Checking The Facts …

7 Apr

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working hard on the manuscript for The Outbreak, getting it ready to be sent off at the end of the month to the editor I work with do the final checks on things like grammar and spelling.

As part of this process, I’ve been checking over various facts just to make sure I have them right. This, however, means that the search terms I’ve been entering into Google have been pretty odd, and taken together they might suggest I’m up to something a lot more nefarious than writing a novel about survival in a zombie-filled post-apocalyptic landscape.

Here’s a few examples (and I promise they were all just for fact-checking purposes!):

1. Is the island of Handa uninhabited?

2. Is morphine a clear liquid?

3. How big is the crew of a Royal Navy frigate?

4. How quickly does a tank move?

5. How much morphine would you need to kill a child?

6. How many bullets does a semi-automatic handgun hold?

7. On which side of a plane does the pilot usually sit?

8. How many people live in Miami?

9. How does a fuel-air bomb work?

10. Where is Hunterston Nuclear Power Station?

I just hope there’s no one out there keeping too close a track!

From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

3 Responses to “Checking The Facts …”

  1. grinningbear1980 08/04/2014 at 14:46 #

    I’m sure you’ve already had someone do a full background check on you because of those searches. Once they discovered you’re an author, they let it go. Lol 😉

    • cmdrysdale 08/04/2014 at 15:52 #

      Let’s hope so, but isn’t that always the defence you hear when people get caught looking at something they shouldn’t? You know the type of thing: ‘Honest, Your Honour, I was just researching a book …’

      At least I do have the book to prove it, though!

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