Gopnik Blues

The start of another tale from the Exclusion Zone ONE: THE GOPNIK BLUES Savak Tul lit a cigarette and headed toward the noise coming from the rear of the garage. He dragged deep, filled his mouth and lungs with smoke, then exhaled through his nose the way he’d seen in an American gangster movie. Halfway […]

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Quick Announcement

Only Slightly Off-Topic For those of you who play Exploit Zero, my latest novella, Soul Cache is available for Kindle. Set in EZ’s future, fictional, New Kowloon, it’s a crime thriller technoir piece about an aging homicide detective risking life and sanity to stop a serial killer. His only leads are the victims’ last moments […]

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Another Tale from the Zone

For those of you who season your post-apocalypse with vodka and AK47s, “Strange Treasure” (Another tale from the Exclusion Zone) is now available at Amazon. Bruised, battered but alive after his trip to the secret underground lab, Zone Guide Yuri Bonyev is hired by another group to go back into the Zone. Seems a group […]

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Coming soon: Strange Treasure

The adventures of Zone Guide, Yuri Bonyev, continue. In finishing and editing, it became apparent ‘Strange Treasure’ was a far more appropriate title. And with that came the need for a more relevant, engaging cover. So… To finish what I started, I’ll post the final chapter here this weekend. However, the full and polished story […]

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FROM FIRE TO FLAME

‘The Vladivostok Kind’ continues. Apologies for the lateness. I’ve been chipping away at this between jobs. Enjoy. 6. FROM FIRE TO FLAME Yuri kept Sasha trained on the front door.   It’s a trick, he told himself. The dogs will return – knowing even as he said it they wouldn’t. But why? His shoulder ached […]

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The Vladivostok Kind – Ch 5

5. LIKE A REAL ACTION HERO Yuri went to the roof early the next morning. It had been a long night and he needed ballast for the day ahead.  He had developed his pre-run rituals in Syria, hunting SDF militia in the hills outside Aleppo and Deir-ez-Zor. That was where he’d learned to savor daybreak; […]

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A Chasm of Choices

chapter 4 of the latest Tale from the Exclusion Zone, THE VLADIVOSTOK KIND 4. A CHASM OF CHOICES The day’s hike was almost over. Light was draining out of the sky and the air was chilled with the first hint of night. The village of Zymna was spread out less than a thousand meters away, […]

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More Zone fiction. Part 3

3.  THE NEW TRINITY True to their word, the boys from Vladivostok had brought their own guns. The sky was brightening uncomfortably fast, but Kaspar and Gleb knelt on the grass and began dividing the rucksacks’ contents into two large backpacks as if they had all day. Yuri was stung by the notion they had, […]

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New Zone Fiction, Part 2

  Part 2 of the latest tale from the Exclusion Zone (READ PART 1 HERE)   LOOSE BOOTLACES   Nikolai Sokolov, the accountant from Vladivostok, was an idiot. To be honest, Yuri hadn’t actually met Nikolai yet – another thing he had neglected to tell Zakhar –  only two thick necked byki named Kaspar and […]

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