John Drake
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John Drake

Hallo,

I'm two-times delighted to say that two new books of mine, are now online. The first is 'Fletcher and the Samurai', so it will not require the insight of Sherlock Holmes to guess the country in which much of the action is set.

So Fletcher sails on, reluctantly climbing the promotion ladder, and always hoping that some day, some how, he will get out of King George's bloody navy, and into a career in trade. That's Fletcher: the only sea-faring hero who doesn't want to be at sea at all.

The second book is 'Traitor of Treasure Island', and again the title is the clue to what's in the book. It's a new take on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson account of buried treasure, except that - and may Stevenson for give me (which he won't) - I have turned the boy hero Jim Hawkins into a very naughty boy indeed, who never goes to church on Sundays because he is busy with the trollops of Bristol. So take note that unlike 'Treasure Island' my book is not for children. There's plenty of seafaring adventure and two whole love stories.

Meanwhile try 'Games in Londinium' set in Roman Britannia in AD 100, giving the further adventures of Ikaros of Apollonis, an intellectually brilliant Greek, once a nobleman and a soldier but now a slave under Rome. Together with his friend Morganus, senior centurion of the 20th Legion, Ikaros faces a threat to the lives of every Roman in the province, and must discover who is behind this menace even as the killings begin.

On the way, Ikaros, who is profoundly ignorant of Roman Gladiatorial games, discovers to his surprise that it is rare for Gladiators to be killed in the arena. The fights - exactly like modern boxing - are displays of martial art, conducted under strict rules, with referees to control each bout, such that the usual outcome of a fight is that both men walk off with honour, even if wounded.

I plan a third 'Londinium' book when I have completed my current project which is writing a 5th Jacob Fletcher adventure: 'Fletcher and the Samurai'. Fletcher is, of course, the only 'Hornblower genre' hero who does not want to be in the Navy at all, and the books explain his reasoning.

You might also like to, try my Thief Catcher' (Georgian detective story), 'Agent of Death' (WW2 super-weapon), 'Wayfinder' (Viking Saga), or the 'Flint and Silver' trilogy which explains how Long John Siver lost his leg and why they buried the treasure (but be warned that these are for adults not children!).

Those are my latest books, but I've been making up stories ever since I spent half an hour each day walking from Wilmot Street, Bethnal Green, East London (where I lived) to the Central Foundation Boys' school. And then another half an hour each day walking back. The bus was quicker, but I walked, and my imagination ran free to make up stories because I have a fountain in my head, which never stops.

Thanks for reading this far. And I hope you like the books because I loved writing them

All best, John Drake

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