...pause indeed! Good afternoon dear, patient reader and welcome to the first update since August - August!
Hard to believe that so much time has passed and so much has happened. Regular visitors to this site, will know that a lack of updates is usually an indication of activity. For several months now, I've been either prepping or recording or both, on pretty much 'back to back' projects and the only 'news' outlet I've had time to use, is Twitter, so this weekend marks a significant 'pause'. I say 'pause' because it really is a momentary blip of time off; I completed a recording project on Friday evening and begin the next one tomorrow morning.
Again, regular readers here will know that I'm not allowed to talk about the work I've been doing, before titles become commercially available and many companies are now adopting a strict policy of not allowing contributors to mention anything in advance of publication. With no desire to go against the wishes and legal restrictions imposed by my employers, I'll stick to the policy of publicising only those projects that have been officially 'launched'.
What I can say, is that since the August posting, much has occurred and much has been recorded, in a variety of formats. What I can also say, is that there are happily a number of projects that I am allowed to mention and here are some details:
Cain's Last Stand
Book six of the Ciaphas Cain series
After a long and distinguished career defending the Imperium from its many enemies, Commissar Cain is enjoying a well-deserved retirement on Perlia, teaching in a schola progenium. But when a Black Crusade threatens the sector, all able-bodied citizens must rise to the defence, including Cain and his cadets. As the forces of Chaos overwhelm Perlia, can the wily commissar prove himself to be a real hero of the Imperium one last time?
The Imperium's most unlikely hero is back, reluctantly returning to the front line and hoping his luck will hold out!
Stephen Perring, Penelope Rawlins, Richard Reed, John Banks & Phillipe Bosher
Written by Sandy Mitchell & Produced by Matthew Renshaw
Running time 10 hours and 31 minutes
Path of The Specialist
Written by Pedro Urvi
The moment has come to follow the Path of the Specialist. Will our friends attain the elite specialties for which they are aiming?
Training at the Shelter, led by the Mother Specialist and tutored by the four Elder Specialists, is turning out to be more intense than any of them had expected. The proficiency test will determine their future, and they will have to prepare and practice harder then ever if they want to graduate with the highly valued elite specialties.
But that is not their only concern. They will have to face new mysteries, strange characters, unusual situations, dangerous experiments, bewitched jewels, great predators, conspiracies, and murder attempts in a place that oozes arcane power that's thousands of years old.
Will they achieve all this? Will they solve the mysteries that surround them? Who will reach the elite specialization? Who will fail? Who will survive...and who will die?
Produced by Emily Derr & Performed by John Banks
Length: 15 hours - 32 minutes
Descendants of The Fall
Written by Aaron Hodges
Contains books three and four of Descendants of the Fall.
Age of Gods, book three
Pursued by the inhuman Tangata, Lukys flees on foot through the wilderness. He and his companions make for the ocean, a stolen ship their only hope - but even that may prove fleeting. For should they reach the island of Perfugia, a war is brewing between the kingdoms of humanity. Lukys fears he will find only more death on the shores of their homeland. But they have nowhere else left to go.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s Archivist might hold the key to peace. Standing before the City of the Gods, Erika has dreamed of this moment her entire life - so why does she feel such dread? The City is nothing like she imagined, plain stone buildings in place of soaring towers. And the Gods have sworn against interference in the struggles of lesser beings. She must make them see the truth, convince them to abandon their ancient laws, or humanity will fall. And the Tangata will rule, ascendant.
Dreams of Fury, book four
On the distant shores of Perfugia, Lukys and Sophia have finally found sanctuary - and an unexpected power left by their ancestors. But their refuge cannot last. The inhuman Tangata are marching upon humanity, and divided by war, the kingdoms cannot stand against them.
Meanwhile, Erika flees the Mountains of the Gods, the weight of failure heavy on her shoulders. Far from coming to humanity’s aid, the Gods have sided with the enemy. Erika seeks to warn her friends of the coming threat, but she returns to find a world at war. The Flumeeren Queen has turned against her neighbors - and while she claims to want only unity, it matters not to her whether the kingdoms submit willingly, or by the sword.
In a world torn by war, can Lukys, Sophia, and Erika bring together the scattered forces of humanity in time to face the coming threats? Or will human civilization Fall again?
The King of The West
Written by Pedro Urvi
Can a handful of Rangers decide the fate of a kingdom?
Lasgol and his companions are immersed in their missions as Specialist Rangers. The situations and problems they will face are much greater than they imagined.
The civil war in Norghana intensifies. King Thoran, with the support of the eastern nobles and an army of mercenaries paid with the gold of the crown, wants to put an end to the rebellion. He wants to end the King of the West and his League by any means necessary.
Our friends will be involved in intrigues, betrayals, persecutions, murders, battles, sieges, and all kinds of situations that will test their loyalty not only to their kingdom, but to their friends and colleagues.
...all for now; more just as soon as it happens!