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Oct 2022

Welcome to this Oct 2022 edition of Hackwriters. 23 years on-line, 7893+ articles - reviews - stories - travel - share any feature you like and pass them on.

Nov 8th 2022

Editorial: Is this the Endgame? radioactive

We live in interesting times... PM Liz Truss looks like a rabbit caught in the headlights and inspires no one - the pound is vulnerable and political turmoil rules. The war against Ukraine becomes yet more brutal - a big moment of danger for the world perhaps. Worse, Putin hired the Butcher of Syria to head up his army.

Putin has already destabilised the entire world economy with his invasion of Ukraine and now he threatens to murder millions in Ukraine with ‘limited use’ nuclear missiles to get his own way.  He is grabbing his own people off the street to fight and even the most stupid person within his inner circle must know that an unmotivated army does not win wars. There was an in interesting article in The Atlantic Magazine about Putin's potential use of nuclear weapons and the West's response. Either way, it leads to total despair. There is no such thing as limited nuclear war ...

We don’t know how the West will respond if he pulls the trigger. Do our leaders ignore it? Admit they won’t actually commit to defending Ukraine? Macon has admitted as much today. (Germany in particular has promised much and delivered very little yet, France is just as guilty). If radioactive clouds drift over Germany will they roll over or decide that Russia needs to be dealt with? Poland will be most at risk but you need a united NATO response to be effective. Any dithering and Putin could press his advantage and decide to take back ‘his’ Germany, Poland and the Baltic’s. Once you throw one nuke and no one fights back, why not go the whole way?

Only France and the UK possess nukes in Europe and I’m guessing as France won't use them the UK will not want to go it alone.   The big issue will be if Biden wants to save Europe again?  He may not be able to if the Republican’s win back the House and Senate in the Midterms.  Trump and Putin are best of pal’s, right?

This is a fork in the road of history moment.  Will China really come in on Russia’s side if he plays the nuke card? The USA would have to boycott all Chinese trade if they do.  Or do they grab Taiwan whilst the USA is distracted?  What will India do?  Continue to trade with Russia most likely.

If you were Ukrainian right now it must be galling to see all those Russian lovers lining up to grab Russian passports in the Donbas and other regions in the ‘referendum’. But be cheered by taking back the City of Lyman the day after Putin annexed the regions. May they continue to have success.

No one knows how this will end.  It is already a cold winter in Russia and Ukraine. Putin is hoping Europe will experience a big freeze to break their resolve as they run out of gas and oil.  It’s kind of wierd that Putin backed the Fascists to win in Italy but bombs the ‘so called’ fascists in Ukraine – which clearly they are not.  Nothing makes sense – maybe it’s not supposed to.

It’s ironic. I came into the world believing for the first fifteen years of my life that WW3 would start at anytime as atomic bomb laden Vulcan and Victor Bombers circled the playing fields around my school.  Now I might be going out waiting for another end of the world moment.  Then, as now, I know only one thing – it won’t be worth surviving.

*My new mystery novel The Book of Ashes is now published. Download now.
'an immensely satisfying story' - Walli Leff on Goodreads.

© Sam Hawksmoor - Editor - October 2022

The Book of Ashes
New from Sam Hawksmoor
ISBN: 979-8-837434-952
Hammer & Tong August 2022 - print and kindle

'an immensely satisfying story' -
Walli Leff on Goodreads.

I miss you so much... even when you’re right here

Book of Ashes The Book of Ashes -
Some secrets are meant to be kept forever

The Case:
Delaney and Asha run their own investigation company now. Hired to find a writer who stiffed a client of $10,000 - things go bad pretty fast.
"This was supposed to be a simple track and trace job. Find the writer, bank the money. Now it's a horror show."

'We Feel Your Pain'
by Sam Hawksmoor
ISBN-13: 979-8699087693
Published by Hammer & Tong
Print or Kindle from Amazon

Pain Cover We Feel Your Pain – So you don’t have to.

The Case:
Delaney (42) and Asha (22) run the Office of Berg City Oversight. Their role is to expose the scams, keep the city safe from unscrupulous people.  When something looks too good to be true – it’s a scam, right?  But what if the scam works?  What kind of scam is that?
Mission Longshot MISSION LONGSHOT:
how far will you go to save one life?

Gerry is convinced aliens are going to attack on Millennium Eve - Y2K night. Everyone else is preparing for the end of civilisation. When it happens only Gerry notices aliens land. He and his spacenut pals Jolene and Kali race to be the first to greet them...

'Climate change, lost alien civilisations, adventures in deep space. Great fun with endearing characters'. Kitty Thomas

The Sam North Novels - still available to order Amazon or Lulu

*Keeping Hackwriters archived is supported by sales of our books - so do buy, print or kindle, we aren't picky.
Magenta - A chilling story of kidnapping, burning and strangeness set in the wilds of Lincolnshire

** The Heaviness, & The Repercussions of Tomas D - 'best time travel WW2 story in a long while'

By Sam Hawksmoor & Sam North
There's no safe place to hide from a lethal pandemic

Print & Kindle - Q&A interview with the authors here
A city gripped by fear. People are petrified of being thrown into quarantine. Best friends Kira and Liz once parted are scared they will never see each other again. Teen lovers, Chris and Rachel, prepare to escape to the islands.
a taster here The Last Ferry

Review from the First Edition:
'Beautiful, plausible, and sickeningly addictive, Another Place to Die: Endtime will terrify you, thrill you, and make you petrified of anyone who comes near you...'
Roxy West - Amazon.co.uk

Another Place To Die

Girl with Cat (Blue) Girl with Cat (Blue) - Shortlisted for the Rubery International Book Award

'a funny, bloody, colorful narrative that never fails to surprise the reader. Girl with Cat (Blue) provides great entertainment'.

'This book was amazing! I was hooked from the first few pages and couldn't put the book down.'
Judge, 26th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. - Honorable Mention

J&K 4Ever - A post-apocalypse love story
Sixty years after the end of everything the city of Bluette survives, controlled by a malignant sect.  A place where men rule, girls receive no education and are matched at 16 to the highest bidder.  No one is ever permitted to leave the city and outside is a murderous wasteland of despair. Orphans Kruge and Jeyna have been devoted to each other through all the years of terror in this harsh regime and sworn never to be parted.  But the beautiful Jeyna has been betrayed by the Warden. Kruge has been swiftly banished to the Scraps, under the control of the Keeper. Jeyna is heartbroken; she will not accept her fate and escapes to find Kruge. 
 'A genuine romance in a bleak but plausible and terrifying setting'.
Marikka MARIKKA- exclusively on Amazon Print and kindle 2

Based on a tragic real life event, Marikka flees from an arson attack on her home to the sea, where she meets Starfish boy – a runaway working for Jackson, a scarred man hiding a sinister secret from the world. Meanwhile her real father searches for her with the aide of Anya, ‘the girl who can read objects’. More about the writing of this book

Long after my tears dried, my heart stayed with Marikka, Starfish Boy and the strange girl who reads objects.’ CT
You will smile, you will gasp with shock, and you will struggle to read the words through your tears. Gemma Williams - Amazon.co.uk
Spy/Romance thriller set during the Blitz in WW2 - Kindle download

The Repercussions of Tomas D
A Hero? Or Englands Greatest Traitor? USA Paperback here

'Disturbing and very poignant YA love story that presents a chilling alternate future for an England that lost the war.' Marcel d'Agneau
'A brilliant imagining of living in the Blitz, well researched.' Amazon UK
'This is Man in the High Castle for teens and scarily plausible '

*download the Kindle version or buy the paperback from Hammer & Tong
The Heaviness of Genie Magee 'The Heaviness' for any reader who likes to think about such things as betrayal, revenge, relationships and the laws of gravity. An original Genie Magee story

Genie & Renée have just 36 hours to save Rian or he dies

'Without a doubt, one of the best YA Sci Fi series out there.' Evie Seo - Bookish
Kindle & print

Thanks to readers who have been buying this title.
* Also published as Rüya by Marti Yayincilik - The Turkish publishers of TOZ & Golge

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