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A riveting and ably pitched historical novel, Rogue and Royal is the latest release from Alan S. Blood. Writing in a genre often marred by trite and predictable plots, he clearly has a passion for historical accuracy. Nimbly weaving fact and fiction into a lively narrative whilst the undercurrents of unrest and dissatisfaction of the era are captured with laudable acuity and consistency to create a palpable sense of time and place. Populated with intriguing and unforgettable characters, it proves a highly entertaining and meticulously constructed read that benefits from Blood’s acerbic pen. From the very first page you know this is one of those books that demands a slow read to be really appreciated. There is intricacy at play here and Blood manages the devices of plot to avoid the curse of predictability, with plenty of dark moments to maintain tension and suspense. On this level it’s less an adaptation of historical events, but the amplification of key moments that allow readers to peer behind the veil of time to events that linger long beyond the page.
Powerful, thought provoking and highly entertaining Rogue and Royal has all the hallmarks of a bestseller. Deserving of your attention, it is recommended without reservation!
Here is the back page ‘blurb’ to ROGUE AND ROYAL :
After the misery of Oliver Cromwell’s republican ‘Protectorate’, following the execution of Charles 1, his son is restored to the throne. Britain thankfully returns to monarchy. King Charles 11 is different to his father. He is roguish, and nicknamed ‘The Merry Monarch’, loving festivities, gambling and horse racing. His Queen, Catherine, fails to produce an heir, yet he has many mistresses and fathers several illegitimate children. Highly intelligent, he has innumerable interests and furthers both science and astronomy. Although much happier, his reign has problems. Essentially needed is a balanced religious tolerance between Catholics, Protestants and, alarmingly, the rebellious Nonconformists, whose terrorist ‘Fifth Monarchy Men’ pose constant threats. Amongst these is another ‘Rogue’, religious fanatic, womanizer, kidnapper, suspected ‘double agent’ and a thief renowned for the most spectacular heist, ever, for which he should have been executed. Instead, as one of our greatest mysteries, he is pardoned by the King.
Other sample pieces from the novel will be added to the ‘Extracts’ section of this website.
The Virtual Tour for my recently published novel ‘Rogue And Royal’ is now under way and the dates for posts/reviews, so far, are :
9/1/2015 – Coffee, Books & Art (Spotlight)
9/5/2015 – The Bookish Ailurophile (Spotlight)
11/3/2015 – Beach Bound Books (Spotlight)
11/29/2015 – A Fold in the Spine (Review)
12/1/2015 – Fabled Haven (Review)
My latest novel ‘Rogue And Royal’ has finally been published and released today.
Although the focal point of the novel is the stealing of the Crown Jewels (which, itself, has never been thoroughly fictionalized) – the book examines the wider, politics, religion and espionage surrounding this enormous criminal act.
‘Rogue And Royal’ is available in both paperback and ebook formats from a variety of outlets – but especially from both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.
I have finally finished my latest novel entitled ‘Rogue And Royal’ which is set in 17th century Britain.
It is the culmination of 27 years on/off work since I first began the research – (yet I have written and had my other novels published in between).
More details will follow !
I would like to wish all of my relatives, friends and readers a happy, prosperous 2015.
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MY ‘VIRTUAL TOUR’ FOR ‘CRY OF
THE MACHI…’ BEGINS TODAY,
TUESDAY 10th JUNE AND LASTS
UNTIL THURSDAY 10TH JULY.
As part of my publisher’s (GMTA Publications) ‘FREE DAYS’ arrangement with AMAZON, my following novels will be available ‘FREE’ as follows :
‘CRY OF THE MACHI’ and ‘ONCE UPON A CASTLE ‘- From May 10th to May 14th
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my U.S publishers : GMTA PUBLISHING. 🙂