Ten years ago. The story of Freefall.


Way back in April 2013, I published my first book, Freefall, on Amazon and Smashwords.


A long while ago, I had a dream. It involved a man working as a trader, in space. The dream kept repeating until, finally, I wrote it down. Then I had another dream, connected to the first and I realised that I had a story on my hands.

Dave Travise was a loner, with a shady past and enough grief for any man. In my head, he kept having adventures and I kept writing them down.

Suddenly, I had a completed novel and enough ideas for another. The rest, as they say…

Here’s the original cover, which was designed for me by an artist I found on Fiverr.



Although I didn’t know it at the time, Freefall was destined to be the second book in the Dave Travise series, which now has three parts, plus two short stories and a novel that have spun off. I’m also writing more stories set in the universe I’ve created for Dave Travise.


You can read about how the Dave Travise universe has developed here.


Freefall actually took me quite a while to write. I was still working as a Thames Pilot at the time and commuting between Devon and Gravesend. That meant I had to squeeze in writing sessions where I could. It probably took me a year and a half to write the first draft and nearly as long to edit and revise it.

At just under 65,000 words, it’s not the longest novel and I’m sure if I wrote it today it would be totally different. I wouldn’t change it though, it has a solid 4-star plus rating on Amazon and Goodreads, so people seem to like it.

Here’s the latest version of the cover, and the description.


Can you ever forget, when everything makes you remember?

Dave Travise is a man with a past. And the way things are going; he might not have much of a future.
All he really wants to do is forget, but he’s reminded about what he has lost at every turn. His life is in a rut, until the day the person he was expecting to see isn’t there, because she’s dead.

 He finds out that she had a secret. He’s warned to keep his nose out.

Does he listen? Or could this be the adventure he’s been looking for?

As he gets more involved, his world turns upside down. Events take control of his life, and before he knows how he’s at the centre of a Galaxy-wide conspiracy.


Dave is pursued by those in power, desperate to keep what he knows a secret.


The biggest secret of all time.


Here are some of the comments the novel has received from readers.


I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed sci-fi until coming across Mr Richard Dee. FREEFALL is a rattling good adventure story, with a few unexpected twists, good characters and plenty of action. It skims along at a good pace with the scenes in space or on various worlds very believably written.


A great read. A great story line as always by Richard Dee. The characters are great and the plot stops you from putting the book down.


A galactic adventure you will want to read again and again!
After reading ‘Myra’ and loving it – I took ‘Freefall’ as my holiday read and boy was I glad I did.


I feel Myra and Freefall really lends itself to be a movie or TV series – a bit like a galactic Indiana Jones.


Richard Dee has become one of my all-time favourite authors as his incredible talent for storytelling is captivating.


You can get Freefall here.


Or, start the series with Myra.




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