A. J. Hartley
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A. J. Hartley

Welcome to my Amazon home!

Everyone always tells writers that the best way to be successful is to choose what kind of book you most like to write and then produce lots of them. "Branding,:" they call it, and it's good advice. The surest way to build a fan base is to write books in the same genre, perhaps even with the same recurring character as your hero.

It won't take you long poking around my offerings on Amazon to see that I haven't taken this advice. I write the kinds of books I like to read, and because my reading tastes are eclectic, my writing is all over the place.

I write mystery/thrillers (often with an archaeological bent such as my Deborah Miller or Thomas Knight books), fantasy adventures of the swords and sorcery variety (albeit from the slightly unusual perspective of a smart-mouthed young actor called Will Hawthorne), historical fiction (such as my adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth), and my Darwen Arkwright series for younger readers (or young at heart readers). It may not make marketing sense, but I write the stories I feel like I have to tell. I have, alas, no brand, though I'd love to be able to live by the slogan "Fun books for smart people" :)

I was born in England, near Manchester, and have lived in many places including Japan. I'm a Shakespeare Professor at UNC Charlotte, and though my Ph.D. was in literature I specialize in performance history and theory. You can reach me through my website, facebook and twitter. I'm always delighted to hear what people think of my work. Enjoy!

AJH

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    • Chasing Shadows

    • Sekret Machines Series, Book 1
    • By: Tom DeLonge, A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
    • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 797
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 735
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 735

    The witnesses are legion, scattered across the world and dotted through history, people who looked up and saw something impossible lighting up the night sky....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brings it ALL together.

    • By Matthew on 02-07-17

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,463
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,214

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Something Rotten in Denmark...

    • By Carole T. on 08-23-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Macbeth: A Novel

    • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,201
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,833

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator choice inspired

    • By Beverly on 07-10-11

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Steeplejack

    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Steeplejack Audio Climbs the Tops of Storytelling

    • By Kerra Bolton on 12-08-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • A Planet of Blood and Ice

    • Cathedrals of Glass Series, Book 1
    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Ten teenagers broke behavioral law. Sentenced to be reeducated on the moon of Jerem, they were placed in stasis on the automated ship Phetteron for their six day journey....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing!

    • By Bobby on 04-11-18

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Cold Bath Street

    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Christopher Eccleston
    • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    Preston Oldcorn lay quite still, eyes tight shut, trying to shrug off the cold grip of the nightmare. A cold hand plunged into Preston’s chest and tightened its icy grip around his heart. In an instant, Preston was dead. Soon he finds himself in a desolate void between life and death....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Firebrand

    • A Steeplejack Novel
    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Once a steeplejack, Anglet Sutonga is used to scaling the heights of Bar-Selehm. Nowadays she assists politician Josiah Willinghouse behind the scenes of Parliament....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Delightful Sequel

    • By Keri Owen on 08-12-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Tears of the Jaguar

    • A Novel
    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 476
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 420
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 418

    When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Light Hearted unoriginal Adventure

    • By S.Edwards on 05-16-14

    Regular price: $13.99

    • On the Fifth Day

    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 62

    The mysterious death of a Catholic priest has been met with suspicion by his brother, Thomas Knight - and the grave silence of church authorities....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Collapse of "Willing Suspension of Disbelief"

    • By Anniebligh on 10-26-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Monsters in the Mirror

    • Beyond the Mirror, Book 1
    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: A. J. Hartley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Darwen Arkwright's world is turned upside down when he is forced to move from a small English town to Atlanta in the United States of America. Feeling out of place and struggling to fit in at school, Darwen seeks solace in a mysterious shop full of mirrors....

    Regular price: $19.95

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