1556. Mary reigns. The soldiers of her husband, Philip of Spain, patrol the jungle territories of the New World. The Spanish commander of the Imperial forces, with a contingent of mercenary English,... More > finds the path to a fabled kingdom. In England, Mary's sister, the worldly-wise Elizabeth, circles like a beast of prey, ever ambitious and seeking her place in the sun. Mary and Philip, the two that learn the secret, plan great things but can Elizabeth stop them? What has the learned Doctor Dee, Elizabeth's secret counsellor, discovered? Who will win the fight for domination of the globe? Sweeping panoramas form the backdrop to this novel of intrigue, suspense and hidden powers. A world in ferment where everything is changing but the reality of war remains the same.< Less
When you've got nothing to lose, do you lose it? When you lose everything, is it the end of the world, or does it just feel like it?
In recent times, we've become all too aware of what can happen... More > when disaffection becomes suicidal, and murderous, intent.
Four hundred years ago, in England, a group of desperate young men dedicated themselves not only to mass murder but the total elimination of the government and departments of state.
'Guy Fawkes - 5/11 Treason' recreates why the author thinks the conspirators planned what they planned, blending fact and fiction in a tense, intrigue-filled novel.
We do things because we think or believe something; action is preceded by thinking, however crazy,impulsive or chaotic that thinking might be.
The Gunpowder Plot resulted from what some people thought or believed. So,it was a war that was won, or lost, in the mind first of all. And it is the mind, of course, where the decisive battle is fought.< Less
The year is 1949.
The place Los Angeles.
Two world-famous novelists, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley, meet at Huxley's Hollywood home.
What follows is an imagined conversation between these two... More > titans when they discuss their novels. And much, much more.
Behold the mystery. What is the secret of the enduring impact of '1984' and 'Brave New World?' What are the key themes and ideas?
Many believe that both works are a nightmarish vision of a future that is now upon us. But, as the title of this book suggests, that is not how Orwell and Huxley themselves viewed their own work. For '1984' and 'Brave New World' are, supremely, fictionalized commentaries on trends in society that engaged both writers in the decade before and the one after the Second World War.
So they can be read more as warnings rather than prophecies.
But what Orwell and Huxley have to say if it appals also fascinates and enthrals at one and the same time.< Less