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“These are stories that plead to be films!” That’s Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 reviewer Grady Harp’s assessment of the four epic novels in our FOUR HISTORICAL ADVENTURES box set.

Box set includes White Spirit, Into the Americas, World Odyssey and Fiji: A Novel.

Totalling 2935 pages, the novels include:

White Spirit (A novel based on a true story)

Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story)

World Odyssey (The World Duology, Book 1)

Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, Book 2)

The above novels are all critically acclaimed and all available via Amazon as paperbacks and Kindle ebooks.

FOUR HISTORICAL ADVENTURES (White Spirit, Into the Americas, World Odyssey, Fiji: A Novel) has a 4.5 star review rating on Amazon. You can check out the reviews at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X49D17B/

Producer enquiries regarding any or all these potential period films are most welcome!

Meantime do check out James’ behind-the-scenes clip of his directing debut movie Anno 2020 adapted from his recent release novel of the same name… https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCndxcZbWFGcNQ76TLVSZaeg

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In this age of kick-ass literary heroines à la Katniss Everdeen, Lin Shan, Boudicca, Scout Finch, Maxine Kiss and co. we reckon Scotland Yard detective Valerie Crowther takes the cake. See how she deals with violent youths in a pandemic-quarantined university for the deaf in this excerpt from our thriller novel Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes)

Valerie threw herself forward, elbows raised out in front of her. In the heat of battle, the detective preferred elbows over fists. She’d learned the hard way a female’s small fists were more likely to suffer damage than achieve anything of note if used in anger. Especially a slim lightweight like herself. However, her elbows – bony and sharp as they were – could cause some real damage with little risk of injury to herself if used the right way. And so it proved.

The detective’s sudden change of direction placed her exactly between Harris and Warne, and her extended elbows connected simultaneously and with considerable force with the foreheads of each. Warne was out to it before he hit the floor. Harris, who was now on his hands and knees and evidently wondering where he was, was sent into Disneyland with a well-placed kick to the side of his head…

Silent Fear is available via Amazon as a paperback and Kindle ebook – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075HRYTVC/

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In WHITE SPIRIT (A novel based on a true story)  Irish convict John Graham is mistaken for a white spirit by primitive Aborigines after he escapes from Australia’s infamous Moreton Bay penal settlement. His is an epic tale!

White Spirit (A novel based on a true story) by [Lance Morcan, James Morcan]

Set in nineteenth century Australia, WHITE SPIRIT  is a sweeping yarn that encapsulates all the nuances of the southern continent’s unique history and provides detailed insights into the tribal life of First Australian (Aboriginal) peoples.

★★★★★ “Disturbing, brutal, honest, unputdownable. It is real, very, very real with fascinating characters at the helm. Very highly recommended! Both men and women will enjoy the story.” – ‘History and Women’ org.

★★★★★ “This is a tour de force of a book… every page and chapter is riveting.” –Amazon Reviews

★★★★★ “It kept me enthralled from start to finish” –Amazon Customer

WHITE SPIRIT  is available via Amazon as a paperback and Kindle ebook. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LWIRH9J/

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Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island, is the setting for our adventure novel Into the Americas. It was here that 19-year-old John Jewitt found himself captive after Mowachaht warriors attacked his ship and slaughtered his crewmates.

Here’s what Amazon reviewers are saying about Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story):

★★★★★  “An awesome tale!” -Great Historical Fiction Book Reviews

★★★★★  “Extremely well researched, the main character’s ‘coming of age’ is told with detached and stark brutality.” -Award-winning author Lee Murray

★★★★★  “Want a great historical fiction read? Here it is!” -Author Alice DiNizo

★★★★★ “VERY entertaining! Near impossible to put down.” -Amazon Reviews 

Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story) by [Lance Morcan, James Morcan]

Into the Americas is available via Amazon as a paperback and Kindle ebook.  http://www.amazon.com/Into-Americas-novel-based-story-ebook/dp/B00YJKM51E/

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In the action-romance short story A Gladiator’s Love  dashing Greek gladiator Leonidas is looking forward to fighting for his freedom in the Colosseum of Ancient Rome. That is until he learns who it is he must fight.

A Gladiator's Love by [Lance Morcan]

★★★★★ “Rich in flavor and fine characterizations, this novella makes for a fine winter evening’s read. Highly recommended.” –Amazon Hall of Fame Top 50 reviewer Grady Harp

Footnote: Did you know there were gladiatrix, or female gladiators, in Ancient Rome? And there is evidence to suggest they were honored as highly as their male counterparts. History suggests many of them were ‘high born’ women of means… I guess they bred ’em tough in those days!

A Gladiator’s Love is available via Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082S2MKN3/

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Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin…

My review:

★★★★★  Archer’s Heads You Win is essentially two stories about the same people – one about a young Russian and his mom who, after a coin toss flee to make a new life for themselves in America, and the other about the same pair who flee to England to make a new life there. Spanning two continents and 30 years, the concept and the writing are brilliant with mind-bending plot twists guaranteed to keep you turning the pages. Warning, spoiler ahead: I note some reviewers are critical of the ending. I found it both startling and unsettling. Whilst it’s an ending that has apparently disappointed some, it doesn’t detract from can only be described as a brilliant read. –Lance Morcan

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Anno 2020 by [James Morcan]

“Impressive, and a beautiful reading experience, this is a very fine solo venture for the gifted James Morcan. Highly recommended.” -Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Top 50 Reviewer

ANNO 2020 Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08LS91VV6/

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ANNO 2020 – the debut, solo-authored novel by James Morcan, co-writer of Into the Americas, Silent Fear, The Ninth Orphan, White Spirit and other bestselling novels – was launched this week on Amazon. Set during Anno MMXX (Year 2020), this psychological novel explores five different relationships as people around the world are separated from each other due to the Coronavirus lockdown.

Anno 2020 by [James Morcan]

“An emotionally stirring novel and an around-the-world look at 2020, seen from various perspectives. I especially liked interconnectedness shown between all things.”E. Norris (Scientist)

ANNO 2020 is recommended reading for those trying to make sense of a year that has been truly annus horribilis. It has been described as an uplifting read that lightens the darkness.

To view this novel on Amazon go to: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08LS91VV6/

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John Jewitt…the central character in our historical adventure novel Into the Americas. The scar on his forehead was left by a Mowachaht warrior intent on decapitating him. All but one of Jewitt’s crewmates were beheaded after their brigantine the Boston was attacked in Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island. The portrait sketch, incidentally, was drawn years after these dramatic events.

Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story) is a gritty, real-life adventure based on one of history’s greatest survival stories. It was inspired by the diary entries of young English blacksmith John Jewitt during his time aboard ship and also during his sojourn at Nootka Sound, on North America’s western seaboard, from 1802 to 1805.

It’s a tale of two vastly different cultures – indigenous North American and European civilization – colliding head on. It is also a Romeo and Juliet story set in the wilderness.

Into the Americas is available via Amazon as a paperback and Kindle ebook. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YJKM51E/

You can read the opening chapters if you click on the book’s cover on its Amazon page… Happy reading!

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On 10 June 1990, British Airways Flight 5390 suffered explosive decompression resulting in the captain being partially sucked out of the aircraft. This near-tragedy was the inspiration for our aviation thriller THE HEATHROW AFFAIR.

The Heathrow Affair by [Lance Morcan, James Morcan]

“Brilliant, I loved it! Easily worth the 5/5 Star Rating.” -Amazon Australia Top 50 reviewer Todd Simpson

“An immensely entertaining romance adventure!” -Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 reviewer Grady Harp

THE HEATHROW AFFAIR is available via Amazon as a paperback and Kindle ebook. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X8CN6BD/

You can read the opening chapters if you click on the book’s cover on its Amazon page… Happy reading!

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