An action-packed sci-fi adventure series launching 1 July 2021 with Walker Books

Casey Henderson is a teen gamer obsessed with smash-hit shooter SKYWAKE. Little does she realise that her favourite game is actually an alien training tool created by the mysterious Red Eyes.

​When the aliens swoop on an eSports tournament in a London shopping centre, the authorities think they've come to take over the Earth.

Only Casey realises the truth: the Red Eyes are abducting the world's best gamers to fight in a distant, intergalactic war. It's up to her to stop them and rescue her little brother.

For readers 10+, SKYWAKE is a sci-fi adventure series about aliens, videogames and what it means to be a leader. 




"Full of action, adventure and video games. I loved every pulse-pounding page!"

- Dan Smith, author of SHE-WOLF and BOY X

"A sugar-rush of 80s-style arcade action. Pure dayglo delight."

- Tom Huddleston, author of FLOODWORLD

"A glorious mash-up of DIE HARD, READY PLAYER ONE and the best video game campaign never played."

- David Owen, author of ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE

"I couldn't put it down. Magnificent!"

- Liz Hyder, author of BEARMOUTH

Illuminated Rock

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When Jamie was five he saw a Space Invaders arcade machine in a greasy fish and chip shop at the seaside. It blew his mind. When he grew up, he became a film critic for the BBC and a contributing editor for Total Film magazine. He was sent to special movie screenings and fed free sandwiches. He thought it was the best job ever. 

But he was wrong… 


Later he wrote for videogame magazine EDGE and realised that it was possible to get paid for shooting virtual aliens in the face with shotguns.

He has worked as a screenwriter and as a narrative consultant on various media campaigns, one of which won a Cannes Silver Lion. He is also the author of several non-fiction books for grown-ups (including one on ZOMBIE CINEMA and another on HOLLYWOOD & VIDEOGAMES) as well as a trio of SHORT FILMS that have played at film festivals around the world. His first feature film is out in 2022 (more on that soon). 

He lives in Shropshire with his wife, two daughters and a crazy rescue dog. When he's not writing, he works as an environmental activist. He still loves videogames, especially Overwatch where he plays as a Mercy main because healing other people is way more fun than shooting them.




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