Author: Colin F. Barnes

Code Breakers Now In Audio

Code Breakers Now In Audio

Earlier this year I created a box set of the four Code Breakers novels. I didn’t think much of it at the time; I thought it would just give readers a more convenient way to own the whole series and save a couple of dollars/pounds in the process.

And then I got featured by BookBub, a large ebook marketing company. Things went a little crazy for a few months, shattering any expectations I might have had. The box set reached No.3 in the entire Amazon US store, sending me to the very top of the Science Fiction author rankings. Surreal times! It hung in the top 100 for what to me seemed like forever.

To date, this has been by far my biggest publishing success. There was a moment before I created the box set where I thought it would be a waste of time, that no one would want it when the individual books are readily available. Suffice to say I’m glad I gave my future self that little gift of ignoring the doubt.

Well, this extra exposure gained the attention of a number of audio production companies. Eventually, I settled with Audible.com. And now, I can proudly point you in the direction of the finished audio books for the complete series, including the prequel.

The narrator, Marc Veitor, has done a marvellous job and really brings the characters to life. He has narrated great books by authors such as: Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, Haruki Murakami, Dan Simmons, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Vladimir Nabakov, Jim Butcher, David Weber, Jack Campbell etc…

If you’re an Audible subscriber you’ll know how it works already. If you’re not, when you join up, you’ll get a free credit that you can use for any book, so if you wish to listen to one of mine, it’ll cost you nada.

Here are the links to the Code Breakers audiobooks:

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I hope you enjoy the adventure!

SOIL – New Release

SOIL – New Release

Soil300 I’m really pleased to announce the launch of my latest book, SOIL, book 2 of the Last Flotilla. It’s published by Amazon Publishing’s 47North imprint and I couldn’t be happier. This book concludes the story as set out in SALT and I hope all those who enjoyed SALT will get the same kind of kick from SOIL.

Here’s the blurb:

It has been almost three years since a mysterious natural disaster left the Earth submerged beneath the oceans, and still the sole survivors cling desperately to life aboard their flotilla. When they learn of a secret government facility located deep below the surface, an expedition party headed by Jim, the group leader, and Eva, a former cop, sets out in the hope of uncovering the truth about their drowned planet.

But when the ragtag submarine crew, riven by discord, united in distrust, finally arrives at the underground bunker, the scene that awaits them offers more questions than answers. What happened here to incite such shocking acts of violence? Who is responsible—and where are they now?

Jim and Eva are determined to follow the trail through to its dangerous end. But the farther they venture, the more sinister their world becomes. How high up does the conspiracy really go?

You can get your copy by clicking here.

So what’s next?

That’s a tricky question to answer as I’ve currently a number of projects on the burner and it really does depend on publishers, agents, and what I think is best to put out next. I’m currently working on a tech thriller, an SF mystery, and a space story that’s a little more literary than anything I’ve done before. However, as soon as I have more details to share, I’ll be sure to update the site and send out the news via my mailing list.

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Until then, stay cool and keep reading, because let’s face it, reading is better than real life 🙂

SALT – New Release

SALT – New Release

SALT Book CoverAmazon’s publishing imprint, 47 North, are publishing the new version of my post-apocalyptic thriller, SALT: The Last Flotilla Book 1, on October the 13th, 2015.

Those who have already SALT might be wondering what’s different. Well, apart from an extra copy edit to make a few things more consistent and some reordering of content, there are no major changes to the story, but I do believe it reads smoother, and has better pacing throughout.

For anyone who hasn’t read SALT yet, I’d suggest waiting until Oct 13th to read the latest version so you’re set up for the sequel, SOIL, in January, 2016.

Win a paperback copy (Offer now ended).

Amazon are kindly offering 20 paperback copies for anyone who enters the giveaway at Goodreads. All you need to do is to sign in to your account (or create one if you’re not already a Goodreads member) and follow this link: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/154460-salt. This is open to US and UK readers. The giveaway runs until October, 13th.

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