihilation Series as a technothriller or a political thriller or simply as an exciting action thriller series. I'll let you make up your mind. In any case it’s definitely a thriller.”
Stephen Hawking: "The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."
Vladimir Putin: "...artificial intelligence will come to dominate the world."
Darwin is adjusting to his new body; indeed, he's literally in two minds. Toby and Billie are in London after escaping from brownshirts in New York. Toby is interviewed by Alice, a care bot, and the interview is broadcast across the country, bot to bot. Toby meets with two princes who are concerned about the impact bots will have on their country's culture and economy.
Flocke assassinates senior members of his quasi-terrorist organization.
Darwin appears before a joint committee in Congress - and removes his head to prove he isn't a human in disguise. He goes on a campaign to persuade states to pass legislation declaring Bots are Persons. Congress is persuaded and the president vetoes their proposed legislation. He is furious when Congress overrides his veto.
The president dismisses half his cabinet and one of his new appointees is Flocke as attorney general - it's amazing what can happen when Congress is in recess.
Bots push back against efforts to treat them as non-persons.
Toby and Billie are under attack - brownshirts, authorized by Flocke raid Pepper Mountain.
Conflicts continue as the country edges into chaos.
The excitement continues in book three of the Annihilation Series. Read it now!
Mark Midway is adopted by two scientists and is reared in a genetic research laboratory. Nine men, ex-military, are on a mission to destroy the laboratory and capture Mark. They are supported by four rogue CIA agents, who have commandeered a test drone and a missile at a Marine base. The team attacks the genetics laboratory complex before dawn, during a raging blizzard. Within hours, seven of the men are dead, one is severely wounded and one barely escapes. Mark also destroyed the drone with its missile. The next morning the four rogue agents are found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning, their killer unknown.
Mark flees the laboratory complex, seeking safety and somewhere he can call home. The FBI is on his case and a mysterious organization offers him its assistance. Unknown killers are chasing him and he needs to protect himself and his friends. He needs to survive.
We continue the story commenced in Mark One, with a young genetically engineered Mark Midway, FBI Special Agent MayAnn Freewell, and the mysterious Archimedes Schmidt who reports directly to the President. Mark—whose only desire is to be normal––shoots and kills two would-be kidnappers and discovers his search for peace again will elude him. Mark needs to survive. All he wants is a normal life.
Schmidt works with FBI Special Agent Freewell to investigate a secret organization—Cerberus––which is infiltrating the FBI, the US Army, and other government departments with genetically engineered humans. Schmidt attempts to take control of Cerberus and discovers his personal relationships are not as reliable as he thought.
Mark Two continues the page-turning momentum of Mark One to a terrifying climax; it is a fast-moving, finely plotted thriller that will keep you reading.
A young woman escapes from a luxury yacht under attack by Chinese pirates in the Mediterranean. American law enforcement agencies collude and conspire to bring about an end to Cerberus, uncaring who gets in their way. Mark Midway faces deadly assaults by unknown enemies. A military helicopter is brought down over Washington by a Russian missile and General Archimedes Schmidt is in critical condition.
Mark meets his sister and travels to London to rescue three more genetically engineered children. He finds romance, but he and his companions are under attack in both the US and England. Mark knows only one response - fight back.
Mark Midway returns to America to re-build his home, which was destroyed by a gang of mercenaries. Police collude to effect his kidnap on his way back to Boston. His enemies include terrorists, a rogue NSA senior officer, a retired general, and a wealthy businessman; the latter wants control of all the Cerberus and LifeLong genetic engineering intellectual property. Cerberus teams in the US and UK rally to rescue Mark, but first they need to discover his whereabouts. General Schmidt and the NSA officer are enemies.
Can a superintelligence run for president?
What if the Judges decide yes?
Darwin is ecstatic. Toby is worried; he decides he should provide a balance to Darwin's ambitions and agrees to be his running mate.
The attorney general is arrested after a military raid on the Euler manufacturing mountain fails. The entire misadventure is televised and broadcast across the country. In revenge for the raid, Darwin destroys a 'mother of all bombs' and millions of dollars worth of aircraft.
Terrorist brownshirts, supported by Russian bots, attack Toby's home, injuring Billie and transporting Toby to Washington DC. Bots surround the White House and capture the ambulance taking Toby in chains to the president; instead, Toby is taken to hospital for treatment.
Brownshirts are spreading, taking senior roles in state and local police forces. Terrorists murder people and destroy bots in a wild civil uprising across the country, their activities ignored by the law.
Will Darwin and Toby survive the election process? Not if Saul, the president's communication director, has his say.
Who survives? Who wins? Who loses?
Read I, President for the results.
Steg de Coeur survives betrayal and duels as he fights to protect his home planet and defeat a major alien force.
He flees Homeworld with his life at risk, pursued by Imperial Security and the House of Aluta. The Glass Complex, a mysterious computer system embedded in Homeworld's history, aids his survival. He joins the Imperial Navy, helps defeat an alien force (the Xesset), survives a mining planet called Hellfire, loves and loses a Fain. All the while he is developing an ability to communicate directly with starship computer systems.
Gradually, the hunted becomes the hunter. With his mercenary company, his Fain companions, and the support of an AI-controlled superdreadnought, he sets out to defeat a major alien incursion--the Xesset want to destroy mankind and their allies.
The pace is breakneck, the thrills induce hectic page turning--you won't want to stop reading The Glass Complex Trilogy.
900+ pages, a growing list of 4 and 5 star reviews, this set of three books will leave you wishing for more.
Buy The Glass Complex Trilogy and take a weekend off to read the adventures of Steg de Coeur.
Space Opera at its finest!
Mark Midway will kill to survive...
He is genetically engineered. He doesn't know by whom, where, or why.
Nine men, ex-military, are on a mission to destroy a genetics laboratory and capture a genetically engineered specimen. They are supported by four rogue CIA agents, who have commandeered a test drone and a missile at a Marine base. The team attacks the genetics laboratory complex before dawn, during a raging blizzard. Within hours, seven of the men are dead, one is severely wounded and one barely escapes. The drone with its missile has been destroyed. The next morning the four rogue agents are found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. Mark flees the laboratory complex, seeking safety and somewhere he can call home.
The FBI is on his case and a mysterious organization offers him its assistance. However, he is at risk. There are unknown killers chasing him and he needs to protect himself and his friends.
He will survive.
A fast-moving, finely plotted thriller that will keep you reading.
Schmidt works with FBI Special Agent Freewell to investigate a secret organization—Cerberus––which is infiltrating the FBI, the US Army, and other government departments with genetically engineered soldiers. As Schmidt attempts to take control of Cerberus, he discovers his personal relationships are not as reliable as he thought.
Mark Two continues the page-turning momentum of Mark One to a terrifying climax; it is a fast-moving, finely plotted thriller that will keep you reading.
What can one man do to recover his home?
A small planet, its wealth hidden – or so they thought; peaceful, although its inhabitants are prepared to fight for what is theirs—they call it Homeworld.
A traitor helps a rival house in its attempt to capture the planet. The ruling family fights back and most are killed or captured. Steg de Coeur, directed by The Glass Complex, an ancient and self-aware computer complex, flees the planet. He gradually learns of his ability to communicate with computers, friendly, hostile, or alien.
But he must ignore the siren songs of the stars.
He is pursued by false warrants and traitorous Imperial forces.
Their objective—his death.
The Glass Complex is a series of action-packed adventures in space. If you like interspecies intrigue, space opera, military sci-fi, and a touch of fantasy, then you'll love this intergalactic space opera.
Read Broken Glass, the first book in this series.
Diamond Cut is the third book in The Glass Complex trilogy.
Steg de Coeur, his friends, and the mercenary Ebony Company are collected by a superdreadnought sent by the Glass Complex. Xesset are threatening a major attack on the Western Star Empire, the Alliance, and a number of free, unaligned systems, including Djii. Homeworld and Djii have formed a naval task force to defend their planets from this threatened alien attack, and the Glass Complex has created high-level AIs to manage the flagship of the new fleet.
Steg rescues his friend Denke from an ImpSec takeover and captures his old enemy, Marius of the House of Aluta. Denke joins Steg to make overtures to the Emperor where they are attacked by ImpSec. They succeed in escaping and make their way to the headquarters of the Alliance government where they also persuade the military to support their task force.
Battles with Xesset starships threaten their AIs. Steg has the fleet he needs to counter-attack the Xesset. This battle and subsequent events - including another duel - bring the trilogy to a close.
Let me know if you'd like to read more about Steg and his companions. John@JohnHindmarsh.com
Fracture Lines is the second book in The Glass Complex trilogy.
Steg de Coeur, severely wounded, is transported back in time to an Imperial hospital starship. He recovers physically, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Yi and her nurses. However, he has lost his memory and is unable to account for his presence on board the starship. ImpSec charge him with spying and sentence him to death. Steg is off-loaded in chains and transported to a prison run by the House of Aluta where he will be scheduled for execution.
His sword, Ebony, has its own adventure.
Steg escapes the prison when a mercenary commander recruits prisoners who have been sentenced to death. He establishes himself as a potential mercenary officer while gradually recovering his memory. He discovers the mercenaries, lured into a trap by their alien strategist, are about to engage with Xesset starships. He has to contend with betrayal, a Charion priestess, and divided loyalties of the mercenaries. Fain help with his memory recovery and his computer-controlling ability returns.
Steg takes over leadership of the mercenary force and with his own Ebony Company is tasked with the capture of a freighter loaded with munitions. He must defeat its Xesset escort and also overcome their dreadnought sent to destroy the mercenaries and capture their client’s planet.
Steg is needed by the Glass Complex.
Fracture Lines is an excellent precursor to the third book in the trilogy, Diamond Cut.
Diamond Cut is due for release at end of March, 2017