Bob Hyslop

Publisher info

I am a retired teacher, living near Chichester, Sussex, UK. I am married with one daughter and two grandsons.
Apart from writing my main hobbies are Family History, Music (all kinds) and playing the guitar.
I have published four historical novels under different names which, you may find, still in print.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing about 50 years ago - a few short stories. In fact, two of my published books - ''Mutatis Mutandis' in print & 'And Death Will Have His Day' on Smashwords - existed way back. 'Mutatis' (written as 'Robert Hyslop' developed out of post-graduate research into early Tudor History while 'And Death...' originated as a 'spoof thriller'. Both have been considerably changed over the years.I should add here that I began a historical trilogy in 1992 ('The Wanderer' as 'R. Hyslop') which was published in print in 2008.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'll ignore the restructuring of my 4 printed books into 10 ebooks. The last of the 'Jonas Forbes Saga' is meant as a fitting climax to the 16 books featuring that cocktail of Simon Templar, Philip Marlowe & James Bond and is set in 1973 Washington dominated by Watergate. Jonas may be married but a leopard doesn't change his spots. So he treads on the toes of both CIA & FBI, takes on a component of the Mafia with typical malevolent glee, embarks on a passionate affaire with a total stranger and ignores any real contact with the UK. He's there to solve a murder but jumps with both feet into the political furore of the century. Apart from keeping notes he's leaned nothing from 18 years of walking a tightrope. But then......... You'd better read that for yourself, but be assured the factual background is well researched.
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Tudor Turnabout
Series: Tudor Turnabout. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 185,330. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015 by Bob Hyslop. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
England (1526-47) Henry VIII clamours for a new wife & many subjects for religious change for change. Both witness their dreams like sand trickle away. THE King marries 5 times:Protestantism almost pushes aside Catholicism but collapses with inner discord. Too many good men meet violent death. Formerly 'Mutatis Mutadis' this is Fiction firmly rooted in Fact with extensive End-Notes.
Meeting Destiny
Series: The Wanderer, BOOK 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,060. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2015 by Bob Hyslop. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
998-1000 Jerusalem Thousands gather awaiting the Second Coming and the end of the world. Ethelwulf recovering from two recent tragedies is ready to purge his sins: but what about his destiny? Will he have to face it alone - or will he at last become a soldier of Christ at Armageddon? Part 9 of 'The Wanderer Saga' set in 10th. century Europe with research provided in extensive End-Notes.
Servants of Miklagard
Series: The Wanderer, BOOK 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 98,840. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2015 by Bob Hyslop. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Byzantium 990-98 At Constantinople r Basil II recruits Ethelwulf into the Varangian Guard. But he quickly makes more enemies than friends (failing both to bed a princess and steal a treasure). His force is virtually destroyed by Turks & treachery so, a lone mad-man, he must flee southwards. Part 8 of 'The Wanderer Saga' set in 10th. century Europe with research provided in extensive End-Notes.
The Wastes of Gadarike
Series: The Wanderer, BOOK 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,500. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2015 by Bob Hyslop. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Gadarike (Russia) 988-90. Ethelwulf has problems with a runaway princess, religious bigotry and oppressive government before he can escape southwards towards Byzantium fighting off Turkish mercenaries and Pecheneg raiders: success but at a dreadful cost. Part 7 of 'The Wanderer Saga' set in 10th. century Europe with research provided in extensive End-Notes.
Swords for Sale
Series: The Wanderer, BOOK 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 108,410. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2015 by Bob Hyslop. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Finland 986-88 Ethelwulf quickly breaks with the Kainuu exploiting the Sami. Still mistrusted by the Vikings, even after winning a public duel, he helps save Aldeigjuborg on lake Ladoga, their main base when attacked by a unified Finnish force. The exiles slip away to Russia.Part 1 of 'The Wanderer Saga' set in 10th. century Europe with research provided in extensive End-Notes.
Empty Triumphs
Series: The Wanderer, BOOK 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,920. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2015 by Bob Hyslop. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
'The Swedish Sea'; 985-6 The exiles are enticed from the Danish court of Harald Bluetooth to despoil The Sons of Hel. Pagan sacrifice & pagan treachery drive them towards the doomed Styrbjorn & the Jomsviking attempt vs. the Swedish throne. They escape but become marked men in the Viking world. Part 5 of 'The Wanderer Saga' set in 10th. century Europe with research provided in extensive End-Notes.
Blood Feud
Series: The Wanderer, BOOK 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 100,420. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2015 by Bob Hyslop. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Iceland 984-5 Ethelwulf may feel safer here but he soon falls into the intrigues, alliance & feuds recorded in Icelandic Sagas. He also meets 2 witches - one evil & the other...... Not quite as expected. Blamed for violence at an Althing, he is expelled. Part 4 of 'The Wanderer Saga' set in 10th. century Europe with research provided in extensive End-Notes.
Land of Disorder
Series: The Wanderer, BOOK 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,080. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2015 by Bob Hyslop. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Ireland 981-84. Ethelwulf reaches Ireland - then a land of kinglets, magic & frequent war. He immediately loses several followers in a disastrous venture, just the first example of treachery marking his stay. Distrusted on all sides he is finally expelled. Part 3 of 'The Wanderer Saga' set in 10th. century Europe with research provided in extensive End-Notes.
Isle of Intrigues
Series: The Wanderer, BOOK 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,430. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2015 by Bob Hyslop. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Jersey 979-81 Ethelwulf & his followers reach Jersey, ruled by the Normans, and become involved in a series of episodes involving murder, theft, fraud and piracy etc. They make both friends & enemies and too late realise they are not beyond the power of England when Ethelwulf is seized. Part 2 of 'The Wanderer Saga' set in 10th. century Europe with research provided in extensive End-Notes.
Witness To Murder
Series: The Wanderer, BOOK 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 93,320. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2015 by Bob Hyslop. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
England 979 Ethelwulf witnesses the murder of his king at Corfe, is hunted as an outlaw and pays a dreadful price for his escape from England. Part 1 of 'The Wanderer Saga' set in 10th. century Europe with research provided in extensive End-Notes.

Books

Endgame At Watergate
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 16. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,800. Language: British English. Published: January 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Washington1973. Jonas Forbes is sent to help find the killer of a diplomat. Is he always straight with the MPD - and the FBI investigating the mess surrounding Nixon's election? How are the Mafia involved and can Jonas keep his head when ensnared by a femme fatale? A thriller firmly fixed in the 1973 Washington scandal that brought down a President.
So Few Come Out
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 15. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,800. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Nigeria 1969. Jonas Forbes aims to find a surgeon missing in the horrors of the Biafran Civil War. he soon disappears as well, is threatened by both sides and confronts a madman in the anarchy of one of the most costly conflicts of the century Set during the death throes of the biafran republic This thriller employs research into a conflict still controversial.
Havok Goes To Moscow
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 13. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 69,930. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Europe 1967. The first rock band to head for the USSR includes a would-be killer - plus Jonas Forbes with a cypher for opponents of the Soviet regime. Will the killer get away with it? Will Jonas deliver the goods? Or will the KGB, watching all the way prove the real stars? A thriller with researched background
Stay-Alive Runs Away
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,730. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Kenya 1954. Jonas Forbes in the colonial police battles vs. Mau Mau.. Askari Stay-alive Johnson witnesses a massacre but deserts rather than give evidence .jonas has to bring him back but the tale isn’t over by a long way, especially when love and jealousy play their parts. A thriller set against the violence of the Mau Mau Emergency in Kenya
Family Business
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 12. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,920. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
UK 1966 Criminal families hog the headlines. One gang are double-crossed by their corrupt lawyer. In the resulting violence the brother-in-law of Jonas Forbes is nearly killed. Jonas strikes back and is then hunted by both police and gangsters . The contest becomes a matter of family business – and survival. A fast-moving thriller closely set in its historical background, chiefly in Kent.
Lies Hunt In Packs
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 10. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,920. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
USSR 1964 . Khrushchev has fallen. Somebody wants a dissident smuggled out of the Soviet Union. Jonas Forbes is sent as he's considered 'expendable'. Everybody seems to be lying and complications abound with the KGB torn by inner struggles and trouble continues even after Jonas (plus dissident) escapes into Finland.
Find Bormann!
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,000. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Uruguay 1962. Jonas Forbes, Mossad, Kameradenwerk and a mysterious German girl are all looking for fugitive war criminal Martin Bormann and that means means trouble. Add the Uruguay Police and the CIA and the trouble gets bigger. a fast-paced thriller, with close attention to historical background.
Reza-Sharpe
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,430. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
London 1959. The Shah of Iran is visiting Britain but somebody aims to kill him. Jonas Forbes is hired to protect him, but from whom - religious extremists or left-wing revolutionaries or an unknown enemy? His chief Iranian contact is Reza Karimidad: his chief M15 contact is Jack Sharpe. Who is helping but who is not? How does he distinguish truth from lies? A thriller firmly set in the period.
Cuban Rummy
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,420. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Cuba 1957 Too many cooks almost spoil the broth when Jonas Forbes hunts a sadistic serial-killer . He rubs shoulders with Batista’s Security Battalion as well as Marxists. He’s helped and hindered by two senoritas and the occupants of two Embassies. Does anybody really want the killer to elude capture?
Scrambling South
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,480. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Historical » General
Egypt & Sudan 1956. Jonas Forbes secures a cypher-code hidden in the Karnak Temple in Egypt but is hunted by more than Egyptian Security as he disappears into the desert on the way to Sudan and safety. A thriller firmly set in the post-Suez Crisis period.
Californian Nightmare
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 67,780. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
California 1968. Jonas Forbes is hired to uncover a plot for using a UK hit-man to murder a US Presidential candidate. Almost at once he finds himself under threat at home due to treachery. Even so, he identifies the proposed killer & follows him to California – with a personal score to settle as well as to save Bobby Kennedy. A thriller set in both London and San Francisco.
The Awkward Package
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,470. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Western Europe1958. King Feisal of Iraq has been overthrown and contract is put out to kill Prince Abdullah, a distant (and spoilt) cousin living in Rome. Jonas Forbes has the job of bringing to London a most uncooperative individual. The Mafia, the Unione Corse and others set out to kill the Prince, who comes to hate and fear his protector. Will the 'package' arrive undamaged in London?
Well, He Would, Wouldn't He?
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,830. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Britain1963 The Establishment becomes rocked by the ‘sex-and-espionage'’ scandal centred on John Profumo and Christine Keeler. Both are being threatened so Jonas Forbes is hired to protect them. He stumbles on murder and acquires the basis for future nightmares involving zombies and sewers. This lightly-written thriller, rich in period detail, uses actual legal and police accounts.
And Death Will Have His Day
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 11. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,300. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Britain 1965.The country teeters on the edge of racial unrest – encouraged by the ruthless plans of unknown forces. Jonas Forbes becomes involved, using his own ‘unorthodox’ approach to clearing up villainy but is almost undone by his own mistakes. A lightly written thriller firmly set in 1965 and with a frenetic pace.
Dare Call It Treason
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,290. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Britain 1956. Soviet leaders, Bulganin and Khrushchev, are targets for conspirators plotting to restore Stalinism in the USSR. However, their chief accomplice becomes as much a murderous threat to themselves as to their opponents. Against them are Jonas Forbes, two Soviet Intelligence Agencies (GRU & KGB) and the UK Police. A lightly-written thriller concentrating on historical accuracy.
Dragon-Spit
Series: Jonas Forbes Saga, BOOK7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,430. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Britain 1960-1. Jonas Forbes is hired by MI5 to investigate a threat by China to detach Britain from NATO Defence Policy. Jonas finds himself embroiled with beautiful Chinese twins (one an agent and one not), confronted by Triad threats and arousing the interest of the Soviet Embassy. What a mixture! Although lightly-written this thriller is meticulously fitted into its historical context.

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