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When the Children Return is going on tour with Rachel's Random Resources, if you wish to participate please contact me on with your name, blog name, preferred post type and availability. 

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When the Children Return by Barry Kirwan

Genre: Science Fiction

Tour Dates: 28th November - 4th December 2021

Publication Date: 28th November 2021

Formats available: Mobi, Epub or very limited UK Paperbacks

Standalone Second Book in a new series (Book 1, When the Children Come available on request)

Estimated Page Count - 300

Types of post available: Reviews, Extracts, Guest Posts and Q&As

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Is the enemy of your enemy really your friend?

Ten years have passed since the Axleth invaded Earth and a few hundred humans escaped aboard the ship Athena, piloted by the Artificial Intelligence who calls himself Ares. Now, the refugees approach Earth, determined to take back their home. But something has followed them from deep in space, and as war breaks out on Earth, humanity must decide who is the real enemy.

About Barry Kirwan

I grew up in Farnborough, England, home to the fast-jet Red Arrows, and started writing when still at school, a weekly satirical thriller called the Adventures of Blackie the Cat for my classmates. I then got hooked on academic writing for my day job (preventing disasters in nuclear power plants, oil rigs and aircraft) and published four text books on human error. It wasn’t until I moved to Paris that I started writing fiction again, with the Eden Paradox released in 2011. It was intended to be a one-off, but I got a lot of fans demanding more, and so it went ‘epic’, a space opera of four books.

After an accident with my back and two subsequent operations, I was laid up for a long while and couldn’t scuba dive - my other passion - so I wrote a thriller about a spy who was also a scuba diver, and the Nadia Laksheva series was (to my amazement at the time) snapped up by HarperCollins. They asked me to use a pseudonym, which is where the initials J F came from, borrowed from my late father, who loved thrillers.

Although I keep my work and fiction separate (some of my colleagues aren’t convinced) the fiction is always influenced by my psychological training, and an unending fascination with how the mind works, and how it can go off the rails. This most clearly comes out in my two new series, Greg Adams (The Dead Tell Lies) and Children of the Eye (When the Children Come).

My favourite scifi authors range from Asimov and Clarke, to Brin, McDevitt, Hamilton, Asher and Reynolds. My favourite thriller writers are Baldacci, Child and Nesbo. My favourite moment as an author is when I’m sitting with my laptop with an espresso macchiato, wondering what comes next in a story, when suddenly it arrives, and I can’t type fast enough.

Follow Barry Kirwan



Twitter: @Eden_paradox

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Blog Tour Schedule

Maximum 3 stops per day.  Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

28th November

  1. B for bookreview

  2. Nesie's Place

29th November

  1. Jessica Belmont

  2. Nicki`sLifeOfCrime

30th November

  1. Colin Garrow

  2. Curled Up With A Good Book

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