THE ENEMY IS WITHIN!
Patrick G Cox
Grade or Focus
Young Adult to
Adult. Science Fiction/Fantasy
Starship, frigate, strike
craft, asteroids, gas giants, New Eden, Lacertian, Captain, Commander,
hyperdrive, hyperpod, Powder Monkey, Space Dock, cruiser, freight hauler,
cutlass, dirk, fusion reactor. Admiral, Consortium,
Fleet, Royal Navy
Ferghal have been transported forward in time from a sailing ship
from 1804 to 2205. Unable to return they find themselves in a world
where sailing ships have been replaced by space ships. Their
sailor’s skills and experiences are sometimes transferable. As a
result of an illegal genetic splice performed by Consortium
scientists in a previous adventure, the cybernetic implants given
them by the Fleet, to cope with their move forward in time, allow
them to work with computers in an unusual way. In this adventure
they have returned to base in order to study at the Fleet College.
Here they make both friends and enemies. Another Midshipman is a
Consortium spy detailed to recapture them.
completing their course at Fleet College, the pair are assigned to a
vessel which takes them back to Pangaea so that the Fleet can
complete its investigations of the facility where they were
tortured. Here some of their ordeal is revealed. When they try to
gain rapprochement with their former enemies it goes almost
disastrously wrong. Next sent to the strange world of New Eden they
are in a battle in which their ships are badly damaged. Temporarily
stranded, some of Harry’s “outmoded” skills come to the fore and he
is instrumental in saving the survivors when they are attacked.
the cruiser DGK they find themselves sent as “prize” crew to a
captured freighter. When the original crew try to retake their ship,
it is Harry and Ferghal who turn the balance with their Napoleonic
approach to dealing with such matters. (262)
has recently retired from the Fire and Rescue Services after a career spanning
thirty six years. During the latter part of his career he has been a senior
instructor at a major training establishment and is the author of study guides,
notes and technical books. He enjoys reading science fiction and history and
naval history in particular. His hobbies include sailing, painting and writing.
He writes for pleasure and is a Reader in the Church of England, currently on
the ministry team at Tewkesbury Abbey. He is divorced, with three grown up
children of whom he is inordinately proud.
published work includes: Out of Time, a precursor to the listed work, Marine
Fire Studies; Institution of Fire Engineers, 1997; Out of Time; AuthorHouse
2006; and Short Stories published as E-Stories on Amazon.com including Facing
the Banshee, Troubled Summer, Let him in constancy and Almighty Father.