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Some review comments

  • Goodreads: “… the solid world building, great character development, the natural flowing dialogue between the characters and a very well thought out plot make it a very easy and compelling read.”
  • Before the Second Sleep: “… a story that provides questions as well as answers, thrill and satisfaction, and an adventure that can’t be beat. The psychology of relationships being a huge theme running through the book follows superbly…”
  • Breakfast with Pandora: “…So here he is, Mit, a dashing yet ethical nerd, threading his way through entanglements virtual, emotional, and both at the same time, while hunting down the shadowy anarchist group “Robin’s Rebels” and sending down versions of new software written on the fly to his superiors, with the obligatory “interim release note.”…”
  • Amazon.com: “… If you are looking for good science, believable personalities and suspense coupled with an immensely satisfying read then this book is for you!…”
  • The New Podler Review of Books: “I found Abbott’s world-building solid and his take on AI refreshing…”




Dialogue extract 1: Mitnash, Slate, Rydal and Capstone talk about some data oddities

(See also the blog posts on Before the Second Sleep discussing these extracts – links are here for the first and second of these)

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Alexa Timing logo

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Dialogue extract 2: Mitnash and Slate are perplexed about Callisto

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Dialogue extract 3: Mitnash, Parvati, Slate and Chandrika talk about the loss of Selif’s ship

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Dialogue extract 4: Mitnash and Slate hear clues on Mars from Linnea

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Dialogue extract 5: The team wait for the cyber attack at St Mary’s

Timing, the sequel to Far from the Spaceports is a near-future science fiction novel. Mitnash Thakur and his virtual partner Slate, tackle hi-tech financial crime in deep space.

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Timing Kindle cover
Timing Kindle cover

When quick wits and loyalty are put to the test

Mitnash and his AI companion Slate, coders and investigators of interplanetary fraud, are at work again in Timing, the sequel to Far from the Spaceports.

This time their travels take them from Jupiter to Mars, chasing a small-scale scam which seems a waste of their time. Then the case escalates dramatically into threats and extortion. Robin’s Rebels, a new player in the game, is determined to bring down the financial world, and Slate’s fellow AIs are the targets. Will Slate be the next victim?

The clues lead them back to the asteroid belt, and to their friends on the Scilly Isles. The next attack will be here, and Mitnash and Slate must put themselves in the line of fire. To solve the case, they need to team up with an old adversary – the only person this far from Earth who has the necessary skills to help them. But can they trust somebody who keeps their own agenda so well hidden?

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Publisher: Matteh Publications (October 14th 2016)
ISBN: 978-0993-1684-6-8 (soft cover)
ISBN: 978-0993-1684-7-5 (ebook – kindle)

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Cover image © copyright by permission Ian Grainger www.iangrainger.co.uk.

Original Matteh Publications logo drawn by Jackie Morgan.

Planet and asteroid surface surface textures on the book cover and promotional material make use of images made available in the public domain by NASA, and are hereby acknowledged. NASA does not endorse the content of this book. At the time of publication, the specific images used may be found at:

  • http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/new-hubble-portrait-of-mars,
  • http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA10367 and
  • http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA20825.

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Writing, both historical and speculative