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The Katadesis Chronicles series brings together traditional print with digital media and virtual reality to immerse readers in the vivid worlds described within its pages. Explore character backstories and uncover hidden artifacts, to unravel the mysteries of Katadesis.

Scroll down to see extracts from the Metabooks.

Chapter 1: The Monastery At San Remo

The day’s heat subsided, replaced by the cooler evening air that found its way into the modest chamber. Father Bruni’s eyes dulled under the candlelight, revealing pain flickering across his pallid face. He struggled to breathe, his gaze settling on the boy, who watched him intently.’Will God have mercy on me?”

”God forgives us all,’ the boy responded, tears welling in his eyes.

The old man glanced at the Bibles arranged on a nearby shelf, a fleeting expression of fear crossing his face. ‘I shall soon discover the truth,’ he said. He recalled the ornate church, the flickering candlelight dancing across the intricate Venetian chandeliers—a lavish gift from their influential benefactor, the Medici family. A grandiose Mass, suitable for a cardinal, took place in a church far too opulent for a humble monastery. It struck him as peculiar that the Medici still believed that wealth could purchase anything, even a place in heaven, for a loyal servant.
With the little strength that remained, he pressed the seal into the boy’s hand.

“You are a virtuous boy, Francesco. Obey my instructions, and all shall be well. Go to the library in Firenze, and remember, do not let Lorenzo de’ Medici see you.”

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Chapter 2. Hollow Creek

The motley procession of trucks and carts adorned with vibrant banners from the previous town trundled up the narrow lane to Coldmount Ridge. Men’s shouts reverberated as they strained to erect the magnificent tents, urging them to stand proud. Flags danced in the gentle breeze, the glowing sign above the entrance announcing ‘The Circus Of Wonders’.

Word soon spread, luring those who had evaded the grasp of school or chores to the outskirts of the encampment, eager to witness the marvels it promised. Emboldened by the absence of watchful mothers, older boys boasted who would be the first to lay eyes on ‘Marina, The Mermaid From The Depths Of The Deepest Ocean’, hoping she would resemble the tantalising illustrations they had seen. Enthralled by the wonder at their doorstep, they absorbed every detail of this captivating world.

The circus offered a welcome reprieve from the harsh realities of life. Reeling from the grip of the Great Depression, the residents of Hollow Creek had battled for survival. After two barren summers, the first tender shoots had pierced the parched earth, and a fragile sliver of hope had taken root with them.

 

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Chapter 5. Night Flight

Shea and the others heaved on the ropes, allowing the balloon to break free as it ascended into the night sky. Sending columns of fire into the balloon’s mouth, Chu propelled them higher, the houses below morphing into minute specks amid the vast expanse of the landscape shrinking beneath them. The cool night air hit Tom, bringing with it the harsh reality of this new world, leaving behind the last remnants of a life that had been shattered. They breached the cloud cover, emerging into an inky sky studded with distant stars.

Chu, gazing upwards, pointed to the celestial display. ‘Do you know what that is?’ Tom shook his head. A smile crept across Chu’s face. ‘Hope. And like the stars, it is always there to guide us.’

 

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Chapter 6. Whaleback Lighthouse

Casting a wary eye at the ominous clouds congregating in the distance, he became aware of a menacing growl. Soon, the churning darkness engulfed them. Finding themselves in the eye of the storm, the warning beacon of the lighthouse a faint glimmer in the distance.

He clung to the rope with white-knuckled determination, rain pounding the flimsy fabric of the balloon, which swayed dangerously. ‘We need to bring her down over there,’ Chu hollered, ‘when I give the word, cut the flame.’ His voice was barely audible amidst the howling storm. Buffeted by crosswinds, the balloon careened towards the dark sea that threatened to swallow them whole. Heart racing, Tom clutched the cord tightly, resisting the urge to inject more fire into the burner, knowing he must let the storm spit them out. Chu cast a concerned glance, a flicker of worry crossing his usually calm face.

‘Hold firm,’ his voice barely concealing his mounting anxiety. ‘The landing could be rough!’

 

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Chapter 7: The Council Arrival

Tom stood on the rocky shore’s precipice, the morning sun’s haze casting an ethereal glow over the barren landscape. Scanning the horizon, his attention was caught by a rhythmic hum barely discernible among the thundering waves. Gradually, it swelled, becoming more insistent. The clouds parted to reveal the silhouette of a vast airship gliding above the ocean with the grace of an eagle. Its slow descent approached the lighthouse, where Finn, Jorgen, and Chu watched.

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Chapter 11. Katadesis

When he awoke later, Jorgen could make out the faint silhouette of Katadesis emerging on the horizon. Slipping down from the bunk, he padded back into the seating area. At first, it was a mere glimmer of light, but as they approached, its shape became clearer; black walls stood stark against the softening hues of the approaching dawn. Windows within the buildings glowed with inviting light. Shrouded in grand isolation, it stood among the barren expanse of the surrounding landscape.

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Chapter 17. The Telsa Station

The sheer scale was impossible to comprehend at first glance. Generators dotted the floor, their intricate clockwork interiors visible through glass casings, their brass gleaming under the overhead lights. The enormous Magnifying Transmitter rose in the centre, reaching towards the vaulted ceiling.
Spherical capacitors lined the walls, the potential energy within them making the air around them thrum with an almost palpable intensity. The pulsing hum, the gentle whirr of rotating gears, the soft glow of dials—each was a piece of a grander puzzle.
Tom paused in front of the largest machine, a grand turbine whose spokes spiralled around a central core, their movements echoing the golden ratio—a testament to Tesla’s fascination with the mathematical beauty of the universe.

If you only knew the magnificence of the  3, 6, and 9, then you would have the key to the universe.’ Nikola Telsa.

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Chapter 24. Pandini Museum

Pandini motioned to the expansive room. “This is just a portion of my collection.” Walking over to be a bronze head, his gaze settled on Billy. ‘What do you make of this?’ Billy shrugged. Pandini’s wintry smile returned. “It’s a fossil, flawlessly preserved. I cannot assure its provenance, but I believe it to be genuine, which is even more surprising considering where it was discovered.”

 *About Panini’s Museum

Epilogue: Metis Polar Station

The vibration pulsated deep beneath his skin, a soft and steady beat in tune with his heart. The frigid air that had been his constant companion dissipated. Overhead, the aurora borealis lit up the night sky, its vibrant waves of colour washing over him. The feeling within him intensified, every atom beckoning to be liberated to join the dance of lights above. Suddenly, a deafening explosion resounded throughout the vast expanse. Specks of light filled the air, gravitating towards a common focal point as if drawn by an invisible force.

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BOOK TWO Prelude: Metis Polar Station

The wind whistled through the broken windows of the deserted hut, carrying small flurries of snow that swirled in the air before settling on the ground. Among the shattered furniture, old laboratory equipment stood on desks, awaiting occupants who would never return. Lei made her way over to the small notice board. She called to Tom, “look at this.” Pointing to a group of faded newspaper articles. Tom lifted a newspaper cuttings from the board.’What were they doing here?

* More About The Metis Artic Station

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BOOK TWO Chapter 12. All Souls

Jorgen deftly guided the small boat between the rotting carcasses of the shipwrecks. The frigid air disturbed the water’s surface, producing a groaning sound as they passed. “What is this place?” Asked Tom. Finn turned to him. ‘The locals refer to it as the All Souls.’ Jorgen pointed to a boat in the open water in the distance. ‘The true enigma lies there.’

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BOOK TWO Chapter 17. The Lowenherz

Tom briefly pondered that his only protection from the perilous icy waters was the suit enclosing him. Pushing the thought aside, he followed the rope to the U-boat’s deck. He lowered himself into the creaky hull and recalled Finn’s warning, “You only have twenty minutes of air; time is everything.” They had agreed that Finn should keep watch whilst Tom explored the interior. Finn scoured the frigid depths, staring hard through the thick glass of the helmet. His eye caught a movement in the inky waters, trying to discern the shape he gasped. ‘Good god, that’s can’t be possible.’

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BOOK TWO Chapter 39. The Temple at Ho Min

The explosion tore through the building, sending flames and debris into the sky. Tom grabbed Lei. “This way.” He urged, pulling her toward the doorway. Guards streamed toward the central building, where the council had been sitting moments earlier. Lei turned to him, dazed. “Who would do this?” Before he could reply, his eyes met with the barrel of a gun.

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BOOK TWO Chapter 24: London

The streets echoed the humdrum of everyday life as they sprinted towards Paddington Underground. Behind them, they could sense the menacing figures of two Ravens. Their shadows seemed to merge with the looming darkness of the tunnels as they delved deeper into London’s underbelly. They found themselves alongside the ominous rails of the Underground. The distant rumble of an approaching train filled the tunnels, amplifying the heartbeat in their ears. With every ounce of their being focused on escape, they barely noticed the train that now filled their view.

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