John Danielski


John Danielski believes you learn best by doing and actually carried out many of the ordinary tasks Tom Pennywhistle performs in The King’s Scarlet. He worked his way through university as a living history interpreter at historic Fort Snelling, the birthplace of Minnesota. For four summers, he played a US soldier of 1827; he wore the uniform, performed the drills, demonstrated the volley fire with other interpreters, and even ate the food. A heavy blue wool tailcoat and black shako look smart and snappy, but are pure torture to wear on a boiling summer day.
He has a practical, rather than theoretical, perspective on the weapons of the time. He has fired either replicas or originals of all of the weapons mentioned in his works with live rounds, six- and twelve-pound cannon included. The effect of a 12-pound cannonball on an old Chevy four door must be seen to be believed.
He has a number of marginally useful University degrees, including a magna cum laude degree in history from the University of Minnesota. He is a Phi Beta Kappa and holds a black belt in Tae-Kwon-do. He has taught history at both the secondary and university levels and also worked as a newspaper editor.
His literary mentors were C. S. Forester, Bruce Catton, and Shelby Foote.
He lives quietly in the Twin Cities suburbs with his faithful companion: Sparkle, the wonder cat.

Where to buy in print


Bellerophon’s Champion
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 111,830. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2019 by Penmore Press LLC. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Pennywhistle at Trafalgar. Deep within each man, lies the secret knowledge of whether he is a stalwart or a coward. Three years an un-blooded Royal Marine,
Capital's Punishment
Price: $6.50 USD. Words: 115,090. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2017 by Penmore Press LLC. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The White House is in flames, the Capitol a gutted shell. President Madison is in hiding. Organized resistance has collapsed, and British soldiers prowl the streets of Washington.
Blue Water Scarlet Tide
Price: $7.50 USD. Words: 126,010. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2017 by Penmore Press LLC. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
It’s the summer of 1814, and Captain Thomas Pennywhistle of the Royal Marines is fighting in a New World war that should never have started, a war where the old rules of engagement do not apply.
The King's Scarlet
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 95,790. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2017 by Penmore Press LLC. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Chivalry comes naturally to Royal Marine captain Thomas Pennywhistle, but in the savage Peninsular War, it’s a luxury he can ill afford but cut off from his men he must use all his resources to remain alive and nor become a prisoner of the French.

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