Roger Kean

Biography

Roger Michael Kean spent his childhood in Nigeria, West Africa then survived (just) a British boarding school. He studied fine art and film technique (he edited TV sports films for a decade) before accidentally dropping into magazine and, eventually, book publishing. After the African experience, he has travelled widely for exploration as well as relaxation. In the mid-1980s, he was co-founder of a magazine publishing company which launched some of Britain’s most successful computer games periodicals, including CRASH and ZZAP!64. Since then he has edited books on subjects ranging from computer games, popular music, sports and history, including "The Complete Chronicle of the Emperors of Rome", with links to the original illustrations at the Recklessbooks.co.uk website. In addition to the titles shown here, Kean has also written, under the name of Zack, his artist-partner, the paperback "Boys of Vice City" and "Boys of Disco City", available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon. The third in the series, "Boys of Two Cities" is out in November 2012.

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Books

Gregory's Story
By Roger Kean
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 146,960. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Gregory Hilliard wants to discover his father’s fate, deep in the Sudan, at the hands of Dervishes 15 years before. Attached to General Kitchener’s army in 1897, he goes to defeat the Mahdist fanatics with his friend and lover, the Ja’alin Zaki. Gregory faces a tragic and at the same time life-enhancing mystery with its roots in far away England… and one which might yet rip the two lovers apart.
What's A Boy Supposed to Do
By Roger Kean
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,140. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
Billy Logan, star striker for British Premiere League football club Stockborough Rovers, finds life complicated when handsome Spanish top-club player Adriano Márquez is signed to the club. To add to his problems in his search for true love, Billy has a stalker in fan Tommy Horton. Everything takes a turn for the worse when Horton discovers Billy and Adriano are lovers. His temper is… explosive.
Forgotten Power: Byzantium, Bulwark of Christianity
By Roger Kean
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 75,350. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
For centuries, the Byzantine Empire was the center of Christendom, mistress of the Mediterranean, and the symbol for all the rest of the world of splendor, wealth, and cultural ascendancy until it fell to the Ottoman Turks. This book vividly brings to life the glittering emperors, the hotbed of religious controversy, the politics, art, military action, and the lives of ordinary citizens.
A Storm of Peril
By Roger Kean
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,120. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2013. Category: Fiction
1857 – The terror of the Indian Uprising against British rule… As hell breaks loose, two teenage brothers, Ned and Dick Warrener, and their family are plunged into the maelstrom – hunted fugitives from appalling violence. On their desperate trek through a mutinous country they must brave extreme perils if they are to survive. Only courage, cunning, and sheer tenacity will see them through…
A Life Apart
By Roger Kean
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 131,840. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2013. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.78 from 9 reviews)
In the 1880s, two teenage boys are torn apart by a woman’s greed and a cruel secret. Each is thrown into the violence of the Mahdi’s war in Sudan, ignorant of the other’s presence. One an officer, the other a lowly cavalry trumpeter, two lovers far from each other in a hostile world—will the young men overcome the ordeal of a life apart to achieve their dream of a destiny together?
Thunderbolt Torn Enemy of Rome
By Roger Kean
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,260. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.33 from 3 reviews)
When Hannibal leads his army across the Alps into Italy to bring Rome to its knees, young Malco—the Thunderbolt—is proud to take part. He battles corruption, bears, wolves, frostbite, and the massed tribes who would bar Hannibal’s path to glory. Through his eyes and the loves of his life, this violent tale unfolds across the rich tapestry of history, of political intrigue and brutal bloody war.
Avenging Khartoum
By Roger Kean
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,730. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2012. Category: Fiction
1896—In the heart of the Sudan, as the British struggle to free Khartoum from fanatic Dervishes, one young man promises his dying mother to seek the truth of his long-lost father’s fate. Born and raised in Cairo, fluent in native languages, Gregory is pitched into the heat of war as an interpreter, and through battle unravels a tragic and life-changing mystery with its roots in far away England.
Storm Over Khartoum
By Roger Kean
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,220. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2012. Category: Fiction
(2.00 from 2 reviews)
1884: Deep in the Sudan, the British are in a frantic bid to save Gordon of Khartoum, from the Mahdi’s fanatic army. Teenage brothers Edgar and Rupert Clinton, twins divided by a woman’s greed, unravel a past crime that threatens their futures. Separated by events, they are thrown into desperate adventures as the conflict rages. Both find Muslim allies willing to risk all to see them through.
Felixitations
By Roger Kean
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 109,650. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.40 from 5 reviews)
Facilitator and felicitator, to have winsome young Felix step into a man's life is a transforming event: the course of destiny is altered. Over a span of thousands of years this enigmatic being’s random odyssey affects the lives of men attracted to his mesmerizing persona… yet Felix has no hidden agenda, does not choose when or where he materializes – all happens by felicitous chance… or does it?
The Complete Chronicle of the Emperors of Rome; Vol. 2
By Roger Kean
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,940. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
Few books before have explored the exploits and notorious antics of Rome's imperial dynasties in such readable detail. Exhaustive research brings to life the fascinating lives of the ancient world's most powerful rulers. This eBook edition of the praised 2005 hardback has web-links to numerous illustrations and maps. Vol.2: from Diocletian to Justinian (AD 285–565). "This book is a must."
The Complete Chronicle of the Emperors of Rome; Vol. 1
By Roger Kean
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,200. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
Few books before have explored the exploits and notorious antics of Rome's imperial dynasties in such readable detail—a record of the often brutal but fascinating lives of the ancient world's most powerful rulers. This eBook edition of the praised 2005 hardback has web-links to illustrations, genealogy and maps. Vol.1: from Augustus to Carinus (63 BC–AD 285. "A joyride of a read."
By Sheer Pluck
By Roger Kean
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,700. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2010. Category: Fiction
In 1873, orphaned at 15 and penniless, Frank Hargate, too proud to accept help from others, determines to make his own way in life and joins an explorer's expedition to darkest West Africa. Among new friends, he struggles against staggering odds to survive hostile nature, cannibals, disease and the bloody Ashanti war. From the horrors, a man aspiring to help others toward a better life is forged.
Winning His Spurs
By Roger Kean
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 87,980. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2010. Category: Fiction
1191: In a clash of two faiths, a boy knight destined to be a hero…Cuthbert, hungry for adventure and glory, joins King Richard on his way to free Jerusalem from the Saracens. Even before reaching their goal the Crusaders are torn by jealousy and intrigue. Cuthbert finds that chivalry and honour are little valued as he faces desperate obstacles to his quest for knighthood and his own castle.

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