Troubador An Alien Autumn

Released: 28/10/2021

ISBN: 9781800464063

eISBN: 9781800466630

Format: Paperback/eBook

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An Alien Autumn


The year is 1888. First Commander Ashto, and Apprentice Commander, Atia, land on Earth from planet Jara. Their mission is to assess the potential of this little-known planet for possible inclusion into the Jaran Galactic Federation. 

Going undercover in Whitechapel, the two explorers pose as a married couple in order to secretly gather data about London's inhabitants and assess the impact that their intervention would have on Earth's society. However, they quickly realise that Whitechapel is in turmoil over the bloody murders and mutilations of women by the deadly and deranged killer the newspapers have nicknamed, Jack the Ripper. 

As the attraction between Ashto and Atia grows, so does their need to intervene in London. A chase around London's recently opened underground railway and confrontations with a suspicious police detective is just the beginning, for they vow to bring this vicious killer, Jack the Ripper, to justice… 

Neil's first novel is published on 28th October.

Alien Autumn is a very enjoyable read. It's well written & based on extremely thorough research. It is a great mix of Victorian crime & science fiction genres. I particularly enjoyed the way the author provided a historical background to the story, with graphic descriptions of the horrendous living conditions many poor Victorians endured. Although the story includes episodes of graphic violence, there are also some very funny comic scenes throughout.

by Rod Weatherhead

Great concept - alien researchers stumble in to a mission to find Jack the Riper, set against a back drop of Victorian London's seedy East End. A couple of laugh out load moments as well some high drama.

I really grew to like and care about the fate of the two the leading protagonists as they undertook their quest.

If you like quirky tongue in-cheek Sci-Fi this should be your cup of tea.

by Andrew

Neil Coley

Neil Coley has written a number of books about Lichfield - the Staffordshire city where he lives. These include Lichfield Pubs; Secret Lichfield; and The Beauty and the Spy, the true and very sad story of John Andre and Honora Sneyd.

His first novel, An Alien Autumn - part SciFi and part Historical - tells the story of two aliens who visit London in the year 1888 and gradually get sucked into the hunt for the Whitechapel murderer, otherwise known as Jack the Ripper. Neil loved researching and writing the book and he hopes that readers will also love it.

When he isn't writing Neil enjoys walking, birdwatching, cricket, watching old films and cooking.He also likes the occasional visit to a pub.

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