The remarkable adventures of Hannibal Smyth
“Also let me be honest for a moment at least,
I was for all my protests,as guilty as the devil.”
So says Hannibal Smyth as he reflects upon his life and in particular the position he finds himself at the beginning of his infamous adventures. Erstwhile Flight Lieutenant of the Royal Airship Naval Service before his unfortunate incarceration at the behest of her Imperial Majesty’s Government for murder, corruption, and arson of the Queen’s dockyards. A cad and a bounder of the first order, long content to line his own pockets while pretending to the world that he is a fine upstanding officer and a gentleman.His one real regret that he got caught. He sits in a condemned cell awaiting his execution, measuring his remaining life in hours and wondering if the guards only spit in his breakfast that morning.
Unexpectedly a lifeline is offered to him in the form of a mysterious gentleman called ‘M’ whose real name is a state secret. A chance to work for the ‘Ministry’, yes that one, the one that doesn’t technically exist but keeps the 200-year-old Queen Victoria firmly on her throne.
Though when it comes to the crunch, Mr Smyth starts to think he may have been better off taking the short walk to the noose instead.
Hannibal Smyth is the lead character in the soon to be published ‘A Spider In the Eye.’ A tale of ridiculous proportions, pulp steampunk narrated by the main character, a man with the morals of a politician, and less honourable intentions.
He also appears in ‘A Scar of Avarice’ a novelette containing a novella of the same name. which was released in June 2018
Hannibal is Flashman with Tesla coils, Airships, Clockwork Bionics and H.G.Wells.
He inhabits a world in which good Queen Vic never died thanks to a liberal use of clockwork, and shamanic magic. A world where the Empire of Great Britain never fell, and still paints half the world pink with all her dark Imperious Majesty. Corrupt to the core and in the hands of black-hearted men who seek to make damn sure the sun never sets on glorious Britannia, indeed never sets at all if they can help it, thanks to liberal use of gas-light, Air-navy’s and the machinations of the Ministry.
A scar of Avarice can be found with the links below
A spider in the Eye will be published in November 2018 (hopefully)