The Right to Ride Astride is set in the year 1831 in Northwest England and is the story of two young women, Hannah – 22 – masculine and plain, who hates men; and Sarah –18 – feminine and attractive, who knows how to manipulate men. These women defy the customs as written in the Holy Book, whereby the duty of a female is to marry and obey her husband. Hannah, illegitimate, having spent her entire life in boarding schools, where her only friends were horses, meets Sarah, an orphan, whose entire family has been killed by mining disasters or disease, and is alive because she chose to work in a brothel instead of a mine. When Hannah manages to ride a large and fast stallion named Hannibal, who, until this time, has never been ridden, Hannah and Sarah realize they cannot only survive, but with the help of a powerful family, they can prosper.
Alba Longa is the ancient capital of Latium, on the Italian peninsula. The Roman Empire was born from this great city. However, behind the glory of what Rome became is a darker tale of secrecy, betrayal and death. Numitor is a good man and a great diplomat; his brother Amulius an envious plotter and brave conqueror. Their struggle for power will bring out the best of one and the worst of the other. Only one can be king. Rhea Silva (Lillia) is the daughter of Numitor, her first son will become heir to the throne. Her life is thrown into turmoil by events out of her control, putting her and her twin boys in mortal danger. The Hounds of Diana are the secret sect that protects the realm from within. Yet, there are those that would undermine it. Then, there are the Dormienti, the sleepers. Only when the Hounds call, do the Dormienti awaken, and only when death desires it.
The German Iscariot........... ...............follows RAF pilot Martin Cohen’s escape from Menzenschwand German Prison Camp, taking him to the British Embassy in a neutral Switzerland intent on profit by financing the Wehrmacht war machine. Master of four languages and mentored by MI6, Martin is secreted at the Berne Embassy as an ‘illegal’, charged with investigating the disappearance of operatives from their ‘escape line’. There he uncovers fraud, rivalry and murder, just as the Russian victory at Stalingrad raises doubts on whether Germany will win. Frauleins interfere, brilliant detective work; Martin discovers that a Nazi convoy is to transfer looted gold from a Zurich to a Lucerne bank. He encourages the UK, Russian and US Ambassadors to unite and open a Second Front. The convoy is hi-jacked. Civilians are killed, and the Swiss President declares war on the UK. Colonel-General Strasser, (The German Iscariot) escapes death at the hi-jack; he plans vengeance and death to his enemies within and without the 3rd Reich.
In 1944, Portsmouth, the formidable Davey Dwyer, known as ‘Moose' to his friends, is working as an engineer in the Navy and dating Sally, the love of his life. The build-up of army and navy servicemen from Canada and America does not sit comfortably with Davey, who considers anyone north of Port Creek to be an ‘outsider'. When Dwyer finds himself caught up in a fight with four American soldiers, he wakes up in a police cell to face a life-changing decision. After being torn away from Sally, Davey is enlisted in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne, working closely alongside Major Carter. Dwyer becomes good friends with Private Danny Brooks and when the two later find themselves united on the dark lonely battlefields of Normandy, Dwyer realises that his life is about to change forever, in a war of unprecedented bloodshed and tears that would change the course of history.
Amidst the turmoil of chaos and revolution, a young Napoleon Bonaparte leaves the safety of his Corsican homeland to be thrust into the corruption of the French aristocracy as he pursues a career in the artillery. Facing riot and rebellion throughout France, Napoleon must fight to protect a society that sees him as an outsider. As the world threatens to crumble around him, Napoleon must prove himself in order to protect his family from those who would destroy all he loves. This outsider, shunned and despised, may well prove to be France’s only hope.
In Breaking the Flood, the first of four novels about the fall of Constantinople, Niccolo Gritti, a nineteen year-old scion of an aristocratic merchant dynasty in mid-15th century Venice, recounts his upbringing, his family’s impoverishment and his decision to take ship in a trading fleet to the eastern Mediterranean. Ambushed by corsairs, Niccolo is pressed as a galley slave. Soon, a fellow oarsman identifies himself as Demetrius Angelos, member of a distinguished military family in Constantinople. Demetrius is desperate to return there, threatened as his city is by the bellicose ruler of the Ottomans, Mehmet II. Eventually, the two young men escape the corsairs’ clutches and Niccolo decides to throw in his lot with Demetrius, journeying with him to the decayed Byzantine capital. At once, Bildungsroman and quest narrative, Breaking the Flood is both vivid and haunting, recreating a forgotten world with cinematic and at times hallucinatory clarity.
Accompany Edward Clarington on a seemingly innocuous task to help an old friend in Spain sort out his papers, and enter into a journey of twists and turns, labyrinths, hidden places and wartime secrets. A castle on the Rhine will take the reader on an exotic journey through the music of Wagner, German literature and legend, and more than a little political intrigue from the Second World War. Flung together are characters who cannot possibly have anything in common, (and in fact the links are not finally made until the turn of the last page) leaving the reader to confirm whether their suspicions have been correct all along. A Castle on the Rhine is a feast of all things good about German music and literature, and will undoubtedly entertain Wagner fans. But underlying this tapestry of music and literature, there is a hidden and dark tale which dates back to the Germany of the '30s and the Second World War. A compelling story which will leave the reader guessing until the very last page is turned.
Coalminer, anti-slaver, ironmaster, Indian fighter and bridge builder. Nathaniel Shawcross is all of these and more. Brought up in the turbulent years of the late 18th century, this young Shropshire man develops a sense of justice and commitment to humanity that puts many to shame. A moral code forged in the radicalism of the new enlightenment, evangelical religion and Quakerism soon brings him into conflict with the amoral landowning elite of the time. Fleeing to the American colonies, where he hopes to find a better world, he is dismayed at what he discovers. Notions of savagery and civilisation are turned on their heads. He disappears into the frontier wilderness where he seeks to establish a community that is tolerant and peaceful. But he is beset by personal tragedy and the unstoppable march to racial intolerance, genocide and war. He returns to England to restart his former life but he is a different man and will not shy away from injustice wherever it appears. A man of ideas ahead of his time perhaps, he embraces technological progress as the years draw close to the new century. But he's not without doubts about the future.
Having survived near disaster at the battle of Fuentes d’Onoro, Fin Ross continues his adventures with the Horse Artillery as the army advances into Spain, having to overcome the rugged mountain landscape, as well as an army of deserters. Heading for the battle of Vitoria, Fin works with his trusted friend Thomo to bring the guns to their allotted position against the advancing enemy and has to come to terms with his respected captain being falsely arrested whilst yet again facing the man who hates him more than any other…
War is not a pleasant business. People die, cut to ribbons by bullets, limbs blown off by mines and roadside bombs. Not just the soldiers, but the non-combatants: young women, the elderly and children. 1963 to 1967 saw Britain fighting in a hostile and arid country, trying to stem the expansion of communism in the Middle East. On the ground, the ordinary soldiers, infantry, gunners, engineers and armoured regiments did what the British soldier always does – getting on with the job come hell or high water! Bomber’s story is written from real-life experience. Although Bomber, the main character, is fictitious, he is based on a combination of many soldiers. Many of the events took place as described but with the storyteller’s licence when melting them together. The Wolves of the Radfan, the largest tribe that straddled the then-border between North and South Yemen, started the war and the British soldiers put paid to the Wolves in 1964, but then came the push by the communists from North Yemen and it was then the contest started in all the brutality that war produces. Many acts of great courage have not been mentioned in the book, especially in the period from 1963 to the end of 1964, perhaps someone else will write about that. Fact and fiction, fiction or fact? This is a story of a normal British infantryman who faced combat and it was nothing like he had ever imagined.
Adam Southerly, a young man who only realises the extent of his fatherâ€™s depravity after his parents are killed in a coaching accident, always knew his father was a tyrant, but did not realise the extent of his evil. With the help of his loyal manservant, Martin, Adam spends several years trying to right all the wrongs of his father, but the task becomes overwhelming. Adam is only a man and one man can only do so much. There are so many people waiting for him to fail, calling him the spawn of the Devil. He takes a wrong turn himself and finds he has reason to doubt his own sanity. Finally, he lets down the very people he wanted to protect but as he tells Martin, sometimes the people you least expect let you down.
The ways of the old world are dying. Cowboys, pirates and many other ways of making a living are slowly being phased out in favour of progress as the last edges of the varied, violent and often bizarre world of Terralong are being explored as the world grapples with itself in deciding how to progress.
On the tail end of the 19th century, the world is changing with technology seeping through every crevice of this world. However, the majority of its inhabitants remain stubborn in clinging to nostalgia and tradition.
Meanwhile, others try to change around them. Among them is a marshal on a final push to conquer all of Terralong, a soldier seeking revenge and an optimistic tribesman determined to unite his people before facing annihilation in the ways of his ancestors.
Everyone within this brave new world now faces their own personal quests as they try to embrace the world of change about to be presented to them. But will they succeed before the world leaves them behind?