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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425959954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425959951
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,352,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Gray Cox is a writer that combines his love of Historical Fiction with Science Fiction writing; a mix of CS Forester and Isaac Asimov.

He was born in Cape Town in 1946. His very fulfilling career working in all areas of fire safety, initially as a fireman - fighting bush fires in South Africa took a new turn when he moved his family to England in 1988. Since then he has worked as a fire and explosives expert, consultant to large companies, teacher and Government Adviser in the Middle East, the Far East, the Caribbean and as a speaker in conferences in many other parts of the world as well.

He has a number of published articles in trade journals and continues to write in a freelance capacity for the Fire and Rescue Journal among others. But Patrick has had a long fascination with the sea and ships, as well as the world of science fiction and space travel.

His first novel, Out of Time, published by AuthorHouse, is a story about a group of sailors aboard one of Nelson's fleet, plucked from their ship-of-the-line and transported forward four hundred years in time to another kind of battleship, one that cruises space rather than the Seven Seas. The protagonists use their archaic naval skills to save the day in the future world where people seem to have forgotten the skills of your average shipman. Same challenges, different environment. Patrick published a sequel with Xlibris titled The Enemy is Within! which is now available on Amazon in Hardback, Paperback and through Xlibris, as an e-book!

The sequel to On the Run, The Outer Edge is now on sale, and a further adventure is in preparation. The prequel to Out of Time, Their Lordships Request ... was published just before Christmas 2010 and a Kindle edition is due to appear in March 2014 from his publisher, IndieGo Publishing. The fifth story in the series, The Outer Edge, was published in February 2014 by IndieGo Publishing and is available in a Kindle Edition and as a paperback. He sees these books becoming a series akin to Hornblower, Bolitho or Sharpe.

An experienced author of technical studies his portfolio includes a large number of commissioned articles on fire service matters, a book on Marine Fire Studies and the editing of a handbook for the NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Risk Management. His latest book is the IFE Guide to Fire Investigation, published in 2011. He has appeared on television programmes in the past as a fire-fighting expert including Ring of Fire for the Discovery Channel about fighting bush fires in Australia, and he had a similar role as a commentator on Inside Spontaneous Human Combustion in 2005 for Sky1. And, perhaps unusually, he has appeared on Kazakhstan's national daily news programme, Kazakhstan Today, speaking about fire safety in high rise buildings.

As well as his writing, Patrick is an experienced public speaker and is keen to speak at public events on all aspects of fire-fighting and explosives investigation. He would also be interested in exploring television formats and further opportunities as a pundit and commentator on this area. His recent interview on The Book Channel can be accessed at www.thebookchannel.tv/patrick-cox.html

The 'Harry Heron' series now includes -

Their Lordships Request ...
Out of Time
The Enemy is Within!
On the Run
The Outer Edge

and more will follow ...

His popular historical romance, A Baltic Affair, is available in Paperback and on Kindle. Published by IndieGo Publishing, it is set in the latter stages of the Napoleonic Wars in the Baltic area against the background of Napoleon's attempt to strangle British rade with its Northern European allies - the repercussions of which still echo down the years ...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Maxwell on May 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Full disclosure here. Mr. Cox has already reviewed and praised my book, United America: 2014. I'm also partial to nautical novels.

This book has everything, from naval battles on the high seas, interplanatery slave labor, to gene splicing and naval battles in deep space. Mr. Cox knows how to tell a story, and how to grasp an universal truth: Don't ever forget the fundamental skills we used to prevail in our old, primal struggles to survive. Harry Heron, his servant Ferghal O'Connor and "powder monkey" Danny Gunn are transported from a Napoleonic sea battle to an intergalactic starship. There, they show great pluck and resourcefulness adapting to their new, high-tech environment, and bring with them important, long-forgotten skills, such as aiming by visual sights, that help Mr. Heron's great, great, great grand-nephew and legal guardian, Commodore Nelson-Heron, defeat the lawless Consortium in a far-flung corner of the galaxy.

Mr. Cox leaves enough loose ends at the close of the novel to suggest a sequel in the works. I eagerly await discovering how this new voice in YA fiction develops.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seth Richardson on April 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Not being a Sci-Fi fan, I was pleasantly surprised on reading Out Of Time because I found it immensely enjoyable.

The story takes three young British sailors from the midst of a battle at sea in the 1800s and places them aboard a starship three centuries later, and what struck me was the author's way of demonstrating how these two young men and a boy, possessing rudimentary knowledge and skills that had been long forgotten in the course of more than two centuries of ever-accellerating technological advancements, prove to be the very people that literally save the day during an attempted coup by a malevolent federation of powerful men back on earth.

The characters, the plot, the events and the well defined yet not overly graphic action sequences all make for an excellent read, and I am anxiously awaiting the coming sequel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Swift on November 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
The story is a good science fiction piece. The three boys' interactions with their new enviroment is an interesting read. The different interplays that the author has thought of allowed me to think about the differences that would be expected and those that wouldn't. I'd recommend this book to any fan of science fiction. It is a fairly quick read and well worth the time.
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By xteeve on May 18, 2014
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Surprising set up. a wet navy midshipman from the past being thrust in the future and becoming part of a star fleet. full points for novelty. I've never seen that particular setup before. the plot is a bit too protective of the protagonist as every coincidences semm to fall his way, but the story was an easy read.
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