Socko’s First Fire – Out Now!

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In the small town of Faringdon, a young girl is about to be hanged for a murder she didn’t commit. Socko Garret and Corporal Dan Barnes are sent on a mission to save the girl and investigate the crime. But when they arrive, things are not what they expected…

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In writing the spinoff Socko novelettes, I’ve inevitably had to address issues that have either already happened – or will happen – in the main Flick Carter novels. Characters that appear in one series must be consistent if they appear in the other. And already I have introduced new characters in the Socko stories that have gone on to appear in the “main series”. Colonel Stewart (the king’s bodyguard), and Babs Clegg of the Oxford City Watch to name just two.

Socko is several years older than Flick, and naturally his story starts before hers does. But at some point they are going to coincide, if for no other reason than that he appears in all three novels. And that means keeping track, not only of where I am in Socko’s timeline, but also where Socko is in Flick’s (and where all the other characters are too.)

The usual suspects…

The usual suspects…

Initial praise for Socko’s First Day:

★★★★★ Socko Garrett is old enough for The Choosing, where all 15 year olds are taken on as apprentices at an annual fair. Nobody chooses him so he ends up in the watch – the police. He’s later discovered, headhunted we’d say these days, by the Kingsmen, the elite militia answerable only to the monarch. They choose him because, unlike most of the local watch, he has a brain.

This is one of Tim Arnot’s short stories set in his post-apocalyptic world. Some of the characters are common to these short stories and the full length novel, ‘Wanted’ but the novelettes stand well as stories in their own right. There’s a wry humour in these tales which I greatly enjoy. They’re very good indeed. (Amazon top 500 reviewer)

★★★★★ I enjoyed reading a short story about “Socko” in A Splendid Salmagundi so when I heard, through goodreads, that review copies of Socko’s First Day were available, I was glad to apply.

I wasn’t disappointed. I found this to be very readable and enjoyed it. It’s also whetted my appetite to read more books by this author. I liked the style of writing, which I thought was very good, and enjoyed a glimpse into this post apocalyptic world.

If, like me, you have read the story in A Splendid Salmagundi you will still enjoy reading this. Although it is an extended version of the one available in Salmagundi, it is longer with much more detail and background not included in that shorter story. (Amazon top 1000 reviewer)

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