Arcam by guest author Jason Minick
My favourite genre is thrillers. That is why I am particularly pleased to have Jason Minick visit my blog today to share an excerpt of his debut novel, Arcam. This is a fast-paced crime/conspiracy thriller that is full of suspense.
DCI Jack Robson believes he is hunting a kidnapper…
Away from his posting in London, Robson is asked to lead an investigation in the south west of England. But what begins as a baffling local kidnapping mystery, quickly escalates into something far more sinister.
In pursuit of the perpetrators, DCI Robson joins forces with Inspector Emma Wilson and the rest of the regional CID team. Together, they attempt to make sense of the lack of evidence or motive, eventually getting drawn to the tiny island of Steep
Holm, in the Bristol Channel.
As the investigation progresses, Robson, Wilson and their colleagues find themselves facing something far beyond normal detective work. Unthinkable connections lead them to a conspiracy, so great it could change the course of humanity. The question is, can they intervene before it’s too late to prevent the appalling future that potentially lies ahead.
I am currently working on the second book in the DCI Robson ‘Series’, which is going to be a sequel to Arcam. My aim for this project is to both develop Jack Robson’s story from the lifestyle that was portrayed in Arcam, in addition to furthering the theme of the first book.
At the time of writing this post, I am still working on the first draft. In some ways, it seems to be an advantage writing with characters that have already been developed in an earlier novel. But there is also an element of pressure, in terms of doing one’s best to be true to those characters, while also developing them into the next adventure.
My ambition for this novel is for my readers to be able to recognise some characters that featured in Arcam, as well as, hopefully, enjoying new introductions. Readers may well recognise certain locations in the second novel, but there could potentially be one or two surprises – watch this space!
I would say that I am enjoying working on my second novel, just as much as I did the first. But I do think I have become even more eager to get the finished product out there, especially considering that there are already people waiting for Jack Robson’s next adventure.
The title of the next book is 99% decided … I say only 99%, because when I wrote Arcam, the title changed when I began on the second draft. It was originally going to be called – ‘Project: Hibernation’, which might make sense to those that have read the book. But, as soon as I came up with ‘Arcam’, there was no going back – I knew it was the right title.
I kind of feel the same way about the title I have in mind for the second book. So it’s unlikely that it will change, but I’m keeping the title under wraps for now!
Jason Minick is an engineer living in the south-west of England. He has a passion for the written word and reading. Jason is a fan of many genres. His debut novel, Arcam, is a crime/conspiracy thriller set in his favourite part of the UK. He lives with his wife, Emma, and his three children, Lucy, William and Sophie. The family share their home with two very small dogs, Digby and Tizzie. The author is currently working on the second book in the DCI Robson series, the sequel to Arcam.