The Vatican Candidate

A Harper & Blake Mystery

Now Available in the US & UK

Ex–Royal Marine Aiden Blake and researcher Hannah Harper follow a trail from the hidden bunkers of Berlin to the mountains of Italy to solve how a present-day murder and a plot to kill the pope are connected to a famous German aviatrix’s final flight out of Berlin in April 1945.

Praise for Paul Bryers’ writing

As a storyteller, Bryers is superb.
Time Out
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
Bryers brings a civil and historical tone to his New England tale of terror; think Stephen King without the hobgoblins or Masterpiece Theatre with claws . . . a complex, compelling mystery.
USA Today
A lovely literary thriller with a real edge to it that manages to combine American history and contemporary themes with elegance and immediacy.
The Toronto Star
Bryers peers into the places of the soul where fear resides. . . . The Prayer of the Bone has the pacing and cinematic flair of Stephen King and even King’s native Maine as its psycho-setting.
Philadelphia Inquirer

Bubbling with rare charms and full of spell-binding irony, In A Pig’s Ear foams away like a magic potion—potent, effervescent, intoxicating.
Times Literary Supplement

Bryers liberally garnishes this full plate with fairy tales, Jungian imagery, Nazi history and film lore, creating a provocative phantasmagoria held together by the darkly funny voice of the worldly-wise Merlin.
Publishers Weekly
Bryers brings both past and present to life with equal intelligence and skill . . . intelligent history mixed into a high complexity of entertainment and made riveting by a master hand.
Kirkus Reviews
Both thought-provoking and gripping, Bryers has written a well-paced work that asks questions about self, society and the force of history with all the flair of an intellectual thriller.
Library Journal
Author Paul Bryers


The Fog of War

Now Available

This is the story of the murders and intrigues, the myths and mysteries—and crucially the naval encounters—that preceded the most famous battle in nautical history. This is Nathan Peake’s Trafalgar, the true story of the events leading up to the campaign.

The Nathan Peake Novels

Author Bio

London-based PAUL BRYERS is also the author, under the pseudonym Seth Hunter, of the highly acclaimed Nathan Peake novels: a series of naval adventures set against the canvas of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Bryers won an English arts council award for Best First Novel for his political thriller Hollow Target, and his next thriller, In a Pig’s Ear, was named as one of the Guardian’s best six novels of the year. He has written and directed many historical dramas for British television, radio, and the theatre.


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