“This is a brilliantly written and scrupulously researched historical novel that uniquely captures the atmosphere surrounding the rise to power of Darius, the greatest king of Ancient Persia… of absorbing interest to anybody with an interest in the ancient world.”(Dr John Curtis, OBE, FBA, formerly Keeper of the Department of Middle East, the British Museum).

“Extremely compelling….. an almost Game of Thrones feel at times. The novel is certainly a page-turner…I look forward to reading a continuation.”

(Ancient Warfare Magazine)…. [Read More]

It is 530 BC and Cyrus the Great has carved out the largest Empire the world had ever seen. 4,000km across, it makes Persia the undisputed superpower of the ancient world. But there is treachery afoot, and Cyrus’s life is in danger…

Blood of Kings is a fast paced tale of love, betrayal and war, that sweeps the reader up on an epic journey from the mud brick cities of Ancient Persia to the burning heart of Pharaoh’s Egypt. Packed full of dramatic and authentic battle scenes, Blood of Kings brings the Persian Empire to life like never before…. [Read More]

Author Andrew James spent three years living in a snake and scorpion infested oasis, in the shadow of the Oracle of Ammon, the ram-headed Egyptian god, to research and write Blood of Kings. The result is a book that vividly captures the savagery and the beauty of the Sahara …. [Read More]

How Wrong Could I Be?

Did I say something back in May about IS NOT destroying Palmyra? What a tragedy to destroy such stunning ruins in the name of religion and intolerance. There are other incredible locations near by that don’t get much publicity – … Continue reading


Authors Read Too!

And by a long way my favourite author is Wilbur Smith. I’m reminded of his genius with words every time I open one of his books, but none is as special as The Sunbird.  I re-read it again (about the … Continue reading