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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, in Gareth Williams’ Rescuing Richard, Richard is reunited with Shaka, builder of the Zulu nation and time travelling to a full-throttle Napoleonic adventure.
With the first two instalments of his historically accurate time travelling Richard Davey Chronicles, Gareth Williams earned a loyal fan base, and now has delivered his finest instalment of his Napoleonic derring-do trilogy yet, Rescuing Richard.
With Williams’ passion for history, which he made a lifetime career, in centre stage, Rescuing Richard not only continues the protagonist’s involvement with Shaka, the founder of the Zulu nation but has Richard contemplating how his future is going to pan out, knowing that he can never return to the present day.
Rescuing Richard sweeps the reader from the blood-soaked battlefields of Zululand to the corridors of power in Regency London.
Richard is astonished when Shaka appoints him to his inner council, where he vies for influence with his friend, Napoleon Bonaparte. Drawn to a feisty, intelligent young Zulu woman, he wrestles with his conscience while confronting betrayal and colonial adventurers exploiting the land he is sworn to protect. Having helped equip the Zulu army with artillery, he is sent as ambassador to the court of King George, where he defends Zulu interests while trying to help an old acquaintance escape an abusive relationship.
In the process, he has to come to terms with who he has become and what the future holds.
Offering full-blown and page turning historical adventure, it is Gareth Williams’ forensic attention to getting his facts right and his innovative time travelling twist, that is capturing the imaginations of fans of his writing. And with its focus on the Napoleonic period, Richard Davey’s escapades are guaranteed to appeal to those who enjoyed Bernard Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe, first published thirty years ago.
A stand out read on its own, Rescuing Richard is made all the more compelling if readers are up-to-speed with the protagonist’s eventful back story, recounted in volumes one and two, Needing Napoleon and Serving Shaka.
This is book three of the Richard Davey Chronicles. Although the first book sees the main character travel back in time (a one-way ticket) the book is full of authentic historical detail as well as a fast-paced plot.
I have had a lifelong fascination with Napoleon Bonaparte. Studying him at university and teaching about him to sixth form groups throughout my career. I always promised I would one day write a book about him. This trilogy is the result.
I was born in Essex and studied history at Queens’ College, Cambridge which led to a career as a history teacher and school manager in Guernsey, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Having retired, I moved to the magical Isle of Skye with my wife Helen and our seventh Pyrenean Mountain dog, a rescue called Sophie.
I played rugby until I was forty-eight, and remain a passionate supporter of the Welsh national team. Despite breaking my back in a 400 foot fall down a mountain, I am working my way through all 282 Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet. I am also an ardent downhill skier and have recently taken up back-country and cross-country skiing. I am a keen member of the Skye Ravens mixed hockey team, usually playing in goal during matches.
I have written articles for online and print magazines including Historical Times Magazine. My latest article was an overview of the myths and legends of the Isle of Skye. I also have a short story due out in an anthology compiled by Historical Writers Forum which features a portrait of William Shakespeare as the central character.
My first novel, Needing Napoleon, was published in 2020. The sequel, Serving Shaka, came out the following year. The third instalment, Rescuing Richard, is out now. Together this trilogy comprises the Richard Davey Chronicles. Although I am involved in other projects at present, there may be a fourth book in the future.-Gareth Williams
Find more from Gareth Williams now:
Needing Napoleon (The Richard Davey Chronicles Book 1)
Serving Shaka (The Richard Davey Chronicles Book 2)
Rescuing Richard (The Richard Davey Chronicles Book 3)
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