Patrick G Cox

Press Release from Xlibris

Patrick G Cox’s second installment of A Harry Heron Adventure Series, The Enemy is Within!, will be featured at the New York Library Association Book Exhibit in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on November 7-10, 2012. Set in the future, this book invites readers once again to embark on an amazing journey beyond their wildest imagination. 

This interesting book follows three young sailors – Harry Heron, Ferghal O’ Connor and Danny Gunn – from the early 19th century who are transported to the 2200s due to a time-space anomaly. Once in the future, they serve with the WTO Fleet, which is in a state of constant conflict with the powerful Consortium. Using newly acquired powers, they must adapt to and overcome obstacles to help steer the course of an inter-planetary feud.

Engaging and creative, The Enemy is Within! has a wealth of characters, story, creativity and drama. The story is not only about space ships, aliens and sailing, rather, it also focuses on the characters’ personal relationships which are passionate and relatable. With a universal theme, this book can also appeal to a wide audience.

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About the Author 
Patrick Cox was born in Cape Town in 1946 and grew up in a small city called East London. Educated at Selborne Primary and College in East London, South Africa, he worked in commerce and industry before joining the Fire Service in South Africa. In 1988, he and his family moved to the UK where he continued his fire service career finally retiring from the service in 2006. He is a published technical author with titles including Marine Fire Studies (IFE 1997) and the NEBOSH Fire Safety Risk Assessment Handbook (ACT 2006) to his credit. A reader in the Church of England, he has a deep faith and is active in the work and life of the parish he serves.

The Enemy is Within! * by Patrick G Cox 
A Harry Heron Adventure 
Publication Date: September 25, 2010 
Trade Paperback; £13.99; 351 pages; 978-1-4535-7551-2 
Trade Hardback; £23.99; 351 pages; 978-1-4535-7941-1 
eBook; £8; 978-1-4535-7552-9

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Blog Critics Books

The Heron crew are back in another adventure. And this time there up their necks in a planet that is wild and savage. They are On the Runfrom enemies keen to capture & study them. Fortunately for the lads from the early 19th century it is not such a hardship as it is for their comrades in arms.

Along the way there are indigenous humanoid species to ally with, an ancient AI and German scientist who seems content with the adventure. Cox does a great job at evoking the "duck out of water" feel for those who are of the high-tech 23rd century when they are on an alien planet with few provisions having to survive.

Of course there is all the political intrigue of the last few novels as their higher ups deal with The Consortium. Heron & his friends aside, the novel gave me a feeling of something that could easily be part of theEve Online universe.

While the plot is at times predictable for fans of similar type of yarns or the plots of space operas such as Babylon 5, it does move along nicely. One does have to wonder where Cox will be able to take the story-line in the next book in the series lest he trod on familiar ground.

The book has enough merit so that I was pleased I was able to read it in two sittings. It is certainly a page turner. A book for those who enjoy approachable science fiction.

New Review by Blue Ink Review

Blue Ink Reviews have just released a great review of The Enemy is Within! It can be accessed below.


The Fyddeye Guide

It is always nice to get a good review for your work, especially from a reviewer who is, himself a noted naval historian. For the full review please go to The Fyddeye Guide. I include some exerpts below ...

South African writer Patrick G. Cox has opened a fresh series in the genre with the story of a teenage Midshipman Harry Nelson-Heron, the son of minor Irish gentry, who is transferred to the new 74-gun HMS Spartan with his boyhood friend, Ferghal O’Connor. ...

Harry and his friend, along with the other Spartans, are assigned to guard a convoy of prison ships bound for New South Wales, Australia, with a cargo of people sentenced to exile Down Under. Along the way, Harry encounters the expected adventures, including a fleet of slavers off the coast of Africa. Cox is at his best as Harry goes into battle with pirates, which attack one of the prison ships with a xebec, a ship with two means of propulsion: lateen sails and oars. Cox has mastered the culture and language of the period in both description and dialog. The final moments of the xebec skirmish are truly exciting, ending with an image that reminds the reader of the horrible fate of slaves on the losing side.

However,Cox weaves an interesting, but separate thread into this novel, a parallel story of the launching of a large spacecraft in orbit above Mars. The year is 2202, and the warship Vanguard is fitting out for its first assignment under the command of Captain James O’Niall Heron. 

Xlibris Film/TV Script Assessment

Xlibris Hollywood Coverage Date: 9-13-11






Pages: 393 

Period: FUTURE, 23rd Century




Three young sailors from the early 19th century are transported to the 2200s due to a time-space anomaly and, using newly acquired powers, must adapt to and overcome obstacles to help steer the course of an inter-planetary feud. 

Concept:  Excellent 

Story:  Good 

Characters:  Good


Recommendation for Adaptation: Best Medium for Adaptation:


Strongly Consider as a Motion Picture or Television Series





Review on Blogcritics

Cox returns with another tale of his time shifting trio lead by the inimitable and highly adaptable Harry Heron. This is the third in the series of tales of naval battle in our past and our future. Now I normally loath novels that take place in two time periods and bounce back and forth. However, Cox manages to get the chapters done right, so it doesn't feel like you have no clue where you are when reading.


His writing style is one that is both vivid and pleasant. This is less Master & Commander and far more gentile......

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Gloucester Echo

This review appeared in 2009 in the Gloucester Echo, the local paper for Tewkesbury, Gloucester and Cheltenham...

I must admit to a wee bit of trepidation in taking up Patrick G Cox's novel Out of Time. That's not because I don't know the writer, but because it is a novel that involves time travel. For reasons that don't quite seem obvious to me, I have never liked the genre - whether in the written, TV or movie form. It is a hard genre to do well and very few manage it.


I am happy to report that Mr Cox has managed to pull it off. While it is an integral part of the plot — the main characters are from the early 19th century — time travel is not overwhelming in the unwrapping of events. The manner in which the three men end up on a space ship travelling between solar systems is explained in enough detail to make it plausible but never becomes turgid. Despite the lack of long-winded explanation, the reason for the time flux is quite plausible and takes into account elements of chaos theory.


The novel has a very strong space opera feel to it, whether one thinks of the classic role-playing game Traveller or the Babylon 5 series. There is a strong Bab 5 feel to this whole novel without it being fan-fiction or too derivative.


There is a nice storyline of three Navy men from the 19th century ending up on a battleship in mid-space 400 years later as they head off to war. Their expertise and creative thinking have a great positive effect on the crew and indeed the whole fleet. I won't say more lest I ruin the plot.


There are nice touches: an interesting alien race, bureaucrats meddling into affairs that should not be. The politics of the current modern world are taken to worlds anew, as is some of its dubious morality.


This might be a first novel for Mr Cox, but on the strength of this book the man should get a book deal with a major publisher. A new sci-fi talent is there for the reading; why not take a chance and give him a try?

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Online Editorial Service

A Baltic Affair

I have been working on this book for the last six months and submitting sections of it for editorial review and criticism. Today I received this review, submitted by a reviewer from that panel ...

"A Baltic Affair" is a credible, finely plotted historical novel that encompasses all possible theories about Napoleon motives and acts. It also provokes readers to challenge historical interpretation in an intelligent, dynamic, and adventurous way. Well-researched and well-written, "The Baltic Affair" is an exciting, surprising, yet sensitive novel that will delight every reader appreciative of excellent historical fiction.

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The Enemy is Within!

I had the pleasure of reading the authors first novel entitled 'Out of Time' a short while ago, so was very keen on reading this next book. 'The Enemy is Within' has been published in laminated paperback, having been laminated for increased durability this book is a pleasure to behold. The main protagonists are Harry Heron and Ferghal O'Conner, two sailors who find themselves transported through time several hundred years to a future where sailing ships no longer exist and space travel is the more common-place method of transportation. Harry and Ferghal's adventures are detailed in the authors own inimitable style, there are disasters, spys and subterfuge all combining to make what I believe is a throughly enjoyable read. Well done to the author for continuing with his high standards of literary ability, this book was a pleasure to read, and I recommended it to anyone who enjoys an exciting adventure story with a futuristic 'angle'. I can't wait for the next book from this author, he certainly deserves as wide a readership as possible.

Amazon UK

This book spans the universe and time and will appeal to young adults and older. It is a case of Robert Heinlein meets Alexander Kent with a genuine dash of good story-telling thrown in. It was a pleasure reading "hard" Science Fiction where the science lesson doesn't take over the story. 

The adjustment of the three young men snatched from the Napoleonic era into the 24th Century shows the human spirit of survival and adaptation all told with a page-turning urgency. 

I certainly hope that this is the first of a series.

Not being a Sci-Fi fan, I was pleasantly surprised on reading Out Of Time because I found it immensely enjoyable. 

The story takes three young British sailors from the midst of a battle at sea in the 1800s and places them aboard a starship three centuries later, and what struck me was the author's way of demonstrating how these two young men and a boy, possessing rudimentary knowledge and skills that had been long forgotten in the course of more than two centuries of ever-accellerating technological advancements, prove to be the very people that literally save the day during an attempted coup by a malevolent federation of powerful men back on earth. 

The characters, the plot, the events and the well defined yet not overly graphic action sequences all make for an excellent read, and I am anxiously awaiting the coming sequel.

Take three youths from 1804, throw them into space in 2204, give them a few `upgrades' and a bunch of people who want their bodies for some decidedly unethical purposes and Cox has created an interesting storyline. This book is evidently one of a series, but it stands alone very well. The `science' is well within the bounds of Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein's classic SF universe, but with a twist. The three - in this story mainly focused on "Harry" Nelson-Heron and his friend Ferghal O'Connor - soon discover that their pragmatic approach to problem solving, frustrating enemies and finding a place in a new age are very effective. Add in some knowledge and skills their new `contemporaries' have never learned or long since `lost' and you have a book that explores a number of current issues while still being a great adventure story. 

Aliens are present, including some rather nasty man-eaters. Between his own internal demons, enemies among his new colleagues and a public and open enemy, there is plenty for the hero to deal with. Around the central story is another, one of terrorists sponsored by external enemies and some very shady intentions. I found this extremely thought provoking - not least because it reminded me of just how reliant we have become on technology. A great read, one I commend to anyone interested in Space Opera and Adventure. 

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