Under The Shell


“A complex story with a complex heroine.”

East Midlands Book Award shortlisted David Wilkinson is back with Under The Shell, his second novel. In this tense sci-fi noir, Jaq Pilakin has a balance to repay… whatever the new cost might be.

392 pages (74,000 words)

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Freedom Protection Agent Jaq Pilakin has plenty to worry about.

Without a government or the usual series of formal laws, relative peace is kept under the premise of the Ten Free Rights of the Individual.

Agent Jaq Pilakin, ‘The Lion Hunter’, specialises in investigating violations against the First Right: Life. As a freelancer, she’s forced to pick up the less lucrative cases cast aside by the big agencies, and stumbles into a scene where an artillery strike by the besieging forces has left a plumber dead under the rubble.

As Pilakin digs deeper into the case, she finds a trail of murders – and a would-be murderer finds her.

When she finally identifies the perpetrator, it turns out she holds Engalise’s entire fate in her own bloodstained hands.


David Wilkinson writes science fiction in a universe he has been perfecting for decades; his stories are devoted to plot and characters. Influences range from Asimov, Niven-Pournelle and childhood science fiction through to the new style Battle Star Galactica.

Having learned his trade with Writing East Midlands, he is now a member of the established Leicester Writers Club.

David is a physicist and, after years of being a research scientist for the Government, now works for the Institute of Physics. Married, his wife eventually got fed up with him talking about all the books he was going to write and told him to get on with it or shut up.

You can learn more about David Wilkinson by visiting his author page here on the IQ website.

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David Wilkinson
Category: (Crime) Sci-Fi
Release Date: June 2018

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-908600-73-8
Pages: 392
RRP: £9.99 / 12.99€ / $14.99

Format: eBook (MOBI & ePUB)
ISBN: 978-1-908600-74-5
RRP: £3.49 / 3.99€ / $3.99


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An enjoyable read, this was a complex story with a complex heroine. A fascinating setting, a thought-provoking premise of society with plenty of intriguing twists.

KLH, blogger and book reviewer

The uncertainty made for a fascinating read as both Jaq and the reader figure things out.

Dorothy Winsor, Author of The Wind Reader

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