Fiji Beach with Coconut Tree - Robert McGregor, Simon Roberts

Fiction by Simon Roberts

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It’s a great pleasure to finally introduce Robert McGregor to the world. This first effort (Breaking War) started as a short story and quickly grew too long and complex for that form. What has followed is a re-formatting into short chapters. The intent is to develop the storyline into a full novel but Robert was just too impatient and wouldn’t stay in the laptop (even Danielle couldn’t convince him on this occasion!) so here’s a taste of what is hoped will be an enduring character.

There are also other short stories that seek to engage readers with sometimes complex national security topics in an enjoyable way. Hat tip to August Cole and my son, Tim, for getting me started on this.

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Breaking War Part 1 by Simon Roberts

A Poke in the Fifth Eye Parts 1-3 by Simon Roberts

The stories so far:

Breaking War – Part 1

Why is former high-flying Australian military officer, Robert McGregor, in self-imposed exile since 2011 in an island village in the South West Pacific Ocean. What caused him to become anti-establishment? What happened between him and Canadian fighter pilot Danielle Singleton that caused the abrupt end to their marriage plans and an ongoing awkwardness between them? What role does Robert’s rare condition, synaesthesia, play in answering these and many more questions?

Why is former high-flying Australian military officer, Robert McGregor, in self-imposed exile since 2011 in an island village in the South West Pacific Ocean. What caused him to become anti-establishment? What happened between him and Canadian fighter pilot Danielle Singleton that caused the abrupt end to their marriage plans and an ongoing awkwardness between them? What role does Robert’s rare condition, synaesthesia, play in answering these and many more questions? Why is former high-flying Australian military officer, Robert McGregor, in self-imposed exile since 2011 in an island village in the South West Pacific Ocean. What caused him to become anti-establishment? What happened between him and Canadian fighter pilot Danielle Singleton that caused the abrupt end to their marriage plans and an ongoing awkwardness between them? What role does Robert’s rare condition, synaesthesia, play in answering these and many more questions?

A Poke in the Fifth Eye – 

Part 1 of a 3 Part Story

A Poke in the Fifth Eye - A short story by Simon Roberts. From the Robert McGregor Series. Copyright.

Retired Royal New Zealand Navy Captain, Tom Harris, is returning home after two years sailing his home-built ketch in the Pacific. The tranquility of his journey is broken, however, by a strange radar contact one night. His yacht goes ‘dark’ before arriving in Wellington Harbour. It’s then that mayhem breaks loose. This is a short story – the first of three in this part of the Robert McGregor series.

Bret’s Gambit

Part 2 of ‘A Poke in the Fifth Eye.’

Two major spy bases in New Zealand are attacked and burned to the ground while the senior politicians and national security chiefs are still locked in the ‘bunker’ under the ‘Beehive’ – the country’s executive wing of parliament.. Meanwhile, a beautiful stranger appears at church near the Air Force’s major base.

NZ GCSB Waihopai Satellite Monitoring Facility. Photo by Schutz - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7713278
NZ GCSB Waihopai Satellite Monitoring Facility. Photo by Schutz – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7713278

 

 

The Mask is Lifted

Part 3 (Final) of ‘A Poke in the Fifth Eye.’

Rocketlab Launch Complex Mahia, New Zealand. Source: rocketlabusa.com
Rocketlab Launch Complex Mahia, New Zealand. Source: rocketlabusa.com

While the chiefs in the Ops Room under Parliament are trying to make sense of the attacks around NZ, a stolen air force helicopter rendezvous with a submarine off the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island before heading for Rocket Lab’s launch complex at Mahia Peninsula. The only thing standing in their way is a hastily assembled platoon of Army Reservists from the 5th/7th Battalion under the command of Lieutenant Emma Tamatea.