Candy Jar Books are back with another Lethbridge-Stewart tale, and this time it’s a short story and it’s FREE for those who purchase the series four opening story ‘Night of the Intelligence’!

Writer Nick Walter’s, who has written for the Virgin Bernice Summerfield New Adventures, as well as last month’s ‘United in Blood’, is back with ‘The Runaway Bomb’, a free short story that was a hanging thread from his first Lethbridge-Stewart novel ‘Mutually Assured Domination’.

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen explains: “At the end of Mutually Assured Domination, Lethbridge-Stewart considered two soldiers for the Fifth – both helped him fight the Dominators in that book – but we’ve not heard from them since. So, this short story shows us a little of how Lethbridge-Stewart recruits new troops for the Corps. Only one of the two will make the grade, and the winner has a guest spot in Night of the Intelligence, the novel for which this short story is the companion.”

Nick Walters says “Sergeant Bell and (especially) Corporal Stevens originally had bigger roles in Mutually Assured Domination, so I leapt at the chance of fleshing out the characters a bit more. Stevens is a bit of a loose cannon and quite an intimidating character, whilst Bell is quieter and more reserved, so the two make a good pairing. I wanted to put them in a combat situation to see what happens.” Walters goes on to say “As for the titular Bomb of the story, it is based on a fondly-remembered episode of The Six Million Dollar Man entitled Death Probe, which really captured my six-year-old imagination. Older readers (?) may remember this!”

LETHBRIDGE-STEWART NIGHT OF THE INTELLIGENCE © CANDY JAR BOOKS
LETHBRIDGE-STEWART NIGHT OF THE INTELLIGENCE © CANDY JAR BOOKS

‘The Runaway Bomb’ will be sent out free to all who purchase this month’s release, ‘Night of the Intelligence’ by Andy Frankham-Allen. This includes anyone who purchased bundles or subscriptions that included ‘Night of the Intelligence’.

Speaking of ‘Night of the Intelligence’ not only does it kick off series four of the range but also the year-long celebration of the Great Intelligence and Professor Travers, who first appeared in the classic era of Doctor Who in The Abominable Snowmen, written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln.

Executor of the Haisman estate, Hannah Haisman says “It’s been wonderful seeing the resurgence of respect for my grandfather’s creations in the last few years, and celebrating two of his greatest characters is a moment of pride for me. Grandad would adore what’s happening now, and especially the way Andy (Frankham-Allen) has tied his characters’ histories together. It’s a wonderful time to be a fan of the Great Intelligence and Professor Travers!”

Shaun Russell, head of publishing speaks of the three non-Lethbridge Stewart titles featuring The Great Intelligence to be released through 2017. “We’re very proud to work alongside some great people during the celebration year, and look forward to sharing further titles and information with you as the year goes on. Great things are coming!”

Night of the Intelligence is available for pre-order now, for £8.99 (+ p&p). You can pre-order it individually or as part of the discounted UK bundle for only £26.25 (including postage), saving £9.72, or an international bundle for only £37.00 (excluding postage), saving £5.97.

The foreward is written by Mark Jones (United in Blood). Jones also co-created the TV project Starwatch for Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton.

The Anniversary Intelligence bundle can be ordered now, for £23.25 (including postage), saving £21.71, or an international bundle for only £47.00 (excluding postage), saving £12.96.

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