The ‘Spectrum’ series

If Newton had only had the terminology, “indigo” would hardly have entered the English language. He perceived the rainbow spectrum his prisms created as having two colours between green and violet… Nowadays we’d call them “cyan” and “blue” or “turquoise” and “blue”, but neither of the first of those seems to have been part of Sir Isaac’s vocabulary.

It’s subjective. To this day, “Richard of York gave battle in vain” is taught in English schools but means nothing in Dutch, for example, where the spectrum has only six colours. So I have no qualms about having picked only six ranks for the Federation.

And that sequence underpins the novels of the series. The first to be published is YLO, soon to be followed by RED and GRN… Enjoy!
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A most tempestuous cleric

Arrogant and cruel: he was a nasty piece of work. There were no tears shed at this Priest’s murder.

But somebody did it, perhaps from this world or perhaps from the next, the Gaian Afterlife. So to catch the already-dead murderer of Reverend Silver-Red Joaquin Calderón, who better to draft in than a detective who’s already been subsumed into the hereafter?
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A murder victim who can’t exist

In a world where everyone’s biometric profiles are on record, a young policewoman turns up the impossible: an unidentifiable corpse.

Jen’s hands are full: small kid in tow, obnoxious partner and stepson, incessant office politics, her Yellow ranking to maintain, and a demanding search-and-rescue job.

So the last thing ylo-Jen needs is a mystery murder victim. Worse, the case is linked to a flourishing drugs ring. And both the Priesthood and her own hierarchy are holding things back. No wonder she’s got issues…
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A way to break the system. The potential to live in untrammelled luxury. It would be anyone’s dream… until you discover it means absolutely nothing.

With the help of his mysterious dead mother’s even more ghostly friend, Matthias Schwarz has the world at his feet.

And he gradually uncovers the truth: even a lifestyle that the world would envy is meaningless if there’s no future. So what on Earth do you do next?