This award-winning historical novel won first prize in the Kindle Book Awards 2014
Two boys meet on a voyage which transforms both their lives.
Madu, a young African boy kills his first leopard and hopes to become a warrior. But his life is transformed by the arrival of Queen Elizabeth’s slave-trader, John Hawkins. Tom Oakley is a sailor in charge of the slaves on John Hawkins’ ship. When the boys first meet they hate each other. But as the story develops their roles are reversed, and each comes to depend on the other more than either would have once thought possible.
This is a work of fiction but all the historical events in the book are true. It’s a story of African and English history as you never learned it in school!
‘This fast-paced historical novel blends fact with fiction, and I for one loved it.’ Karen Matthews. LibraryThing.
‘The story was amazing and I choked up more than once and kept turning the pages as fast as I could. Definitely recommended to fans of historical fiction, or anyone who enjoys an intense and fulfilling read.’ Stacy Decker, Shelfari.
The Blood Upon the Rose is a dramatic historical novel of love, death and divided loyalties set in Ireland in 1919, the last years of British rule.
In a bitter war of terror and counter-terrorism, the British government is pitted against the IRA leader, Michael Collins. A young, beautiful heiress, Catherine O’Connell-Gort, is torn between loyalty to her father, a colonel in the British Army, and her belief in Irish freedom. Catherine is secretly in love with a young IRA volunteer, Sean Brennan, but her father insists that she marries a battle-scarred British war hero, Major Andrew Butler, whom he has recruited to assassinate Michael Collins.
This is a tragic tale of love and terror, based upon real events.
‘The Blood Upon the Rose is a masterfully written historical romance … I enjoyed this book so much, I look forward to reading it a second time.’ Alle Wells, author of Railroad Man.
‘This is one of the most poignant love stories I have ever read … Make no doubt about it, Tim Vicary is a master of his craft. His prose is fluent and beautiful, his characterisation superb, his plots perfectly structured and paced.’ Jenny Twist, author of Domingo’s Angel.
‘A wonderful example of historical fiction.’ Catherine McT (Chicago)
Cat and Mouse is the gripping tale of two sisters fighting for their ideals in the turbulent year of 1914.
When Sarah, a militant suffragette, is arrested for a dramatic protest for women’s rights, her sister Deborah tries to rescue her from prison. As civil war threatens in Ireland, England’s Liberal government is threatened by socialists, feminists, and shocking sexual scandals – and both women’s husbands are involved.
If you thought your great grandmother had a quiet life – think again!
‘First and foremost it is a historical novel about people, a mixture of romance and thriller. First it engagingly explores its characters’ very different worlds. Then it carefully brings them together for a shattering conclusion. You won’t forget this book!’ Moorsman.
‘This is a well written and researched epic drama with great historical merit wrapped around a fascinating web of characters and interwoven diverse plot lines. Vicary shows real skill; effortlessly transporting you back in time to the pre WWI period.’ Andrea Saxelby for the Kindle Book Review.
A dramatic historical novel about love, rebellion and courage.
In 1685 James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, landed in Lyme Regis to lead a Protestant rebellion against his Catholic uncle, James II.
For 18 year old Ann Carter, her father Adam, and the Protestant villagers of Colyton in Devon, this event turned their world upside down. Adam, trembling with fear, marches to war, while Ann is torn between loyalty to her father and love for a Royalist officer. After the terrible battle of Sedgemoor, father and daughter struggle to escape the vengeance of King James’s cruel Judge Jeffries.
This is historical fiction based on real events and careful research.
‘A masterpiece. It was as if I could hear the musket shots in my ears.’ Samantha J. Morris.
‘I unhesitatingly recommend it.’ Darlene E. Williams, Historical Fiction Review.
Women of Courage
If you like historical fiction, why not buy Cat and Mouse, The Blood Upon the Rose, and The Monmouth Summer, all in one boxed set? A long summer of reading, three historical novels for the price of one!
These three books are very different but they have one thing in common: they are all about women who lived through dramatic periods in history, and showed great courage in fighting for what they believed to be right. All three books are works of fiction, but they are all based on careful historical research. Most of the historical events in them really did happen, more or less exactly as I describe. So although my three heroines – Sarah Becket, Catherine O’Connell-Gort, and Ann Carter – are creatures of my imagination, women very like Sarah, Catherine, and Ann, actually lived through these dramatic events; which is what led me to imagine, if I could, how they really looked and felt and acted, and to tell their stories as well as I could.