Together with Michael Pryor, Paul is the co-editor of the highly successful fantasy series, The Quentaris Chronicles; he has also contributed seven titles to the series as an author. Paul's other works include The Jelindel Chronicles, The Earthborn Wars trilogy and The World of Grrym trilogy written in collaboration with Danny Willis. Paul has been the recipient of several awards, notably the inaugural Peter McNamara, the Aurealis, and the William Atheling. He has been short-listed for many others, including the Speech Pathology Australia and Ditmar awards. Paul has worked as a pub bouncer, served time in the commandos, has a black belt in both tae kwon do and ju jitsu, was a kickboxer, and trained with the Los Angeles Hell Drivers.
Special Agent Maximus Black isnt your average 18-year-old. Charming, brilliant and deeply ambitious, hes one of the rising stars within the galaxys powerful and mysterious law enforcement agency, RIM. But Maximus is also not what he seems. Black in both name and character, hes a cold-blooded sociopath working on a plan that will plunge the universe into chaos and allow him to seize control. Only one person can stop himthe equally clever and fearless agent, Anneke Longshadow. The question is, who will reach who first? While the title of book one in Paul Collinss futuristic action series for teenagers may sound like junior fiction, its anything but. Bitingly clever and imaginative, its like a cross betweenThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,Total RecallandDexter. Cutting back and forth between the two rivals, the plottwists and turns in a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase as each tries to outwit the other, while dodging all manner of obstacles like assassins and alien bounty hunters. It all amounts to compelling on-your-toes reading that will appeal to high-tech dystopian sci-fi fans, as well as those looking for a spy or psycho-thriller with a difference, anda feisty heroine to boot. - Meredith Tate, Bookseller + Publisher.