The Ghost Train and the Scarlet Moon by Jack Roney

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The Ghost Train and the Scarlet Moon is due for release on 20th August, 2022.

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Labour Day 1982 – a ‘super-blue-blood-moon’ looms high in the sky, thirty-five years since it last appeared. Three boys set out on an adventure, exploring the trail of a ghost train long since forgotten. It is also the 35th anniversary of the Camp Mountain train crash, Queensland’s worst rail disaster, which claimed the lives of sixteen people and seriously injured many others. One of the boys vanishes without a trace.

Suspicion lingers. Friendships shatter. Lives are ruined. Years go by. The story fades.

A retired detective never forgets.

Labour Day, 2017 – another of the trio goes missing in baffling circumstances. Left behind and searching for answers, Toby McIntyre sets out to uncover the truth behind the disappearances of his two best friends, exactly thirty-five years apart to the day. The train crash and the rare lunar event are somehow connected and reveal clues to solve the mystery. An unlikely link to the past holds the key.

Toby must sacrifice everything for a chance to be reunited with his friends and to change the course of history.


Inspired by true events, Roney’s elastic time-hop and coming-of-age tale whisks us along a rugged, eucalypt-lined track. ‘The Ghost Train and the Scarlet Moon’ is a page-turner pulsing with the power of collective memory and endless possibility. Long after we step from the ride, the whistle of this ghost train will resound.’

L. E. Daniels, author of ‘Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten’.

‘When three boys pass through a worm hole into the past, their future lives are forever written in an unforeseeable future. Impossible to put down, this novel is an express train into the inexplicable space of ‘what-if?’ and ‘could-it-be?’

Gary Crew, bestselling author of ‘Strange Objects’.

‘A beautiful tale of friends separated across time, the lives they left behind and the new ones they’ve built. Roney has crafted a mystery thriller with doses of science fiction, but kept at its core a deeply moving drama of three boys struggling to find each other across the years that now separate them.’

Bryn Smith, author of the ‘Magnus Nights’ series.

‘Speculative fiction that helps keep alive the memory of Queensland’s worst train crash. Historical facts have been woven into an intriguing story with a distinct local flavour. Well worth a read!’

Harry Colfer – author ‘Dead Regular’

‘It is very rare for me to read a book that makes me cry; this is the third book I’ve ever read to evoke that response. That alone conveys how many areas this story covers. It not only includes, but does exceptionally well in exploring, adventure, loss, emotion, love, and friendship. It also made me laugh; properly laugh, at the antics of the young boys. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in stories based around friendship, history, science fiction, Australiana or adventure.’

Meesha Whittam, avid reader.

Learn more about ace detective writer Jack Rooney here.

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