★ 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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