Troubador The Dark Freeze

Released: 28/09/2019

eISBN: 9781838596958

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The Dark Freeze


Probes from an advanced alien civilisation are discovered amongst meteorites which have hit the coldest parts of the planet. Are they an attempt to communicate, or are they a prelude to something much more sinister, an alien invasion? Is the human race in danger of annihilation? 

The events lead to much debate on earth. Scientists too are puzzled. Why have the aliens used probes? Why have the coldest, and least populated, parts of the planet been targeted? 

All these questions are answered when a giant asteroid, a mini-world full of aliens, swings into orbit. The sun’s life-giving light and heat is blocked out, causing the temperature to plummet to a mind-numbing minus sixty degrees Celsius. Most of the Earth’s plant and animal life perishes, including millions of humans, and the survivors are left facing the starkest of choices.  

As one attempt after another to defeat the aliens fails, the scientists come up with a final last-ditch weapon to destroy the enemy, but is it going to be too little too late?

Science fiction has always fascinated me.

Even as a child I wondered if there was intelligent life out there in the vastness of the Cosmos and, if so, what would it be like. Would it be friendly, peaceful and benevolent, and bring an end to all suffering and war on planet earth, or would it be aggressive and warlike, intent on annihilating the human race?

In The Dark Freeze I have used my scientific background to describe what might happen if we ever did encounter a technologically advanced race of aliens.

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Peter Gregory

Hi. Professor Custard, aka Professor Peter Gregory, welcomes you to his webpage.

Why Professor Custard? Well, over his 37 years at work as a research chemist with ICI, AstraZeneca and Avecia (change of company, not location or job) Peter calculated the quantity of custard he'd consumed at lunch times. It was a whopping 3.5 tons!

Peter and his hi-tech colours group were the world leaders in inventing and supplying ink jet dyes and inks to the major ink jet printer manufacturers such as HP, Canon, and Seiko Epson, so if you use an ink jet printer, it is likely that you are using at least one of his group's dyes. During his time at work Peter was in constant demand as a speaker at prestigious international scientific conferences, published numerous literature papers and has over 100 patents to his name. He co-authored a best selling text book Organic Chemistry in Colour and is the author of High Technology Applications of Organic Colorants. He retired in 2002.

During his retirement Peter has used his scientific background to write two sci-fi novels and a crime thriller, as well as his autobiography entitled, unsurprisingly, Professor Custard. The Dark Freeze is the first to be published.

In addition to writing, Peter is an avid fan of Wigan Warriors Rugby League Football Club, a keen gardener, and a walker, his favourite area being the Lake District. He lives in West Bolton with his wife Vera (her on the gondola) - they have just celebrated their Golden Wedding - and has two grown-up married sons, Andrew and Michael, and a grandson Joshua.


With his wife Vera, on a gondola in Venice
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