The 2016 Collectors Sets!
This year I’m delighted to be offering +two+ Collectors Sets, Inferno and The Powder of Death. Each Set is strictly limited in number and I am happy to write short inscriptions on request. Inferno is the latest title in the Thomas Kydd Series and The Powder of Death is the second standalone historical novel in the GameChangers Series, following The Silk Tree.
The Powder of Death will be published in August by Allison and Busby in hardback, ebook and audio.
The book opens with a returned envoy to China meeting an English scholar in Oxford in the mid-13th century to share a deadly secret. They vow that the knowledge of gunpowder must die with them as the consequences otherwise are too terrible to contemplate. The novel tells the story of its re-discovery, one man’s obsession with the powder of death, and Edward III’s determination to use it to his advantage. He does so at the Battle of Crecy, the first full-scale battle at which guns are deployed in the field. The nature of warfare is changed forever, and the world hears the death-knell of Knightly chivalry.
This Set comprises a signed and numbered First Edition and a signed cover postcard. This offer is in very limited numbers, just 150, so don’t delay – first come, first served!
Inferno will be published in October by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and McBooks Press in the US, in hardback, ebook and audio download.
The book opens in 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd’s famous sea action aboard Tyger in the Baltic has snatched his reputation from ignominy. He is the hero of the hour. But though Britain’s Navy remains imperious at sea, a succession of battles has seen Napoleon Bonaparte victorious on mainland Europe. His enemies have sued for peace and the Emperor’s Continental System, establishing a European blockade, will mean that Britain will be cut off from her economic lifeblood.
But one small link in this ring of steel is still free of French control: the neutral state of Denmark, which controls the straits through which the entire Baltic Trade passes. The French army are already mustering at her borders. If her navy falls into French hands all Europe will have fallen.
Thomas Kydd’s great friend, Nicholas Renzi, now the Lord Farndon, is sent on a desperate diplomatic mission to persuade the Danes to give up their fleet to Britain. But the Danes are caught between two implacable forces and will not yield, opting instead for the inferno of battle. Kydd sails with a combined navy and ground force. Soon a bloody and fiery battle for Copenhagen is raging. Mariners, soldiers and civilians are caught up in a conflict in which the stakes could not be higher.
This Set comprises a signed, numbered and embossed UK First Edition and a signed cover postcard. This offer is in very limited numbers, just 500. so don’t delay – first come, first served!
Edward III image: By William Bruges (1375-1450) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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