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Recent Adult Fiction:
THE SPOILS OF CONQUEST by Seth Hunter
Published by Headline in UK July 2016
Published by MacBooks Press in US July 2017

And in the same month....
The Time of Terror - No 1 in the Nathan Peake series - was No 1 in Kindle downloads in the War genre in the US; No 3 for all historical fiction; and #57 in General Fictiion....

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Number 1 Kindle Downloads

#1 in Kindle downloads in War genre
#3 Historical fiction
#57 General fiction
July 2017 

What readers are saying....

The Tide of War by Seth Hunter... Goodreads
Absolutely loved this, the second in the Nathan Peake series, though, confusingly enough, the third I've read. With less of the eighteenth century spy, and more of the traditional naval historical fiction about it, this book proved to be more than the equal of the great masters of this genre in my opinion. I find Peake a much more honest and believable human being than the Bolithos or Maturins of other authors, and considerably more personable than that loveable brooding landlubber, Dick Sharpe. Thankfully there are a couple more of his stories out there for me to read, though I fear, like Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe, I'm going to soon catch up and find myself desperately awaiting the authors latest installment.  Booklovers Melbourne

All-action cross between a spy thriller and a naval adventure, set in the Caribbean and Mississippi Delta in 1794-1795 in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Think of a frigate-captain seafaring story with a dash of James Bond thrown in.  Carla Nayland

Another good sea tale that belongs in the company of Horatio Hornblower and Lucky Jack Aubrey. Nathan Peake, newly made captain, faces pirates, mutineers, hurricanes, and of course that ultimate enemy -- The French. 
I enjoyed his cynical attitude towards politics, as illustrated in the excerpt below where Captain Peake is talking with an ally who is a Spanish monk: 
"So God and His Britannic Majesty are on the same side in this war?"
"It is unusual, I agree--but yes, it would seem so, for the time being. As we face a common enemy."
"Satan? Or the French?"
"You are splitting hairs. At least while the French pursue their current policies with regard to the Church of Rome."  Lisa

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What the critics are saying...                                                                            

 'A more natural storyteller’s eyethan Patrick O’Brian… well wrought and deftly told’ Sunday Telegraph

‘This book has it all … will be welcomed by lovers of historical naval fiction’ Daily Mail

‘The action is handled with complete assurance and all matters nautical carry the requisite salty whiff of authenticity… Hunter keeps the plot continually on the boil’ Yorkshire Evening Post

‘I’m already looking forward to the next instalment.  A highly compelling read.’ Historial Novels Review

A compelling read, imaginative, knowledgeable, fast-moving... full of twists and turns' Naval Review

'will exceed expectations of lovers of historical fiction. Anyone who appreciates excellent prose, witty anecdotes, complex action, intertwining plots, and all-round great writing will anxiously await the next installment' ForeWord Reviews

Hunter delivers another slick nautical adventure in the Patrick O'Brian tradition... The rousing naval battles, twisty plot, and muscular prose lift Hunter's nautical yarn a few notches above the competition - Publishers Weekly

 
MORE ADULT FICTION BY PAUL BRYERS:
 

     

       The Used Women’s Book Club, Bloomsbury, June, 2003

A satire on contemporary sexual mores and a guided tour to the city’s murderous past tied by literary threads and haunted by ghosts…. Bryers writes with freshness, wit and a lively appreciation of a city’s dark history. Chris Petit, The Guardian 

 

Bryers gives his smart sex comedy a black but hopeful heart and a sharp sense of what it’s like to live in contemporary London…. Witty, acerbic, 99.9 per cent excellent.  Literary Review.           

       Erudite and witty but always gripping, Bryers has produced a top-drawer thriller.
         Good Book Guide.
  

The Prayer of the Bone, Bloomsbury, Random House 

 

An elegant and unearthly literary mystery… told lyrically by Bryers, a careful stylist who selects even the simplest words with the discriminating eye of a shore walker gathering small, smooth stones washed up from the sea.   New York Times

 

Stylish, intricate…Bryers’s novel has the same atmospheric intensity as Snow Falling on Cedars, replacing David Guterson’s Amero-Japanese culture clash   with 350 years of suspicion between colonised and English colonisers” – Sunday Times.

 

In A Pig’s Ear, Bloomsbury, Farrar Strauss and Giroux 

 

Bubbling with rare charms and full of spell-binding irony, In A Pig’s Ear, foams away like a magic potion - potent, effervescent, intoxicating.  Its heady cocktail of legends past and modern grotesques forms a rapturous tale, rich in symbolism, disturbing in humour. TLS

      Also published by Bloomsbury

Coming First

The Adultery Department  

‘A rollicking Metropolitan comedy of manners... genuinely laugh-aloud funny’ Independent on Sunday 

 

Absorbing and well-written… Bryers may well be the best of his type now operating’ Nick Hornby, Sun Times 

 

‘A literate, sympathetic modern comedy and a satisfyingly accurate picture of these sinning times’ GQ 

 

‘As near as anything I’ve seen to being the Lucky Jim of the eighties,’ Stanley Reynolds, Sunday Mirror 

 

‘Shrewd satirical observation and a good deal of excellent slapstick,’ Observer 

 

‘A very funny novel... full of jokes and consistently enjoyable’ Daily Telegraph 

 

‘As a storyteller Bryers is superb’ Time Out

 

AND FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS
THE LATEST FROM HODDER CHILDREN'S BOOKS: 

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ALSO IN HODDER CHILDREN'S BOOKS:

THE MYSTERIES OF THE SEPTAGRAM

'Part His Dark Materials with some of Harry Potter's darker moments... Paul Bryers takes the reader on a page-turning ride as enthralling as it is fantastic'  BookBag


 


 

 

 'A gripping fantasy tale told by a master of his art... a fabulous book.'
 Teach Primary

'As a storyteller, Paul Bryers is superb.'  Time Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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