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S.J.A. Turney

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in Ripon, The United Kingdom




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Simon lives with his wife and children and a menagerie of animals in rural North Yorkshire, where he sits in an office, wired on coffee and digestive biscuits, and attempts to spin engrossing tales out of strands of imagination while his children drive toys across his desk and two dogs howl as they try to share a brain cell.

A born and bred Yorkshireman with a love of country, history and architecture, Simon spends most of his rare free time travelling around ancient sites, writing, researching the ancient world and reading voraciously.

Following an arcane and eclectic career path that wound through everything from sheep to Microsoft networks and from paint to car sales, Simon wrote Marius’ Mules and, with help and support, made a success of

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S.J.A. Turney Hi Jarrod. Fronto will be back late summer/early autumn. MM9: Pax Romana will be out then. Cheers :-)
S.J.A. Turney Hi James. Indeed I do. In fact the plot for it is already written out. It would have been done by now but unfortunately family circumstances struck th…moreHi James. Indeed I do. In fact the plot for it is already written out. It would have been done by now but unfortunately family circumstances struck this year and prevented me from doing my research trip I need. I'm going in March though so P3 will be out after that. It will be called Eagles of Dacia :-)(less)
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Actually we had all three written before Aries took them on. The third was finished about a year ago. Gods of Rome comes out in the UK in ebook in September and hardback in November :-)
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“An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.’ Marcus Tullius Cicero”
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“As his father spun in irritation, Rufinus ducked back out of sight. The old man probably wouldn’t recognise him anyway – might not even have recognised him without the disguise, frankly – but he couldn’t risk it. In fact, he was unlikely to learn anything of value here, and there was nothing he could do. His father was already clutching at Cleander’s tunic hem, desperate for a scrap of power, and yet somehow, having found the old man,”
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