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'The Hostiles: Storm Area 51' by Tom Ashton

Updated: Oct 1, 2022

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It’s September 2019, and the United States are embroiled in a second Cold War with Russia.

Eminent British professor, and professional miser, Harold Dunn, has spent the last six years building the Allies’ nuclear deterrent; a bomb nine thousand times more powerful than the one dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.

When Dunn is invited to the missile’s new home, and one of the most infamous military facilities in the world, he accepts with the apprehension of anyone due to visit Area 51.

Following the viral success of the hashtag #StormArea51, Dunn finds the base crawling with boozy UFOlogists, thuggish security guards, and mysterious Agents of the Government.

However, he soon realises that these earthly foes are the least of his worries, when he and his de-facto tour guide, Dr Lisa Tsai, discover hostile forces orchestrating a war that will destroy the human race.

Extraterrestrials aren’t out there. They’re already here.


About Tom Ashton:

Tom Ashton is a short story writer and novelist from Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, UK, who holds a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Derby, has worked for both publishers and literary agencies, and has spoken at universities and literature festivals about his career.

‘Lemonade’ is the third story from Ashton’s Grenton Village collection, set in South Cumbria. The first, ‘Tools’, was published by Didcot Writers in November 2018 and the second, ‘Squatter’, by Trode Publications in February 2019.


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