Alexander Woyte and the Pirates (and Goblins)

Zsolt Kerekes

About this ebook

This is book 2 in the Alexander goblinsearch stories, a sequel which can be enjoyed without reading book 1

 In this rambling, swash buckling, comedy saga it's not just Alexander who disappears. His minders and his bunkbed have vanished too.

In the goblinsearch for him we meet some 18th century pirates melted out of an iceberg, two nuclear subs (one Russian, one British), the many uses of deadly fire and forget torpedoes, the correct tripadvisor rating for a Royal Navy destroyer, some anti-nuclear activists from Greenpeace, a documentary film producer who is not as he claims a genuine vegetarian, a software wizard who needs help with his business plans, some billionaires in a round the world balloon race, the features and fittings in a modern magic carpet, some software writing hedgehogs and a giant man eating shark.

Scene-wise we loiter for a dip in the arctic seas in which sank the Titanic, learn about a different type of cloud message and land back safely in the touristic dockyards of Portsmouth, pausing only for a reality check in the cellars of an old archive in Southsea.

First published as an 8 part series on goblinsearch in 2001 to 2003, the story has been rewritten and is now available for the first time as a proper book.

About the author

It seems likely that the next generation of readers will remember me more for 4 little comedic childrens' stories - published on my author site goblinsearch between 2001 and 2004 - than all the many thousands of serious articles I wrote about the computer market in the 10 years before and the 17 years after.

It started with a short bedtime story I wrote as a surprise for my godson - Alexander Woyte and the Goblins. Then one thing led to another and I began to self identify myself as writing that kind of thing too.

In January 2023 I looked back at those old web story pages which I had designed for desktop pcs having a screen area 100x larger than the phones we read on today. Even to my eyes they did not look so inviting any more. So I decided to convert them one last time to make them more reader friendly as ebooks and paperbacks and finally as audiobooks too. Because reading out aloud was the way that 3 of them had first come into the world.

So now you know the when of it.

As to where my stories begin and the who of it... they have roots everywhere. In my lucky life I have lived in a refugee camp, above a typewriter shop, on a farm, by a stream, on a pebble beach, on the internet and in my head. I now live in the unspoiled South Downs parish of East Chiltington (in Olde England) writing unburdened by a business plan.

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