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Richard T. Burke is the author of six novels including the Decimation trilogy and standalone books, Assassin's Web and The Colour of the Soul.
His novels are thrillers and contain elements of present day, hard Science Fiction.
He comes from a technical background and is the author of ten patents.
Richard lives with his wife, Judith, and daughter, Emily, in the village of Rotherwick in north-east Hampshire, UK. When he's not writing, he can be found walking his dog, Elvis (Smelvis), around the local countryside.
You can sign up to a newsletter on his author webpage at https://www.rjne.uk. Alternatively you can follow him on Twitter @RTBurkeAuthor, or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RichardTBurkeBooks.
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She expected to die.
Now, she is the first woman to survive childbirth in a generation.
Book one of the ground-breaking Decimation trilogy.
Fifteen years ago, the Orestes virus emerged, sweeping across the globe and infecting every living person within a matter of days. Despite the best efforts of the scientific community, there is no vaccine, no cure. It lies dormant until a woman gives birth. Then she dies.
Teenage wheelchair athlete, Antimone Lessing, can’t remember how she got pregnant. She thinks her life is over as the doctors prepare to deliver her baby. Meanwhile, a hunt is underway to arrest the man suspected of raping her, but even if the police catch him, it will be too late for Antimone.
When she unexpectedly survives, she becomes a vital clue in the race to develop a cure before the global population declines beyond the point of no return.
But survival comes at a price. As her doctors try to understand why she is still alive, she must choose between preserving humanity's future and protecting the life of her newborn child.
How far would you go to save the human race?
What the reviewers are saying:
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The third and final book of the ground-breaking Decimation trilogy
Against all odds, Antimone Lessing has twice escaped from those who want to understand how she survived the deadly Orestes virus. But the greatest threat to her life still lies ahead.
The world knows the pandemic originated in a British laboratory. Keen to enhance the country’s damaged reputation, the Prime Minister sets up an international research effort to rid the planet of the disease once and for all.
But not everybody is working towards the same goal.
As past and present collide, Antimone once again finds herself sucked into a conspiracy that could spell the end of the human race.
She was the first woman to survive childbirth in a generation.
But somebody has discovered her secret.
Antimone Lessing returns in book two of the ground-breaking Decimation trilogy
Nearly twenty years after the Orestes virus swept across the earth, finally there is hope. Women are no longer dying within seconds of giving birth. For the first time in two decades, the global population is on an upward trend.
As the world returns to normal, Antimone is back on the athletics track and a single race away from achieving her lifetime goal of winning the Olympic 1500-metre Wheelchair gold medal.
But a deadly new threat has emerged, one that could reverse the fragile recovery and spell the end of humanity’s time on the planet. Could Antimone’s unique biology once again provide the vital clue to develop a cure?
When the details of her past become exposed, ruthless forces prepare an audacious plan to kidnap the first woman in a generation to survive childbirth. Now, the only hope for her survival and that of her young family may rest with the one person she trusts least in the world.
New and revised edition (November 2019)
What really killed the dinosaurs? What if the same organism that wiped out the greatest beasts to walk the earth survived into the present day? The residents of the quiet rural village of Netherwell are about to find out first-hand.
Alice Dean becomes concerned when her husband, Dennis, fails to return from a walk in the woods. Her worst fears are confirmed when their dog returns home with a human finger in its mouth.
Over the course of the next two days, the once peaceful location is rocked by a series of horrific murders and descends into a spiral of escalating violence.
But the ancient evil lurking beneath the trees may not be the only source of danger. As the residents battle to stay alive, they begin to question the motives of those whose duty it is to protect them.
All these things? We like to think so, and certainly with The Corona Book of Science Fiction we’ve tried to create something special – a multi-author sci-fi collection where each contribution embodies both great imagination and great storytelling, and which collectively covers a mix of themes from the fantastic to the topical, from AI to Z, all topped off with a last story so touching it has been proved to reduce grown men to tears.
The Corona Book of Science Fiction also includes potted biographies of all its 16 writers and a list of author website and Twitter accounts to aid you should this book lead you to the discovery of a new favourite author. We think it might.
The full list of contributing authors is:
1. Richard T. Burke
2. Sue Eaton
3. Nick Marsh
4. MM Schreier
5. Cathy Hemsley
6. Tegon Maus
7. Devon Rosenblatt
8. Morgan Parks
9. Philip Charter
10. Kelly Griffiths
11. Philip Berry
12. Aviva Treger
13. Colette Bennett
14. Melaina Barnes
15. F. B. Marbhán
16. S. J. Menary
I should never have read the note.
I certainly shouldn't have logged in.
Now they want to kill me.
Schoolteacher, Alex Parrott, discovers a scrap of paper containing the address, username and password for a site on the Dark Web. He gives in to temptation and learns that the website deals in assassination contracts.
The Dark Web is supposed to be anonymous, but somebody knows what Alex has seen. Within hours, a ruthless hitman is hot on his trail. To make matters worse, the police issue a warrant for his arrest, identifying him as the main suspect in a string of horrific murders.
Unsure who he can trust, Alex must stay alive long enough to uncover the truth and clear his name.
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5★ A thoroughly enjoyable book, worthy of the description 'thriller'.
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Annalise Becker wakes from an eleven month coma with the ability to sense a person’s aura. But why won’t her family tell her what happened? What dark secret is her mother hiding? And why is there a guard outside her hospital room?
Hunted by a psychopathic killer and accused of a crime she can’t remember, she must use her new skill to separate the truth from the lies before it is too late.