I've talked a few times about a story concept I have been working on, throwing together elements of fantasy, steampunk, and serialised television thrillers. Set in the dystopian cavescape of my first novel Underworld, Portman Island Counter Terrorism follows a crop of government agents as they strive to preserve law and order and do the right thing, increasingly coming to the realisation that these are not necessarily one and the same. Colonel Vox leads his PICT Element from their base aboard the Allied Steam Ship Tranquility, constantly clashing with naval commanders and politicians as they vie for jurisdiction and use PICT as a bludgeon against civil unrest and political discord. In the manner of classic series such as Twin Peaks and The X-Files, Colonel Vox finds himself double-crossed and mired in secret government projects, including the sinister Dr. White's pet, a mentally disturbed young witch of unknown and unnerving power. His team, including newcomer Nate Stratigias, grow closer as they come under increasing threat from all sides, and must work together to both perform their duty and follow their conscience, following in the long beloved footsteps of teamwork procedurals such as NCIS. And like the action-packed 24, the entire story unfolds over the course of a single day and events occur in real-time.
Episode 1 of this serial is available free at WattPad. I'm always looking for beta readers and feedback, so feel free to leave comments here on the blog or over at Wattpad.