H A Culley
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About H A Culley
H A Culley served as an Army officer for twenty-four years during which time he had a variety of unusual jobs. He spent his twenty-first birthday in the jungles of Borneo, commanded an Arab infantry unit in the Gulf for three years, and was the military attaché in Beirut during the aftermath of the Lebanese Civil War.
After leaving the Army he spent twenty-one years in the education sector. He has served on the board of two commercial companies and has been a trustee of several national and local charities. His last job before retiring was as the finance director and company secretary of the Institute of Development Professionals in Education. Since retirement, he has been involved in several historical projects and gives talks on historical subjects. He started writing historical fiction in 2013.
For many years he and his wife lived between Holy Island and Berwick upon Tweed in northern Northumberland, the setting for many of his historical novels, but moved to Oxfordshire in 2020 to be nearer his children and grandchildren.
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Most Enjoyable! I couldn't put it down!
Outstanding, enjoyed the book. Book made the era understandable and made Titus a real person. Thank you and continue writing similar themes.
Reviews of Other Novels by H A Culley
Outstanding author, very descriptive, moves FAST!
Don't pick up this book if you need a good night's sleep. You're going to be up all night until you finish it.
Good, informative historical novel
This is the second novel of a trilogy charting Constantine the Great’s rise to power as seen through the eyes of Titus, an officer in his bodyguard and the military adviser to his eldest son, Crispus. When Constantine’s brother in law, Licinius, Emperor of the Eastern Empire, declares war on a rival for his throne, Constantine sends Crispus and Titus with his fleet to assist him. After Licinius' victory, Crispus and Titus are betrayed and, after surviving a violent storm, are imprisoned by their erstwhile ally on a remote island. During an attack by pirates they are rescued by Titus’ wife, Flavia.
Constantine declares war on Licinius for his perfidy and the latter eventually sues for peace. During the campaign Crispus proves himself to be a gifted commander and, at sixteen, he is appointed as Caesar of the West and given Gaul to rule. However, this merely antagonizes Constantine’s scheming empress, Fausta, who wants her own baby son to be named as heir apparent in place of Crispus. She arranges for her stepson to be poisoned, but the plot is foiled through the courage of a slave.
Constantine wins the campaign to drive the invading Sarmatians back over the Danube whilst Crispus and Titus, now a general, are having similar success against the Alemanni and the Vandals on the Rhine frontier. The three are awarded a joint triumph in Rome and during this Fausta tries yet again to engineer Crispus’ assassination, with tragic consequences.
Crispus falls in love whilst in Rome and marries but, just after his son is born, he is forced to leave his family when trouble between Constantine and Licinius breaks out again when the latter encourages the Visigoths to invade. Constantine is now faced with the biggest challenge to his rule of the Western Roman Empire.
A good read for lovers of the Dark Ages period; well-paced, informative and placed in a time before the Vikings.
The book is very well researched and I enjoyed it.
Kept me turning the pages. I did not know anything about Oswald prior to reading this highly recommended book
When his elder brother is killed Oswiu rides deep into enemy territory to recover King Oswald’s body. The Kingdom of Northumbria is split into two and Oswiu vows to reunite it. However, he is forced to concentrate on securing his northern border first.
Once he becomes overlord of the North he fends off an invasion by Penda, the powerful pagan King of Mercia, before he resorts to underhand tactics to kill his cousin and unite Northumbria once more.
He survives rebellion by the Picts and another invasion by the Mercians, only to be betrayed by his nephew who he raised up to be King of Deira. Matters come to a head at the Battle of the Winwaed where his army is heavily outnumbered. He knows that he must win or see Northumbria torn apart once more.
- Great historical series, engaging characters, intriguing plotlines and backstories
- For those who like historical fiction on Alexander the Great this is a must read. There is no shortage of kindle books on this topic but what is most rare is an author that really knows how to write. Anybody can do the proper time in research but Mr. Culley stands among few that really knows how to take that research and put it together into a really great book that you just can't put down.
- Exciting! Well-written and researched .
Woken in the middle of the night to flee the fortress of Bebbanburg on the Northumbrian coast, the twelve year old Prince Oswald escapes his father’s killer, Edwin, to establish a new life for himself on the West Coast of Scotland. He becomes a staunch Christian on Iona and trains to be a warrior, making a name for himself in the frequent wars in Ulster and in a divided Scotland. Having earned himself the nickname of ‘Whiteblade’, he establishes himself as the greatest war leader in his adopted homeland. However, he is beset by enemies on all sides and is betrayed by those he should be able to trust the most.
After playing a leading role in deposing the treacherous Connad, King of Dalriada, he helps his successor to extend Dalriada to include the Isles of Skye, Arran and Bute. When King Edwin is killed in battle and those who try to succeed him are also killed by Cadwallon and his invading Welsh army, Oswald decided that his moment of destiny has arrived; he sets out with his warriors to confront Cadwallon and win back the throne of Northumbria.
With her teenage children, Anya lives a quiet life as a huntress and a farmer in the foothills of the Talas Mountains: a complete contrast to her previous life as commander of the Nekrosten Army in the war against the neighbouring Kingdom of Manqoba. The peace and tranquillity of the past decade is shattered by the sudden arrival of her former brother-in-law, Paulan, Grand Master of the Red Monks.
The Prophet – the spiritual leader of the followers of Astrah, the Lord of Light – has died and Paulan needs someone to seek out the person into whose body the Prophet’s spiritual essence has entered. He or she will be the next Prophet. It is a fairly simple process for the Red Monks to locate the person chosen but he proves to be a Vargar youth. Not only do the Vargar not believe in Astrah; they are barbarians who live in clans constantly at war with the other clans who inhabit the Great Plains which cover the northern half of the continent. They are prone to kill any strangers who venture into their lands without asking questions.
Anya sets out to gather a handful of famed warriors with which to escort a small group of Red Monks in their quest to find the new Prophet. However, she soon discovers that the barbarous Vargar clans are not the only enemies she faces. Everyone seems to want her mission to fail, including more than one traitor in her tight knit group.
Furthermore, she has no idea how they are going to persuade a young barbarian, whose culture, and even language, is so completely different to that of the nations of the south, to accompany them back to the Great Temple where his destiny awaits.