The Retreat
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The Retreat

Tales of a Brighter Future, Book 1

About the Book

They sat becalmed on the infinite glass of the quiescent South Atlantic. The ship was still over the deeps below, pulling the sun’s energy into itself, grinding, processing and refining centuries of junk into something useful. Marine Reconstruction and Recovery plant The Retreat was powering away in the bright sunshine. Its curved mirror arrays focusing heat for power generation and cycles of food production. The ship was huge, a vast agglomeration of four already large vessels assembled to create the whole plant.

So, who is the castaway that disturbed their retreat?

What does she know that meant she was chased over thousands of miles of ocean?

Join the crew of The Retreat as they navigate across the Atlantic in pursuit of the mystery in a world recovering from the near death of the early 21st century.

Meet green cities, deep ocean vessels, and a world without hunger.

About the Author

Francis Fish
Francis Fish

Born 1959 in Edinburgh. Father was a doctor and university lecturer in psychiatry and Mother had been psychiatric ward sister. Both were of relatively humble origins. Father had been a prisoner of war. When Francis was about 5 they went to live in Liverpool because Father had been asked to take up the newly created professorship there. They lived in the grounds of the now long-gone lunatic asylum while they looked for somewhere to live. Eventually they ended up living in a big house in the suburbs on the South of the city.

Eventually he gained a degree in Applied Statistics and Computing in 1987 and has earned his living writing software ever since. He is a British Canoe Union qualified level 3 kayak instructor. He is married to a six foot red head; they have two children and live in a big house in Birkenhead. He is committed Buddhist.

Find out more from his blog

Table of Contents

  • Author’s note
  • Blue
  • Odd
  • Hurry
  • The castaway
  • Solitude: Out of the blue
  • Breathe
  • Hot pursuit
  • Buenos Aires
  • Dig that hole against the sun
  • Deep Arthur
  • Into the Valley
  • Quiet as the
  • Be a firework
  • Don’t forget the kaboom
  • Manhattan transfer
  • Life on the edge
  • NYC
  • Tower
  • You can come zoo
  • An ending
  • Endnotes
  • Excerpt from Zero Day

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