Quantum Defect

      Ronan Frost
Quantum Defect

The army has found something impacted in the beach sands of England. With the war in progress, it could only be a German bomb, but what of those strange markings upon its surface... What if it didn't come from Earth at all...?The Adventures of Slugman are a series of socio-political satirical and comical illustories featuring Slugman, hero of common nonsense and fighter of the “common good”. Slugman is an activist for the socially and politically disadvantaged in a world of ridiculous regulation and shrink-wrapped ideology. He began life as a lowly garden variety slug raiding the cat-food dish but his misadventures were soon enjoyed across the country as his stories were published every week in national magazines. Not for the easily offended or the politically correct.In this illustory, Slugman is an investigative journalist with way too much power and influence.
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    90 Minutes Above the Earth

      Ronan Frost
90 Minutes Above the Earth

This is an antiquated plain-text file wedged lost and tagless for years in the memory banks of the main computer, estimated to be written way back in the mid 2100's. It is a diary of a lonely young man orbiting the moldering ball that is the Earth, himself alone and awake among the Dreamers.I don't normally keep a diary but the thoughts of her that plague my mind must find some outlet. I need a confidant - all the better that you are mute, I don't need sounds of affirmation or opinion, and perhaps sharing my thoughts will lessen this aching loneliness.They took my life a month ago and left my soul an empty husk. I sit in my cubical, the rattle and gurgle of pipes driving me slowly insane. Although I am but a shadow of what the man I once was, a glimmer of hope has sparked some life into my pitiful existence.Her.
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    Thrum

      Ronan Frost
Thrum

Thrum is an out-of-work dropout from magic university, frustrated and alone in a world ruled by sorcery and where landlords are backed by eviction ogres. His fate changes the day he happens across a scroll with an Archmage trapped within. Driven from his home clad in dressing gown and rabbit shaped slippers Thrum is pursued at every turn by a sect of dark wizards.Thrum is an out-of-work dropout from magic university, frustrated and alone in a world ruled by sorcery and where landlords are backed by eviction ogres. His fate changes the day he happens across a scroll with an Archmage trapped within. The fate of the entire land is at stake as the Archmage struggles for his freedom and demands resurrection.Driven from his home clad in dressing gown and rabbit shaped slippers Thrum is pursued at every turn by a sect of dark wizards that want the scroll for their own evil ends. He must battle against his innate and finely tuned sense of self-preservation (more commonly described as cowardice) to take up the quest and bring the scroll to the very heart of the enemy stronghold. From a chance encounter he befriends an affable muscle-bound adventurer who becomes his staunch ally, and together they face bar brawls, magicians on uncontrollable supercharged broomsticks, battles with frog-like elves and seemingly immortal wizards. Feats of strength and acts of cowardice, words of truth and of deceit; all come together as they journey across the land. All is not as it seems, and Thrum must confront a startling revelation as they discover the truth of the scroll.
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    The Clever Hawk

      Ronan Frost
The Clever Hawk

A boy raised as a spy flees from his master and into the snow-clad mountains, finding shelter in the company of the mysterious yamabushi monks. There, he is awoken to a world where freedom of the spirit is as vast as the trails threading through the forests. Yet the boy is to find the ghosts of the life he has left behind are not so easily forgotten...After a fateful lapse in his duties, a boy raised as a spy must flee the castle that has been his home. Forced into the wild mountains and weakened by hunger and fatigue he is taken in by the yamabushi, ascetics living in isolation in the mountains. There he is taken to a temple high upon the mountains overlooking the capital of Kyoto, home of the legendary warrior monks well versed in martial arts - a force to be reckoned with even against mighty samurai armies. The boy's solace is short-lived however, for he is soon drawn back into the web of conflict, and he to find that all is not as it first seems to be...The Clever Hawk is speculative fiction based on fact and folklore, in a time of bloodshed and upheaval in a land with a fascinating depth and complexity of history.
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