• About ME

    As you are probably now aware, Five Years on Pelion, Ten Years at Troy, was my first novel. I was inspired to write it after spending many years living in the Pelion region of Greece. With so many reminders of the mythical centaurs, and the replica Argo sitting in the harbour in Volos, it was no surprise that my first work would be about ancient Greece.

     

    I have spent all my working life in the steel industry - more than forty-five years to date, beginning in South Wales and later as a consultant visiting many countries throughout the world.

    As a proud and patriotic Welshman, I am, which will come as no surprise, a great rugby fan, and in fact enjoy most sports, though now only as a spectator.

     

    Any feedback on my work would be greatly appreciated.

     

    After several delays relating to Covid, Ydroplano (Hydro-plane) Books, a Greek publishing company, will publish Five Years on Pelion, Ten Years at Troy - in Greek - Πέντε χρόνια στο Πήλιο, δέκα χρόνια στην Τροία.

    As you can see below the cover is complete and the finishing touches are now being made. Now delayed until September 2022!

     

    I am now working on something completely different to my previous historical works. For thousands of years, throughout many cultures, and across many continents, myths and legends exist of a subterranean world of a technologically and spiritually advanced civilisation.

    It goes by many names, but the most popular are Shambhala and Agartha. Is it just a myth or does it really exist?

    Look out for Mystery of Mysteries!

     

    I have recently started researching a third story involving our metallurgist/investigator Adam Evans who is in South Africa. He is fascinated by the legend of Kruger's missing gold and the inglorious Boer War. (On hold).

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    Legendary Creatures of Ancient Greece

    Our journey takes us from the steaming swamps of Nemea where Hercules slays the Hydra, to the Caucasian Mountains, where an enormous eagle would eat the liver of Prometheus, then on to Cape Verde where Perseus would remove the awful head of Medusa, the Gorgon, then to the edge of the ancient world, to Colchis, where Jason meets the Colchian Dragon in his quest for the Golden Fleece.

    Our journey would not be complete without encountering the mother and father of most of the twenty-four creatures included in this compilation, Echidna and Typhon.

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    The Twelve Labours of Hercules

    After writing Legendary Creatures where many of those creatures were slain by Hercules during his labours, I thought I should complete Hercules twelve labours. Beginning with the slaying of the Nemean Lion and ending with the capture of Cerberus from Hades, Hercules defies all expectations, with a little help from the Gods of course!

     

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    The Blacksmith's Sons

     

    Welsh longbowmen played a significant part in the One Hundred Year War, with their contribution to the English victories at Crecy, Poitiers, and Agincourt has been well documented.
    There are three parts to The Blacksmith Sons, which covers a period from 1360 to 1429.
    The first part tells the story of two sons of a blacksmith from Caldicot in Gwent, Gethin and John, recruited to the English army after killing a deer, and their participation in an English expedition by the Earl of Buckingham to France and the failed Siege of Nantes.
    In Nantes, the young archers suffer from a desperate food shortage as they watch the French city regularly resupplied with food, and one of them almost dies from dysentery, which devastates the English camp.
    The second part tells of Gethin and John and their sons, Rhys and Edgar, involvement in the Owain Glyndwr uprising. John becomes a trusted captain of Owain Glyndwr after successful overseas campaigns as a mercenary in France and Spain.
    In the third part, Rhys is missing the camaraderie and thrill of the battle, and keen to emulate John’s achievements, enlists in Henry IV’s army, which returns to France, and tells of his role in the Siege of Harfleur, Battle of Agincourt and the Siege of Orleans, which Joan of Arc ends. But, unfortunately, he is captured by the French during this time and spends four years in a prison cell.
    Among the tales of battles fought and successful and failed sieges, there are tender moments of love found and then cruelly ripped away.

     

    Warrior Women

    Volume 1

    From ancient times, I chose Atalanta, who played a significant role in the Calydonian Boar Hunt, and according to some of the chroniclers, sailed with Jason on the Argo in search of the Golden Fleece Artemisia, the Queen of Caria, fought for Xerxes against the Greeks in the Greco-Persian War, and Cynane, the little known half-sister of Alexander the Great, herself a fine warrior who led her army into battle.

    From the Roman era; this compilation would not be complete without Boudica of the Britons, and I have included two others who resisted the Romans who were determined to impose the ways of Rome on their culture: Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, and Mavia, of the Tanūkhids, (Saracens), who led a similar revolt against the Romans one hundred years after Zenobia.

    From Asia, I chose Nakano Takeko, who fought to uphold the shogun and the samurai traditions. She led a squad of women against the riflemen of the Imperial army of Emperor Meiji, armed with only her naginata, the traditional samurai pole weapon, in the Boshin War. Also, from this region, and my favourite, I have Ba Trieu, the Korean warrior who resisted the Chinese invasion in the third century. She must have looked magnificent as she rode into battle on her great war-elephant, with her yellow cloak billowing in the breeze.

    Another who would resist the Chinese, though in a different age, was Ani Pachen, the young Tibetan warrior nun, who fought the Chinese after they invaded Tibet in the 1950s, and when captured, would spend more than twenty years in prison.

    Closer to home, I have included Lagertha, the Viking shield maiden; Gwenllian, the Welsh warrior princess, Maurice of Londres mercilessly beheaded, as with Boudica, it would be inexcusable not to include Joan of Arc.

    From North America, I have included the Apache warrior, Lozen, another who rarely gets mentioned in history books but who fought alongside her brother, Victorio, against the United States and Mexican armies, who were determined to wipe out the Native American.

    From South America, Juana Azurduy de Padilla fought in the Bolivian War of Independence against the Spanish. Achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was revered by the President, Simon Bolivar. She died penniless and forgotten.

    In this collection, the continent of Africa representative is Yaa Asantewaa, of the Ashanti, who opposed the British colonisation of their home, now part of modern-day Ghana. She died in exile on the distant shores of the Seychelles Islands.

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    Greek Templar Gold

    Acre, 1291. The city is besieged by Mamluks and about to fall. Two Knights Templar ships containing a vast amount of treasure and an ornate box containing the Holy Grail, manage to escape the siege and sails for Cyprus. But what became of the treasure and ornate box?

    Seven hundred years later, after discovering two gold coins on the seabed off a remote and uninhabited Greek island, Adam Evans puts together the cryptic clues that have been left, and discovers the long lost treasure, but has he found the Holy Grail?

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    Atalanta, Daedalus and Icarus and Diomedes

    From the Ancient Greece Series

    Atalanta

    Abandoned on a mountainside as a baby by her father, Atalanta was reared by a bear and later by two hunters, before becoming the best tracker in Greece as well as an excellent archer, a wrestler, and athlete. She also participated in The Caledonian Boar Hunt, and according to some accounts sailed with Jason in the Quest for the Golden Fleece.

    Daedalus and Icarus

    The classic story of Daedalus, the engineer and inventor, who built The Labyrinth to house The Minotaur, assisted Theseus in his escape from Knossos after he killed the Minotaur, and then escaped the island by making wings of wax and feathers for himself and his son, Icarus.

    Diomedes

    Diomedes was one of ancient Greece’s fiercest warriors and played a significant part if the fall of Troy, probably more so than Achilles, who was absent for most of the time after falling out with Agamemnon over Briseis. Before the battle for Troy, he had avenged this father, who had with the Seven Against Thebes, failed to take the city. Diomedes, along with the Epigoni, the sons of the seven, succeeded where their fathers had failed.

    ‘He fights with rage and fills men's souls with dread. I hold him greatest of them all; we did not fear even their great champion Achilles, son of an immortal though he be, as we do this man: his rage is beyond all bounds, and there is none can vie with him in prowess."

    (Hector’s brother Helenus describing Diomedes. The Iliad Book VI)

     

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    Assassins Thugs and Vandals.

    I had the idea of this compilation several years ago when I was researching The Knights Templar. During this research, I came across a reference to the Assassins, a secretive Islamic sect, whose name was derived from ‘hashashin’, or ‘smokers of hashish’. I thought that other words we use during an everyday conversation might have just as exciting origins, and that was the case when I looked up the origins of the words Thug and Vandal.

    While on the subject of the unruly, disorderly and violent, I looked up the origins of Hoodlum, Hooligan and Ruffian, and though these origins lack the interest that Assassins, Thugs and Vandals have, are, nonetheless still worth including in this compilation.

    As we discover the origins of these words, this book will take you on a journey that starts in the rugged, almost inaccessible Elburz Mountains of northern Iran, where we meet the radical Ismailis Muslims, to India where we will travel along the hot and dusty well-trodden roads, then onto Spain and North Africa, until we arrive in Rome.

    On our return journey, we will visit California, and specifically San Francisco, but this will be a brief visit because we want to avoid the riots. Then to France, Spain and Germany, before we return to London, England, where we will meet an Irish immigrant family.

    Now available from Amazon as e.book and in paperback.

     

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    Ani Warrior Princess (Short Story)

     

    Were Amazons a Myth?

    In early 2020 and in 2017, in Southern Russia and Armenia, tombs were discovered containing remains of women warriors. The women's muscle and bone structure indicate that these women were trained to use a bow and were horse riders.

    Furthermore, the tombs also contained various weapons and horse riding equipment, proving that the Amazon myths were founded on reality.

    My story is based on these discoveries and is the first in the Warrior Women Series.

     

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    Five Years on Pelion, Ten Years at Troy- From The Ancient Greece Series

    The following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Five years on Pelion, Ten years at Troy" by Will Roberts. February 2018]

     

    Five Years on Pelion, Ten Years at Troy is an epic historical fiction book. The author, Will Roberts, has brought Greek mythology to life in this engrossing tale. The story is written from the viewpoint of two minor heroes, Epistrophus and Schedius.

    Iphitus, the prince of Phocis, is to embark on a perilous voyage with Jason and the Argonauts. Jason's mission is to retrieve the legendary Golden Fleece in Colchis. Iphitus has arranged for his sons, Epistrophus and Schedius, to remain in Pelion and train under the guidance of Cheiron. Cheiron is a well-renowned teacher and healer. At Cheiron's cave, the boys meet Achilles, another of Cheiron's students. Young Achilles never ceases to amaze the brothers with his strength, skill, and
    valour. Soon, the three of them form close bonds. Cheiron, who possesses the gift of prophesying, foretells that the boys will partake in the greatest war the world has ever witnessed. This coming war is to be so great that poets and bards will sing about it long after its occurrence.

    The book is divided into two parts. The first part covers Epistrophus and Schedius' training in Pelion. The second part occurs years later and covers the great war at Troy. The two parts complement each other nicely. The first part prepares readers for the second part - where most of the action occurs. For example, as Cheiron instructs the boys, he teaches them about Greek history, legends, gods, and heroes. These tales serve to introduce readers who lack a background in Greek mythology to the various myths and legends. Thus, when the action occurred in the second part, I was acquainted with some of the heroes and their history.

    Most of the book is from the viewpoint of Schedius. He takes on different roles - a son, younger brother, husband, father, and warrior. These roles made him more human, more relatable. As a minor hero, he has no vanity and carries a great sense of awe for most of his fellow Greeks. Reading about these Greek heroes from his viewpoint enabled me to feel the same kind of admiration. Thus, imagining the battles by these legends was so much more thrilling!

    During the war at Troy, the number of characters increases greatly. Thankfully, the author uses clear, simple language throughout the book. Otherwise, I would have been confused with trying to figure out who is who. I feel that these characters all play pivotal roles, although some only appear in a few paragraphs. They all help in the outworking of the plot.

    I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed this book, but that would only spoil it! I recommend it without reserve.

     

    'I commend the author for crafting a great story. While Greek mythology is a broad and well-known topic, he is able to establish a great storyline for Schedius and Epistrophus. With the author’s extensive research, it was evident how their roles influenced other characters such as Achilles. The three forged their friendship during their time in Mount Pelion. Additionally, the book gave a refreshing air compared to other Greek mythology books I had read. Since it was from a minor hero’s perspective, I was able to relate to them more. Schedius and Epistrophus narrated what they saw, and that made this book more personal compared to other books'.

    OnlineBookClub Review March 2017

     

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    ISBN: 9781784655969

     

     

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    One for the Road

    In 1949 Joe 'Woodbine' Watts mysteriously disappeared. Joe had been involved in a jewellery robbery in London and was being pursued by two groups of people - but why? He was only the getaway driver!

    Adam Evans was working in South Korea almost fifty years later and by chance, discovered the fate of his uncle, Joe.

     

    This is something completely different to the historical stories I have been writing up to now and although it includes some historical accounts, it is a murder/mystery.

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    ISBN: 9781528931946 (Paperback)

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    Diomedes - From The Ancient Greece Series

    We have all heard of the Greek Heroes Achilles and Hercules, but according to Homer’s epic story, The Iliad, set during the Trojan War, Diomedes played a far more significant role in the war for Troy than did Achilles, who was in fact absent for a substantial part of the fighting after his falling out with Agamemnon over Briseis. Apart from being a ferocious warrior, Diomedes was also a great orator, although often depicted as a reluctant debater, a special athlete, evident in his success in the games to celebrate Patroclus’s death, and also a spy: with the help of Odysseus, he slipped into Troy to steal the palladium shortly before the fall of the city.

    Even before the battle for Troy, however, at the tender age of sixteen, Diomedes had avenged his father’s death by taking Thebes, together with the ‘Epigoni’, the sons of the Seven against Thebes.

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    Theseus, Bellerophon and Pegasus and The Sacred band of Thebes - From the Ancient Greece Series.

    Theseus

    Theseus is most celebrated for killing the Minotaur, but his heroic deeds number much more than this. The six labours of Theseus, where he slew bandits, brigands and wild animals, en route from Troizen to Athens, are another. There are many other adventures to be told about Theseus, not to mention his trip to the Underworld with his friend Pirithous.

     

    Bellerophon and the Pegasus

    Bellerophon and the Pegasus defeated the Chimera. The fire-breathing beast, with two heads, one of a lion and the other a goat, a serpent for a tail and the body of a goat.

    Hydra bore Chimera, who breathes fire not to be resisted, a dreadful, great thing, swift of foot and powerful.

    She has three heads. One is that of a fierce lion, another of a goat, and the last of a mighty serpent snake.

    In front a lion, behind a serpent and, in the middle, a goat, breathing out the dreadful power of gleaming fire.

    The Chimera, brilliantly described by Hesiod in The Theogony.

     

    The Sacred band of Thebes.

    The fall of Sparta was down to several reasons, not least the decline in active Spartan hoplite soldiers. The battle that saw them defeated for the first time in centuries and was the beginning of the end of Sparta's dominance in Greece was by an army of Athenians and Thebans, led by the Sacred Band of Thebes. A select group of one hundred and fifty pairs of male lovers, which formed the backbone of the Theban army.

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    Escape From The Warrior Hulk

    While the use of decommissioned ships as prison ships or prison hulks, has been practiced by many nations over the years, it was widespread in Great Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when, after the defeat in The American War of Independence, and subsequently the loss of a colony for the deportation of felons, penitentiaries became full to overflowing. The intention was to use Prison ships for a short period, but eighty years later they were still being used.

    Will Roberts has created a story that vividly describes the conditions that existed on these extremely crowded prison ships, and, as is the norm with Will Roberts’ novels, takes the reader back to the era in which the story is set, on this occasion, the mid-nineteenth century.

     

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    Last Orders

    Adam Evans was working in Burma when an airplane that was shot down during the Second World War was discovered when clearing the jungle. Adam then meets an Englishman, who served in the British Army during the Burmese campaign. The Captain, as the locals call him, fought at the historical battle for Kohima, across the Burmese border in India. He, and one of his subordinates, Terry Thompson, recount the gruesome story of ‘The Siege of Kohima,’ by the Japanese.

    Adam also locates a precious Russian treasure, that has been lost for almost a hundred years, during his investigations.

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    The classic story of Daedalus, the brilliant engineer who built The Labyrinth to house the Minotaur for King Minos, but who fell out of favour and was imprisoned in a tower. He made wings of wax and feathers for his son Icarus and himself and flew away from the island and their captors. Unfortunately, despite warnings from his father, Icarus flew too close to the sun, the wax holding his wings together melted and he plunged into the sea.

     

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    The Slaughter of the Bards

    After suppressing a minor rebellion in Wales in 1277, Edward invited the Welsh nobles and their Bards, to Montgomery Castle, for a banquet and a festival of music and song. When the Welsh Bards refused to sing to celebrate his victory but instead sang of Welsh victories, he burned them at the stake. He then dispatched his men to the four corners of Wales to seek out and burn, all the remaining Welsh Bards.

    In all, it is told, five hundred bards were murdered in this barbaric manner.

    In Wales and throughout the other Celtic nations, memorable events, deaths, and victories in battle, were proclaimed by bards in song and verse, rather than written in books or on manuscripts, as the majority of the populace could neither read nor write.

    Edward, the first of England, was infuriated by the unceasing revolts and uprisings by the Welsh but was determined to control them, not only economically and militarily, but culturally, and to this end, he decided to eliminate the very core of this culture and that which he deemed responsible for inciting the revolts against English rule, The Bards.

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    Blaenavon Of Iron and Steel.

     

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    Blaenavon - Of Iron and Steel was Will Roberts’s second short story after, Massacre at Abergavenny Castle and part of the A Man of Gwent Series Volume One. It was rewritten and re-edited in 2020 and this is the revised edition.

    The removal of phosphorus from iron, was hugely important in iron and steel making, and Sydney Gilchrist Thomas and Percy Gilchrist achieved something that many had failed to accomplish over more than twenty years.

    As those who are familiar with my work will know, I have a passion for rugby and steelmaking, and where possible, I try to include both in my novels. As it happens Blaenavon Rugby Club’s first game coincided with the ironmaking developments that were going on in Blaenavon at the same time, as did Wales’s first international against England, but the least said about this the better!

    The mining disasters that I have mentioned also occurred on the dates that have been included in this work.

    Apart from the central theme of this work, the removal of phosphorus from iron, I have also tried to illustrate the living conditions that were prevalent, not only in the Welsh valleys but throughout the UK, in the late nineteenth century.

     

    Rewritten and Re-edited 2020)

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    Massacre at Abergavenny Castle (Short Story)- A Man of Gwent Series

     

     

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    On Christmas day at Abergavenny Castle in 1175, The Baron of Abergavenny, William de Braose committed one of the most heinous acts in Welsh history.

    In a period where treachery, deceit and slaughter were common place, this must rival any of the monstrous deeds that were carried out during these extremely violent times.

    William de Braose invited Seisyll ap Dynfwal, his son Geoffrey and all the noblemen of Gwent to Abergavenny Castle for a reconciliatory Christmas dinner.

    While the Men of Gwent were enjoying the excellent banquet and drinking de Braose's fine ale, the doors were thrown open and de Braose's soldiers rushed in and slaughtered all the Welsh in attendance.

     

    This my version of what may have happened on this bloody Christmas day in 1175 and the events leading up to it.

    Rewritten and re-edited 2020

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    Saragarhi (Short Story)

     

    1897. India’s North-West Frontier. The British had been relatively successful in subduing the Afghan
    tribes in this volatile region, but the normally independent Afridis and Orakzai, Pashtun tribes had joined forces, and their army of twenty-five thousand posed a severe threat.

    Saragarhi, a small outpost situated between two more prominent forts in the Samana Mountain region, was one of the first outposts to be attacked by the Pashtuns.

    Just twenty-one Sikh soldiers manned the outpost, but their small number managed to hold the outpost for six and half hours against overwhelming odds – precious time for reinforcements to arrive.

     

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    Hephaistos (Short Story).

     

    Hephaistos is one of the least known of the ancient Greek gods, but whenever the gods required a sword, armour, or a shield, they would go to Hephaistos, the god of fire, smiths, craftsmen, sculpture, and steelmaking. Hence my interest in this much-maligned fabricator of the superb armour and shield that Achilles wore when he avenged his beloved Patroclus' death at Troy.

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    Captain Morgan

    The Welsh Buccaneer Knight

     

    Harry Morgan was from the eminent Morgan family of Monmouthshire, who as a young boy left home to seek his fortune. How he came to arrive in the Caribbean is unclear, but he would unquestionably leave his mark on the world. He made his fortune, but while achieving this, he became a legend to the people of Jamaica and was knighted by the King of England.

    His expeditions to take the Spanish cities, such as Portobello, Maracaibo, Gibraltar and Panama City, are written into folklore.

     

     

  • Soon available from Hydroplano Books

    Five Years on Pelion, Ten Years at Troy - in Greek!!-
    Πέντε χρόνια στο Πήλιο, δέκα χρόνια στην Τροία.
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    As a new author, any feedback would be appreciated,