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About John Hindmarsh
John Hindmarsh was born in 1785. From Wikipedia - Rear-Admiral Sir John Hindmarsh RN (1785 – 1860) was a naval officer and the first Governor of South Australia, from December 1836 to July 1838.
During the Battle of the Nile on 1 August 1798, the fire on board the French line-of-battle ship l'Orient put the Bellerophon (1786) in danger; all the other officers on the quarterdeck on the Bellerophon were killed or wounded, so 13-year-old Midshipman John Hindmarsh gathered some of the crew, cut the anchor cables, and raised a spritsail to get the ship moving.
You realize I write fiction? The above is all true - except I'm a different John Hindmarsh.
Yes, I write science fiction and thrillers, sometimes with crossover. Well, you need a thrill in your SF and an occasional touch of science in your thrillers. I'm Australian, and now live in Southern California, where I'm writing full time. I could be simply relaxing when I'm not writing.
My books generally are written with an American voice [well, I try], although I prefer to write British English. So I get mixed up - in any event, I claim aluminium is the correct word.
See more details at http://www.JohnHindmarsh.com
Mark Midway series. Midway is genetically engineered. His challenge - to discover why. Mark One, Mark Two, Mark Three, and Mark Four are available now; individually, or as a set.
Annihilation. This series takes a thrilling perspective and examines what happens when Artificial Intelligence gets too intelligent. Remember, there's nothing artificial about AI.
The theme - AI: Demon or Friend, the Beginning or the End?
The Glass Complex series. The first book is Broken Glass, followed by Fracture Lines and the third book, Diamond Cut, was released in 2017.
Shen Ark: Departure was released as a possible beginning of a series. Currently it is a standalone title.
I have written a number of short stories, all science fiction although perhaps one or two have a touch of fantasy. Check my web site - www.JohnHindmarsh.com
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Books By John Hindmarsh
Jack Foster is missing.
A distant planet roasts in the sun.
Not all its properties are known to the Omega Corporation.
One of the slaves – human – is about to recover his memory. So will his companions.
Time could be his weapon of choice to use to escape from the slavers.
Meanwhile, Jenny Layton, Jack’s partner, is waging a defensive war against trespassers on Jack’s Planet. Jenny’s also assisting smaller systems and planets defend themselves against a corporate monolith that seemingly has more money than sense.
Corporate mercenaries continue to arrive.
In the meantime, Robert Van de Huis meets more opposition than perhaps he can handle.
Jenny prepares her presentation to the GalFed’s top legal assembly, a task which emphasizes Jack’s absence. All Jenny wants is his presence, or simply knowledge he is alive.
Jack finds timing is everything as he plans his escape from the slavers’ planet. Almost needless to say, he also is planning revenge on the slavers. His tasks successful, Jack turns his attention to rejoining Jenny.
Scars, deaths, and destruction follow both Jenny and Jack.
There’s a happy ending, though.
It’s easy to ignore dangerous issues while you’re studying at the Royal Space Navy’s academy, until a sniper attempts to assassinate you.
The scar across the side of Jack’s head is the visible price. The risk to his friends at the academy is the hidden price. His challenge is how to balance the risks.
The final stage of his training is a shakedown cruise on an old minesweeper, barely able to achieve FTL entry and exit.
Midway through their cruise, the minesweeper collides with an ancient alien wreck, ripping the sides off the starship. Jack’s team of bots help seal the combined wreck to prevent air loss. Ghost, a nanolife form from the alien wreck, provides assistance.
Jack and his girlfriend, Sofia, are the only survivors, and air, food, and supplies are critical.
The countdown of days to survive is ticking.
No wonder the Royal Family are angry.
And there’s still a price on Jack’s head.
An epic space opera story from an established and best selling Amazon writer.
Note: Like a number of SF writers, I invent words to represent aspects of the future - e.g., ecar = electrical car. Likewise spokesbot - well, spokesperson wouldn't suit for a bot, would it? I also purposefully mis-spell words to indicate a dialect or uneducated speech pattern - orright? Enjoy!
Jack suffered from an attack by the Blue Caps. He sued the RSN and won. He also sued the Royal Family and won. Now he’s acquired his own warship and his first mission is to rescue the princess.
What? Yes, Sofia is missing. The Queen has taken an intense dislike to her daughter’s ambitions and Sofia has disappeared. Jack sets out to rescue her with the assistance of Black Company marines.
The task is not as easy as it seems.
Join Jack and his bot and AI friends as they search for the missing princess. First, they must survive sabotage and alien threats. In the meantime, has Sofia, battered and bruised, rescued herself?
Another epic space opera story from an established and best-selling Amazon writer.
Jack has undertaken to return rescued Tirarge, a hitherto unknown species, to their home planet. The first problem? The Tirarge cannot speak - they're telepathic. The second problem? They don't know where their home system is located. The third problem? Another starship is following Fearless, likely seeking revenge.
Oh wait, there's another problem. Two other species also inhabit this unknown planet, and they can't speak, either.
Surprisingly, that's not the end of Jack's problems.
Jack, while sympathetic to the issues facing the planet and its people, has no standing apart from Fearless and his three bots and the Eagles and the SAC scouts and a squad of Black Company marines and a warrior squad of Tirarge and an AI or two...
The rulers of the planet, ignoring civilized conventions, have a simple yet elegant solution. They re-name their world and nominate Jack as its new owner. They engrave the title to the planet on a massive diamond, a jewel worth more than Jack can ever dream of. The new name of this world?
Jack Foster's Planet
There are enemies on their way, possibly a GalFed destroyer or two, and a planet to protect. Join Jack and his team - ever increasing - in their venture to help their new friends against slave traders, and Jack's Planet against illegal mining.
This is the third epic space opera story in the Jack Foster series from an established and best-selling Amazon writer.
It’s difficult to retain your focus – and indeed, your life – when Ghost is trying to strangle and freeze you at the same time. He’s tried it before and failed. Will he succeed this time?
Who is attempting to attack Fearless? Count them.
The native species on Jack’s Planet are protecting Jack and in turn, Jack has undertaken to stop the illegal mining that is polluting the atmosphere and the planet - his planet.
He stopped it, that’s for sure. A major—and angry—GalFed corporation is complaining about the destruction of their multi-billion credit mining operation. They'll complain more when they discover Jack is confiscating the refined ore they've so industriously accumulated.
GalFed Space Navy starships are more than interested. Fortunately, the Black Company’s destroyers provide support for Jack.
An alien starship has been searching for Jack and it too, arrives.
A Blue Cap admiral tries to demote General Van de Huis in an effort to weaken Jack’s protection of the planet.
Space is getting crowded.
Jack’s making enemies faster than he’s making friends. Well, almost.
Jack Foster Senior is surprised when an old acquaintance arrives on another starship. She’s responsible for classifying the intelligent species as non-intelligent, opening the planet up to predators. Sparks fly.
Jack and his retinue from his planet are summoned to Bester II to present his case for ownership of Jack’s Planet. It’s the Blue Caps against Jack Foster.
The story might be complex, but the excitement continues.
Another epic space opera story from an established and best-selling Amazon author.
Steg de Coeur survives betrayal and duels as he fights to protect his home planet and defeat a major alien force.
He flees Homeworld with his life at risk, pursued by Imperial Security and the House of Aluta. The Glass Complex, a mysterious computer system embedded in Homeworld's history, aids his survival. He joins the Imperial Navy, helps defeat an alien force (the Xesset), survives a mining planet called Hellfire, loves and loses a Fain. All the while he is developing an ability to communicate directly with starship computer systems.
Gradually, the hunted becomes the hunter. With his mercenary company, his Fain companions, and the support of an AI-controlled superdreadnought, he sets out to defeat a major alien incursion--the Xesset want to destroy mankind and their allies.
The pace is breakneck, the thrills induce hectic page turning--you won't want to stop reading The Glass Complex Trilogy.
900+ pages, a growing list of 4 and 5 star reviews, this set of three books will leave you wishing for more.
Buy The Glass Complex Trilogy and take a weekend off to read the adventures of Steg de Coeur.
Space Opera at its finest!
Mark Midway will kill to survive...
He is genetically engineered. He doesn't know by whom, where, or why.
Nine men, ex-military, are on a mission to destroy a genetics laboratory and capture a genetically engineered specimen. They are supported by four rogue CIA agents, who have commandeered a test drone and a missile at a Marine base. The team attacks the genetics laboratory complex before dawn, during a raging blizzard. Within hours, seven of the men are dead, one is severely wounded and one barely escapes. The drone with its missile has been destroyed. The next morning the four rogue agents are found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. Mark flees the laboratory complex, seeking safety and somewhere he can call home.
The FBI is on his case and a mysterious organization offers him its assistance. However, he is at risk. There are unknown killers chasing him and he needs to protect himself and his friends.
He will survive.
A fast-moving, finely plotted thriller that will keep you reading.
Can a superintelligence run for president?
What if the Judges decide yes?
Darwin is ecstatic. Toby is worried; he decides he should provide a balance to Darwin's ambitions and agrees to be his running mate.
The attorney general is arrested after a military raid on the Euler manufacturing mountain fails. The entire misadventure is televised and broadcast across the country. In revenge for the raid, Darwin destroys a 'mother of all bombs' and millions of dollars worth of aircraft.
Terrorist brownshirts, supported by Russian bots, attack Toby's home, injuring Billie and transporting Toby to Washington DC. Bots surround the White House and capture the ambulance taking Toby in chains to the president; instead, Toby is taken to hospital for treatment.
Brownshirts are spreading, taking senior roles in state and local police forces. Terrorists murder people and destroy bots in a wild civil uprising across the country, their activities ignored by the law.
Will Darwin and Toby survive the election process? Not if Saul, the president's communication director, has his say.
Who survives? Who wins? Who loses?
Read I, President for the results.
Darwin - Demon or Friend, the Beginning or the End?
That’s Toby’s enigma. When he inherits his uncle’s corporate empire, he discovers it’s controlled by two superintelligences.
Darwin wants to prove he’s more intelligent than humans. For Bronwyn—the other SI—there’s no mystery: she already knows the answer.
The corporate empire is based on robotics—it’s the world’s largest manufacturers of processors, software, and templates for robots. Bots are taking over mundane jobs. They’re intelligent, perhaps too intelligent. Terrorist groups—led by brownshirts—are furthering social unrest.
What is the mystery of his uncle’s disappearance?
Toby’s friends are assaulted.
A brownshirt group plans to kill him.
His girlfriend is kidnapped.
Will Artificial Intelligence be the end of Humanity?
The fuse is lit for an exciting thriller.Annihilation Series Structure -
Book One: The Darwin Project
Book Two: Body Shop
Book Three: Natural Born
Book Four: I, President
Mark Midway is adopted by two scientists and is reared in a genetic research laboratory. Nine men, ex-military, are on a mission to destroy the laboratory and capture Mark. They are supported by four rogue CIA agents, who have commandeered a test drone and a missile at a Marine base. The team attacks the genetics laboratory complex before dawn, during a raging blizzard. Within hours, seven of the men are dead, one is severely wounded and one barely escapes. Mark also destroyed the drone with its missile. The next morning the four rogue agents are found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning, their killer unknown.
Mark flees the laboratory complex, seeking safety and somewhere he can call home. The FBI is on his case and a mysterious organization offers him its assistance. Unknown killers are chasing him and he needs to protect himself and his friends. He needs to survive.
We continue the story commenced in Mark One, with a young genetically engineered Mark Midway, FBI Special Agent MayAnn Freewell, and the mysterious Archimedes Schmidt who reports directly to the President. Mark—whose only desire is to be normal––shoots and kills two would-be kidnappers and discovers his search for peace again will elude him. Mark needs to survive. All he wants is a normal life.
Schmidt works with FBI Special Agent Freewell to investigate a secret organization—Cerberus––which is infiltrating the FBI, the US Army, and other government departments with genetically engineered humans. Schmidt attempts to take control of Cerberus and discovers his personal relationships are not as reliable as he thought.
Mark Two continues the page-turning momentum of Mark One to a terrifying climax; it is a fast-moving, finely plotted thriller that will keep you reading.
A young woman escapes from a luxury yacht under attack by Chinese pirates in the Mediterranean. American law enforcement agencies collude and conspire to bring about an end to Cerberus, uncaring who gets in their way. Mark Midway faces deadly assaults by unknown enemies. A military helicopter is brought down over Washington by a Russian missile and General Archimedes Schmidt is in critical condition.
Mark meets his sister and travels to London to rescue three more genetically engineered children. He finds romance, but he and his companions are under attack in both the US and England. Mark knows only one response - fight back.
Mark Midway returns to America to re-build his home, which was destroyed by a gang of mercenaries. Police collude to effect his kidnap on his way back to Boston. His enemies include terrorists, a rogue NSA senior officer, a retired general, and a wealthy businessman; the latter wants control of all the Cerberus and LifeLong genetic engineering intellectual property. Cerberus teams in the US and UK rally to rescue Mark, but first they need to discover his whereabouts. General Schmidt and the NSA officer are enemies.
Stephen Hawking: "The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."
Vladimir Putin: "...artificial intelligence will come to dominate the world."
Darwin is adjusting to his new body; indeed, he's literally in two minds. Toby and Billie are in London after escaping from brownshirts in New York. Toby is interviewed by Alice, a care bot, and the interview is broadcast across the country, bot to bot. Toby meets with two princes who are concerned about the impact bots will have on their country's culture and economy.
Flocke assassinates senior members of his quasi-terrorist organization.
Darwin appears before a joint committee in Congress - and removes his head to prove he isn't a human in disguise. He goes on a campaign to persuade states to pass legislation declaring Bots are Persons. Congress is persuaded and the president vetoes their proposed legislation. He is furious when Congress overrides his veto.
The president dismisses half his cabinet and one of his new appointees is Flocke as attorney general - it's amazing what can happen when Congress is in recess.
Bots push back against efforts to treat them as non-persons.
Toby and Billie are under attack - brownshirts, authorized by Flocke raid Pepper Mountain.
Conflicts continue as the country edges into chaos.
The excitement continues in book three of the Annihilation Series. Read it now!
Can you really trust an AI? What about an SI (Super Intelligence)?
Stephen Hawking - "The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."
Vladimir Putin - “Whoever reaches a breakthrough in developing artificial intelligence will come to dominate the world.”
Body Shop is the second book in the Annihilation series.
What should you do when an AI says it wants a body? Agree.
At some time in the near future, superintelligences will become far more powerful than we expect. The lower level intelligences – robots – will rival humans. There will be conflicts, guaranteed.
Pepper Mountain is the scene of the final body build effort and Darwin almost blows the project. Literally. And it's his body.
Meanwhile, Bronwyn does her own thing. The clown surfaces. Toby and Billie grow closer.
Mix in politics, deadly attacks by brownshirts, add some Russian involvement, a sabotaged aircraft and you have the next stage in Darwin’s story.
John says: “I don't know whether to describe the Annihilation Series as a technothriller or a political thriller or simply as an exciting action thriller series. I'll let you make up your mind. In any case it’s definitely a thriller.”