Robert Wingfield

Biography

Robert Wingfield used to sleep in the technology department of a large organisation between 9 and 5 each day, (except on Fridays when they woke him at 4 and sent him home early), but he finally got tired with this taxing routine and left his job for good. A prolific writer, to date he has over twenty works, electronically and in paperback, available through various outlets—all can be tracked through www.robertwingfieldauthor.co.uk.

His work covers several genres:
Satirical sci-fi novels, 'The Dan Provocations', hopefully having you laughing out loud (or cringing, when you realize how closely satire matches reality).
Gothic chillers in the form of the 'Ankerita' series (The Seventh House) featuring a Tudor anchoress reborn in modern times.
Travelogues in the 'One Man in a Bus' series, currently cover Sicily, North Cyprus and Syros in the Cyclades.
Other short stories with a supernatural flavor ('The Black Dog of Peel' is free for you on this site).

For the younger reader, 'The Mystery of the Lake' and 'the Mystery of the Midnight Sun' have a Swallows and Amazons feel, and are suitable for even your grey-haired old great-aunt.
'The Adventures of Stefan' kick off with 'Stefan and the Sand Witch', a modern day fairy-tale, and 'Stefan and the Spirit of the Woods', an eco-fairytale.

For those who have elderly relatives telling them about embarrassing ailments, you need 'Everyone’s Guide to not being an Old Person', a gentle satire on what people do when they get old, and how to avoid it.

For those struggling authors, he runs The Inca Project, a set of free resources to help you get your works into print. He also provides formatting and editing services through the project, to ensure you get the best result from your masterpiece. See www.incaproject.co.uk

He has written many reviews on management books and was a member of the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers when he was working and could afford the subscriptions.

His other interests include digital forensics, nature and building conservation, photography, and resisting emotional blackmail from his Labrador.

Favorite quotes:
Don't give up your day job... whoops too late.
(Robert Wingfield)

Series

The Seventh House
Died in Tudor England, Reborn today, Ankerita is a soul of both worlds, desperate to remain, but equally desperate to find the reason for her return. But the ghosts won’t let her be. They need her to free them, And she can, but at what cost? And all the while, the specter of evil pursues her. A unique combination of Gothic horror and humor
Ankerita
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Summoning
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Dan Provocations
Tom, Two-Dan $mith (sic) is sent on a whirlwind tour of the galaxy to certain death. He hops across realities like normal folks swap tube trains, his reincarnations going into more and more bizarre and dangerous situations as the satire ramps up to maximum.Why does everyone want to kill him? Ask the Temporal Conduct Authority as they hound him across the four universes.
The Legend of Dan
Price: $2.99 USD.
Third Universe
Price: $2.99 USD.
Into the Fourth Universe
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Fifth Correction
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Fourteenth Adjustment
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Inn of the Sixth Dan
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Orinoco voyages
Adventures along the lines of Swallows and Amazons, set in modern times and featuring a group of youngsters who manage to fall into adventure, even when they are not looking for it. The whole series kicks off when Paul and Terry from different backgrounds, each try to buy the same dinghy. They team up and discover a treasure map hidden in it...

Books

Echoes of the Lady
Price: Free! Words: 2,130. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A prelude to the Seventh House trilogy of full length Gothic novels. The first encounter with Ankerita, the Tudor anchoress released from her grave after half a century.
Strangers with the Eyes of Men
Series: The Seventh House. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,250. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Ankerita returned from the world beyond. She was not alone, The Doomsday Bell tolls and the spectre of ancient evil rises again.
The Inn of the Sixth Dan
Series: The Dan Provocations. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,540. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Maybe being in charge of the very end of Time, and living forever, is a good thing, but perhaps reconsider when a horde of hungry aliens turn up, and why do they want to do a documentary? Two-Dan $mith (sic) has to stop the invasion... with only a clapped-out Time Cylinder, and allies consisting of a retired PI, a trophy android, and the best cup of tea in all the universes.
The Summoning
Series: The Seventh House. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,300. Language: British English. Published: February 10, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Reborn after 500 years, a Tudor woman has to reclaim the lost Treasures of Albion to save her friend, and stay ahead of the dark forces that crave her blood.
The Black Dog of Peel
Price: Free! Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
A chiller for Christmas. The legend of the Moddey Dhoo at Peel Castle on the Isle of Man goes back many centuries. It is said that a large black shaggy dog appears to those who are near to death, to help them on their way to the other world. Sir John Stanley, custodian of the castle, and ‘King of Mann’, has the misfortune to meet the beast during a snowstorm.
The Mystery of the Midnight Sun
Series: The Orinoco voyages. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,380. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
Swallows and Amazons meets The Famous Five for the 21st Century. This year, Terry and Paul are looking forward to sailing without falling foul of criminal gangs, but as witnesses to a crime, the boys may have to testify, and they go into hiding. Their retreat in the Lakes is discovered, and they make a desperate escape, to a remote village in Norway. Danger, intrigue and treachery follow...
The Mystery of the Lake
Series: The Orinoco voyages. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,430. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Swallows and Amazons with bite, for the 21st century. An old map discovered by two boys in a neglected dinghy provides a set of clues, each leading to a better treasure. They are in a race against a modern-day pirate, dogging their footsteps, but dodging him, fall straight into the clutch of a gang of desperate criminals. Rather than getting rich, will our heroes even escape with their lives?
Ankerita
Series: The Seventh House. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,500. Language: British English. Published: April 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
In Tudor times, the blow of a knife doomed Ankerita’s soul to a living death. She may now atone for her crime, but 500 years have passed, and her new world holds both the shades of the past, and the nightmares of the present. She is thrown into a desperate flight to stay ahead of evil men, determined to end her freedom, and the demons who want to drag her back into the cold embrace of the grave.
The Fourteenth Adjustment
Series: The Dan Provocations. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,160. Language: British English. Published: April 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Tom’s non-payment of a parking fine coincides with the rise of the vehicle storage junta and he begins a crusade against parking charges, revenue cameras and the new 10mph speed limit. His reign of unrest sadly ends when he loses his life in a freak copper-sodium flavored pizza incident, but his people fight on without him... until they are bribed to stop. Is there any hope for decent people now?
The Fifth Correction
Series: The Dan Provocations. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,290. Language: British English. Published: April 23, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
In a world where bureaucracy has gone mad, Tom is now in charge of a shady corporation. With a workforce of Viking rejects and a director who won’t quit, the search to cure the Dokuvirus discovers just about everything else. With the Temporal Conduct Authority closing in, Tom has to pull something out of the mess, or they will put him back into his proper place in time and space (i.e. dead).
Into the Fourth Universe
Series: The Dan Provocations. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,150. Language: British English. Published: March 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Tom is reborn into a chaotic world where bureaucracy and process have taken over from all logic and good sense. He has the misfortune find himself as the leader of a company, but nobody will tell him what it does. With the impending collapse of four universes, he has to do something. But where to start, without catching a bullet? A lusty romp through everything wrong with business and life today.
The Legend of Dan
Series: The Dan Provocations. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,380. Language: British English. Published: March 5, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
After a knock in the night, Dan is kidnapped to tackle a malicious galactic mail-order company. He discovers that sex makes a lot of the galaxy go wrong, and those bits that aren’t, are driven by ale. With a race of Viking rejects, a gorgeous woman who isn’t anything she seems, a trip to the end of Time itself, and a lot of luck, he makes it to the final confrontation with the ultimate being.
Third Universe
Series: The Dan Provocations. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,740. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Tom wakes after an accident to find he has mislaid a load of years and his entire planet. He becomes a universal commuter in the search for his lost love. One of the problems with hopping between universes is that there is an off chance that you can meet yourself. That really can’t happen of course, and so it does, right at the point where the whole fabric of space and time folds up.

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Smashwords book reviews by Robert Wingfield

  • His Robot Wife: Patience is a Virtue on March 29, 2021

    An enjoyable book. Very readable. A bit slow to start, setting the scene with day to day activities in a subject might have been a bit uncomfortable in the light of present backlash against the male population, but once they get off on holiday, a mystery unfolds, and the whole question of robots getting out of control starts to raise its head. Reminiscent of the superb series 'Humans' (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4122068/). I think that 2037 is possibly a bit early for us moving into the Rompótoic era of synthetics, but then once quantum computers are readily available, the one petabyte processor of the human brain will be greatly exceeded, so reasoning and self awareness of artificial lifeforms are not that far away. The practical limitations are currently with the mechanics, but I'm sure that will be resolved in due course. There is always the moral question though. One thought is that the cover looks a bit like a cosmetics advert. Wesley, if you read this, think of getting a professional to design the covers for this series. I wouldn't have picked it if it wasn't on offer with Smashwords. I look forward to reading more of your work.
  • Black Pawn on April 07, 2021

    Jessica, a computer geek, is ambushed by three masked men in a cyber café but rescued by Michael, ex CIA who has been on the run for four years after being framed for an attack on a village in China. She effectively kidnapped by him to save her life, he says. There then follows a cat and mouse adventure, where Michael is dodging the CIA and the Russian Mafia (not the Chinese?), attempting to prove his innocence. It actually pans out to be a great story, with a comfortable ending, exposing corruption across all organizations, hinging around an underground drug manufacturing site and the import of the product into the USA. There were a few things that bugged me as below. • Continuous changes of point of view (POV), sometimes in the same paragraph, are unsettling. I understand there is a lot of information to impart, but it’s best to keep that in conversation, reading screen shots, or leave it out altogether. One POV per section is enough. • Jessica oscillates between being a weeping wreck and strong and resourceful. At one point she takes the wheel of the getaway car and shows a hitherto unrecorded talent at driving – citing experience with driving games. It might work for flight simulator, but squeezing a stick-shift car past police roadblocks is a step too far without advanced driving skills and armor plating. • Michael takes a bullet in the shoulder early on, but despite all the subsequent fighting, it doesn’t seem to affect his almost superhuman ability to take out the bad guys. In reality the exertion would cause blood loss at least, and severe fatigue, but Michael seems to be a superhuman dynamo. • Michael’s ex-CIA henchmen are indistinguishable. I’m still not sure who is who. They all seem to have the same character. • The action sequences would make ‘Die Hard’ look tame, but they are sometimes delivered in a matter of fact way which gets almost tedious. There seem to be an unending stream of bad guys, CIA and police to be fought off. Even the head of the Russian contingent (apparently unknown to the CIA) would think twice about seeing his forces decimated by the one-man killing machine, and call it a day as far as head-on confrontation is concerned. • The appearance of a surprise second bad guy right at the end, who has it in for Michael for some unknown reason. He is not part of the original mystery and seems to be there just for a dramatic conclusion. He could be left out without altering the story. I nearly gave up on it after the first few chapters, where were get bogged down in the Jessica-Michael situation with her futile attempts at escape and an almost ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ relationship building. Really, that could have all been cut out without losing any of the impact. I’m glad I continued into the real action though, which once it starts keeps on going. If you can get through the first chunk of the book, it is well worth reading, and more proof that the cover picture is essential as a draw, even if the book is being given away free for a promotion. I passed over many others because of uninspiring images, before I settled on this and a dozen others I will be reading and reviewing in due course. Ideally I would give this three and a half stars out of five, but I’ll bump it up to four, because it is a first novel, self-published without any constructive copy-editing (the proof is excellent, by the way—no spelling or punctuation errors), but is at its heart a compelling tale.
  • Love and the Art of War on April 07, 2021

    I did enjoy this book. It was all very low-key but the author’s knowledge of the 36 strategies and how to apply them in love and business was a delight. You can read the other reviews to see details of the story, but from my own point of view it was an insight into the behaviors people show even to this day. It makes me want to study the subject further. In practice I would be uncomfortable trying them all out, as some are quite Machiavellian (or did he get his ideas from Sun Tzu?). They don’t always come through comfortably though. Jane applies them in an attempt to recover her straying husband from a temptress, but ends up using another man to achieve her ends. The story glosses over the effect on him. He doesn’t seem to have been using her, so I expect he would be rather upset (if he was other than a fictional character). There was a surprise near the end, which seemed a bit out of tune with the rest of the book, but Jane was able to use her learning to keep her and her mother safe from harm, so I can forgive the sudden upset to the comfortable reading up until then. The players come over rather well, with believable personalities and distinct traits. One feels drawn to them, even to the temptress, who I felt sorry for after she literally ‘catches the crabs’. The results of the separation come through poignantly via the couple’s teenage daughter. One wonders if the author has experienced such a thing first hand, Jane being torn between saving her job, saving her marriage, and saving her daughter. There are sudden elements of humor, which in any good book are most welcome, and the work is the right length to cover the subjects. I love the kind of story which takes a set of rules as a framework and properly develops them into a believable outcome. That takes considerable planning and research. The author would not be out of place writing business or self-help books based on The Art of War. Recommended.
  • The Opener on April 18, 2021

    Raffles meets the Equalizer. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. You can see the plot in other write-ups, so I'll comment on the atmosphere and research instead. Set in London, I am familiar with many of the locations described and felt I was actually there, watching the action. I wonder if the author actually walked the streets to pull off this achievement. I loved the detail in his deactivation of the alarm electrics - did CR himself work with those at one time? His knowledge of police procedurals is also spot on. He avoids the usual cliche of having a 'bent copper' and concentrates on the investigation and research that has to be performed to track down a criminal. The protagonist is fairly likable, but has been off the radar for a long time, so is somewhat aloof, the human side of the book coming through in his high-end prostitute friend, and the girl that latches on to him. The police characters all have their own little quirks, and the reader sympathises with them, whilst still rooting for the bad guy. CR really needs a book contract. A formal editor will point out one or two little niggles, for which he does actually apologise at the end of the book. The thing that nearly put me off right at the beginning was the overuse of 'he', practically at the start of every sentence. Fortunately, these 'he-bursts (and she-bursts)' only become noticeable in a few blocks of action, so they should be easily rectified. There were a few 'Blytonisms' that always make me smile: "She spotted DC Piyali Kumar sat at a desk drinking a cup of hot and steaming tea..." Was the desk drinking the tea? Of course not, but a quick reorganise of the sentence would clean that up. Also, could lose the 'hot and' without changing the meaning. Only one typo, which was great: Merto,n, and a couple of the usual spelling gotchas: 'focussed' and 'busses', both of which should only have one S. And then the mice, his children. We could lose all mention of them, especially as to the events at the end of the book - did they escape? How would white mice survive in the wild... And maybe the few repeated words in adjacent sentences and using the actors' full names all the time, got a bit staid, but this is a great story, well thought out, and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who likes crime and drama.
  • Scorched on May 15, 2021

    An intriguing book, well written and edited. The story kept me hooked all the way from where Missy wakes, barely clothed in an alley in a dystopian future and gradually starts to assert herself in the dangerous underbelly of the new society, to the point where she starts to realise who she is and take control of her life. The world she discovers is described vividly, and you become part of it, sharing in the bewilderment of the heroine who has lost her memory and is struggling to recover from a mysterious wound - not easy in the filth of the environment she is exploring. She eventually starts to make headway, and things improve when she remembers her name is Kat, as part of her memory returns. She also discovers she has certain mental powers, which subconsciously get her out of an uncomfortable situation, and give her a way forward. This would have been a solid 5 star review, but for the ending. The last chapter did explain a load of the questions in my head, but it was as though the author needed to rush everything through at that point in a confusing battle scene that didn't do the previous fight incidents any justice. The book should have been longer to tease out the conclusion, and shorter, removing some of the incidents at the mine, say, which are there to demonstrate Kat's newly discovered powers. Would I recommend it? Most certainly, but the ending spoiled it a bit for me.
  • Mars is a Bummer, Man on May 24, 2021

    I agree with the other reviewers that this is a social commentary based on the current state of affairs. One would hope that by the time we get as far as Mars, a load of the differences discussed will be resolved anyway. It is a story in two parts, firstly the above discussion between two colonists, and then as they return a murder mystery, which is all too quickly solved before one has time to wonder. The perpetrator of the initial disaster fesses up right away after a pointless flight from the base, but there is a twist as it seems the psych testing the astronauts went through before departure was considerably flawed. The story could have been another few thousand words longer to flesh out this part. The disaster is sufficient to make you think they are never going to get home, but a speech by the new leader seems to make it back, and merges into a step in the future (as far as I understood). The science was excellent and believable, but based on the title, I'm sorry if this was meant to be amusing as well. I think the subject matter was too deep for any giggles, and it was all over too soon.