Following an unsuccessful and debilitating experiment by the Navy, Tristan Taylor’s now reclusive and desolate life takes a shocking turn with the arrival of an alien warrior whose ship has crash-landed behind his isolated cottage.
Discovering that his previously failed brain implant can interface with the alien's computers, Tristan resolves to accompany the enchanting Aesia in her quest to return to her people...little knowing what awaits him. And at what price...?
RAF fighter pilot James Taylor is abducted by an alien craft as he flies his Typhoon over Scotland. He’s unaware that his uncle, Tristan who disappeared without trace many years ago, had been targeted by aliens and is now a Guardian, a member of a specially selected and highly trained police force with telepathic abilities.
As Tristan’s daughter hurtles towards Earth to find more people capable of becoming Guardians, on another planet an evil scheme to cleanse the galaxy of all synthetic life forms is gathering pace. James unwittingly becomes part of the plan, and is tasked with countering the threat of Guardian Artificial Intelligences.
Star Drive technology is in overdrive, space pirates are amassing, and a secret passed down through generations is revealed. But a time bomb is ticking – is there still time to bring peace to the galaxy?
Deep space exploration vessel, Orion, is on a routine mission when a devastating fault occurs. Second Engineer Peter Thornton scrambles into an escape pod with only moments to spare. Later, he wakes up on an unfamiliar planet populated by dangerous life forms. Facing dwindling resources and unable to locate any surviving crew members, he must use every skill he has if he’s going to live to see another day.
After enduring merciless terrain in solitude for almost a year, he is taken by an unknown species. He comes to in a zoo an exhibit with zap happy alien keepers and no obvious means of escape. Just as he finds a weak spot and plots his getaway, a beautiful enigmatic female, Sabetha, is placed in his cage.
Though she is a strange being, and he’s unsure whether or not she can be trusted, he’s inexplicably drawn to her. When the opportunity comes, Peter and Sabetha flee with nothing more than a short-term plan. Narrowly escaping capture, rescue comes from a surprising source, but their safety is short-lived. An invasion is on the horizon and Peter quickly discovers his survival is paramount or an entire civilization will be wiped from existence.
Together, he and Sabetha must overcome betrayal and teach her peaceable people what it means to be warriors. They might have a fighting chance, but time is running out and this time there’ll be no prisoners.
Beyond The Fall: A New Beginning, by author C. Osborne Rapley, is a stand-alone novel set in the Guardian AI universe with all new characters. This is classic space opera at its finest. Bold, vibrant and dramatic, sweeping sci-fi adventure, with a focus on a sympathetically flawed hero who must overcome life and death stakes while battling an internal, guilt-fueled demon.