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About Ian W. Sainsbury
Winner of the Kindle Storyteller Award 2019 for The Picture On The Fridge
Born at an early age, Ian W Sainsbury quickly learned to talk about himself in the third person, meaning a career in the arts was all but inevitable. In 1987, he ran away from university to join the circus, playing in a band providing accompaniment for monkeys riding on pigs.
Finding it hard to match such early success, Ian played piano on cruise ships before spending over a decade singing in European piano bars. He also ran (and still does) a choir or two, singing pop stuff in a pub.
The next career move was obvious, and no one was surprised when Ian spent five years as a stand-up comic. He also began writing music and material for ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, including co-writing Zerdin’s Vegas show in 2016.
After music, circuses, puppets, comedy and choirs, Ian pooled his earnings to date and was able to buy a palatial two-man tent and a skateboard. It was at this point that he decided the world might be ready for a novel or two.
Since The World Walker appeared on Amazon in 2016, Ian has—to his amazement—found he is one of those people who does what he loves for a living without having to sell a kidney.
He lives in East Anglia, UK, with Mrs S, two children, and a flatulent dog.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or visit ianwsainsbury.com
(Thanks for reading - I've loved reading all my life, and my ambition is to write the kind of books that readers can get lost in. Ian.)
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The infernos erase the evidence. No witness is left alive.
A traumatised child, who never speaks.
Meanwhile, Tom Lewis has found a new home. The quiet man finally at peace in a quiet town.
There’s no call for his violent alter-ego in Pike Point, North Carolina.
Until the Firestarters choose the wrong target, and Jimmy Blue is let loose.
From Ian W. Sainsbury, a compelling story of vengeance.
★★★★★"Exciting, fast paced, well written, brilliant story."★★★★★
An experiment that began 2.8 billion years ago is about to end…
Seb Varden is starting to get used to life as a World Walker. With a body full of alien nanotechnology, the ability to travel anywhere instantly and - most surprising of all - a steady relationship with Meera Patel, things are finally looking up.
Until Seb has his first blackout, starts meeting aliens and discovers a plan that threatens the entire human race. And, of course, Mason, the most dangerous Manna user, picks this particular moment to come after him and Meera.
Scariest of all, Seb is learning his transformation into a World Walker is far from complete…
Monkeys, aliens, nanotechnology, science fiction, fantasy, the metaphysical, parallel universes, music, psychopaths, A.I., a magic tech spider, The Unmaking Engine has it all, including the explanation of how all life on earth began. Did I mention monkeys?
★★★★★“Exciting, fast paced, well written, brilliant story.”★★★★★
★★★★★“I haven't been this hooked on a book for ages!”★★★★★
★★★★★"Can be enjoyed by lovers of any and all genres."★★★★★
★★★★★“The pacing of the book was excellent, I couldn't put it down.”★★★★★
★★★★★"If Ian Sainsbury can keep this up, he will become one of the unmissables."★★★★★
★★★★★ "One of the best sci-fi series of recent times."
Just outside Los Angeles, a prisoner hidden away for 70 years sits up, gets off the bed and disappears through a solid wall.
In Australia, a magician impresses audiences by producing real elephants. Nobody realizes it's not an illusion.
Across the world, individuals and ancient organizations with supernatural power suddenly detect the presence of something even they can't understand.
At the center of it all, Seb Varden, a 32-year old musician with a secret in his past, slits his wrists, is shot dead and run over on the freeway. He's had better days.
Seb is about to discover the universe is a far more complicated place than he'd ever imagined.
★★★★★ "That ending... wow!"
★★★★★ "Proper science-fiction at its finest!"
★★★★★ "Well written, intelligent and thoughtful."
★★★★★ "A great mix of thriller, sci-fi and fantasy."
★★★★★ "One of those reads that make you mouth 'awesome' several times while reading, and then again when you're done."
Please note, this book can be read as a standalone, or as the first in The World Walker series.
What if every choice you ever made had the power to reshape reality?
★★★★★"One of the best fiction writers I've come across."★★★★★
Joni, the daughter of World Walker Seb Varden, has never met her father. And the world he left behind has become a dangerous place for the last generation of Manna users. Mee and John insist Seb will return, but what if they’re wrong?
Could it be possible she has none of Seb Varden’s powers? Or might her abilities reveal themselves as she leaves childhood behind?
In her seventeenth year, Joni will be forced to leave those she loves, face a great evil, and finally learn the truth about her father.
★★★★★"The best yet!"★★★★★
★★★★★"Original, imaginative, a real gem!"★★★★★
★★★★★"Absolutely excellent writing and story telling."★★★★★
★★★★★"Not just a fantasy book, not just science fiction, but much more."★★★★★
★★★★★"One of those authors whose new books I will look out for and read as soon as I can."★★★★★
★★★★★"I am speechless and blown away!"★★★★★
Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?
Seb Varden is in a good position to find out. Depending on your point of view, he has either spent a few days, six months, or seventeen years playing a potentially deadly game.
At stake: the freedom of the alien who saved his life, the future of all intelligent species in the universe, and his sanity.
Not only does Seb not fully understand the rules, but it’s just possible the game itself is rigged.
So, business as usual then.
★★★★★"Love. This. Book!"★★★★★
★★★★★"A breathtaking conclusion."★★★★★
★★★★★"Original, exciting, engaging and funny. Brilliant."★★★★★
★★★★★"A thought-provoking, philosophical science-fiction superhero story."★★★★★
★★★★★"The most imaginative and original ideas I've come across for years."★★★★★
The plan is perfect. Almost perfect.
Stealing Carlson Lloyd’s fortune will set the gang up for life.
At first, the robbery goes ahead with flawless precision. The insider sees to that.
Then it all goes horribly, tragically, wrong.
The survivors scatter, leaving the police no clues. The perpetrators won’t face justice.
There’s one loose end, but it’s probably nothing.
The quiet gardener. A gentle giant.
A man with no home, no history, and nothing to say for himself.
But he’s just a gardener. Right?
From Kindle Storyteller Award Winner, Ian W. Sainsbury, a gripping novella.
★★★★★"Unputdownable, totally unputdownable."★★★★★
What if a super human turned out not to be so super...or even human?
Britain's superhero, The Deterrent, was unveiled to the world in 1979, and disappeared two years later. The truth about his origins has never been revealed. The rumours about his children—those that survived—and their mysterious abilities have never been confirmed.
Armed with a diary that reveals everything about The Deterrent’s early years, Daniel Harbin—discovering powers of his own—finds himself dragged into the same secretive government department his famous father worked for.
Can a halfhero be a better superhero than his father, or is Daniel making a terrible mistake?
When the wrong people know what you’re capable of, no matter how powerful you are, you're still in danger…
★★★★★"Blown away by this book."★★★★★
★★★★★"Ian W Sainsbury is fast becoming one of my favourite reads."★★★★★
★★★★★"If you love science fiction and a story that happens 'outside the box' - then you'll love this."★★★★★
★★★★★"Mixing the awe of sci-fi/fantasy/superheroes into the lives of normal people... then topping it off with a fantastic plot."★★★★★
★★★★★"Brilliant plot, especially in the world's current climate."★★★★★
The conclusion of the Amazon and Audible bestselling Halfhero series.
When The Deterrent comes out of hiding and kidnaps the titans, it triggers the biggest manhunt in history.
On one side, the military might of the United States and Air Commodore Fiona Bardock, Britain’s most talented investigator.
On the other, three halfheroes, one human, and a puddle of slime.
Daniel Harbin hopes to get through this alive and track down the children he never knew existed. What no one realises is they’re about to confront the greatest danger of all.
★★★★★"A beautiful look at humanity."★★★★★
★★★★★"An essential read for any fan of science fiction."★★★★★
★★★★★"Ian W Sainsbury could well be the 21st century equivalent of Arthur C Clarke."★★★★★
★★★★★"If you like the works of Charley Stross, Neil Gaiman, people of that ilk, give this a go."★★★★★
★★★★★"One of those truly rare authors whose books are very difficult to put down until you've read the last page."★★★★★
★★★★★"One of the most weird and wonderful books I've ever read!"★★★★★
A fantastical, terrifying journey into a realm we prefer to believe doesn’t exist.
In an abandoned cottage, John Aviemore faces a mystery that grows more unnerving every night. And he’s trapped there. Trapped in the place where worlds overlap.
Trapped in the Blurred Lands.
A disappearing city, a curse that unravels minds, and a caged, power-hungry god.
John’s only chance of escape lies with an ancient family secret and a character straight out of a fairytale.
★★★★★"Compelling dark, deliciously intriguing."★★★★★
★★★★★"Another deeply cool book from Sainsbury."★★★★★
★★★★★"Dark, mischievous and intriguing. Yet another best seller!"★★★★★
★★★★★"Trod the fine line between fantasy, myth and a modern thriller very well."★★★★★
★★★★★"An addictively dark and spine tingling fantasy with a dollop of science fiction and time-bending thrown in."★★★★★
From the Amazon and Audible bestselling author of The Picture On The Fridge, The World Walker and Halfhero series.
★★★★★"Fantastic fantasy writing at its best!"★★★★★
The world’s only superhero was discovered in 1969. No others were ever found. Until now.
With Station destroyed, and their friends dead, might Daniel and Abos finally be allowed some peace?
Daniel’s talents are needed by a UN department taking on the bad guys, including rogue halfheroes. Abos is searching for more of her species. She soon finds she’s not the only one looking. There’s a new threat that no one saw coming. And halfheroes are being targeted.
When Daniel goes missing, it’s down to Abos to find out what’s going on and try to stop it. Her only chance of success means risking everything she’s gained since she stopped being The Deterrent.
Meanwhile, Daniel’s staging a breakout from the most secure prison ever built, but what’s waiting for him is even worse.
It’s time for Daniel to find out if he’s a halfhero, or a real hero.
★★★★★"Wow, this guy can write!"★★★★★
★★★★★"Deserves to be made into a film."★★★★★
★★★★★"Wish there were more than 5 stars - this one would get a 10."★★★★★
★★★★★"A rollercoaster ride that never heads where you think it's going."★★★★★
★★★★★"One of the most imaginative science fiction authors in recent years"★★★★★
Winner of the Kindle Storyteller Award 2019
★★★★★"This cannot be put down... stunningly gripping."★★★★★
Mags Barkworth still suffers the effects of a life-changing tragedy over a decade ago.
She knows her husband loves her. She knows he would never do anything to hurt her, or their daughter. But what if the voice in her head, the one she’s pushed away with therapy and anti-depressants, is telling the truth?
What if it’s all a lie?
When Tam, their daughter, draws an uncannily detailed picture of a place she’s never been, Mags’ life starts to unravel.
But even in her most paranoid moment, Mags could never have guessed the secret she is destined to uncover.
★★★★★"Gripping from very first page."★★★★★
★★★★★"I was ‘behind the sofa’ scared."★★★★★
★★★★★"Cancel your day because you won’t want to stop reading."★★★★★
★★★★★"Fast-paced psychological thriller with an original and compelling story"★★★★★
★★★★★"The innermost thoughts of a serial killer... as intriguing as they are disturbing."★★★★★
The debut psychological thriller from the Amazon and Audible bestselling science fiction author, Ian Sainsbury.
★★★★★Absolutely brilliant. Sherlock Holmes brought right into the 21st century★★★★★
A thrilling new adventure featuring literature’s favourite detective like you’ve never seen him before. Clockwork Sherlock follows ex-soldier Captain Jo Barnes. The mysterious Virtual Reality detective singles her out as his own Dr Watson, but he’s about to find out she’s no fawning sidekick.
When tech giant Robert Fairfield is found dead of a suspected drug overdose, fingers are pointed at the two women who stood most to gain from his death: his fiancée and leader of the New Ludds, Greta Blackstone, and Beth Fairchild, Robert’s ambitious daughter. But when Beth is found dead and the evidence shows she was killed before her father, the suspect is obvious. To everyone, that is, except Sherlock Holmes.
Using futuristic tech and good, old-fashioned sleuthing, Captain Barnes and the famed detective set out to find the killer. With rooftop pursuits, gangland bosses and plenty of action - Clockwork Sherlock will appeal to fans of Ben Aaronovitch, Paul Cornell, and Jim Butcher.
★★★★A unique and riveting take on the traditional Sherlock construct. My book of the year. Loved it★★★★★