david lindsley FIET; Hon Fellow, Kingston  University

… communicating engineering

The first book of the Dan Foster trilogy, Far Point,  featured a swashbuckling forensic-engineer hero, Dan Foster. It was written while the author was working in Hong Kong and found himself pinned down in his hotel by a typhoon. “It was a choice,” he says. “Either getting out the laptop and starting the book I had long wanted to write, or spending another night in the hotel bar!” The book shows the terrifying consequences of political and commercial interference with the nuclear power industry. Far Point won a prize in a literary competition.

The second  in the series was The Darkfall Switch - picked up by Hale Books and published as a hardback in 2011. The book turned out to be prophetic, dealing as it did with state-sponsored cyber crime. It explored the possibility of a sinister government agency planting technologies in power systems which gives them the ability to plunge entire nations into darkness. The last book in the trilogy was Blind to Danger, where Foster pairs up with a crusading American lawyer who is trying to help the victims of a disaster in India.

FABLES FOR OUR TIMES


If you enjoy reading light-hearted tales with messages for us all, they are available here.

Author photograph: John Frye Photogreaphy

If you’re looking for books that are out of the ordinary, look no further! No routine cops-and-robbers themes; these are tales of ordinary people facing up to real problems. The Dan Foster novels (see below) are based on the exploits of a forensic engineer dealing with some of the complexities of our age.

Ribbons of Steel, is an historical novel featuring a railway engineer who emigrates to India at the end of the Nineteenth Century.

Frame by Frame, is a collection of anecdotes about people that the author met in the course of travelling the world. These are short stories, ideal for reading on the train or plane.

david lindsley FIET; Hon Fellow, Kingston  University

… communicating engineering