My third novella this month to be given the audiobook treatment – it’s Jesus & The Eightfold Path!
Three Wise Men came from the East for the infant Jesus in The New Testament. Three brave companions accompany the Buddha in the Chinese classic A Journey to the West. Could they have been the same three? Guided by a star, three strange companions arrive in the barbarous land of Judea to seek a newborn child – a possible messiah to some, and the reincarnation of the Budda to others.
When the child’s life is threatened, his family and new guardians escape to Egypt, returning years later, to a Jewish land on the cusp of annihilation by the Roman Empire. Once a general in the Judean army, now a Roman agent, Josephus Flavius is sent by Caesar back to his homeland to observe and report on the actions of the troubling young man now preaching sedition in the Galilee – a boy with the unsettling powers of kung-fu….
Their lives would collide in a cataclysmic confrontation between Romans and Jews, between empire and rebels – and change the world forever….
So, short on the heels of the audiobook edition of Cloud Permutations, Audible have released my 2012 British Fantasy Award winning novella, Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God.
There is only one truth Gorel of Goliris – gunslinger, addict, touched by the Black Kiss – is interested in: Finding a way back home, to the great empire from which he had been stolen as a child and from which he had been flung, by sorcery, far across the World.
It started out simple: Get to Falang-Et, find the mirror, find what truth it may hold. But nothing is simple for Gorel of Goliris…
When Gorel forms an uneasy alliance – and ménage à trois- with an Avian spy and a half-Merlangai thief, things only start to get complicated.
Add a murdered merchant, the deadly Mothers of the House of Jade, the rivalry of gods and the machinations of a rising Dark Lord bent on conquest, and things start to get out of hand. Only one thing’s for sure: By the time this is over, there will be blood.
Not to mention sex and drugs…or guns and sorcery.
Audible are bringing out 3 of my novellas this month in audiobook format, and first up is Cloud Permutations –
Really a short novel, this is the closest I’ve come to young adult science fiction, I guess – definitely one of my favourites, and set on a planet colonised, centuries past, by Melanesians. I wrote it when living in Vanuatu. It’s also loosely part of the Continuity universe, for anyone keeping track.
It sailed a bit under the radar when it was originally published in hardcover – I still hope to see a new paperback edition at some point.
Audible - the world’s primary publisher of audio books – have published five of my novels, including all three Bookman Histories novels (The Bookman, Camera Obscura and The Great Game), Osama, and The Tel Aviv Dossier (and also offer the audio edition of my novella An Occupation of Angels, published by Iambic Audio).
They’re currently running a spotlight on me, where I am interviewed on such diverse topics as nazisploitation, poetry and chilli sauce recipes. Check it out!
And so in celebration – not a nazisploitation cover but a spacey one! Caper at Canaveral – the space race as you’ve never seen it!
Cuban commies use the fiery desires of a lush nympho to try to gain American missile secrets!
(via Ian Sales – thanks Ian!)
The full set of the Bookman Histories have now been released in audio book form by Audible.
The Bookman, narrated by Jonathan Keeble, 20 hours, 50 minutes.
Camera Obscura, narrated by Karen Cass, 11 hours, 20 minutes.
The Great Game, narrated by Jonathan Keeble, 10 hours, 22 minutes.
So only a day after the audio book release of The Tel Aviv Dossier comes Camera Obscura!
Narrated by Karen Cass, it runs to 11 hours 20 minutes. The Bookman and The Great Game should follow in short order.
I’m delighted to announce that The Tel Aviv Dossier, my 2009 novel co-written with Nir Yaniv, is now available as an audiobook!
The audio book runs 7 hours and 35 minutes and is narrated by Eric Meyers. It is available directly via Audible, or through Amazon.com or Amazon UK.
Note that Nir’s name is missing from the credits, I hope it will be rectified very shortly.
What is it like? Here’s an Amazon review I quite like…
Have you ever thought to yourself, “You know, the books I’m reading just aren’t crazy enough”? If so, THE TEL AVV DOSSIER might be something for you.
This is one of those rare books that defies all explanation. If you try to explain the plot to someone, you end up sounding like a rambling lunatic.
So I will just tell you this: It’s crazy.
And really original.
It’s the kind of book that makes you think WTF?, but I mean that in a good way. I am seriously in love with this book. It stays with you. It haunts you. I have spent a good deal of time thinking about this book. Dwelling on it. Trying to interpret it. I don’t know if I’ve come up with any solid answers yet, but the journey has been a good time.