Wilson Indeed! by Steve Walsh #excerpt


Then, as if to create a suitable canvas for the explosive spectacle of a lift off, an ‘eclipse effect’ passed across the square and daylight was replaced by dusk.

As Wilson’s eyes adjust ed to the gloom, he was surprised to find The Market Square now totally empty. It had morphed once again. Ornate gaslights cast an eerie glow on the fascia of the butcher’s, the baker’s, the candlestick maker’s. The astronaut and the giraffe had taken off, exit stage left.

Wilson heard a bell tinkle, then after a few moments, a door creaked open. He followed the sound to his left and saw a candle splutter to life in a room on the first floor of an imposing looking building that signage identified as ‘The Bank’.

Carried in the still air, Wilson could detect the faintest of voices and then the silhouettes of two figures appeared, side by side, like shadow puppets framed by a window. One figure was short and round, the other tall and thin. Wilson shuddered as a flicker of candlelight reflected from a pair of glaring eyes. Goosebumps rose on his arms and he felt a sinister chill in the air.

The conversation between the figures continued with more whispering. All was fun before, but now Wilson was frightened. He didn’t want to be taken by the child catchers. The boy who gets eaten by the wolf. Cautiously, Wilson started taking small steps backwards, his eyes never moving from the two shadows. Then he turned and ran. The cloying darkness lifted as quickly as it had descended when a huge glowing moon rose in an indigo sky studded with planets patterned like glass marbles.

~ About the Book ~

In The Market Square, the fantastical setting for all his dream activities, Wilson Armitage is able to take night classes on any subject and absorb a wealth of knowledge from just a few hours of sleep.  As though logging into a wifi of dreams to download information.  As his childhood passes, both wary of and reticent to acknowledge his extraordinary ability, Wilson attempts to lead a normal life and stay beneath the radar of family and friends.

At the age of seventeen however, his cover is blown by Daisy Meadowcroft.  During a chance encounter in The Market Square, they agree to meet the next day and are propelled from a dream world into the reality of a coffee shop in the centre of Manchester.  Enthralled by their shared gift, they strike up a close friendship and encourage each other to seek a rational, scientific explanation for their unique talents.

“If you believe there really are things out there that science can’t explain, you’ll enjoy this book.”  Mark Sampson, 11 Magazine.

Buying Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1916486118

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1916486118

~ About the Author ~

For twenty years Steve Walsh honed his skills in prose as an advertising copywriter; the ‘ideas’ man in a Manchester based marketing agency that carried his name.

In the late 1990’s he stumbled into the world of the dotcom entrepreneur and his claim to fame is as the creator of the hotel booking service, laterooms.com and the first car insurance comparison site, easycover.com. So, the birth of Meerkats, a Welsh opera singer and being confused.com might be considered as down to him, for which he apologises. 

He now uses his vivid imagination and gentle Mancunian wit to write visionary fantasy novels with bold concepts. Wilson indeed, the first book in his trilogy The WiFi of Dreams takes the reader on a richly imagined, fact meets fiction adventure story to which we can relate and feel we can touch. A whimsical interrogation of the inexplicable and fundamental tenets of our lives – the role and meaning of dreams, the nature of the hereafter, hard and soft science, a love story – what more can you want? 

Butterfly Assassins, the second book in the trilogy, will be published in Summer 2021.

In a recent survey, 85% of people said yes to the question: “Do you believe there are things out there that science can’t explain?”

If you’re one of those 85%, you’ll love The WiFi of Dreams series.

Born and bred in the north west of England, Steve Walsh has three children and likes to fly fish in his spare time.

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