S.J.A. Turney

Biography

I live with my wife, little boy, baby girl and two (theoretically) dogs in rural North Yorkshire, where I sit in an office and attempt to spin engrossing tales out of strands of imagination while my children drive toys across my desk between me and my work.

A born and bred Yorkshireman with a love of country, history and architecture, I spend most of my (rapdily diminishing) free time travelling around ancient sites, writing, researching the ancient world and playing with my children.

Having written a number of unpublished short stories in my early days, I decided back in 2003 to try and write a full length novel. That was the start of Marius' Mules. Being a fan of Roman history, I decided to combine my love of writing and my love of the classical world. Marius' Mules was followed two years later by Interregnum - my attempt to create a new fantasy story still with a heavy flavour of Rome.

These have been followed by numerous sequels, with three books in the fantasy 'Tales of the Empire' series and five in the bestselling 'Marius' Mules' one. 2013 has seen the first book in a 15th century trilogy - 'The Thief's Tale' - and will also witness several side projects seeing the light of day.

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Books

Marius' Mules VII: The Great Revolt
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 195,870. Language: British English. Published: October 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
(5.00)
The pieces are in place. After months of clandestine organisation, Vercingetorix, backed by the druids and leading an army of rebellious tribes, is ready to make his first moves towards independence for his people and the annihilation of Rome's presence in Gaul. Fronto and his friends are heading for a clash of armies the likes of which the north has never seen... at Alesia
The Assassin's Tale
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Series: Ottoman Cycle, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,680. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
1493. The former thief-turned-unwitting-explorer Skiouros returns from the New World with his eyes set on Borgia-controlled Italy. Gathering old friends to his cause he once more sets out upon his quest for vengeance against the pretender Sultan, Cem. But in a world of corruption and wickedness, does Skiouros really have the darkness of heart to murder a man in cold blood?
Marius' Mules: Prelude to War
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 29,570. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
It is the winter of 53/52BC and while Caesar struggles with the chaos of a failing republic and recruits troops in Aquileia, Gaul's freedom fighters emerge, with a desire for Roman blood. This collection of three tales presents a sequence of events that takes place in the winter between Marius' Mules books six and seven.
Marius' Mules VI: Caesar's Vow
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Series: Marius' Mules, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 161,860. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
It is the eve of destruction. Gaul seethes and bucks more than ever in revolt against the Roman invader just as Rome similarly begins to show its cracks. Caesar has made a vow to men and Gods alike to end the life of Ambiorix, and naught will stand in the way of that vow's completion - not Gaul, nor Roman, nor reason itself. Can Fronto halt the destruction of the Belgae and fulfill Caesar's vow?
The Priest's Tale
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Series: Ottoman Cycle, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,040. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
The Ottoman Cycle, book 2 Crete, 1492. With vengeful Turkish pirates, slave markets, sea battles, enigmatic desert nomads, secretive knights, swordfighting Italians and a distressing time clad once more in priestly garb, Skiouros' life has never been more complex, and his end goal never seemed so far away.
Marius' Mules V: Hades' Gate
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Series: Marius' Mules, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 171,470. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
54bc. As tensions build in Gaul and the druids manoeuvre the tribes towards general rebellion, Priscus and the diminishing senior staff of Caesar's army prepare to return to Britannia, this time with a vast army and a will to crush the tribes of that mysterious island.
The Thief's Tale
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Series: Ottoman Cycle, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,900. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Istanbul, 1490. A Greek thief snatches a purse which contains a secret that will lead he and his Janissary guard brother into the ever-deepening threads of a plot that threatens not only the brothers' own lives, but the very existence of the Ottoman Empire.
Marius' Mules IV: Conspiracy of Eagles
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Series: Marius' Mules, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 165,440. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
55BC and Caesar's army gathers in the north of Gaul, preparing to drive invading Germanic peoples from Gaul and to traverse the dangerous northern ocean bringing punishment to the tribes of Britannia for their assistance of Gaulish rebels.
Tales of Ancient Rome Volume 1
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Price: Free! Words: 31,200. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00)
A collection of bite-size stories of varying styles all based in the world of ancient Rome. 12 tales of the ancient world, plus a bonus tale to finish. The second edition contains two new tales not told in the 1st.
Marius' Mules III: Gallia Invicta
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Series: Marius' Mules, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 171,910. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » War
(5.00)
56bc. As Fronto and his friends winter in Rome, trouble is brewing in the north. The tribes of Armorica, driven to desperate action by the harsh rule of Crassus, raise their standards in defiance of the Roman eagle causing a chain reaction that threatens everything the legions of Caesar have achieved. Can the general's commanders stamp out the fires of rebellion before the whole of Gaul is ablaze?
Dark Empress
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Series: Tales of the Empire, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 172,420. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Tales of the Empire 3: A time of trials, war and terror is coming to the desert city of M'Dahz, the Empire's southern bastion. As the Empire's government falters and crumbles, the people suffer. But Samir, Ghassan and Asima,are about to discover that while people change the world, the world also changes people and that the best and worst of folk are forged in hardship.
Ironroot
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Series: Tales of the Empire, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,000. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Tales of the Empire 2: A tale of treason and revenge set in the world of the Interregnum, some twenty years after the events of that book. Captain Varro of the Fourth army is about to have the worst day of his life. Wounded in battle and fearing for his life and his future, he stumbles upon a plot that reaches deep into the past and into the roots of everything in which he believes.
Interregnum
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Series: Tales of the Empire, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 185,520. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
For twenty years civil war has torn the Empire apart. Against a background of war and decay, men who once served in the proud Imperial army now fight as mercenaries. On a hopeless battlefield a mercenary captain tortured by the events of his past, stumbles across hope in the form of a young man. The last scion of the Imperial line will change Kiva forever.
Marius' Mules II: The Belgae
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Series: Marius' Mules, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 147,200. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » War
(5.00)
57BC. The fearsome Belgae have gathered a great army to oppose Rome, and Fronto and the legions assemble once more to take Caesar's war against the most dangerous tribes in the northern world. While the legions battle the Celts in the fiercest war of Caesar's career, the plots and conspiracies against him, both at Rome and among his own army, become ever deeper and more dangerous.
Marius' Mules: The Invasion of Gaul
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Series: Marius' Mules, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 169,680. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » War
(4.00)
It is 58BC, and the Tenth Legion under Marcus Falerius Fronto are encamped at Cremona awaiting the arrival of the great general Julius Caesar. Fronto is about to discover that politics can be as dangerous as battle, that old enemies can be trusted more than new friends, and that standing close to such a shining figure as Caesar, even the most ethical of men risk being burned.

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Smashwords book reviews by S.J.A. Turney

  • St Viper's School For Super Villains. The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery. on Sep. 03, 2012

    Clearly, I'm not the target audience for St Viper's, but I would still recommend it to everyone with a kid in the target age group. The story is very much a fast-paced super-heist story mixed with a traditional underdogs coming out on top in training story. The text is fired at the reader in a staccato gunburst of fun, which should suit the reader perfectly and is accompanied by a series of illustrations that, though I initially thought might be too cgi for me, were actually perfectly suited and worked very nicely throughout. If I had one quibble, and it's really only a small thing and probably only affects adults, rather than the kids it's aimed at, it would be that the story drops into the action too fast and the plot was already racing away before I was really getting to grips with the characters. I think I would have liked a chapter or two of into that brought us the characters and situation slowly. As I say, though, this probably will have little effect on kids who will relish the instant action. I can imaging that, while this is a charming and innovative debut, the sequel will be a stunning piece of work, being able to build on the existing characters and situations. You have kids the right age for St Viper's? Buy it. Treat them. They'll love it.(
  • St Viper's School For Super Villains. The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery. on Sep. 03, 2012

    Clearly, I'm not the target audience for St Viper's, but I would still recommend it to everyone with a kid in the target age group. The story is very much a fast-paced super-heist story mixed with a traditional underdogs coming out on top in training story. The text is fired at the reader in a staccato gunburst of fun, which should suit the reader perfectly and is accompanied by a series of illustrations that, though I initially thought might be too cgi for me, were actually perfectly suited and worked very nicely throughout. If I had one quibble, and it's really only a small thing and probably only affects adults, rather than the kids it's aimed at, it would be that the story drops into the action too fast and the plot was already racing away before I was really getting to grips with the characters. I think I would have liked a chapter or two of into that brought us the characters and situation slowly. As I say, though, this probably will have little effect on kids who will relish the instant action. I can imaging that, while this is a charming and innovative debut, the sequel will be a stunning piece of work, being able to build on the existing characters and situations. You have kids the right age for St Viper's? Buy it. Treat them. They'll love it.