is essentially a thriller set in an alternate timeline. Karen Brown is 24 years
old and works in an office in New York. She’s not particularly happy or unhappy;
she’s had to become self-sufficient and even defensive because of the changes
in her early life when her parents died. She’s cursed, or maybe blessed, with a
strong sense of right and wrong. And a bit of a temper.
life is threatened by a sinister government enforcer, Karen is forced to run.
With the help of the enigmatic Conrad Tellus, she escapes to Roma Nova where
her dead mother had been born. Struggling with culture shock, she learns more
about her family background but is terrified when the enforcer pursues her into
her new home. She doesn’t understand why he is so determined to terminate her.
Forced back on her own resources, she develops physical and mental toughness to
face him, but he sets a trap for her that she has no choice but to spring.
hundred years after the fall of the Western Roman Empire people are still
fascinated by the complex nature of that civilisation and its values. As am I.
In a world of relativism, I wanted to see how a society with a more robust value
system would work.
foremost, though, I want people to be entertained by my book, but there are
themes of loss, self-discovery and uncertainty running under the thriller
story. Nothing is ever as it seems and we can never be sure of what will be
thrown at us. And there’s a strong tone of feminism, not strident, but very
confident: in Roma Nova, women are naturally prominent in all aspects of life.
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