The Age of Kings is back with a vengeance.

Alfred II, the good-hearted but iron-willed King of England, seizes the power once wielded by his ancient ancestors in a quest to reshape the world.

But ruling a modern nation as absolute monarch has unforeseen perils.

Prince Adrian, a wastrel accustomed to a life of ease and decadence, dislikes the responsibility of heir to the New Order, descending into depression.

The ambitious Princess Frances envies Adrian’s birthright and plots to gain power herself.

The King’s long-time friend, the traditionalist Archbishop Youngblood, turns against and seeks to destroy the Royal Family.

Civil war looms as factions rise up, resurrecting a centuries-old conspiracy against the Monarchy.

Worst of all, the US President takes issue with the renewed autocracy, threatening war against its former ally.

Can one man stand against his family, his country, and the world?

A truly modern thriller with a dramatic link to the past, bringing the intrigues, powerplays, and skullduggery of the Age of Kings into modern times!

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He’s such a good detective he solves cases in his sleep.

Donovan Stone loves three things: movies, police work, and his best friend Jessica. But his abrasive attitude gets him fired from the force. And Jessica’s keeping him at arm’s length. And his movie posters are gathering dust. But in his dreams Stone processes the clues, and they’re coming together. Can he get anyone to listen to him before the terrorists strike again?

Reviewers on Amazon wrote:
“A great read if you want punchy, hard-boiled dialogue and loads of action.”
“The writing is very, very good.”
“I really enjoyed this book, with its mix of the dire reality of everyday life and the escapism of the dream world.”
“If you’re looking for a book that is pure entertainment, then ‘Copout’ by Bart Cline is probably what you need.”
“I especially love Bart’s comfortable, yet sophisticated, use of language.”
“The humour had me reading most of this book with a wry smile on my face.”
“It’s a book that can be talked about and contemplated. Well done!”
“The language and descriptions of dreams that occur in different time periods are no less than brilliant.”
“The imagery created by the writer is filmic – you can see the pictures clearly in your mind as you read the words.”
“Well written and engaging with a great ending!”
“I love the concept in general and the angle the author tells the story from.”
“You’ll love this book as you and our hero try to separate fact from fantasy.”
“Nice story line with a very acceptable ending.”
“The author keeps the reader on edge with the varying dream sequences.”
“There’s something in this book for everyone!”
“I’d recommend this book to lovers of detective fiction and sort of mind-thrillers, definitely.”
“If you feel like reading something with a fresh touch and a bit of action, you should read this one.”
“If for nothing more than just to enjoy his genius prose, I recommend this book.”
“Lousy.” (Well, they can’t all be gems!)

Devastated after being fired from the force following a violent crime, he is unable to officially investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. Spiralling into dejection, Donovan’s life could be considered no more successful or happy than a train wreck. His only hope is the affection of a woman, who also happens to be his best friend, and who does not want to engage in a romance with him.

But each night, Donovan’s dreams grant him a release—living out fantasised versions of the movies he so enjoys, while gaining insights into the crime—and solace, enjoying the good things that reality denies him. There he’s successful, happy, and free, until his world of dreams crosses over into his reality with deadly consequences. Can he fight his way back from the brink of oblivion, save the life of the woman he is in love with (and who is not in love with him), and stop the terrorists—and will it be worth his while?

Dreams, classic movie genres, and reality meet in a dangerous cocktail.


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(My first novel, and very much a learning experience.)

What would you do if you were a traveller with severe wanderlust, out of your country for the first time, and you fell in love?

And what would you do if you were separated from your new love after only a few days?

Would you search an entire continent?

Colleen is a naïve young American touring Europe just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Florian is the experienced traveller she falls in love with. He encourages her to do something she knows she shouldn’t, and then disappears. Colleen, carrying the resultant load of guilt alone, sets out to find him. With the entire European continent to search, she realises she doesn’t really know that much about him, having only a few vague leads to follow, with only her drug-addicted friend for company. A year later, having confronted her guilt and learned some uncomfortable truths about herself, will she still love Florian? Will she ever love anyone or anything again?

A novel of love and travel.


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