This post is part thank you and part research for me for some of the closing scenes of New Light (SPOILERS ahead - beware!). First, the thank you!
As readers of this blog will know, I have been struggling to tie New Light together with the previous novels and make sure the timeline is consistent and that everyone gets satisfactory closure of their story arcs. As you may or may not know, New Light is the 3rd book in The Chronicle of Benjamin Knight, and ends the story of Alexander's war, but it isn't the final book in the series. Books 4, 5 and 6 are already sketched out in my head, and I will get to them at some point in the future (hopefully near future!).
Yesterday, my good friend Thomas Manning agreed to let me send him the detail of what happens to each of the characters in New Light, and hash out the details and story arcs to make sure everyone gets the ending that they deserve. Let me just say, he was excellent! As any writer knows, it's important to have someone to bounce ideas off, someone who won't hold back and tell you that a story or plot point is wrong or needs work. Tom was that person for me yesterday, and I can't thank him enough. Hopefully, now, all of the kinks have been worked out and what you will read in a few months time will be all the better for the conversation that we had.
Also, if it isn't, you now have someone else to blame! (Only joking....)
Tom is a writer of sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy, and now apparently a romance novel I discovered yesterday! His first book, Energize - From the logs of Daniel Quinn, is available here, and I have previously reviewed this great read and awarded it 4 stars. The second story is well on the way and should be with us early in the new year!
Now, the research bit (and the SPOILERS).
As part of the conversation yesterday, I came to realise that Ben needs to use some more of the technology in the laboratory, and we decided that one of the things he would use is the ATV mentioned at the beginning of book 1. I won't go into specifics, but after comparing images of military vehicles on google to the picture of the ATV in my head, I have worked out that the ATV in question is the German-Dutch made Boxer Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV).
As well as the cool survivability options, it also has a top speed of 105km/h and a maximum road range of 1000km on one tank of fuel, so with some extra fuel in the back, it could get all the way to....SPOILER!!!!
The version in the laboratory isn't fitted with the 44mm grenade launcher or 12.7mm machine gun, but that doesn't mean it can't do plenty of damage on its own. I wonder who'll get to drive it?