Balloons of the Apocalypse

It’s here!

You know how it goes. Girl meets boy. Boy joins a classical music worshipping cult. Girl never sees boy again, until years later when she stumbles across a street orchestra playing for food, and there he is. But she's happily married now, and he smells really, really bad.

As always, only Marlowe, spacewoman Nina, and a sham wedding can stop a dangerous Beethoven cult bent on world domination.


When one of Marlowe’s cases involves marriage, most of the time it’s one spouse checking up on the other.

But not this time. Now he’s the spouse, and if he can’t trust Nina, his new wife and old bodyguard, they’re both in big trouble.

Because while their honeymoon destination, Beet City, has a reputation as a tourist mecca, it’s also the holy seat of a powerful cult that worships the music of Ludwig Van Beethoven.

What was supposed to be a routine undercover sham marriage in order to spy on a powerful cult bent on world domination quickly turns dangerous.

Marlowe and Nina must navigate cult indoctrination, mandatory public transportation, and the constantly blaring symphonies of Beethoven in order to discover the secret that lies in the 10th Circle of Beet City.

Instead of celebrating their fraudulent nuptials, they find themselves dodging goons, baton blasters, and artificially intelligent artillery.

Will they divorce and their union just become another statistic?

Will they discover the secret of the 10th Circle in time?

Will they live to tell the tale?

And what is Marlowe’s old enemy, Obedere, up to with all those steam-powered pigs?


Smashwords (just about every format – epub, mobi, lrf, pdf, rtf, pdb, txt, online)

Amazon (kindle)

Barnes and Noble: (epub)

Physical paperback: (solidified tree snot)


10 responses to “Balloons of the Apocalypse

  1. Cirdan

    31 July 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I can’t wait

    • ianmdudley

      1 August 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks! I hope the book lives up to your expectations! Now to get back to those final edits…


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