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                   A Land Divided

 

1081

William’s bloody conquest is over and Britain is under Norman rule. But one bastion of resistance remains: Wales. A divided land where brother fights brother and kings battle for power. 

Gruffydd ap Cynan, true heir to the kingdom of Gwynedd, is in exile across the sea. When he hears of the betrayal of the Welsh people by the imposter in his throne, Gruffydd unites with Tewdwr, a monarch deposed by the traitors, and they forge an army from the ashes of their kingdoms. But Tewdwr’s wife and daughter—the source of much of the allies’ strength—are a weakness their enemies will exploit.

Betrayal, treachery and war await, but both men know they must fight to the bitter end, when the sundered lands of Wales are drenched...in the blood of kings.

             A Wounded Realm

 

Gruffydd ap Cynan is missing, his army scattered. Twelve long years have passed since the king was taken prisoner and his people think him long dead.

In the dirty shadows of Chester Castle, a beaten prisoner looks up from the squalor of the street. Dressed in rags, mocked and pelted with filth, he seems a broken man. Yet deep inside, the desire for freedom burns like the hottest furnace.

Nesta is a princess in fetters of a different kind. After the death of her father, Tewdwr, she is taken against her will to London to attend the court of King William, son of the Conqueror. There she will find that court politics, and the attentions of princes and lords, are just as dangerous as the arrows and swords of the battlefield.

The royal blood of Wales is scattered and weakened, but while it flows in the bloodline of Rhodri Mawr, hope remains—Hope that a broken kingdom can be reborn.

 

             Rebellion's Forge

An uneasy peace reigns in Wales. It’s 1109 and the truce with England hangs by the thinnest of threads. While King Gruffydd ap Cynan’s rule of law holds in the north, a spirit of rebellion is rising in the south, as tearaway princes and rebels grow to resent England’s oppression of their homeland. And when Nesta, married off in a political move by England’s King Henry, leaves the safety of her husband’s castle to attend a celebration, the rebels seize their opportunity.

The truce broken, England’s rulers look to turn the ensuing chaos to their advantage, and to crush Wales under their boot once and for all. Gruffydd is left with a stark choice: enforce the peace he so desires for his land, and betray his countrymen, or risk everything he has built by going to war with the English once again. But the decision is soon taken out of his hands by those who ride for liberty from the depths of Rebellion’s Forge.

 

          Medieval - Blood of the Cross

 
AD 1270 

Antioch has fallen, Tripoli is under siege and Sultan Baibaars targets his Mamluk hordes against Krak des Chevalier, the Crusaders’ greatest stronghold in Syria. The Holy Land is in turmoil and desperately awaits the arrival of Edward Longshanks and his relieving army of French and English Crusaders. 
This is a time of brutality, an age of chivalry. A time of strong men with stronger hearts, an era with no place for the weak. 
Yet a thousand miles away, a fourteen year old boy learns a disturbing secret that drives him on a Crusade of his own. A quest to avenge his family, save his brother and in the process recover the holiest relic in the history of Christendom.
     Medieval II - In Shadows of Kings
 
Henry III is dead. His son, Edward Longshanks is on his way back from crusade to claim the crown and impose his iron will on a weakened country. 
The nobles of North Wales are nervous and grow frustrated at the inaction of their own leader and make a daring pact to replace him with a figurehead to unite the warring factions against the English Prince. 

In the south, two young men attempt to rebuild their lives after a terrifying ordeal in Acre. Desperate to heal old wounds and build for the future, they try to rebuild the family forge but the appearance of an old enemy tears them apart once more and forces them onto different paths. 

Whilst the life of an outlaw beckons for one, the other finds himself on an extraordinary quest to find an unknown land, achieve an unlikely outcome and secure an uncertain future. 
     Medieval III - Sword of Liberty
 
In 1274, Edward the First ruled England having inherited the crown from his father, Henry the Third. Across the border to the west, the smaller country of Wales was ruled by Prince Llewellyn ap Gruffydd, a direct descendant of Llewellyn the Great. 
In 1276, war broke out between the two countries and Edward  embarked on an unprecedented building programme across the country, including the enormous castles at Caernarfon, Conway and Harlech, not just as bastions of military strength but also as a signal to the Welsh about the futility of opposing his might. 
These castles formed the backbone of his defences in Wales, an unassailable system of fortresses, each designed to mutually support each other against any threat from the Welsh. 
They were a symbol of his might, a system of invincible fortifications and in effect an impregnable ring of steel unassailable by any living man.

                                               ........or so he thought.......!

        Medieval IV - Ring of Steel

 
AD 1294
 
Caernarfon has fallen to Madog and the Welsh uprising spreads like a wildfire. 

The four main warlords of Wales join forces to wreak havoc amongst the English settlers and rampage across the country in a frenzy of aggression born of a lifetime of servitude. 

One by one, Edward’s castles fall before the Welsh onslaught but though there seems to be little reaction from the king, across the border he musters his armies and plans the re-taking of his famed Ring of Steel. 

In the south, Garyn languishes deep in a filthy castle dungeon, a beaten man at the hands of a corrupt knight and with only days left to live, it seems his fate is sealed and the famed Macsen Sword is destined for the hands of an English king. 
                    The Dead Virgins
 
India Sommers is a librarian and a talented historian, so when a stranger asks her opinion on an ancient but obviously fake coin, she thinks no more about it. That is, until he is murdered outside the very library she works in.
It soon becomes apparent that there is far more to this situation than meets the eye and she is quickly recruited by Brandon Walker, a special service intelligence officer, investigating the disappearance of a very special young girl. As the facts unravel, they realise that an ancient artefact linked to the cult of the Vestal Virgins from ancient Rome, may hold the key to her whereabouts and Brandon draws on India's vast historical knowledge to unravel clues that date right back through history to the time of the great flood.
 
Slowly, the full horror and mind blowing truth of what they have discovered becomes clear and they become involved in a race against time in a horrific and shocking finale.
              The Treasures of Suleiman
 
When Brandon Walker receives a plea for help from an old adversary, he wastes no time in recruiting the extraordinary talents of India Sommers to unravel a trail of murder, tragedy and the possibility of untold wealth.
 
They soon discover a letter from five hundred years earlier and the trail leads them to one of the missing treasures of the modern world, The Piris Reis map.
India and Brandon attempt to uncover the secrets of the map, but as they travel the world in the quest to uncover a treasure from the greatest Sultan that ever lived, they are closely watched at every step by a family of Assassins with an agenda of their own.
            The Mummies of the Reich
 
When a 100 year old crucifix is discovered around the neck of a 500 year old mummy, Brandon Walker once more calls on the expertise of India Sommers to solve the mystery.
 
Within days they realise there is far more to this than a cruel hoax and it soon becomes clear that there are strong links back to the SS in the Second World War.
 
Ultimately, what they find is not only a cover up of global proportions and the tragic aftermath of a long forgotten battle, but a group of dangerous men seeking the most powerful and dangerous Icon the world has ever known.
              The Tomb Builders
 
The Pyramid of Cheops. The largest and most enigmatic of them all. Possibly the greatest monument of all time and truly a tomb fit for a Pharaoh......Or was it? Despite finding a sarcophagus in the King's chamber, many experts now believe that Khufu, the Pharaoh at the time was never actually interred there. But if that's the case, where is he? 

India Sommers returns with Brandon Walker in the fourth of the India Sommers Mysteries to follow the clues left by a long dead priest, find out the true meaning of the Pyramids, and ultimately find the real undiscovered tomb of one of the greatest Pharaohs that ever lived. 
          Roman - The Fall of Britannia
 
Britannia 43AD. 

The last unconquered stronghold of the Celts and a land of gold and slaves. A dangerous place of men without fear, led by mystical Druid warriors, yet still to face the might of Rome in the unrelenting expansion of the Empire. 
Four Roman legions have assembled in Gaul undertaking final preparations for the invasion of Britannia. Two young men are posted to a training cohort under the sadistic tutorage of a battle scarred veteran, Remus. The training is brutal but eventually the trainees find themselves involved in their first campaign, the invasion of Britannia. 
The legions invade in a frenzy of brutality and aggression, and one of the defending Celtic warriors is forced to flee the battle to embark on a frantic rescue mission the isle of Druids, where a young girl is due to be sacrificed. 
Meanwhile a cohort of legionaries under the command of Remus, is tasked with finding the source of the Celtic gold. The Romans find themselves in strange and unfriendly environment and, as they close in on their quarry, the fates of all four men become intertwined and a long held secret revealed, culminating in a savage and astonishing climax that affects the very future of Britannia..
      Roman II - The Rise of Caratacus
 
The Invasion is over and Roman Legions spread throughout the land, a blood red stain on Britannia. Caratacus has fled south to rebuild his army and warriors flock to his banner. 

In the north, a disgraced Legionary grasps the chance to regain his honour and joins the Exploratores, the elite Roman unit operating behind enemy lines. Soon he is tasked with disrupting the plans of Caratacus but deep inside he nurtures a deeper mission, the chance to fulfill an oath made six years earlier. 

Finally, the army of Caratacus marches north and as they confront the Legions of Scapula in a final bloody battle, the Exploratore draws closer to the ultimate prize, the chance to murder the man he once called brother.
    Roman III - The Wrath of Boudicca
 
 
Britannia - 60 AD. 

When her husband dies, Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni expects Rome to enter into a new power sharing agreement with her people. However, when Rome reneges on the agreement and her daughters are raped by Roman soldiers, Boudicca raises an army to fight back against the occupation.

The Britannic tribes rise up and join her in a campaign against their oppressors and soon her enormous army is sweeping across Britannia in an unstoppable campaign of brutality. 

Meanwhile in the south, a young boy races to join her cause but when it is realised he is the last true blood prince of the Deceangli, Prydain the ex-legionary now living with the Silures, embarks on a dangerous mission to save him. Once more his path is destined to cross with Cassus, the boyhood friend who has sworn to kill him and this time, there will be resolution.
    Vampire - The Curse of Sekhmet
 
 
When Egyptologists open the lost tomb of a long dead king, they are astounded to find another body entombed alongside him. But this is no ordinary mummy. Not only is it dressed in the manner of a commoner, it also contains a few blood cells that only seem dormant. 

Becky Ryan, a museum researcher, receives a macabre message from her father, just before he is found dead and follows the clues to uncover what is either a massive hoax, or the greatest ever discovery in the history of mankind. 

What she uncovers is beyond her wildest dreams…..and darkest nightmares
                   The Last Citadel
Bastion. 

A solitary fortress isolated in an endless sea. A city of secrets where the elite dominate with an iron fist and ambition ends at the city walls. 

Ordinarily the city is surrounded by water but one day a month when the moon is at its highest, the water recedes and uncovers the causeways linking the city to the outer towers. 

This is Moon-day, the time when the trades bring their specialities to market and the whole Citadel enjoy the celebrations the festival brings, so when the city’s stargazer predicts the water level will drop even further, nobody takes any notice. 

Soon enough and despite the people's indifference, the predictions are proved correct and as the sea falls it reveals secrets that have never been known before. 

Secrets that are at first exciting....then disturbing .....and ultimately.....terrifying
                     Savage Eden

Golau, a Cro-Magnon hunter gatherer, is pulled from a freezing lake and nursed back to health by a group of wandering Neanderthal. Miles away, his clan’s peaceful existence is torn apart by an attack from an unknown predatory species and many are taken beyond the ice wall as prey.  Golau and some of the remaining men set out in pursuit and are joined by a pod of Neanderthal, seeking answers of their own. 

During the quest, the two species are forced to forget their differences and work together despite some uncomfortable truths being revealed. Back in the Clan, those left behind are forced to change their ways very quickly if they are going to survive the oncoming winter and a young feisty girl with strange ideas leads them down a path completely alien to what they have always done before. 

Beyond the ice wall, the horrifying truth about the third species is finally uncovered resulting in a bloody confrontation, the outcome of which has the potential to affect the very future of humanity.