Britannia’s Reach by Antoine Vanner

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Britannia's Reach by Antoine Vanner

The Indie Book of the Day for 27th of December, 2014!

Genre: Literary, War

Britannia’s Reach is the second novel in the Dawlish Chronicles series. It continues the story of the ambitious Royal Navy officer Nicholas Dawlish, who was first introduced in Britannia’s Wolf. It’s November 1879 and on a broad river deep in the heart of South America, a flotilla of paddle steamers thrashes slowly upstream. It is laden with troops, horses and artillery, and intent on conquest and revenge. Ahead lies a commercial empire that was wrested from a British consortium in a bloody revolution. Now the investors are determined to recoup their losses and are funding a vicious war to do so. Nicholas Dawlish, is playing a leading role in the expedition. But as brutal land and river battles mark its progress upriver, and as both sides inflict and endure ever greater suffering, stalemate threatens. And Dawlish finds himself forced to make a terrible ethical choice if he is to return to Britain with some shreds of integrity remaining… The Dawlish Chronicles feature a naval hero who is more familiar with steam, breech-loaders and torpedoes than with sails, carronades and broadsides. The series, which commenced with Britannia’s Wolf, is in the great tradition of the Napoleonic-era naval fiction of Forester, Kent, O’Brian and Pope, but is set in the late nineteenth-century, as Britain’s Empire approached its apogee. In this period old enemies were still a threat, new players were joining the ranks of the Great Powers, and the potential for local conflict to escalate into general war – even world war – was never absent. Britain’s ability to project force rapidly and decisively on a global scale was assured by a Royal Navy that was in transition as new technologies emerged at an unprecedented rate. But force alone was often inappropriate and conflicts had often to be resolved by guile and by proxy. It is in this world of change and uncertainty that Nicholas Dawlish, always resourceful, sometimes ruthless, occasionally self-doubting, must contend for the advancement and happiness he hungers for.

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  • File Size: 1541 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492969389
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I9I8DWC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled 
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
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Antoine Vanner has survived military coups, a guerrilla war, storms at sea and life in mangrove swamps, tropical forest, offshore oil-platforms and the boardroom. He has lived long-term in eight countries, has travelled widely in all continents except Antarctica and is fluent in three languages. He has a passion for nineteenth-century political and military history, and for the weaponry of the time. His knowledge of human nature and his first-hand experience of the locales – often surprising – of the most important conflicts of the period provide the impetus for his chronicling of the life of the Royal Navy officer Nicholas Dawlish.

“I’m fascinated by the Victorian period,” Vanner says, “for not only was it one of colonial expansion and of Great Power rivalry that often came to the brink of war, but it was also one of unprecedented social, political, technological and scientific change. Britain’s power may have been at an apogee but it was under constant threat and would demand constant adaptation from those who aspired to shape events. Many born in the 1840s would not only play significant roles in the later decades of the century but be key players in the maelstrom that would engulf the world in 1914. The Dawlish Chronicles are set in that world of change, uncertainty and risk and they involve projection of naval power to meet complex social, political and diplomatic challenges.”

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Britannia’s Wolf by Antoine Vanner

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Britannia's Wolf by Antoine Vanner

The Indie Book of the Day for 21st of July, 2013!

Genre: Literary, War

1877 and the Russo-Turkish War is reaching its climax.  A Russian victory will pose a threat for Britain’s strategic interests. To protect them an ambitious British naval officer, Nicholas Dawlish, is assigned to the Ottoman Navy to ravage Russian supply-lines in the Black Sea. In the depths of a savage winter, as Turkish forces face defeat on all fronts, Dawlish confronts enemy ironclads, Cossack lances and merciless Kurdish irregulars and finds himself a pawn in the rivalry of the Sultan’s half-brothers for control of the collapsing empire. And in the midst of this chaos, unwillingly and unexpectedly, Dawlish finds himself drawn to a woman whom he believes he should not love.  Not for his own sake, and not for hers…  Britannia’s Wolf introduces a naval hero who is more familiar with steam, breech-loaders and torpedoes than with sails, carronades and broadsides. Dawlish joined as a boy a Royal Navy still commanded by veterans of Trafalgar but will he will help forge the Dreadnought navy of Jutland and the Great War.  Further books will accompany Dawlish further on that voyage into the future… The Dawlish Chronicles series, which commences with Britannia’s Wolf, is in the great tradition of the Napoleonic-era naval fiction of Forester, Kent, O’Brian and Pope, but is set in the late nineteenth-century, as Britain’s Empire approached its apogee. In this period old enemies were still a threat, new players were joining the ranks of the Great Powers, and the potential for local conflict to escalate into general war – even world war – was never absent. Britain’s ability to project force rapidly and decisively on a global scale was assured by a Royal Navy that was in transition as new technologies emerged at an unprecedented rate. But force alone was often inappropriate and conflicts had often to be resolved by guile and by proxy. It is in this world of change and uncertainty that Nicholas Dawlish, always resourceful, sometimes ruthless, occasionally self-doubting, must contend for the advancement and happiness he hungers for.

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  • File Size: 730 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480275271
  • Publisher: Antoine Vanner (April 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLHET9S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Antoine Vanner has survived military coups, a guerrilla war, storms at sea and life in mangrove swamps, tropical forest, offshore oil-platforms and the boardroom. He has lived long-term in eight countries, has travelled widely in all continents except Antarctica and is fluent in three languages. He has a passion for nineteenth-century political and military history, and for the weaponry of the time. His knowledge of human nature and his first-hand experience of the locales – often surprising – of the most important conflicts of the period provide the impetus for his chronicling of the life of the Royal Navy officer Nicholas Dawlish.

“I’m fascinated by the Victorian period,” Vanner says, “for not only was it one of colonial expansion and of Great Power rivalry that often came to the brink of war, but it was also one of unprecedented social, political, technological and scientific change. Britain’s power may have been at an apogee but it was under constant threat and would demand constant adaptation from those who aspired to shape events. Many born in the 1840s would not only play significant roles in the later decades of the century but be key players in the maelstrom that would engulf the world in 1914. The Dawlish Chronicles are set in that world of change, uncertainty and risk and they involve projection of naval power to meet complex social, political and diplomatic challenges.”

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True Surrender by Tracey Cramer-Kelly

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True Surrender by Tracey Cramer-Kelly

The Indie Book of the Day for 18th of February, 2013!

Genre: Contemporary, War

When Major Aaron Bricewick is rescued from Afghanistan terrorists, he thinks the worst is over. But his personal journey is just beginning… The first surprise is the amputation of one of his legs. The second is the woman he left behind, now a widow with a 4-year-old son – and his new prosthetist (artificial limb maker). He vows that losing his leg won’t derail his career. But maintaining his outward appearance as a got-it-together officer becomes increasingly difficult as he faces one personal demon after another – and sees his career aspirations slipping away. And though he has no intention of expanding his life to include a woman, his heart has other ideas – and he finds himself questioning the very foundation of his personal beliefs. When violence – and unexpected redemption – touch his life again, Aaron must make a stand. Which will he choose: duty or love?

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  • File Size: 288 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466242418
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UGWH8W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Tracey Cramer-Kelly is an author and singer/musician. Her work fuses writing, music and visual imagery and includes novels, short stories and music videos.

Two of her novels, Last Chance Rescue and True Surrender, are Indie Book Awards Finalists. True Surrender also won a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America.

Music videos include “The Rose (Surrender Version),” which tells the story of True Surrender (the novel), and “Cool Rider,” a rock-n-roll video featuring Tracey as a biker chick (which she really is!).

Tracey’s writing draws from her experience as an Army Reserve paramedic and exposure to helicopter medivac. She obtained her helicopter pilot license in 2001. She owns a motorcycle accessories business and lives in small-town Minnesota with her husband and two young children.

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No Commitments by Val Sharp

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No Commitments by Val Sharp

The Indie Book of the Day for 25th of January, 2013!

Genre: Action & Adventure, War

Set in the era of the Vietnam War, this is a love story between a young man and woman caught up in the throes of that era. CLAY STONER: born and raised in the Ozarks, Annapolis graduate, navy pilot, a fun loving jet jockey – until he learns he is going to have to bomb real people. MARIANNA HAIZET: daughter from a renowned Swiss banking family, sheltered in boarding schools while pusuing her music studies, and recovering from a shattering experience after having known little joy in her life – until she meets Clay.

OUR COUPLE meet by chance in Nice during a Bastille Day weekend, and when they part neither imagines their lives will ever cross again. They are from two different worlds. But fate intervenes and they do meet again – and connect – and despite repreated vows of “no commitments” she becomes immersed in his world of rowdy parties and the tension and torment surround- ing young women and their pilots waiting to go off to war. They stumble into a quixotic love affair that each believes is hopeless.

Little do they know that their destiny is to be caught up in an international intrigue that will lead from the South of France through Switzerland and all the way back to the Ozarks, or that she will become a singing star, or that as a couple their names will become famous and indelibly linked to one of the greatest scandals of all time.

The questions raised throughout are simple…what is love…can ideals triumph in a world of compromise?

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  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615634524
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TT5POA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled

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Occupation:  Beach bum, Dog Sitter, Writer

Current location:  Fairfield County, Connecticut

Some of my favorites: 

Singers:  Hank, Holly, Patsy, Piaf, Ray (I Say),  Dylan (pre-1967) and The Boss

Books:  Catcher in the Rye, The Prophet, We the Living, Still Life with Woodpecker, By-Line: Ernest Hemingway

 Movies:  Casablanca (whose isn’t), A Summer Place, Top Gun, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause  (I wore levis, a white tee shirt, and a red jacket with the collar turned up to school everyday for six months after I saw that movie!)

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Another Day in Paradise by Justin Burgess

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Another Day in Paradise by Justin Burgess

The Indie Book of the Day for 24th of December, 2012!

Genre: Action & Adventure, War

War is hell.  Captain Chris Braddock has learned this lesson through hard experience, but nothing can prepare him for the savage fighting of southern Afghanistan, where every step could be his last.  A sudden tragedy forces the young staff officer, already struggling with his own personal demons, to confront his worst fears and assume the mantle of an infantry commander in one of the most violent places on earth.  As he fights the slow unraveling of his own humanity, Braddock must still find a way to defeat the invisible enemy hiding amongst a hostile population, and do it while bringing all of his soldiers safely home.      

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  • File Size: 734 KB
  • Print Length: 441 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477469184
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082DB2B8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
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Justin started writing during his third combat deployment, as a way to fight stress using a creative outlet. His first book, Another Day in Paradise, intially began as a fictional narrative about his frustrations during the war in Afghanistan, and to tell a story of the men and women fighting overseas from the perspective of a regular soldier. As the scope of the project grew, feedback from friends and fellow service-members was so positive that he decided to self-publish the book on Amazon. He’s now continuing his work on the American War saga, about an insurgency in the United States, set in the near future. Look for the first book in the series , titled ‘A Line in the Sand’ and available now.

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Bone Fragments by Gabriel Gadfly

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Bone Fragments by Gabriel Gadfly

The Indie Book of the Day for 21st of September 2012!

Genre: Poetry, War

The much-anticipated debut poetry collection by author Gabriel Gadfly, recommended for poetry enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Set in Iraq, China, and many other places, Bone Fragments reflects the kaleidoscope of life at war, evoking the colors, sounds and sorrows of those in battle, and those left behind.

Sharply poignant and touched with sadness, Gabriel Gadfly’s poetry encompasses 150 years of conflict and serves as a moving testament to human resilience in the face of tragedy. From the American Civil War to the recent upheavals in the Middle East, this anthology seizes the atmosphere of battle in the smallest of moments — a soldier pining for a love left behind, the first kill of a new recruit, the loud chattering of teeth in the cold….

Gabriel Gadfly offers an anthology of wartime reading in remembrance of those whose lives have been affected by the many wars fought in human history.

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  • File Size: 136 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 1889 Labs Ltd. (July 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EIBHVY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Gabriel Gadly was raised in Ozark, Alabama, just outside Fort Rucker Army base. He now lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Since 2009, Gabriel has published his poetry directly to readers through his website, http://gabrielgadly.com, with new poems appearing every week. His poetry has appeared in Four & Twenty, Borderline, Anatomy & Etymology, and Subtext Queer Arts Magazine and on the hundreds of blogs, Facebook pages, and Tumblr accounts of readers who shared his work.

Gabriel’s first book, Bone Fragments, a collection of war poetry, was released in 2011. His second book, Ventricle, Atrium, a collection of love poems, was released in January 2012.

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Steps to Heaven by Wendy Cartmell

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Steps to Heaven by Wendy Cartmell

The Indie Book of the Day for 12th of September 2012!

Genre: Police Procedural, War

STEPS TO HEAVEN the internationally acclaimed British crime thriller.

A young soldier murders his wife and six year old son and then commits suicide, after recently returning from Afghanistan. As Sgt Major Crane investigates he finds the soldier had links with a local church. As the body count rises, events take a darker turn and he wonders what the churches are offering – salvation, or slaughter?

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  • File Size: 323 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467938815
  • Publisher: Wendy Cartmell (October 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005U9T20A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled

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Wendy Cartmell has a BA (Hons) in English and Education, is a former teacher, PR manager and editor of a large corporate newspaper. She turned her hand to crime writing in 2010 resulting in a new crime series featuring Sgt Major Crane of the Special Investigations Branch, drawing on her husband’s 22 years service in the British Army.

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I Serve by Rosanne E Lortz

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I Serve by Rosanne E Lortz

The Indie Book of the Day for 17th of August 2012!

Genre: Romance, Historical

A TALE OF ARMS, OF DEATH, OF LOVE, AND OF HONOR

Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Hundred Years’ War, I Serve chronicles the story of Sir John Potenhale. A young Englishman of lowly birth, Potenhale wins his way to knighthood on the fields of France. He enters the service of Edward, the Black Prince of Wales, and immerses himself in a stormy world of war, politics, and romantic intrigue.

While campaigning in France, Potenhale develops an interest in Margery, a spirited lady-in-waiting with a close-kept secret. He soon learns that Sir Thomas Holland, a crass and calculating baron, holds the key to unlock Margery’s mystery and possesses the power to overturn all of his hopes.

When the Black Death strikes Europe, however, Potenhale realizes that the fiercest enemy does not always appear in human form. Seeing the pestilence as a punishment for the sins of his generation, he questions his calling as a knight and considers entering the cloister. Margery or the monastery? Torn between losing his soul and losing the love of his life, he finds friendship with a French knight who might—just possibly—help him save both.

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  • File Size: 499 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0979214548
  • Publisher: Anno Domini (June 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00332EWC4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Rosanne E. Lortz “Rose” is a medieval enthusiast, a book addict, a mom to two twin boys, and a native of Portland, Oregon. She graduated from New St. Andrews College in 2005 with a B. A. in Liberal Arts and Culture and worked as a high school teacher for several years teaching classes in English, history, literature, and music. She and her husband David Spears were blessed with twin boys, Adam and Oliver, in November of 2010, and “Boy Number Three” Marcus in January of 2012.

Rose’s latest book, Road from the West: Book I of the Chronicles of Tancred, was released on September 2, 2011. She is currently at work on the next two titles in that series and enjoys immersing herself in the eleventh century world of the First Crusade.

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The Black God’s War by Moses Siregar III

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The Black God's War by Moses Siregar III

The Indie Book of the Day for 7th of August 2012!

Genre: Fantasy, Epic

Against the backdrop of epic warfare and the powers of ten mysterious gods, Lucia struggles to understand The Black One.

Her father-king wants war.

Her messianic brother wants peace.

The black god wants his due.

She suffers all the consequences.

King Vieri is losing his war against the lands of Pawelon. Feeling abandoned by his god, he forces his son Caio, the kingdom’s holy savior, to lead his army. Victory ought to come soon.

To counter Caio’s powers, Pawelon’s prince enters the conflict. Rao is a gifted sage, a master of spiritual laws. He joins the rajah to defend their citadel against the invaders. But Rao’s ideals soon clash with his army’s general.

The Black One tortures Lucia nightly with visions promising another ten years of bloodshed. She can no longer tell the difference between the waking world and her nightmares. Lucia knows the black god too well. He entered her bed and dreams when she was ten.

The Black One watches, waiting to see Lucia confront an impossible decision over the fates of two men–and two lands.

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  • File Size: 744 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161475859X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cup of Gold; 1st edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FC0MX8
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When I was ten, I fell in love with an anime series: a space opera spanning three human generations, a saga that unfolded over 85 consecutive episodes and four months of after-school TV. Watching ‘Robotech’ was a spiritual experience for me. I still remember how high I felt after watching the final episode for the first time. How many pleasures in life are better than a well-executed drama?

After that experience, I decided I wanted to be a storyteller when I grew up, hoping to someday inspire others as Robotech inspired me. Although I’ve written professionally and for pleasure for many years, it wasn’t until recently that I got back around to my heart’s desire when I was a boy: Telling the big story.

I’ve never had so much fun.

‘The Black God’s War’ is a stand-alone epic fantasy novel and an homage to Homer with a multicultural flavor. It’s also the first book in the ‘Splendor and Ruin’ series. My novella-length preview of the novel is available on Amazon. The full novel is planned for release in print and as an e-book in August 2011.

You can follow my blog, ‘Moses and Dionysus Walk Into a Bar …’ at www.ScienceFictionFantasy.net. I’m also a co-host of the popular Adventures In SciFi Publishing podcast.

I invite you to read a sample from my epic story and, more than anything, I hope you’ll enjoy it and feel inspired to pursue your own passion.

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The Far Out Café by Stuart Chambers

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The Far Out Café by Stuart Chambers

The Indie Book of the Day for 11th of July 2012!

Genre: Action & Adventure, War

“The End-No it isn’t!

During the fall of 1969 Daniel Dyer stands alone at a still point between the disappointments of his childhood and an incredibly uncertain future. He is a boy from Yorkshire, living in America who has been abandoned by his father and then his mother and has signed up to fi ght with the US army in Vietnam. The Far Out Cafe is full of characters and events: a blues singer, a Cuban called Guerrero and another called Compay, with his head full of conspiracy theories, ‘Birdmen,’ a chapel dating back to the 2nd century, an isolated island, a pack of marauding sharks; one of mythical proportions, a psychotic Soviet called the Generali, a barbaric guard called Rusanov and his syphilitic assistant, Yefrem.

This is not merely a story about the atrocities of war. It’s a story about who Daniel meets when he has been left for dead; a boy called Angel and a girl called Beth. It’s about the way we live our lives and what happens when we place our Faith in God when things go horribly wrong. It’s a savage yet tenderly lyrical story about an unforgiving time and indestructible love.

‘I sat down, cleared my mind, and ‘The Far Out Café’ blew it apart. It’s a really great story and it’s told in such a surreal way, it messes with your head so much, delightfully so, but what really caught me is the sense of magic and mysticism that is woven into the story. A huge story that has roots in an even greater and deeper meaning. The spiritual clashed against the brutality of men is incredibly powerful. Good to finally be challenged by a modern book that gives the mind a great workout. In film terms, very Stanley Kubrick’ - David Popescu – Hooligan Filmworks, Canada”

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IBD Editorial Verdict

Graphic, brutal and honest. The Far Out Café is packed with action, mind boggling tale of survival and a journey for self-fulfillment. Stuart Chambers is a TV producer, director, story teller and an unexpected but surprisingly engaging writer.

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  • File Size: 359 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146850486X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (May 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083E6JUK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Stuart grew up in Yorkshire, in what can best be described as an ‘interesting’ childhood. His two favorite quotes are, ‘If they give you lined paper, don’t write on the lines,’ (Unknown) and ‘Two paths diverged in a wood & I took the one less traveled by & that made all the difference,’ (Robert Frost). He had his first script (Non-Returnable’s) broadcast by the BBC when he was seventeen. He produced his first long format film when he was twenty-five; he has since written numerous films and documentaries. In 2009 he co-wrote and produced a 30 minute film for the State of Qatar that tells the personal stories of people who had suffered terrible tragedy when disaster struck their region and highlights the huge impact aid from Qatar is having on them and their community. Kashmir, Beirut, New Orleans and Banda Aceh could seldom have appeared on the same travel itinerary but they were all on Stuarts: Seventeen flights, nine countries and forty-five thousand miles; a journey of epic proportions to some of the most isolated parts of the world where he would uncover stories of real courage and dignity and survival against the odds. The film went to air on the Qatar National Day. Stuart is currently writing his second novel ‘Four Doors’. He focuses on writing solely for himself and his own niche audience and producing hi-end television commercials and quality documentary films, where his clients seek to make a real difference. He is equally at home shooting a hi-end TVC with a large crew or out with a director and a camera on his shoulder. He works in Dubai and lives with his wife and family in Romania. His clients will confirm that he has established an international reputation as a an extremely creative story-teller and filmmaker who always strives to deliver the very best.

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