Thrillers with a hint of current day, hard science fiction

Category: Book Release

Coming soon – The Colour of the Soul

The editing is nearly done on my next book, The Colour of the Soul. Here is the blurb:

I can see the colour of your soul.

Annalise Becker wakes from an eleven month coma with the ability to sense a person’s aura. But why won’t her family tell her about the accident? What dark secret is her mother hiding? And why is there a guard outside her room?

Hunted by a psychopathic killer and accused of a crime she can’t remember, she must use her new skill to separate the truth from the lies before it is too late.

I’m aiming for a March release, but things may change. Join my mailing list to keep up to date.

Decimation: The Girl Who Survived


 In 2017 a virus sweeps across the world and infects every living person. It lies dormant until a woman gives birth. Then she dies.


 Fifteen years later, nobody has survived childbirth since the outbreak began. Teenage wheelchair athlete, Antimone Lessing, thought she would be competing at the Delhi 2032 Paralympics. Instead, she is nine months pregnant and commencing labour. 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?

A Christmas Killing

I’m dreaming of a red Christmas.

Dave lives alone in the house he inherited from his parents. His solitude enables him to pursue a gruesome hobby. But how much does the rest of the family know about his sinister activities?

A Christmas Killing is a dark and twisting tale that will challenge your assumptions and keep you guessing until the last line. It may even put you off your Christmas dinner.

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Dark Minds featuring A Christmas Killing

Dark Minds featuring A Christmas Killing

The Rage is available on Amazon

What really killed the dinosaurs? What if the same organism that wiped out the greatest beasts ever to walk the face of the earth survived into the present day? The residents of the quiet rural village of Netherwell are about to find out first-hand.

Alice Dean becomes concerned when her husband, Dennis, fails to return from a walk in the woods. Her worst fears are confirmed when their dog returns home with a human finger in its mouth.

Over the course of the next two days, the once peaceful location is rocked by a series of horrific murders and descends into a spiral of escalating violence.

But the ancient evil lurking beneath the trees may not be the only source of danger. As the residents battle to stay alive, they begin to question the motives of those whose duty it is to protect them.

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The Rage – What’s it about?


The Rage Front Cover New

The Rage is Richard T. Burke’s first book, set in the fictional village of Netherwell.

Alice Dean becomes worried when her husband fails to return after walking their dog in the woods. Her fears are exacerbated when the dog comes home alone.

Dave French, a paramedic, is called out to attend a suspected fatality. Whilst examining the body, he is brutally assaulted by his colleague in an unprovoked attack.

Over the course of the next two days, the quiet village of Netherwell is rocked by a series of murders and descends into a spiral of escalating violence.

As Alice and Dave battle to survive in a world in which every living creature is a potentially lethal foe, they discover that the infected may not be the only source of danger.

They say that everybody has got one book in them and I had been meaning to write a book for a while. So a couple of years ago I started working on The Rage. There have been several periods during that time when I didn’t have the time to write much; completing day one (the book is set over three days) was a feat in itself! I had some big scenes in my mind but getting the characters into those scenes in a believable way was hard. In some ways I needed the prolonged writing period to come up with the plot. That said, I think a sequel would be much quicker to write and I already have some ideas about the direction.

The idea for the book came when I was walking our black Labrador, Max, in the woods close to where we live. We had just been watching the Walking Dead (great program by the way!) and I got to thinking about how zombies could happen for real. All this stuff about dying and then coming back to life as a creature that wants to eat flesh is total nonsense (but entertaining nevertheless).

So how could it really happen? Well there are a number of parasitic creatures that affect the brains of their hosts and change their behaviour. For some gruesome examples just read Ripley’s Believe It Or Not (when I say read, I really mean look at the pictures).

Incidentally, I have just read The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey and that uses the same idea as the core of the story.

I don’t want to ruin The Rage for you so you’ll just have to read it to find out what is causing the violence.

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