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The Explorer

The Anomaly Quartet: Book 1

James Smythe

A tense, claustrophobic and gripping science fiction thriller from the author of The Testimony.

When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity's great explorers.

But in space, nothing goes according to plan.

The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue.

But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death ... unless he can do something to stop it.

The Echo

The Anomaly Quartet: Book 2

James Smythe

Twenty years following the disappearance of the infamous Ishiguro - the first manned spacecraft to travel deeper into space than ever before - humanity are setting their sights on the heavens once more.

Under the direction of two of the most brilliant minds science has ever seen - that of identical twin brothers Tomas and Mirakel Hyvönen - this space craft has a bold mission: to study what is being called 'the anomaly' - a vast blackness of space into which the Ishiguro disappeared. Between them Tomas (on the ground, guiding the mission from the command centre) and Mira (on the ship, with the rest of the hand-picked crew) are leaving nothing to chance.

But soon these two scientists are to learn that there are some things in space beyond our understanding. As the anomaly begins to test the limits of Mira's comprehension - and his sanity - will Tomas be able to save his brother from being lost in space too?