The Mariners

I’m currently hard at work on a new novel entitled The Mariners. It’s an action-packed futuristic adventure story for middle-grade readers pitched somewhere between Mad Max, Oliver Twist and The Poseidon Adventure. Here’s a brief synopsis:

The not-too-distant future. The seas have risen, drowning the low-lying cities. Mariner pirates roam the oceans in their great floating settlements, terrorising those on land. The world teeters on the brink of chaos. But a few pockets of civilisation remain.

In the walled city of London, old traditions still hold sway. Inside the wall the people live in comparative safety, defended by a powerful government and a heavily armed police force.

But outside, things are not so pleasant. In the top storeys of crumbling tower blocks, on makeshift walkways and ramshackle rafts, a great floating slum has risen up, existing on the scraps thrown from the wall. Here people live by their wits, on whatever they can steal or scavenge.

And so it is for rebellious┬áKara and her adopted friend Joe. They’ve been forced into a dangerous line of work, plundering the sea bed for scrap. It’s the kind of job that can get kids killed, but they don’t have a choice. It’s that or starve.

But when they come into possession of a mysterious document, everything changes for Kara and Joe. Suddenly everyone’s after them: the city cops, the local crooks and a ruthless band of Mariner terrorists. And they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want…

If you’d like to know more about The Mariners, drop me a line.

The beautiful image I’ve used above was designed by Dennis Schenkel.