ISBN 978-1-922629-83-8

The Adventures of Sammy the Swamphen of Lord Howe Island

Join Sammy, a brave and courageous swamphen of Lord Howe Island on his many adventures. Meet his unique collection of friends from this World Heritage Island, including Tina the white tern, Willie the double-headed wrasse, Wilbur the woodhen and Sandy the swamphen who rally together to help Sammy overcome enormous obstacles. Will the Crown of Thorns destroy the coral reef? Can Sammy save Tina from Rodney and his rat gang? Will the Grommets invade the world?

ISBN 978-1-922803-21-4

A Tale of Two Planets

Fasten your seat belts as you see what awaits you in the next few hundred years. Follow Rick Andrews and Susan Metcalfe, two Australian astronomers in their adventures after meeting Captain Vass, a siliconoid from Planet X in the Magellanic Clouds.

See how your mineral-rich Earth is so attractive to other planets, and shudder at the consequences. Become emotionally involved when Susan, a carbonoid, falls in love with the President, a siliconoid, Chancellor of the Federation of Planets in the local Group of Galaxies.

Reading this book will raise you into another dimension and your life will never be the same!

About the Author

Don Mathewson was Director of Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories of the Australian National University for nine years from 1977.

Since 1955 he was involved in studying the Universe in remote parts of the world from solitary observatories at high altitudes. One of his many discoveries was the Magellanic Stream, a huge arc of hydrogen around our Galaxy pulled from the Magellanic Clouds.

From his dome he would look up at the Magellanic Clouds and wonder if life would exist in this beautiful galaxy. He became so obsessed with this idea he decided to write A Tale of Two Planets.

In 1993, he travelled to Lord Howe Island with his family and immediately fell in love with this World Heritage Island and its stunning array of bird, marine and plant life. They have been regular visitors to the island ever since.

During long walks on the island through this magical world of lush rainforests of kentia palm, blackbutt and pandanus, Don’s imagination was redirected from solving cosmic puzzles to telling the story of The Adventures of Sammy Swamphen of Lord Howe Island.

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ISBN 978-1-922629-97-5

The Third Last Communique

A Psychological Thriller

Three people from totally different backgrounds with unique gifts, will come together in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Through tragedy and euphoria, these three individuals will discover mind blowing knowledge that inevitably will change the world as we know it, forever.

James an Australian family man, Haloke a female native American astronaut, and Nadeeka a little girl living in a small fishing village in Sri Lanka, venture into realms of unsettling but wondrous revelations.

The story ends as it begun, only in this instance it will occur at a different point in time and place.

About the Author

Living on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria with my wife Liz and having taken up writing only a handful of years ago I have discovered to my great joy the wonderful world of creating stories. I hope who ever may read this book will in some way escape into my vision of wonderment and intrigue of unadulterated realms of the imagination. Photography by Peter Lamont.



ISBN 978-1-922629-42-5

The Red Curtain

“Climbing can be difficult to comprehend. Climbing on Mars would certainly add a whole new dimension.”
Lynn Hill, USA

In 2006 whilst exploring a rocky outcrop in Antarctica scientists make a geological discovery, a shard of an ancient meteor, that could save the world from catastrophe. In time it is confirmed that the sample came from a mountainous location not accessible by any spacecraft or rover, in the vicinity of Olympic Mons – on Mars. Further samples can only be accessed by climbing.

Secretly, the United States Government engage NASA and Space Force to seek out and secure source samples. Come 2043 and a team of highly skilled climbers and astronauts are tasked to do just that, to attempt the impossible and climb a big wall on the red planet. They name their route the Red Curtain and the climb is fraught with danger and difficulty that will require all of their combined strength and courage to climb. With a training program as tough as NASA can provide and fitted out with cutting edge equipment to assist in the endeavour, they embark on an adventure that is larger than life. 34 million miles from home, and with the future of earth depending on their success, they are prepared for the worst but hope for the best. It will take their best to succeed in their mission as they find themselves immersed in the most challenging environment any climber has ever faced.

How will Mars Mission 5 fare?
This is their story.

About the Author

David Barnes has been rock climbing since he was a boy. He has interviewed some of the world’s most accomplished climbers and adventurers for print publications, including UK Climber and Vertical Life. Dave also gives back as Assistant Editor of Common Climber, an international online climbing magazine. He is the father of Joshua and Charlotte, and partner to Melinda.
This novel is dedicated to his family, to Kim and Ian and their family, and to the staff of The Royal Hobart Hospital in Tasmania, Australia, who nursed Dave back from the brink after a significant injury. He would like to acknowledge the support of his climbing mates, Conrad Wansbrough and Paul Pritchard, who helped him return to the crags afterwards. The character of Conrad has been named in Wansbrough’s honor. The Totem Pole gets a mention for Paul.
David would not have completed The Red Curtain without the assistance of his Yoda, Keith Bell, artist Karmelo Ornate, and his stoke photography mate, Phillip Booth – all good people. As is everyone who stood by Dave on his journey towards healing. Since his accident, David has used writing to assist with rehabilitation – hence this work and that experience are inextricably linked.
The Red Curtain is Dave’s first published novel.