Jan’s Blog

I was born in Staffordshire to a working class family, my father worked down the local mines whilst my mother worked in one of the local Pottery manufacturing factories. At school I discovered the joys of reading. I was a big fan of sci fi books but I would read almost anything I could get my hands on. My mother took me to join the local library as soon as I could read and from that day on, if it had words on it, I’d read it. I wasn’t particularly brilliant at anything at school. I tried my hardest to be average while I held a deep desire to be a comic book illustrator. I even wrote and drew my own comics as I tried to hone a meagre skill. Back then though there were no courses to learn this skill and my careers advisor tried to push me into; engineering, the pit or the armed forces. In the early 70’s there wasn’t much choice where I lived so I ended up in an apprenticeship in screen printing for the ceramic industry. In the early years of my apprenticeship I had the pleasure of a trip on the schooner Captain Scott, a training ship as part of the crew. We sailed around Scotland and even up as far as Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides.  As in all jobs, mine has a certain amount of repetition, to relieve that I often lose myself in my mind as I work through a story. I’m still in the same trade after a forty year career but my passion is and has always been writing. After several abortive attempts I started the Col Sec series around seven years ago, It’s an action adventure series set in the twenty fifth century. After a brief four year stint living close to the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District I’ve returned to where I grew up.

Genre: Science Fiction / War / Genetic Engineering

A weapon of immense power is stolen and millions of lives hang in the balance for the Alliance and the Confederation.
New-found enemies strike to claim the nexus of dominance. Lines are crossed. Battles rage on. Annihilation— imminent. Can Col Sec hold? Is all hope lost?

Genre: Science Fiction / Thriller

After the events that took place in The Blackstar Gambit General Sinclair is given a new posting given to him by President Takagi. He is to head up the new Offworld Special Intelligence group.
Learning what they had from Tartaran, the planet that the Colonial Confederation and The Elysium Alliance went to war over, the OSI is tasked to find more answers about who was behind the experiments performed on the indigenous life.
Captain Jon Savage, a highly decorated Recon Delta Marine veteran is on vacation with his family when they are attacked by a strange creature. Savage, after seeing his wife and daughter brutally slaughtered succumbs himself to wounds inflicted in the battle.
As Sinclair takes command of his new post he is informed of Savage’s condition as his troops had taken his body to their base on Mars where they found something incredible.
Savage had been altered by his contact with the creature.
Where had the creature originated from?
Did the same species who performed experiments on Tartaran have anything to do with this creature, was it too an experiment?
During the search for answers Sinclair and Savage learn something of the race behind it all but they also learn a terrible truth about human history.

Genre: Science Fiction / Space Opera

As Kurt, Zara and the rest of Col Sec are dealing with the events detailed within The Blackstar Gambit, Jake Riley and the Wildfire Team have their own mission.
Sent to an Independent World, Genotia to help a friend of Doctor Baxter, the inventor of the serum that changed Kurt Stryder forever, the Wildfire Team have to fight a rogue faction of the planet’s military who had been altered beyond recognition. Baxter had given his friend a batch of the serum to enhance his friends military to help in their Civil War but the batch had been defective and deemed unsafe by Col Sec due to the increase of aggression in the test subjects, something Doctor Garrison had said might help. The serum changed the recipients into huge berserkers of monstrous size and rage they called the War Dogs.
The Orion Cartel learned of this serum and sent someone to acquire it for themselves.
Fighting on two fronts the Wildfire Team must save a fellow soldier, Captain Alex Thorne once the leader of the War Dogs and prevent him from becoming the monster that the people of Genotia had been warned of. An elite force from Genotia was sent to terminate what was left of the War Dogs and the Orion Cartel want what the War Dogs had become so they can rule the galaxy.
Can Jake and his team succeed this time light years from Confederation space with danger all around them their fight becomes one of survival not just for themselves but for the entire galaxy. 

​Genre: Science Fiction

The Blackstar Gambit.
A new threat raises its head to taunt Col Sec and Kurt Stryder in particular. A threat from a far distant planet with ties to an ancient Earth cult and the other major power in the galaxy, once enemies of the Confederation but now allied to, The Elysium Alliance.
Earth is the target of this new enemy and Kurt and Zara Hardy were the unwilling pawns in a deadly game that would put millions of lives at risk.
Kurt and Zara race across the galaxy to find clues that will lead to some understanding about Osiris, a legendary planet at the heart of the mystery surrounding it all. Will they succeed or will Earth fall in this deadly game to the Blackstar Gambit.

Genre: Science Fiction/Action Adventure

In the mid 25th century the galaxy is split between 2 super powers, the Colonial Confederation and the Elysium Alliance who are locked in a cold war. Kurt Stryder, a member of Recon Delta, the Special Forces unit of Col Sec(Colonial Security) is the sole survivor of a secret program to create a super soldier. Deemed too dangerous to continue it was abandoned. Trapped in a secret facility on a planet deep in Alliance territory Kurt is subjected to experiments to acertain the validity of the program. Col Sec mounts a daring rescue mission to free the soldier before the Alliance learns what Col Sec can only suspect, that the program was a spectacular success. In the first of the Col Sec series we are introduced to Kurt Stryder, a man who is changed beyond his wildest imaginings due to a program he volunteered for. A program he was told could change the military forever. We journey with him as he faces his destiny and has to decide whether to remain a pawn of his government or become a soldier with no master, a Ronin.

Genre: Science Fiction/Action Adventure

Matthew Hawk, an agent of Col Sec Intelligence Division was vital to the rescue mission that helped bring Kurt Stryder back from the clutches of the Elysium Alliance in Ronin, the first in the Col Sec series. In OMEGA, Matt takes centre stage. On a mission to capture a terrorist cell Matt and a group of Recon Delta marines led by Colonel De Boer, find more than they bargained for. They captured a lone figure who turned out to be their first contact with OMEGA an insidious group that had infiltrated all walks of life including even the protector of the Colonial Confederation itself, Col Sec. Once they returned to Col Sec HQ on Earth for interrogation they learn that this figure is more than they realise and more dangerous than they could ever imagine.
Narrowly evading their death at the hands of their captive and an unknown cohort, General Sinclair, the head of Intelligence Division and Matt Hawk begin an investigation into the true nature of this OMEGA group. What role does Jonas Wilde, the second in command of MaxCorp, possibly one of the largest megacorp in the galaxy and the supplier of tec and munitions to Col Sec, play in this? Does Maxwell Eisenhower, the head of MaxCorp know anything?
Through a sudden intervention by Tanya Wilde, the daughter of Jonas, Matt learns something that leads him to a conclusion so shocking that it could rock the very foundation of the Colonial Confederation. He has to act fast to save the lives of this beautiful young woman and his friends and colleagues in Col Sec before OMEGA launches a catastrophic attack on Col Sec HQ.
Revelation after revelation unveil themselves as Matt and those at Col Sec fight for survival until the truth is finally revealed and he faces the head of OMEGA. Only one force can survive this confrontation and Matt prays that he is on the winning side. Jan Domagala picks up the pace with OMEGA, the second in the Col Sec series, so be prepared as this is one you will devour on one sitting.

Genre: Science Fiction/Action Adventure

Kurt Stryder, the hero of Ronin was still struggling to make sense of the loss of his love, Zara Hardy. At the end of Omega, not sure which direction his life should go, he takes a cruise on the Colonial Queen but even this leads him into further trouble. A rich passenger persuades the Captain to take a diversion to the Tartaran Battlefield, once the scene of one of the greatest battles between the Colonial Confederation and the Elysium Alliance. A wasteland of derelict, abandoned husks of once great starships, now home to a colony of outcasts and dregs from every society known simply as, The Outlaws.
Kurt is thrown into a deadly race to save as many passengers as possible when the Outlaws attack and knowing he won’t save them all he calls for help. The Wildfire Team, a new elite unit set up by Col Sec to handle the worst case scenario is dispatched to help Kurt but when they arrive all is not as it seemed. A secret is discovered on the planet below, one that both the Confederation and Alliance alike had thought buried forever, a secret that could ignite another war between the two Superpowers should it be revealed. Kurt and the Wildfire Team must fight side by side against insurmountable odds to save the life of Prince Aswan and Natasha Garvey, his bodyguard from Col Sec Diplomatic Corp. While in orbit above the planet, the two Superpowers flex their military might in a game bluff and counter bluff. The discovery of the planet’s secret is not the only revelation here. Kurt learns where his path truly lies. Captain Jake Riley, leader of the Wildfire Team learns that some feelings never stay buried for long and General Sinclair discovers that some truths are not what they seem. At the end one final revelation that will shock them all to the core which points to an old enemy just waiting to strike again.

Genre: Science Fiction/Action Adventure

An explosion on Toldax at the end of Ronin, the first Kurt Stryder adventure in the Col Sec series, saw the destruction of an entire facility and the death of General Solon, General Sinclair’s opposite number in the Alliance. The clean up subcontracted from MaxCorp make two startling discoveries. Shortly after that Kurt is attacked on his homeworld of Celeron by a group of strangely similar men. He easily survives but the incident raises more questions than answers.
Are the discoveries on Toldax and his attack linked? Is it the beginnings of a scheme by an old enemy that will lead Kurt back to Celeron? Where Kurt must face the truth behind one of the discoveries. In his struggle to face that truth Kurt takes another step toward his enemy’s endgame, and an attack on the teeth of Col Sec and the heart of the Confederation. To play this endgame Kurt and the Wildfire Team must overcome their past or face the devastating retribution of their enemy.

Genre: Science Fiction/Action Adventure

In Ronin we were introduced to Captain Tony Storm, call sign Guardian and his team, Hacker and Cowboy, in Extinction they take centre stage. A quarter of a century before, a plan to enhance the military goes terribly wrong and is covered up, something that General Sinclair, the Head of Col Sec has had to deal with ever since. An attack on a defunct base in deep space by an old enemy threatens to unleash a horror on mankind that could cause its end.
Guardian and his team find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and are pitted in the forefront of the struggle.
Can they stop this secret from escaping or is mankind doomed to extinction? 

Genre: Science Fiction/Action Adventure

Tartaran, the planet of deadly secrets is being held by the Elysium Alliance. General Sinclair of Col Sec thinks it’s time for that to change. He sanctions a new mission for those under his command in the Wildfire Initiative.
Kurt Stryder, recently reunited with his lost love Zara Hardy, now a vital member of the Wildfire Initiative too is sent back to the planet where he finally learned where his destiny lies. This time though he has the full back up of Zara and the Wildfire Team led by Jake Riley.
The son of General Solon learns of his father’s death at the hand of Kurt Stryder on the planet Toldax and swears vengeance for this act. He chases him to Tartaran where he plans on killing him and restoring his families honour. Elsewhere Matt Hawk is on a mission of his own. After witnessing OMEGA attack Earth and Col Sec in particular several times over the past few months he decides it’s time to take the fight to them. He goes on a hunt to root out the daughter of OMEGA’s founder, the late Jonas Wilde. Tanya is now in command of the terrorist organisation and Matt has more than one score to settle with her. In an adventure that sweeps across the galaxy the Wildfire Team and Matt Hawk find themselves in a bitter fight for survival. Not just the terrifying and deadly creatures that inhabit the planet are out to kill them but a team of Black Knights led by Major Solon. Kurt learns the truth behind the city down on the planet’s surface whilst Matt discovers OMEGA’s true intent. These revelations are as surprising as they are deadly. In the final battle only one will survive. One will have a resurrection while the other only oblivion. In the latest chapter of the Col Sec series, Jan Domagala takes the reader on another wild ride where the stakes are higher and the danger more deadly. Resurrection is another stunning addition to an already fantastic series of futuristic high adventure.