East India

Cool Gus Publishing

In any other circumstance but shipwreck, rape and murder, a man like Michiel van Texel would never have met a fine lady such as Cornelia Noorstrandt.

He was just a soldier, a sergeant in the Dutch East India company’s army, on his way from Amsterdam to the Indies to fight the Mataram. Such a woman was far above the likes of him.

But both their destinies intertwine far away from Holland, on some god-forsaken islands near the Great Southland. When their great ship, the Utrecht, founders far from home, surviving the Houtman Rocks is the least of their worries.

As they battle to survive and the bravest and the best reveal themselves for what they are, Cornelia’s only hope is a mercenary in a torn coat who shows her that a man is more than just manners and money.

He makes her one promise: ‘Even if God forsakes you, I will find you.’

But can he keep it?

Described by one critic as ‘Jack and Rose in the seventeenth century’, East India will keep you wondering until the final page.

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About the author

Colin Falconer has published over 40 books in the last 26 years. HAREM was an enormous bestseller in Germany, selling over 200,000 copies.

AZTEC stayed on the bestseller lists in Mexico for four months.

He is a bestseller in Eastern Europe and his work has sold into translation in 23 countries.

He did not write for over five years but returned to publishing in 2010 with the release of SILK ROAD and STIGMATA the following year. ISABELLA was published in 2013. NAKED IN HAVANA and NAKED IN LA, the first two books in a trilogy set in the sixties, was published in November.

He likens his fiction most closely to Ken Follett - books with romance and high adventure, drawn from many periods of history.

His latest legacy novel is due for release by Atlantic London in January, 2014 and St Martins Press, in New York in August 2014.

"A page-turner . . . This peek behind the walls of the seraglio will seduce lovers of large-scale historical fiction." - Booklist

"A wonderful story ... not just a rehash of history but rather a refreshing look at this clever and charismatic leader ... pulsating with the passion of a woman."- Womens Weekly Book of the Month

"Makes dry history into a real rip-roaring read. In Falconer's hands, Cleopatra is a smart, sexy and sassy heroine." - Australian Womens Forum Book of the Month

'Falconer's Cleopatra is vulnerable, intelligent and liberated, defined by her wit as much as her beauty" - Publishers Weekly

"Falconer paints an enthralling fictional portrait of the one of the most powerful and beguiling women of all ages." - Margaret Flanagan, American Library Association

"Falconer's grasp of period and places is almost flawless ... He's my kind of writer." - Peter Corris, The Australian

"Falconer weaves a pacy story of obsession, love, greed and corruption ... Really well done." - Sydney Morning Herald

'Murder, scandal and romance all play their part . . . plausible and engrossing.' - Woman's Day

'If you haven't read one of Colin Falconer's novels, then I promise you are in for a real roller-coaster ride of never ending intrigue with both these novels.' - History and Women

Each chapter ends with a gripping cliff-hanger that makes the book irresistible and unputdownable." - Mirella Patzer, Historical Novel Review

'A magisterial tale.' - UK Daily Mail

'Falconer, whose books have been translated into 17 languages over the last 25 years, has spun together a fiction which will appeal to readers of all ages. With several twists to keep the reader engaged until the very last, Silk Road is sure to find its way onto the bookshelves of lovers of a thrilling tale." - Liverpool Daily Post

"It's wonderfully written, the characters gripping and with an epic story to unfurl within, it's one that keeps you going from the start to the end." - Dros Delnoch, Falcatta Times.

"I enjoyed his storytelling voice so much that, had this book been say, set in modern times, the intriguing main characters would still have been able to pull it off. Thoroughly recommended.' - Bookbag

"... Silk Road then is a highly recommended read. Falconer demonstrates exceptional characterization ...' Bookgeeks

'... an epic and eventful journey that spans a huge swathe of the middle and far east, and it is one that provides action, romance, and beautifully descriptive writing by the cartload." - Des Greene, Novel Suggestions

'This epic adventure story is ... living history at its best, fictionalized yet immensely believable.' Alan Gold, Good Reading.

'Loved, loved, loved this novel. Riveting!' - Historical Novel Review

"Beautifully written in typical Falconer style with plenty of snap and sharpness, and wonderfully researched, I enjoyed every page of this book." - Great Historicals

Falconer's descriptive narrative is exquisite at times. Each short chapter opens with a flowing brush of words that paint precisely, yet mellifluously, in a manner that is almost poetic. - Historical Writers Association
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Publisher
Cool Gus Publishing
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Published on
Jul 8, 2014
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Pages
130
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ISBN
9781621251781
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Features
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
History / Europe / General
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 Syrový starověk bez příkras ožívá…

Píše se rok 323 př. n. l. a Alexandr Makedonský ovládá téměř celý Řekům tehdy známý svět. Po návratu z Indie se jeho vojska chystají k dalším dobyvatelským tažením, vyzbrojena nejdrtivější a nejhrozivější zbraní starověku: válečnými slony. Ačkoli historie praví, že Alexandr Veliký zemřel v Babylónu, kdyby tomu tak nebylo, je víc než pravděpodobné, že by svou pozornost obrátil k severu Afriky a Itálii, a Kartágo by padlo.
Pohnuté lidské osudy hrdinů propojuje obrovský válečný slon, příznačně pojmenovaný Kolos. Příběh zasazený do válkou zmítaného Středomoří pozoruhodně vykresluje kulturní rozmanitost helénismu i odvrácenou tvář největší říše starověku.

Na stránkách nového románu Colina Falconera před očima čtenářů ožívá syrový starověk bez příkras, ale příběhy odvahy, zrady, bolesti, závisti a lásky zůstávají stejné i přes propast více než dvou desítek staletí, a tak je i tento román pozoruhodně současný.

Colin Falconer (*1953) původně pracoval jako novinář na volné noze a dodnes přispívá do renomovaných britských a australských časopisů a deníků. Píše také pro rozhlas a televizi. Narodil se v Londýně, kde dodnes žijí a pracují jeho dvě dospělé dcery. V současné době má trvalé bydliště v jihoaustralském Adelaide, ale velice často cestuje a sbírá materiál pro své knihy.
Za dvacet let, během nichž se plně věnuje psaní knih, publikoval téměř dvě desítky románů, které byly přeloženy do sedmnácti jazyků. Romány Colina Falconera si našly věrné čtenáře v mnoha zemích Evropy, ve Spojených státech, Mexiku, Austrálii a Koreji nejen pro poutavý děj, často zasazený do vypjaté doby, ale i kvůli lidským dramatům, která se na jejich stránkách odehrávají. Falconerovy romány nejsou jen lacinými příběhy zasazenými do barevných a exotických kulis, protože prostřednictvím svých literárních hrdinů autor zobrazuje negativní společenské jevy a odvrácené stránky lidské povahy.

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