Author Alan Whichello looks at impact of meteors in new novel

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‘Kayak’ draws inspiration from meteors found in England’s countryside and imagines possible implications.

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Author Alan Whichello uses real-life events as the inspiration for his new science fiction novel, “Kayak: The Mutant Alien” (published by Trafford Publishing).

In February 1830, a meteorite landed at Launton, 10 miles from Oxford. Nearly 200 years later, in May 2012, another meteor was spotted traveling from northern Scotland to southern England, descending to an altitude of about 80 miles above Birmingham and Oxfordshire, and is believed to have finally gone down in the English Channel or the Bay of Biscay.

These events inspired Whichello to write a fictional story about two boys from Oxfordshire who find a meteorite in the fields behind their home. After examining it, they discover a life form that will challenge the existence of the human race.

An excerpt from “Kayak”:

“‘It’s alive’ shouted Billy. They both watched in amazement as it seemed to be eating its way through the outer casing … What they saw before them wasn’t a caterpillar; it was more like a worm. Frank poked it with his finger and let out a yelp.

‘It burnt me’ he cried.”

By Alan Whichello
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 138 pages | ISBN 9781466984301
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 138 pages | ISBN 9781466984288
E-Book | 138 pages | ISBN 9781466984295
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Alan Whichello was born in London in 1948. He partly retired from the building industry in 2011 and began writing, in between his other hobbies. He lives in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England, with his wife, Gillian. Whichello is also the author of “Mushroom Cloud,” “Billy The Little Red Bus” and “The Hamster’s Great Escape.”

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