Disillusionment can be a great motivator, and when the only way out is up Jet learns that friends can be found in the most unlikely of places: that a courier service is much more than delivering parcels and that diamonds are everyone's best friends.
In the Company Wars Chronicles I have a character called Alan P. Ellis. Alan is portrayed as an arrogant and self-important writer, who is the author of a series of books about Jet Black. The idea was to depict Jet Black as a kind of Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers; the kind of over the top character that gets into fanciful and implausible situations. But as anyone who writes will know our characters sometimes refuse to act the way we intended them to, and it occurred to me long after I had introduced Alan that by making Jet into a far-fetched character gave me the opportunity to use a few what if situations I had at the back of my mind without taking the stories too seriously. Jet may have started as a joke, but it seems Alan has had the last laugh.
About the Author
Alan P. Ellis was born on page six, volume four (Return to Pla) of the Company Wars Chronicle, from a plot lines need for a casual, encounter with an expendable character. Alan is a womaniser: he is arrogant, brash, and in the opinion of those who know him self-centred, unpleasant and generally an unlikable person, but as a fictitious author he tapped into that which all those that ridiculed him lacked: a place and a time that he was made for. Alan love's fast expensive cars almost as much as he loves female company: and those nearly as much as he loves alcohol, so just a few pages later: after mixing the three with the lose gravel of a mountain road, Alan made the ultimate character sacrifice so that Chairman Ellis could carry on the tale, but that: as they say, is another story