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My books are thrillers with a twist. Click the picture of the book below to learn more.

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A great review for Annihilation

A great review for Annihilation: Origins and Endings on the Books From Dusk Till Dawn Blog.

You can also find reviews for Decimation: The Girl Who Survived and Termination: The Boy Who Died on the same site.

Who is Theo?

The dedication to my latest book, Annihilation: Origins and Endings, reads as follows:

For Theo

My silent companion during the writing of this book. You didn’t offer any suggestions, but you sat beside me throughout.

The question is, who is Theo?

Two years ago, my aunt was no longer able to look after her dog, a Maltese Terrier, due to ill health. We offered to look after him, and Theo soon became an integral member of our family.

Decimation Audio book cover

Decimation is available as an audio book

I’m pleased to announce that in addition to Kindle and paperback versions, Decimation is now available as an audio book.

Get it here:

Termination Out Today and a Special Offer

Termination: The Boy Who Died is out today. As a special gift to my readers, I have made Decimation: The Girl Who Survived free for the next few days.

You can also buy Annihilation: Origins and Endings on pre-order for a mere 99p/99c.

How much do you know about future technology?

Decimation: The Girl Who Survived is set twelve years in the future and features a variety of new technologies that don’t exist in commercial form today. Take the quiz and see if you can guess how many of the listed technological developments are already in use or have just been made up for the book.

Only one answer is valid per question.

Decimation series video

The DECIMATION series by Richard T. Burke

For sixteen years, every woman has died in childbirth.

Until now…

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Had me hooked from start to finish”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A brilliant thriller”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This is nothing short of a fantastic read”

Discover the first book on Kindle, print or FREE within Kindle Unlimited at

A new video for the Decimation series

Termination: The Boy Who Died is out on Sunday, May 16th 2021 and Annihilation: Origins and Endings on 12th September 2021.

Ahead of the launch of books two and three in the Decimation series, I have created a promotional video.

Decimation series

You can start the series with Decimation: The Girl Who Survived at (universal Amazon link).

Annihilation – out this summer

Annihilation, the third in the Decimation trilogy, will be out this summer. It’s available on pre-order. Here’s the cover.

The third and final book of the ground-breaking Decimation trilogy

Against all odds, Antimone Lessing has twice escaped from those who want to understand how she survived the deadly Orestes virus. But the greatest threat to her life still lies ahead.

The world knows the pandemic originated in a British laboratory. Keen to enhance the country’s damaged reputation, the Prime Minister sets up an international research effort to rid the planet of the disease once and for all.

But not everybody is working towards the same goal.

As past and present collide, Antimone once again finds herself sucked into a conspiracy that could spell the end of the human race.  

Termination – new book out soon

Termination is now available on pre-order and will be out on May 16th. Here’s the new cover.

Antimone Lessing returns in book two of the ground-breaking Decimation trilogy

Nearly twenty years after the Orestes virus swept across the earth, finally there is hope. Women are no longer dying within seconds of giving birth. For the first time in two decades, the global population is on an upward trend.

As the world returns to normal, Antimone is back on the athletics track and a single race away from achieving her lifetime goal of winning the Olympic 1500-metre Wheelchair gold medal.

But a deadly new threat has emerged, one that could reverse the fragile recovery and spell the end of humanity’s time on the planet. Could Antimone’s unique biology once again provide the vital clue to develop a cure?

When the details of her past become exposed, ruthless forces prepare an audacious plan to kidnap the first woman in a generation to survive childbirth. Now, the only hope for her survival and that of her young family may rest with the one person she trusts least in the world.

Decimation has a new cover

… and a sequel (Termination). In fact the third part of the trilogy (Annihilation) is well underway too.

Decimation cover

The blurb has also undergone a minor update.

Book one of the ground-breaking Decimation trilogy
Fifteen years ago, the Orestes virus first emerged, sweeping across the globe and infecting every living person within a matter of days. Despite the best efforts of the scientific community, there is no treatment, no vaccine. It lies dormant until a woman gives birth. Then she dies.
Teenage wheelchair athlete, Antimone Lessing, can’t remember how she got pregnant. She thinks her life is over as the doctors prepare to deliver her baby. Meanwhile, a hunt is underway to arrest the man suspected of raping her, but even if the police catch him, it will be too late for Antimone.
When she unexpectedly survives, she becomes a vital clue in the race to develop a cure before the global population declines beyond the point of no return.
But survival comes at a price. As her doctors try to understand why she is still alive, she must choose between preserving humanity’s future and protecting the life of her newborn child.
How far would you go to save the human race?

You can get a copy here (universal Amazon link)

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