Links for The Long Way Home

As mentioned in newsletters, previous posts and on the Facebook pages, I am releasing my current Science Fiction / Space Opera serial novel The Long Way Home as downloadable books. These are FREE at the moment, and this post contains the links to download the books. You do not have to sign up to the newsletter to get these two books.

Book 1 The Dark Takes Fools comprises episodes 1-6. LINK HERE

Book 2 Out of the Dark comprises episodes 7-12. LINK HERE

The story is ongoing, and further episodes are only available by subscription to the monthly newsletter. At the present each newsletter contains a link to a full episode of short story length.

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About Mark Henwick

I was born in Africa and left out in the sun too often. An early interest in philosophy and psychology was adequately exorcised by tending bars. And while trying to enroll in a class to read Science Fiction full time, I ended up taking an engineering degree which splendidly qualified me to move into marketing. That in turn spawned a late onset career in creative writing. When not working, I get high by the slightly less conventional means of a small light aircraft. My first books are available on Amazon at

7 responses to “Links for The Long Way Home”

  1. Dennis Morel says :

    Just finished book 1, The Dark Takes Fools, and it was good; actually better than good. I liked the story, the overall plot, really liked the characters; but what set it apart was it was different and not what I expected. You did a great job with the unexpected twists to the story that not only made it entertaining, but kept it interesting. Great job. Moving on to Out of the Dark. Sign me up for your newsletter please. And get a move on Bite Back, been way to long and it is one of my most favorite urban paranormal series. Fantastic work.

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Thanks Dennis, I’m glad you enjoyed it & will add you to the newsletter.
      Thanks also for the feedback on Bite Back.
      Bite Back 8 is starting slowly in the writing sense, but many of the books have done that. I promise you, I want it out as quickly as possible!

  2. aikidaves says :

    Hi, Mark!

    I just downloaded and read the books and they’re great! I signed up for the new SF newsletter November 12th. Apparently episode 13 was in the October newsletter? How can I get it? Thanks!

  3. Ben (a different one) says :

    That was pretty fun. Thanks for the books.

    Since I got the vaguest, most subtle impression that feedback might be wanted, here’s my cents:
    I thought the first two chapters were a bit clunky, but either prose got smoother very quickly or I got used to the style of narration; tbf, I’d probably need to go back and see what’s going on. Either way, rest was fine; the one thing that stood out to me is that I felt that the two signature phrases (“I got a plan” and “the Dark takes fools”) were a little bit overused.

    Speaking of these phrases; initially, the whole “I got a plan” stick comes across as something to be dreaded, like a desperate ploy that might be ultimately successful but probably requires unreasonable risks (sorta check) and more likely than not also should have unreasonable outcomes (notsomuch check).
    I’m thinking protagonists like Lina Inverse (Slayers) or Jame (Kencyrath), where you can be sure that if they arrive at a scene, and foil the plot of the antagonist, the entire surroundings will (usually accidentally) be reduced to rubble, to the point where’d you’d better think twice about whether you actually want to be “rescued” by them …
    The books got a bit of that, but ultimately everything works out quite well, and there’s a bit of a lack of spiraled-out-of-control-chaos and general mayhem. More Vicky the Viking than Jame, basically. To my taste that could have been tuned up a bit.

    And speaking of my taste; regarding the other phrase: prose overall feels quite prosaic, which, okay, isn’t too outrageous for this type of story and a bit of a milscifi vibe. But I wouldn’t have minded things getting a bit less precisely descriptive and a bit more “poetic” in places. Though that’s a tough balance to strike.

    As my personal pet peeve: blergh for the romance. But generally speaking, there could have been a bit more crew interaction, given that we’re travelling around a lot with them. Granted, I don’t know how in-depth you want to go with a serial like this, but a scene more here or there …

    Lastly; not sure why the first “book” ended where it did. Not sure that matters either, given the format, but if it were a published book I’d have been annoyed by that. Feels cut off at essentially a random point, not even a proper cliffhanger, just “okay, that’s it now”. I’d have preferred the Jan’s speech as essentially the stopping point; that concludes the first arc (getting back home) to me, and sets up the next major line (going back out again).

    Mh. Yeah, that’s about it. Obviously, all just my opinion, yaddayadda. Keep up the good work 😉

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Thanks Ben. Yes, I may have dropped a hint that feedback is welcome! 🙂 And it is.

      I take your points.

      Romance. I do not really want to slide into either straight no-kissing MilSciFi or lotsa-kissing SciFi Romance, but I’ve had quite a bit of direct feedback that Jan & Bjorn better get together. The romance is pretty muted. It’s Space Opera and most of the genre in modern times has a romantic thread in the background somewhere.

      Crew: They definitely will get more on the page as the story develops (we’re less than half way). I didn’t want to increase their share of story early on because that would dilute the impetus of the episodes. I can quite see that, as a book rather than episodes, it feels different.

      Out of control & general mayhem. Noted. I want to get that feel, but it is difficult to do well. I’ll research Slayers, thanks.

      Poetry vs prose. If you’ve enjoyed the UF, you’ll know I do delve into spiritual / poetry in writing. I’ve kept it dialled down here because it feel a little out of place in Space Opera with military overtones. Interesting.

      Signature phrase ‘I have a plan’ has had lots of positive feedback from others! But interesting that not everyone likes it. As a writer, it does seem the sort of thing an episodic novel needs, and links with the outcome.

      Book 1 ended at the end of episode 6, and is a tease rather than a cliffhanger, I guess. And I had 12 episodes to put into 2 books…

      Anyway, glad you liked them overall, and more are on the way. Thank you for the feedback.

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