The Starbirth Assignment books
What if people really could teleport, physically travelling through
an alternative dimension simply by tapping into a different state of
consciousness? What if the mind could be stimulated to produce other
abilities such as telepathy, telekinesis and transmutation?
series of books, based in the reality of ‘right now’, explores
the scenario where such paranormal powers are introduced into the world
as we know it.
Teleportation is depicted as more than physically vanishing in an instant
and seconds later turning up halfway around the globe. It is imbued
with wonder and fantastic experiences which are as individual as those
who possess such an extraordinary skill, but it is also fraught with
danger. Telepathy, the ability to accurately create a mental link with
another mind, is a double-edged sword. Telekinesis, the useful power
of moving objects by thought, can be both spectacular and disastrous.
Transmutation, the ability to alter one’s body using mental processes
alone, is much more than creating a new physique through ‘mental
books set paranormal powers, science fiction and fantasy against a backdrop
of credible characters, some of them Special Forces soldiers who possess
future technology based on research and development taking place now.
The books examine the question of who would use mentally-enhanced people,
and why, and how people with paranormal powers would interact with the
current world order. The reader is taken on fast-paced adventures starring
Lock Harford, teleporter-by-accident, and his colleague and friend Jimmy
Mackenzie, a Special Air Service trooper whose skill at adapting to
adverse circumstances is stretched to the limit by foes unlike any he
has ever encountered before. Sometimes accompanied by friends, sometimes
surrounded by enemies and sometimes in situations where it is difficult
to tell the difference between friend and enemy, their journey into
the unknown is never going to be quiet or easy.
Starbirth Assignment Part One: Shifter
Starbirth Assignment Part Two: Transmutes
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GB follows Lock and Jimmy as they engage with old enemies and new, and
as Lock puts together the Shadow Team to defend Britain against the
activities of criminal Shifters. However, the battle is brought closer
to home than he anticipates and his family is threatened.
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is facing chaos as real-life soldiers equipped with future technologies
try to stop terrorists who have drug-enhanced powers from using their
frightening abilities against Western forces. The enemy have their hands
on a mind-enhancing drug known as Starbirth and state-of-the-art weapons
called Demons, which use a lethal payload of nanovirus to kill their
is usually at the forefront of such a battle, well-suited to fighting
people with extraordinary abilities because he is also no ordinary man.
As a teenager he was exposed to an unknown drug containing the same
ingredients found in Starbirth. It changed his life completely, giving
him unique abilities. Now aged twenty-five he is a teleporter and has
the ability to move his body through an invisible dimension that exists
all around us. In this strange world which only he can see, living creatures
are visible as auras of fragile, pulsating colours. Only dense rock
can provide cover from Lock’s supernatural vision.
Lock is at
loggerheads with his intelligence agency controllers and is frustrated
by being kept out of the action, but events soon reunite him with his
Special Forces colleagues in a desperate search for Starbirth terrorists.
Lock must act quickly to avert disaster while at the same time protecting
his family from the killer intentions of his personal enemies.
Starbirth Assignment - J M Johnson
The original book, published in 2010, was divided
into two parts in 2011 and is sold as separate books. The story continues
in The Shifter Dimension.
details of Starbirth Assignment Part One: Shifter
soldiers gifted with supra-normal future technologies battle criminals
with drug-enhanced powers for control of the world.
As a teenager, Lock Harford was exposed to an unknown drug originating
in the exotic jungles of the Amazonian tropics in South America. The
drug changed his brain, giving him unique abilities. Now aged twenty-five
he is a teleporter and has the ability to move his body through an
invisible dimension that exists all around us. In this strange world
which only he can see, living creatures are visible as auras of fragile,
pulsating colours. Only dense rock can provide cover from Lock’s
His powers draw him to the world of intelligence agencies and Special
Forces. Lock becomes a valued operative but his way of life is shattered
by an unexpected development. He is no longer alone. Across North
and South America an illegal drug called Starbirth, containing the
very same ingredients he was once exposed to, hits the streets. Within
weeks, criminal teleporters are wreaking havoc, travelling across
the globe on an unprecedented crime spree. Lock’s controllers
send him on a mission to find the source of Starbirth and shut it
down, before the world is drawn into a vortex of chaos and before
Starbirth ends up in the hands of criminals more sinister than thieves.
Johnson, writing while chained to her house in Shropshire, England,
by a serious illness, has conducted meticulous research into the techniques
and psychology of modern special operations units. Her extensive knowledge
gives this book its unique power and terrifying believability.
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reviews of The Starbirth Assignment, from readers including military
and ex-military personnel:
This is a clever action novel which is fast-moving and engaging. J
M Johnson intelligently uses the science-fiction devices of altered
abilities to explore a theme of covert operations in South America.
It contains a detailed view of operations by Special Forces in a fantasy
context which nevertheless conveys a convincing atmosphere. The author
relates an accurate picture of the close bond between comrades in
the context of the way in which they are deployed by their own masters
and others who might have power over them. As the plot develops it
becomes more and more difficult to put the book down.
A most unusual and well researched adventure which has a bearing on
current issues and possibly future ones too. Regiment members may
find it pretty thought-provoking. It is also a tribute to our Armed
and Special Forces and the commitment they make to their country.
Crossing genres is ambitious at the best of times, but when you're
a new author it's not a project to be approached without extreme care.
The care taken by J M Johnson then is the key to this books success.
The diligent research undertaken is evident from the outset and while
great attention to detail is present throughout (particularly in all
things military), the skill of the writer shines in using it to enhance
the intelligent plot, rather than bog the reader down.
Introducing a vehicle such as super powers into a military setting
sounds more like a set for improvisational comedy than the basis of
a credible novel, but these elements are interwoven with no little
skill and produce an invitation to action and adventure that is irresistible.
As if that wasn't enough, the author evokes an impressive level of
empathy for the carefully crafted characters.
Humour, pace, excitement and intellectual intrigue are in abundance
from first to last as the multi layered characters of Harford and
MacKenzie take us on a globetrotting battle against the darkest of
Topical, fantastic, spectacular, clever and above all, superbly crafted.
Science fiction, comic-book heroes and stories of imaginary worlds have
been a lifelong interest. The Starbirth books began life as short stories
in emails to an internet friend during times when fluctuating illness
kept me more or less housebound. A substantial portion of the subsequent
writing was done while I was confined to bed. What began as a lifeline
soon became a passion. I began a study of the military, the intelligence
communities and in particular the Special Air Service (SAS). I wanted
to know what drove soldiers to go through the gruelling tests that allowed
only a few to become part of the SAS? What made them suitable candidates
for Special Forces? What fuelled their need to be in that environment?
I was fortunate in being able to contact men who had previously been
part of the SAS and to draw on their experiences. I also studied advances
in technology and military applications, and the paranormal. My purpose
was to create a realistic background for the books.