I’ve been lucky enough to stay in with several Urbane Publications’ authors here on Linda’s Book Bag, and to meet many of them in person too so I’m delighted to welcome another of the Urbane family, David Barker, back to the blog today to tell me about one of his books. David previously provided a smashing guest post about the motivation for writing that you can read here.
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Staying in with David Barker
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, David. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me. Which of your books have you brought along this evening and why have you chosen it?
I have chosen Rose Gold, book two in the Gaia trilogy. It’s just been released (Urbane Publications) and I’m excited to see what readers make of the follow-up to my debut novel.
(Oh – congratulations and happy book birthday!)
What can we expect from an evening in with Rose Gold?
The Gaia trilogy is set in the near future at a time when resource constraints have combined with terrorism and climate change to create a huge amount of geopolitical tension. The British secret service have established a new branch – Overseas Division – to monitor the water situation. Sim Atkins is one of the heroes from Blue Gold who is called up for another dangerous mission at the start of Rose Gold. A new base on the moon is a rare example of international cooperation but not everybody is keen to see it succeed. Sim quickly discovers that he has a very personal reason for helping to keep the moon base safe. Meanwhile back on Earth, an investigative journalist thinks that she has stumbled upon a major scoop about the company that owns the moon base. Can she uncover the truth before they can silence her?
Rose Gold can be read as a standalone novel, though readers of Blue Gold will have a deeper understanding of the world setting and some of the characters’ back stories. Readers can expect plenty of action and tension, but also a story about family and the lengths we will go to protect our loved ones. The Gaia trilogy will conclude with White Gold next year.
(This sounds such an exciting and innovative trilogy David. I know blog readers will love your books.)
What else have you brought along and why?
I have brought a beautiful 3D printed scale replica of the moon, with all of the craters and mountains faithfully rendered. I hope the photo does justice to the model and its clever lighting. [For the cognoscenti out there, it’s set at the moon phase called Waning Gibbous in the photo.] I have always been fascinated with the moon. When I read about the imminent missions to land once again on the moon (China, India and Russia), and hopefully to start mining for resources there (e.g. moonexpress.com), I knew I had to set an adventure on a lunar colony. I still sometimes get up in the middle of the night to stare at the full moon on a clear night, and wonder what it would be like to stride across the surface. Maybe one day…
(I love to travel David but I think I’d be far too claustrophobic to go to the moon with present travel arrangements! I hope you make it one day though…)
Thanks so much for staying in with me and telling me all about Rose Gold, David. I’ve been really intrigued and look forward to reading the whole Gaia trilogy.
Rose Gold is the thrilling sequel to the bestselling Blue Gold.
In the aftermath of a world war for water, geopolitical tensions remain high and terrorism is a daily fact of life in the 2030s. But a mining base on the moon offers a rare example of international co-operation and a possible solution to the world’s energy problems. Yet not everyone on Earth is keen for this endeavour to succeed…
Sim Atkins and his wife are desperate to start a family. But a shocking message from the moon base tells Sim that he is already a father and that his son’s life is in danger. The mining station is full of suspects and, worse, the woman who fathered his child. Can Sim rescue his son and save his marriage?
Gopal and Rabten – the Gurkha and monk who helped Sim on his last assignment – are on the trail of terrorists and a giant airship. What the agents discover in the cargo hold makes Sim’s mission even more vital. When they get trapped, Freda Brightwell – Sim’s old partner in Overseas Division – is called out of retirement for one more mission.
Once again, corporate greed threatens the lives of millions. Overseas Division s finest are back at the sharp end. And this time, the stakes are far more personal.
Published by Urbane Publications on 10th May 2018, Rose Gold is available for purchase here.
About David Barker
David was born in Cheshire but now lives in Berkshire. He is married to an author of children’s picture books, with a daughter who loves stories. His working life has been spent in the City, first for the Bank of England and now as Chief Economist for an international fund. So his job entails trying to predict the future all the time. David’s writing ambitions received a major boost after he attended the Faber Academy six-month course in 2014 and he still meets up with his inspirational fellow students. He loves reading, especially adventure stories, sci-fi and military history. Outside of family life, his other interests include tennis, golf and surfing.
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