You may be wondering: How much of the physical setting of Auckland Allies is real?
The answer to that is a bit like my Irish great-grandmother’s approach to confession. “Sure, and I’ve committed every sin but murder,” she told the priest (according to family legend). Her explanation was simple: “It was quicker to tell him what I hadn’t done than what I had done.”
Accordingly, here are the bits of the setting that either aren’t real, or have been renamed and otherwise changed for my legal protection. Every other place you read about in these books exists, and is much the way I describe it, including all the public places. (That's why you can see them on Google Maps on the Maps page.)
- Any homes, including places rented by the Ennead, are not based on specific addresses in the real world. They’re loosely accurate in terms of the types of houses or apartments in the area described, though Sally's house is a bit larger than most real houses in her neighbourhood.
- I have deliberately not researched anything relating to security, physical or digital, for any real-world place (because most organisations take a dim view of people researching their security vulnerabilities and then writing about them). I have just invented any security-related details in a way that fits the story I'm telling.
- The sleazy Mulcahy’s Bar on K Road, where Pigeon hangs out, doesn’t exist, though there are some sleazy bars there. I named it after an old boss, purely because he had such a great Irish name, and not because he was or is in any way sleazy.
- The Partington Hotel in Auckland Allies 2: Ghost Bridge stands in the same place as a luxury hotel in the real world, on the site of Partington's flour mill, which is where I got the name. Anything which can be taken to depict the hotel in any negative light should be assumed to be invented, especially if you are a lawyer for the hotel.
- The warehouse that the Allies rent, starting in Auckland Allies 3: Unsafe Harbour, is based on a real location, but not closely based on it (by which I mean I have a group of warehouses in mind, but I've only seen them from the road and don't know what they look like inside).
- Prince Albert's College, mentioned in Auckland Allies 3: Unsafe Harbour as the secondary school attended by Dan and Jay, has some approximate resemblance to a specific real-world private school, but isn't that school and doesn't actually exist.