Still funding
60% funded
39 backers

The sequel to the sci-fi novel Darwin's Soldiers – John Greene and the allied army fight to discover how their mutations evolved.

In Survival, book two of The Origin Trilogy, John and the army of survivors continue the search they started in Darwin’s Soldiers. Who brought them to this bizarre world and for what purpose?

Discoveries are made and battle fought as the allied army are drawn into a world populated by alien armies who have survived the same tests as them. Factions fight to get to the core: a prized location which offers them the answers they are all searching for.

But a new threat rises, in the hyper-evolved Tathon, who threaten to tear the new world apart. The very survival of all species is at risk as John desperately tries to get the factions to work as one and defend the core.

Will their adaptations be strong enough against their new foe? And will anyone survive?

Ste Sharp was born in the hottest summer on record. The sun-god was happy and, by rights, Ste should have been sacrificed on the nearest beach, but he escaped. Twenty years later, with a degree in Ecology under one arm and a guitar under the other, Ste travelled the globe in search of tall tales and the perfect chord progression.


After sailing the seas with 16th century pirates, exploring the Brazilian jungle, living through the centuries as an immortal body-swapping alien and spending time with the ghosts of early Britons, Ste wrote Darwin’s Soldiers – his fifth novel.


With two young sons, Ste has roughly four minutes of spare time each day, during which he paints, writes and plays loud guitar in an indie band. Ste needs more hands.

John concentrated on the left-hand screen and rubbed his forehead as the buttons he pressed refused to work in the same way they had done five minutes ago. He was desperate for answers but couldn’t make sense of the diagrams and numbers on the screen in front of him. Delta-Six had been able to read it and had pressed the buttons on the desk to change the symbols on the screen but he’d disappeared to search for more information.

‘We haven’t got long until the new soldiers are ready,’ Osayimwese hissed.

‘I know!’ Crossley replied before John could. ‘I’m still searching… Delta-Six said telomere latency, right?’

‘Yeah,’ John replied, vaguely remembering the conversation and Osayimwese nodded.

They had found records for other species brought in but they needed to find details on humans, Lutamek or Sorean, and transfer everything to the thin sliver of metal Ten-ten had given them. Just thinking about it gave John a headache, his reading had never been great and after he left school he hadn’t had much need for it delivering veg or defending his trench.

‘It would be quicker if Delta-Six was here,’ Osayimwese said.

‘Sure it would,’ Crossley replied, ‘but he’s off on another of his missions, so…’

John looked around the curved room for any tell-tale shadows. Rar-kin, the Sorean, was outside, tending the young Lutamek who had brought them up using the helium-filled sac on its back, so any shadow would belong to Delta-Six or one of the robotic Synchronisers who ran the building.

John stared through the rectangular window above the computer screen at the locked in ship. He was still amazed by the thought that he and his friends had gone through the same process these squid-like creatures had endured when woken from stasis. They were still being processed by the look of things, which bought them more time. 

‘Ah, what’s this?’ Crossley said and John leaned over to see a list of names, which he guessed he could read thanks to the translator fungus in his brain.

‘Looks like us,’ John said with a smile and tried to find his name.

‘Just save it to that… piece of metal,’ Osayimwese said.

Read more...

Tolkien's Neighbour

Monday, 24 June 2019

Bookshelf

We’re making great progress! Survival Machines is nearly at 57% and when we get there I’ll crack open a tin of baked beans to celebrate. Who says writers aren’t rock and roll, hey?!

There have been a few exciting developments with Darwin’s Soldiers recently (watch this space!) and I have finished editing Survival Machines. I loved it! Bit of author’s bias maybe, but I reckon it’s another cracking…

Woah, we’re halfway there!

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Download

We’re no longer livin’ on a prayer because ‘Survival Machines’ is 50% funded! Which means we are closer to the finish than we are to the start, so bring it on!

Thank you everyone for your reviews of ‘Darwin’s Soldiers’ and for your support of the sequel. It’s been great fun writing these books and even more fun sharing them with you and hearing your thoughts and stories about the characters and…

Mission Accomplished!

Friday, 29 March 2019

Ds military scifi chart

The first draft of ‘Survival Machines’ is complete!

There’s still a great deal to edit (103,000 words) and a few character names to arrange once we work out who is who, but the story has been finished and it’s been one hell of a ride! I can’t wait for you guys to read it and continue the journey with John and his allies.

Thanks to our recent pledgers who have helped us up to 40% funded! Meanwhile…

The Special Ones

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Capture

Survival Machines is 35% funded!

Team Survival, you are my ‘special ones’. That doesn’t mean I think of you as a group of Jose Mourinhos, no, I think of you as my team of amazing readers and I appreciate your incredible support! It’s been great fun talking to you about Darwin’s Soldiers and about ideas for developing the rest of The Origin Trilogy.

The first draft of Survival Machines is coming…

Survival Machines

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Thank you all for supporting ‘Survival’ – we’re nearly a quarter of the way to being funded!

I’m cracking on with writing the book (the second in ‘The Origin Trilogy’) and having a great time expanding on John’s adventures, bringing in new characters and killing off some old ones! While the story has progressed and my research has delved deeper, I’ve been thinking about the book title and I’d love…

Brand New Excerpt

Friday, 7 December 2018

Ds canvas

Thank you everyone for your support! I hope you all enjoyed reading Darwin’s Soldiers and are as keen to me to know what happens next? (Don’t worry - I’ve got a pretty good idea of what lies ahead for those guys)

Survival is over 20% funded already and I’ve been writing away, building the new world John and his allies discover at the end of Darwin’s Soldiers. I’ve brought in new characters, some…

SURVIVAL is launched

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Survival

We’re off and thanks to you loyal members of Team Darwin, we’ve got off to a cracking start and are already 12% funded!

Survival, the sequel to Darwin’s Soldiers and the second book of The Origin Trilogy, is officially open for pre-orders and – as a couple of you have already discovered – this is your chance to get into the story yourself, as a character.

I’m currently writing the novel, picking…

These people are helping to fund Survival.

Avatar
Marnie Foster
Avatar
Rhel ná DecVandé
Avatar
Chris Knowles
Avatar
An anonymous donor
Avatar
Daniel Spencer
Avatar
Alex Ince
Avatar
Jamie Chipperfield
Avatar
Mandy Wultsch
Avatar
Adam Ferjani
Avatar
Michael Hunt
Avatar
Vanessa Ward
Avatar
Ste Sharp
Avatar
John Wedge
Avatar
Steve Davis
Avatar
Lynette Allison
Avatar
Amanda Witham
Avatar
Steve Routledge
Avatar
Angus Gormley
Avatar
Victoria Chaplin
Avatar
John Mason
Avatar
Sheryll Osbiston
Avatar
Sheryll Osbiston
Avatar
Alvin Rindlisbacher
Avatar
Simon Dell
Avatar
Catherine Sharp
Avatar
Vaughan Knight
Avatar
Sheryll Osbiston
Avatar
David & chris Knowles
Avatar
Sandy Slade
Avatar
Tim May
Avatar
Steve Harris
Avatar
Claire Longhurst
Avatar
Claire Longhurst
Avatar
Claire Longhurst
Avatar
Matt Holmes
Avatar
Malcolm Sharp
Avatar
Sheryll Osbiston
Avatar
Mike Griffiths
Avatar
Ste Sharp
Avatar
Ste Sharp
Avatar
Valerie Wallis
Avatar
Paul Weekes
Avatar
Vanessa Ward
Avatar
Annette Smith
Avatar
Tim May
Avatar
Roger Sidwell
Avatar
Andrew Smith
Avatar
Andrew Smith
Avatar
Sheryll Osbiston
Avatar
Michael Ritchie
View all supporters

Join in the conversation

Sign in to ask a question