Winks 1 - Across the Universe
“Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes
They call me on and on across the universe
Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box
They tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe”
- Lyrics from “Across the Universe” written by Paul McCartney & John Lennon
As everyone will already know, I have a book series called ‘the CULL’. As with all series, it features characters and situations that reoccur throughout the novels and, although each book is a self-contained tale, there is a narrative arc that encompasses all of the stories in the series.
Then there are the ‘stand-alone’ novels.
‘2012’ by the very nature of how it ends, is most definitely a stand-alone tale.
The year 2015 will see the second Charlie Allsop Consulting Services kidnap rescue and recovery book, a sequel to ‘Leaving Shadows’ with a provisional title of ‘Chasing Shadows’. A third novel is also on the horizon with a provisional title of ‘Tiger Shadows’.
Yet ‘Leaving Shadows is, for the moment, a stand-alone novel.
Or is it?
If you have already read ‘Outsourced’ you will be familiar with the scene on Grand Cayman Island the antagonist witnesses, and you will also be aware it places ‘Outsourced’ clearly in the same literary universe as the ‘Leaving Shadows’ series. So there’s a connection of sorts there.
But did you spot the other one?
Bridget Mason, the tough female covert agent protagonist of ‘Outsourced’ carries a weapon hidden about her person. That weapon’s origins were briefly commented upon in the middle of a scene focused on someone else, but did you pick up on where you had heard that story before?
Have a look at Anson Moore’s reference to his previous kills in ‘Full Disclosure’.
Yes, I tied three standalone novels together in ‘Outsourced’; they all take place in the same universe.
Then we are back with ‘the CULL’. Can you see anything anywhere that does not allow Amy and Katie to exist in that universe too?
Quantum Mechanics? Spooky action? Or is there a bigger picture here?