I was raised in Grantham, Lincolnshire and attended the King's Grammar School after passing the Eleven Plus exam. In the latter I clearly remember writing an essay on Oliver Cromwell – my first piece of military writing.
Then came a BA in history and international relations at Nottingham followed by a Master of Philosophy course at the University of York. The subject was the generalship and cavalry of Prince Rupert of the Rhine, my boyhood hero, during the English Civil War. The year I spent researching and writing at York, Oxford and at the British Library in London was a truly wonderful time.
I moved to London and eventually joined a small publishing company as an editor. Thus began my writing career. I now live in Lincolnshire with my wife Karen.
You know three things, Pacorus:
Your ‘army’ totals only one hundred men and one hundred women.
No help is coming.
The gods are unreliable allies.
Can you save the new King of Media, prevent Spartacus from unleashing death and destruction on Armenia, and preserve the peace between Parthia and Rome?
‘Amazon’ is the continuing story of Pacorus of Dura and his battles against the external and internal foes of the Parthian Empire. It is the ninth volume in the Parthian Chronicles and follows on from ‘The Cursed Kingdom’.
What price glory, Spartacus? Mark Antony has returned to Parthia to wage war against the king of kings. But Parthia has a new hero, a man born of slaves who carries an infamous name and who burns with rage against the world. As Mark Antony forges an unholy alliance with the Parthian King of Media, will you save the empire and lose your family? Or will you obey the rules of the gods?
Book seven in the Parthian Chronicles series sees Pacers, his family and friends fighting for their lives on the eastern edge of the empire as a new power rises across the River Indus to challenge the Parthian Empire.
Published: March 1, 2017.
Fiction » Historical » Ancient
‘The Ice March’ is the story of Mikhail Petrov, an impoverished peasant who is drafted into the Imperial Russian Army at the beginning of World War I and becomes embroiled in the Russian Revolution and subsequent Civil War, changing Russia and his life forever.
Pacorus had believed the defeat of Crassus would signal the end of Roman interest in Parthia and for many years his kingdom knew peace and prosperity. But the vindictiveness of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt draws him and the Parthians into a new war, one in which they would be fighting for their very existence when her husband Mark Antony invades the empire at the head of over one hundred thousand men.
No man can escape his destiny, not even the famed Conrad Wolff whose named is revered and feared in equal measure throughout the Baltic following nearly thirty years of bloodshed. This, the final volume in the Crusader Chronicles series, sees Conrad and the Army of the Wolf embark upon their final, fateful campaign.
‘Master of Mayhem’ is the fourth volume of the Crusader Chronicles and continues the story of Conrad Wolff and the Baltic Crusade in the first half of the thirteenth century. Peace reigns in Estonia but it is a fragile peace and when the crusade against the Lithuanians restarts in the south, Conrad and the Sword Brothers are suddenly faced with fighting savage wars in both the north and south.
This, the third volume of the Crusader Chronicles, continues the story of Conrad Wolff and the Baltic Crusade in the first quarter of the thirteenth century. Conrad and the Sword Brothers are forced to launch an ambitious campaign to save save King Valdemar of Denmark, the man who loathes the order and particularly Conrad. And then a new enemy arises to threaten Conrad's life.
This, the fifth volume in the ‘Parthian Chronicles’ series, is set in the time between ‘Parthian Dawn’ and ‘Parthian Vengeance’. It tells the story of Pacorus and a band of companions who embark on a mission to rescue one who was left behind in Italy after the Spartacus slave revolt. The quest will lead them to the city of Ephesus where gladiatorial games are being held.
This, the second volume of the Crusader Chronicles, continues the story of Conrad Wolff and the Baltic Crusade in the first quarter of the thirteenth century. Conrad has won great fame by killing the pagan leader Lembit in battle and so when Livonia is in great peril, he is ordered to raise an army to defeat the enemies of the Bishop of Riga. This ragtag force becomes the Army of the Wolf.
This, the first volume in the Baltic Crusader Chronicles, tells the story of Conrad Wolff and the crusade during the first years of the thirteenth century.
Conrad’s fate is soon entwined with that of the Sword Brothers, the order of warrior monks that fights to defend and expand Christendom in the Baltic.
‘Parthian Dawn’ is the second volume of the adventures of Pacorus the Parthian and his companions – the fierce and proud Gallia, the ex-Roman centurion Domitus, the scout Byrd and the sorceress Dobbai – as they battle for their lives against the backdrop of the clash between the ancient world's two greatest empires.
'Parthian Dawn' follows on from 'The Parthian'.
The story of Pacorus, a prince of the Parthian Empire who is captured by the Romans and sent to Italy to live out the rest of his days as a slave. But fate intervenes and he is freed by a gang of runaway gladiators led by a man named Spartacus. This is the epic tale of the Spartacus slave revolt, as told by the man who fought by his side.