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The Titans of the Pacific - Premio Hispania de Novela Histórica prize (finalist)

Robert was born in London (England), but was brought-up in Lima (Peru), studying at Markham College. He returned to England to go to Aston University in Birmingham, and later City University of London, where he earned a Master’s degree.

Aged eleven, he won a short story competition. However, his career was not in writing but in banking and finance in England, Japan and Spain, university lecturer in Spain and Saudi Arabia, head of an English department at a university in the Middle East, supervising over 100 teachers, and owner of an educational business in Spain, leading a team of 60 people. Unfortunately, he didn’t have much time for
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Robert Gammon Hi John, I've lived in Spain for many years and have family who were on the losing side of the Spanish Civil War. I write historical novels set in the…moreHi John, I've lived in Spain for many years and have family who were on the losing side of the Spanish Civil War. I write historical novels set in the first half of the 20th century and I'm researching for a novel set in Spain during that fascinating period. It's good to be in contact with you and I'll keep an eye out for your novels as I'm also interested in that other fascinating period that was the Muslim occupation of much of Spain. Best regards, Robert (less)
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Mario Vargas Llosa: ¡Qué gloriosa cosa es escribir novelas!

El País - diciembre 2019: Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara (México)

Muchos años antes de ganar el Nobel de Literatura, Mario Vargas Llosa intentó comprender a la distancia en qué momento se había jodido su país, Perú. Detrás de uno de los arranques más emblemáticos de una de las obras cumbres del boom latinoamericano se encontraba un periodista que escribía por las mañanas antes de ir a Read more of this blog post »
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Hi Sharon, my humble apologies for my delayed reply (only just seen your message). Many thanks for your interest in my novel. It follows real historical events, so I roped in John Fitzgerald as a "witness" and created a plot around what actually happ See Full Answer
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I recently attended a wedding at the venerable Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor (Egypt), where Agatha Christie is said to have written “Death on the Nile” so I had to read it.

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Winston S. Churchill
“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”
Winston S. Churchill

Isaac Asimov
“The Earth should not be cut up into hundreds of different sections, each inhabited by a self-defined segment of humanity that considers its own welfare and its own "national security" to be paramount above all other consideration.

I am all for cultural diversity and would be willing to see each recognizable group value its cultural heritage. I am a New York patriot, for instance, and if I lived in Los Angeles, I would love to get together with other New York expatriates and sing "Give My Regards to Broadway."

This sort of thing, however, should remain cultural and benign. I'm against it if it means that each group despises others and lusts to wipe them out. I'm against arming each little self-defined group with weapons with which to enforce its own prides and prejudices.

The Earth faces environmental problems right now that threaten the imminent destruction of civilization and the end of the planet as a livable world. Humanity cannot afford to waste its financial and emotional resources on endless, meaningless quarrels between each group and all others. there must be a sense of globalism in which the world unites to solve the real problems that face all groups alike.

Can that be done? The question is equivalent to: Can humanity survive?

I am not a Zionist, then, because I don't believe in nations, and because Zionism merely sets up one more nation to trouble the world. It sets up one more nation to have "rights" and "demands" and "national security" and to feel it must guard itself against its neighbors.

There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don't come to understand that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity. ”
Isaac Asimov, I. Asimov

United Nations
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

John F. Kennedy
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John F. Kennedy

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Robert Gammon Hi Doug,
Great to be in contact with you.
Congratulations on what seem very varied and interesting novels you've written.
Your website is also very attractive. I like your videos promoting each of your novels - very creative. Can I ask who produced them? I could do with an attractive video for my recently published historical novel.
Best wishes,
Robert


Robert Gammon Hi Dave,
It's great to be in contact with you. I can understand that you like things hispanic as I see you live in southern Spain part of the year (I'm based in Alicante province). I'm planning a historical novel set in the periof from the Spanish Civil War until the end of the Franco regime.
My email address is: robert.gammon_novelist@yahoo.com
Best regards,
Robert


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David Ebsworth Hi Robert. Thanks for making contact and good luck with the writing. I don't spend much time on Goodreads these days but if you need to chat my e-mail address is: davemccall@davidebsworth.org. Good luck with the writing though and I'll add "Titans of the Pacific" to my stupidly large TBR pile. After all, what's not to like? 1930s. Hispanic background. Thriller. Just my thing! Best regards. Dave


Douglas Boren Robert, I just accepted your friend request. I am looking forward to know you better. Mat I suggest that you visit my website, and while there go ahead and click the link to subscribe (for free) to my online magazine. You will find it informative and enjoyable, and you could also be featured in it and well as contribute to it. Here's my link: www.dougboren.com


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