★ Flashback

Flashback cover Ian Hocking


It’s been five years coming, but my novel Flashback, sequel to Déjà Vu, is now available in the Kindle store. The price is £2.13 in the UK and something approximating that in the US. To be honest, this is a little more expensive than I intended. I was – and still am – aiming for something closer to £1.80 or £1.70 and it is probably muppetry on my part that the price has come out higher. If I can figure it out, the price will probably drop a few pence over the coming week.

There are many people to thank. Beta readers, those who helped me with research into air crash investigation and aeronautics, my editor Clare Christian and cover designer Emma Barnes of Snowbooks all get major, major props.

I’ve settled on the following blurb (thanks for your comments, Ed!):

A fifty-year-old mystery is about to be solved.

Summer, 1947: Airliner ‘Star Dust’ radios a successful trans-Andean flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago, and signals its intention to land. Four minutes prior to touchdown, it sends the letter sequence ‘S-T-E-N-D-E-C’, then silence. Star Dust vanishes along with all passengers and crew.

Winter, 2003: German Freedom Flight DFU323 crashes in the Bavarian National Forest. The only clue to its fate is the co-pilot’s final transmission, shouted against the roar of failing engines: ‘Stendec! Stendec!’

The enigmas of DFU323 and Star Dust will lead back to a startling conspiracy that reaches fifty years into the past – and one hundred years into the future.

How do I feel? I feel fine.

Flashback (The Saskia Brandt Series)

Flashback: The Blurb

Flashback, sequel to Déjà Vu, is on schedule for publication next month. I’m currently working on the blurb – the catchy description you typically find on the back of the physical book, or in the Amazon description in the case of an ebook. I’m not sure whether it’s good or bad. All I know is I’m terrible at writing these things. If you have any comments, I’d appreciate them.

A fifty-year-old mystery is about to be solved.

Summer, 1947: Avro-Lancastrian ‘Star Dust’ reports a successful trans-Andean flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago, and signals its intention to land. Four minutes prior to touchdown, it sends the letter sequence ‘S-T-E-N-D-E-C’, then silence. Star Dust vanishes along with all passengers and crew.

Winter, 2003: German Freedom Flight DFU323 crashes in the Bavarian National Forest. The only clue to its fate is the co-pilot’s final transmission, shouted against the roar of failing engines: ‘Stendec! Stendec!’

Jem Shaw, an English student, is now on the run in Germany. Her one hope is a woman who should have been onboard DFU323: the mysterious Saskia Brandt. Pursuing them both is a man called Cory. He might be a soldier. He might be a hitman. He wants to stop Jem Shadw and find Saskia Brandt – wherever she is.

The enigmas of DFU323 and Star Dust will lead back to a startling conspiracy that reaches fifty years into our past – and one hundred years into our future.

It’s shit, isn’t it? You can tell me.

Stash in the Attic

It’s September, it’s getting chilly, and there’s a meme going around. This one comes from the nose of Aliya Whiteley, author of Light Reading (and much more). The the Vampire Lestat who infected her is David Isaak. On his blog, he asked, ‘What is in your unpublishable pile?
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