Ariadne

Vatic

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The much anticipated sequel to international bestselling sci-fi mystery, ‘Vatic’


Never play with madness


Experimental Company bioship, the CSS Ariadne, has cut all communications and launched herself into hyperspace—heading towards enemy territory and certain destruction if she cannot be stopped.


The crew managed to send out an SOS before the Ariadne disappeared. Someone was murdered… but who?


Vatic, a Skilled empath in the reluctant employ of the Company, is drugged and forced to board the rogue ship. He arrives to find the vessel full of corpses, a small band of suspicious survivors, and no explanations.


Our hero soon realises that not everyone who survived is as they seem. There is an imposter aboard, but who is it, and what are their motives?


Vatic must use all his talents if he and the ship are going to survive.


But survival is what the Skilled do best... isn't it?

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"K.J.Heritage's uncanny sense of pacing and story puts him at the forefront of today's speculative fiction writers." - Samuel Peralta, Amazon bestselling author and creator of The Future Chronicles


Kev is an international bestselling author mostly writing mystery and adventure sci-fi.


His debut sci-fi short story, Escaping The Cradle, was runner-up in the 2005 Clarke-Bradbury International Science Fiction Competition.


He has also appeared in several anthologies with such self-publishing sci-fi luminaries as Hugh Howey, Michael Bunker and Samuel Peralta. 


Kev has done all the requisite ‘writery’ jobs such as driver's mate, factory gateman, barman, labourer, telesales operative, sales assistant, warehouseman, IT contractor, Student Union President, university IT helpdesk guy, British Rail signal software designer, premiership football website designer, gigging musician, graphic designer, stand-up comedian, sound engineer, improv artist, magazine editor and web journo... Although he doesn't like to talk about it. Mostly. 


He was born in the UK in one of the more interesting previous centuries. Originally from Derbyshire, he now lives in the seaside town of Brighton. He is a tea drinker, avid Twitterer (@MostlyWriting) and idioscyncratic human being.


Join his readers' club: http://mostlywriting.co.uk/join/

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Publisher
Sygasm
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Published on
Feb 8, 2019
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Pages
260
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ISBN
9781796209150
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Science Fiction / Cyberpunk
Fiction / Science Fiction / Military
Fiction / Thrillers / General
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“Prepare to lose sleep reading Vatic! Delicious Sci-Fiction!” – Kate Danley, US TODAY bestselling author

The dead don't always die

Top Company scientist, Chen Jelinek, has committed suicide.

Vatic, a half-alive empath with no memory of who or what he is, will die in six-hours if he can’t find out why—or so the Company tells him—an ‘added incentive to get the job done’.

Our hero soon discovers he is one of the Skilled, a genetically enhanced human revered and despised in equal measure—a bloodhound with a terrifying past who’ll stop at nothing in his pursuit of truth.

And ‘the Skilled always get their guy’… don’t they?

READ WHAT OTHER BESTSELLING AUTHORS ARE SAYING ABOUT VATIC:

"Gritty,intense, and compelling, Vatic is something you don't run into often enough in Sci-Fi--a cerebral thrill ride you don't want to end." -Michael Bunker, US TODAY Bestsellingauthor of Pennsylvania

"K.J.Heritage's uncanny sense of pacing and story puts him at the forefront of today's speculative fiction writers." -Samuel Peralta, Amazon bestselling author and creator of The Future Chronicles

"Gritty,detailed and unrelenting--Vatic will take you on a wild ride." -Peter Cawdron, International Bestselling author of Science Fiction

READ WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT VATIC:

“A page-turning burn of a read that has an irresistible hook at the end of almost every chapter…well thought out concepts that stand out as original.”
–Kip

“Fast paced, intriguing, suspenseful, Science-Fiction...will have you reading late into the night...you certainly won't be disappointed.”
–Renee Spyrou

“You won't put it down until you know the truth!”
-Kay Boyle Smith

“Ingeniously thought out, with convincing characterisation and some wonderful touches of detail, brought in deftly enough not to slow down a taut and gripping narrative.”
-Makepeace McEvoy

“The twists come, fast and furious… a real "who-done-it.”
-Rev Gurley

“A thoroughly enjoyable read. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys both science fiction and murder mysteries…a fast-paced, well-written, original and intelligent story.”
-BillieO

“Vatic was a great character to base this book on and he thoroughly had me from beginning to end… Kudos to the author for writing such a wonderful story.”
–Dionne Washington

“A good fast read that will keep you on edge guessing!”
-lcsdr60

“…an immensely entertaining story. Fast-paced doesn't adequately describe it.”
–Michelle Zeplin

“...kept me captivated all the way through! The main character, Vatic, is wonderfully complex and his abilities are definitely cool.”
-Madam Ediotte

“Starts at a frenetic pace and the action doesn't really let up…a well written whodunit set in space.”

“Prepare to lose sleep reading Vatic! Delicious Sci-Fiction!” – Kate Danley, US TODAY bestselling author

The dead don't always die

Top Company scientist, Chen Jelinek, has committed suicide.

Vatic, a half-alive empath with no memory of who or what he is, will die in six-hours if he can’t find out why—or so the Company tells him—an ‘added incentive to get the job done’.

Our hero soon discovers he is one of the Skilled, a genetically enhanced human revered and despised in equal measure—a bloodhound with a terrifying past who’ll stop at nothing in his pursuit of truth.

And ‘the Skilled always get their guy’… don’t they?

READ WHAT OTHER BESTSELLING AUTHORS ARE SAYING ABOUT VATIC:

"Gritty,intense, and compelling, Vatic is something you don't run into often enough in Sci-Fi--a cerebral thrill ride you don't want to end." -Michael Bunker, US TODAY Bestsellingauthor of Pennsylvania

"K.J.Heritage's uncanny sense of pacing and story puts him at the forefront of today's speculative fiction writers." -Samuel Peralta, Amazon bestselling author and creator of The Future Chronicles

"Gritty,detailed and unrelenting--Vatic will take you on a wild ride." -Peter Cawdron, International Bestselling author of Science Fiction

READ WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT VATIC:

“A page-turning burn of a read that has an irresistible hook at the end of almost every chapter…well thought out concepts that stand out as original.”
–Kip

“Fast paced, intriguing, suspenseful, Science-Fiction...will have you reading late into the night...you certainly won't be disappointed.”
–Renee Spyrou

“You won't put it down until you know the truth!”
-Kay Boyle Smith

“Ingeniously thought out, with convincing characterisation and some wonderful touches of detail, brought in deftly enough not to slow down a taut and gripping narrative.”
-Makepeace McEvoy

“The twists come, fast and furious… a real "who-done-it.”
-Rev Gurley

“A thoroughly enjoyable read. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys both science fiction and murder mysteries…a fast-paced, well-written, original and intelligent story.”
-BillieO

“Vatic was a great character to base this book on and he thoroughly had me from beginning to end… Kudos to the author for writing such a wonderful story.”
–Dionne Washington

“A good fast read that will keep you on edge guessing!”
-lcsdr60

“…an immensely entertaining story. Fast-paced doesn't adequately describe it.”
–Michelle Zeplin

“...kept me captivated all the way through! The main character, Vatic, is wonderfully complex and his abilities are definitely cool.”
-Madam Ediotte

“Starts at a frenetic pace and the action doesn't really let up…a well written whodunit set in space.”

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller—Paradise Lost by way of Philip K. Dick—that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds.

In his youth, Richard “Dodge” Forthrast founded Corporation 9592, a gaming company that made him a multibillionaire. Now in his middle years, Dodge appreciates his comfortable, unencumbered life, managing his myriad business interests, and spending time with his beloved niece Zula and her young daughter, Sophia.

One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived.

In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls.

But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . .

Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.

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