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Locksmith’s War

The Locksmith Trilogy Book Three

by Paul Briggs




GENRE: YA Sci-fi (Young Adult, Science Fiction_






For Lachlan Smith, learning the secret of the apocalypse was the easy part.


Ever since Locksmith found the portal to the future, he has been wondering who or what was responsible for the empty, uninhabited world he found.


Now he knows—and now he has to fight them.


He thought he had fifteen years in which to prevent the extinction of the human species.


Now, he has only hours.


When the portal is stolen by a cabal of dangerous fanatics, his mother and many of his friends are trapped on the other side. Now the enemy is after him, and the only way to thwart their genocidal plan is to retake the portal and hold it—at both ends.


With very little time left, a handful of allies who don’t trust each other, almost no chance of success and the survival of humanity itself at stake… Locksmith is going to war.




Rikki’s first plan of escape


Rikki’s first plan of escape was simple — wait for somebody to open the door, then pounce on them, beat them up and start running. She couldn’t act on this plan until the drug wore off.


She was still feeling jittery from the drug when the lights went out, leaving her in something very close to pitch darkness. The tags on her ears glowed in the dark. The lights stayed off for a fair stretch of time — it might have been an hour. Before long, even with the drug out of her system her pupils had dilated to the point where the light that leaked in under the doorway looked like a line of yellow-white fire, dimly illuminating the room.


Then she heard the footsteps out the in the hall. Someone was headed this way. Rikki pointed herself at the doorway and got herself into a sprinter’s crouch like she’d seen Lock do.


The footsteps stopped in front of the door to her cell. She could see the shadows of somebody’s feet. Just one person. Good. Heavier than average, from the sound of the footsteps, but still better than trying to tackle two or more people at once. Her leg muscles were ready to launch her at the enemy. She got her fists into position. A few good blows to the solar plexus and kidneys…



What would we find under your bed?

Books, papers, and stuff I’d forgotten I’d lost. Also some dust bunnies.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

I’d have to say it’s a tie between losing my job at the newspaper and having my car go off the road after I swerved to avoid a deer. (The hell of it is, I still hit the deer. When those things set out to die, you cannot save them. Just hit the brakes and try to minimize the impact.)

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

Sometimes I listen to relaxing classical music. Sometimes it’s a playlist of ‘80s music, heavy on the Belinda Carlisle. If it’s a fight scene I might listen to something like Audiomachine or Two Steps From Hell.

What is something you’d like to accomplish in your writing career next year?

Ideally I’d like to finish Altered Seasons: Age of Consequences.

How long did it take you to write this book?

A couple of years, but there were scenes that I wrote even before then.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:


In addition to writing books, Paul Briggs has worked as a newspaper editor, court reporter’s assistant, and audio transcriber. In his spare time (when he has any) he sometimes performs in community theater, most recently taking on the roles of Bottom, Petruchio, Macbeth, Rosalind, and Richard III in a Shakespeare compilation. An Eastern Shore native who grew up in Chestertown, Maryland, Paul earned a BA in English from Washington College and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland – College Park. 


He is the author of several short plays, including the award-winning The Worst Super Power Ever and The Picture of Health.  He is also writing the sequel to his 2018 science fiction novel Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise, which vividly imagines the dislocations that follow when the Arctic Sea ice finally melts and the Chesapeake Bay is drowned by the effects of climate change.


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Goddess Fish Promotions 09/22/2022 - 8:10 am

Thanks for hosting!

Paul Briggs 09/22/2022 - 10:07 am

Thank you very much!

Dana banana 09/22/2022 - 4:28 pm

Are you a pumpkin spice person? Or more of a white chocolate mocha? Darn it, now I want Starbucks 😂

Paul Briggs 09/23/2022 - 1:49 pm

White chocolate mocha usually. Pumpkin spice occasionally.


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