Oathbreaker: One man’s stand against the tyranny of empire by Adam Lofthouse

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“It’s not the shadows you should fear, but what hides within.”
Alaric is an enemy of Rome.
For too long he has thwarted the empires attempts to gain control over the land that has long resisted them: Germania.
To the Romans he is a scourge, always evading their carefully laid traps. But to the tribes he is much worse: Outlaw, chief killer, battle turner, Oathbreaker.
All men know him, all men fear him. At his back is a war host, on his shoulder sits Loki, the Trickster.
A deal has been struck between the legions and the tribes: lifelong enemies agree to become friends, for a time. The eagles march with the wolves, together they hunt the raven.
Isolated and lacking in allies, will Alaric be able to break free from the noose that slowly encircles him? Or will the Sly One once more come to his rescue.
OATHBREAKER: One man’s stand against the tyranny of empire.

PRAISE FOR ADAM LOFTHOUSE

“The characters are full of the life of the period, their flaws, their doubts, their abilities all on display; a feast for the readers” – HOOVER BOOK REVIEW

“No holds barred, vivid Roman entertainment, probably the next best thing to actually being there” – SPEESH READS

“A great mix of legion camaraderie mixed with a personal plot you can get invested in, add in a couple of big twists along the way and you’ve got a smashing read” – DAVID’S BOOK BLURG

REVIEW

A tightly woven tale of a tightly wound man. Alaric faces many challenges in this fast paced, page turning story, though as daunting and exciting as they are, the most challenging is Alaric himself. Convinced of his ties to the gods, of his own reputation as a warlord, he becomes blind to the pain caused by his actions. A deeply complex character combined with a plot replete with twists, turns, and surprises. Come along for the ride, my fellow readers, Rome doesn’t play nice with stubborn foes, Alaric doesn’t care too much about Rome period… ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Spear Havoc: 1066 – Alternative Histories by C.R. May

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The year 1066 is arguably the most famous in English history. Assailed on all sides, King Harold and his doughty army finally fall to a last gasp Norman assault.

It is perhaps the very first of those fights against the odds which have entered the national psyche, of which Agincourt, Rorke’s Drift and Dunkirk are but a few.

But what if Harold Godwinson had prevailed on that blood soaked ridge? Or the invasions of Harald of Norway and William of Normandy had never taken place at all?

Here, bestselling author C.R.May presents twelve short stories, each outlining widely differing ways which could easily — and in some cases should have — produced an entirely different timeline, alternative futures which would have had a dramatic effect on the world in which we live today.

REVIEW

What ifs in history are fascinating topics to bandy about; the sheer magnitude of possible change to the course of human history is mind blowing. What if Lee had listened to Longstreet at Gettysburg, what if the 300 never made it to Thermopylae, etc, etc. In Spear Havoc 1066, the author has crafted a series of what if tales relating to that monumental year of William the Conqueror (or Bastard if you prefer 😁), 1066. Each one has that element that, yeah, this could have happened this way…and oh my what a difference that would have made. What I really enjoyed was the way the author included subtle history lessons in the stories…always a plus in my astute, yet humble opinion. So, my fellow readers, a thought provoking, page turning read awaits you.

5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Eagles in the Wilderness SHORT story (Eagles of Rome series): A Tullus ‘long’ short story by Ben Kane

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ABOUT THE SHORT STORY’S PRICE: Hello, you lovely people. Odd to talk about money straight up, but I know that some of you might be thinking, £1.99 is a lot for a short story. Let me explain how it works. A rate of 20% VAT (Value Added Tax) applies to eBooks in the UK. This doesn’t apply to ‘real’ paper books. That means 33p of the £1.99 goes straight to the British government. Amazon takes around 2p to deliver the story to your Kindle, then takes another 48p as its cut. The remainder, £1.16, goes to me. That’s not a great deal, I hope you agree.

In these times of falling sales, and authors losing their contracts, and only one in seven traditionally published authors being able to write fulltime, stories like this are a vital way of YOU supporting the authors whose books you enjoy. So THANK YOU for your support!

Think of it in terms of a pint of beer or a cup of coffee: they cost £2-4, depending on where you live. This story will give you more enjoyment (I think!) than either of those things, and last for a longer time, and cost you less money.

This is only the second time I have self-published a short story. (Massive thanks here to Pete Simpson, who designed the cover for me!) It’s been an exciting project since the day I did the poll on Facebook, asking you lovely people which of my characters you wanted me to write about. Centurion Tullus won out, narrowly, and this is the result. The one hundred and something people who backed the Kickstarter campaign got to read this story almost 7 months ago, but now you can too.

Enjoy the story, and please email me if you have any questions about it or anything else – ben@benkane.net

REVIEW

Whatever you want to call it; short story, novella, or a grand extended snippet, the author has created an enjoyable tale. In a scenario where “you can take the man out of The Legion, but you can’t take The Legion out of the man”, a former centurion and his mates join together in a business venture that reacquaints them with the rigors and dangers of soldiering. An interesting mix of characters, action that pulls the reader in, and a story line of a time and place not usually written about makes Eagles in the Wilderness a solid 4 star page turner. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cry of the Heart: A World War II Novel by Martin Lake

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She gave away her child to save his life. Another woman took him in, at risk to herself.

Viviane Renaud is a young mother living on the French Riviera in the Second World War. Times are hard but she is not the sort to be dismayed by circumstances. One day her life changes forever. A young Jewish woman, fleeing from the authorities, begs her to take care of her four year old boy, David. Almost without thinking, Viviane agrees.

Viviane’s life is never the same again. She fabricates a story to explain how David came to be with her and must tip-toe around the suspicions of her neighbours, her friends and most of all her mother and sister. She and her husband, Alain, find allies in unlikely places, particularly an American woman, Dorothy Pine.

But then, the world crashes around them. Threatened by Allied military success, Hitler sends the German army to occupy the south of France. With them come the SS and the Gestapo. The peril for Jews and for those, like Viviane, who hide them, appears overwhelming. The challenge for them now is to survive.

REVIEW 

A war torn country where reality changes frequently, and never for the better. A thrilling and very poignant tale of the struggle to survive oppression, economic chaos, food shortages, and the fear produced when you don’t know who to trust, even in your own family. I was grabbed from page one; the absolute horror of the opening chapter sets the stage for an emotional saga that gives one pause to wonder about the strength and resilience of the amazing characters the author has created. A story that highlights the immense problems faced by the civilian population in occupied France. I was entranced by the daily struggles, the black market dealings, the guts and will to find a way to just remain alive; all components of a well told tale. Cry of the Heart draws you in, tugs at your heartstrings, and instills a sense of incredulity that this story has been told so many times over the millennia, and we never learn.   5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Written in their Stars (The Lydiard Chronicles #3) by Elizabeth St.John

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London, 1649. Horrified eyewitnesses to King Charles’s bloody execution, Royalists Nan Wilmot and Frances Apsley plot to return the king’s exiled son to England’s throne, while their radical cousin Luce, the wife of king-killer John Hutchinson, rejoices in the new republic’s triumph. Nan exploits her high-ranking position as Countess of Rochester to manipulate England’s great divide, flouting Cromwell and establishing a Royalist spy network; while Frances and her husband Allen join the destitute prince in Paris’s Louvre Palace to support his restoration. As the women work from the shadows to topple Cromwell’s regime, their husbands fight openly for the throne on England’s bloody battlefields.
But will the return of the king be a victory, or destroy them all? Separated by loyalty and bound by love, Luce, Nan and Frances hold the fate of England—and their family—in their hands.
A true story based on surviving memoirs of Elizabeth St.John’s family, Written in their Stars is the third novel in the Lydiard Chronicles series.

REVIEW

Another triumph, another fascinating read. The author has retained that emotional tug at her reader’s hearts throughout the series, while at the same time providing a powerful tale of shattered dreams, hopes, and survival in a country torn by civil war, and rife with divisive politics that tear families apart. The trials and tribulations of the family, overwhelming at times, are rendered beautifully through the strength of the characters; characters who pull the reader into the turmoil, the chaos, the victories in an ever changing reality.  Let the pages turn, my fellow readers – Luce, Nan and Frances are calling you.   5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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About the Author

Elizabeth St.John spends her time between California, England, and the past. An award-winning author, historian and genealogist, she has tracked down family papers and residences from Nottingham Castle, Lydiard Park, to the Tower of London. Although the family sold a few castles and country homes along the way (it’s hard to keep a good castle going these days), Elizabeth’s family still occupy them – in the form of portraits, memoirs, and gardens that carry their imprint. And the occasional ghost. But that’s a different story…

For more information, please visit Elizabeth St. John’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

 

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