More About the Author
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 ...