Sean McLachlan


Sean McLachlan is an archaeologist who worked for many years on excavations in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Now a full-time writer, he specializes in fiction, history, and travel.

He spends much of his time on the road researching and writing. He's traveled to more than 30 countries, interviewing nomads in Somaliland, climbing to clifftop monasteries in Ethiopia, studying Crusader castles in Syria, and exploring caves in his favorite state of Missouri.

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Where to find Sean McLachlan online


Interzone Mystery
Hard-boiled mystery and espionage in the Cold War's most permissive town!
Tangier Bank Heist
Price: $2.99 USD.
Trench Raiders
An action-packed adventure with British Tommies trying to survive on the Western Front.
Trench Raiders
Price: $2.99 USD.
Christmas Truce
Price: Free!
Digging In
Price: $2.99 USD.
No Man's Land
Price: $2.99 USD.
House Divided
In Civil War Missouri, a Union officer and a Confederate guerrilla discover a secret war within the war.
A Fine Likeness
Price: $2.99 USD.
The River of Desperation
Price: $5.99 USD.


Three Passports to Trouble
Series: Interzone Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,700. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
In the 1950s, Tangier was full of refugees. People fleeing Stalin. People fleeing Franco. People fleeing the Nuremberg Trials. The International Council kept a delicate balance, tolerating everyone and asking no questions. It was the only way to keep the peace, and it worked. Until an anarchist was found dead with a fascist dagger in his chest and I got stuck with the case.
Tangier Bank Heist
Series: Interzone Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,670. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
After the war, Tangier was the craziest town in North Africa. Everything was for sale and the price was cheap. Perverts came for the flesh. Addicts came for the drugs. An army of hustlers and grifters came for the loose laws and easy cash. It was a great place to be a detective. I got the craziest cases. Like when I had to catch the guy who stole the bank. No, he didn’t rob the bank, he stole it.
Warpath into Sonora
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,560. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Arizona 1846 Nantan, a young Apache warrior, is building a name for himself by raiding Mexican ranches to impress his war chief, and the chief’s lovely daughter. But there is one thing he and all other Apaches fear—a ruthless band of Mexican scalp hunters who slaughter entire villages. Nantan and his friends have sworn to fight back. Can they track their tribe’s worst enemy into unknown territory?
Writing Secrets of the World's Most Prolific Authors
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 38,700. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2018 . Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
This book examines the techniques of more than a dozen remarkable writers to show how anyone with the right mindset can massively increase their word count without sacrificing quality. Learn the secrets of working on several projects simultaneously, of reducing the time needed for each book, and how to build the work ethic you need to become more prolific than you ever thought possible.
No Man's Land
Series: Trench Raiders, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,240. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
No Man’s Land—a hellscape of shell craters and dead bodies. Soldiers have fought over it and bled on it for a year of grueling war, but neither side has dominated it. Until now. An elite German raiding party is attacking the British trenches at will. So the exhausted men of Company E decide to set a trap, a nighttime ambush in the middle of No Man’s Land, where any mistake can be fatal.
The Rat Killer and other Weird War Tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,610. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
A rat hunter on the Western Front suspects his prey are plotting against him… A bereaved woman performs a forbidden ritual to avenge her father’s murder… A doomed militia is offered a path to victory that leads to damnation… From the bushwhackers of the American Civil War to the trenches of WWI, these stories walk the line from the strange and paranormal to the frighteningly real.
The River of Desperation
Series: House Divided, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 103,480. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
In the waning days of the Civil War, a secret conflict still rages. . . Lieutenant Allen Addison of the USS Essex is looking forward to the South's defeat so he can build the life he's always wanted. Love and a promising business await him in St. Louis, but he is swept up in a primeval war between the forces of Order and Chaos, a struggle he doesn't understand and can barely believe in.
Christmas Truce
Series: Trench Raiders, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 17,540. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Christmas 1914: In the cold, muddy trenches of the Western Front, there is a strange silence. As the men of a crack English trench raiding team enjoy a rare day of peace, they begin to fraternize with the Germans in No Man’s Land. But when the English recognize some enemy trench raiders who recently launched a deadly attack on their position, can they keep the peace through the Christmas Truce?
Digging In
Series: Trench Raiders, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,270. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
October 1914: The British line is about to break. As their trenches are hammered by a German artillery battery, the men of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry come up with a desperate plan--a daring raid behind enemy lines to destroy the enemy guns, and give the British a chance to stop the German army from reaching Paris.
Trench Raiders
Series: Trench Raiders, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,440. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
September 1914: Trench warfare has begun. The Germans have dug in on a steep slope beside the River Aisne. Every British charge is mowed down with vicious machine gun fire. But Pvt. Timothy Crawford has found a chink in the German armor. Can this lowly private, who spends most of his time in the battalion guardhouse, convince his commanding officer to risk everything for a chance to break through?
The Night the Nazis Came to Dinner, and other dark tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,690. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A spectral dinner party goes horribly wrong. . . An immortal warrior hopes a final battle will set him free. . . A big-game hunter preys on endangered species to supply an illicit restaurant. . . A new technology soothes First World guilt. . . Here are four dark tales that straddle the boundary between reality and speculation. You better hope they don’t come true.
The Quintessence of Absence
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,220. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
Can a drug-addicted sorcerer sober up long enough to save a kidnapped girl and his own Duchy?
A Fine Likeness
Series: House Divided, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,600. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Historical » General
A Confederate guerrilla and a Union captain discover there’s something more dangerous in the woods than each other.

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