Charlie Barley has hidden himself away in a quiet Caribbean backwater, where the austere and simple lifestyle seems idyllic. But the sleepy indolence of island life soon begins to wear thin, and when out of the blue an old sea gipsy invites him to come sailing Charlie is only too happy to accept. As they explore the Islands together he begins to form a strong bond of friendship with the curmudgeonly old sailor.
But the old man harbours an astonishing secret, one that leads Charlie into a bewildering world of magic and mystery; a dark and disturbing world inhabited by strange people and terrifying creatures. Here he meets the enigmatic Zethina, Giftsuage of Caldor, and joins her on a daring voyage to find the mysterious Marinette, an ancient witch whom he believes can help him return to his own world.
However, Charlie has reckoned without the Krish, a community of fearsome marauders who, along with their enslaved creature, the mighty Juracan, are determined to put an end to Zethina’s mission, and capture the Giftsuage alive in order to exploit her extraordinary powers for their own sinister ends.
Released 20th December 2015
A naked young man turns up in Haiti, claiming to have set sail from England with his parents… two centuries ago! For psychologist Dani Corby, it’s a straightforward case of Paranoid Disorder. But her professional judgement is challenged when, under hypnosis, his extraordinary tale comes to light; a vivid account of escape from his pirate captors into a terrifying world of myth and magic. The enigma deepens when a strange old woman hounds Dani with dire prophesies about her patient, and when the young man falls to a mysterious illness, she sets out on a dangerous, career-blowing mission to save his life.
I must warn readers that this story will keep you turning pages far into the night, and its paradoxical conclusion will have you thinking long after you’ve closed the book.
Bicentenary, by Mike Rothery, is available now on Amazon, in paperback and Kindle editions. UK readers can buy it at www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0712487QZ at the pre-order price of £2.99 until 16th June, with equivalent deals for overseas customers.
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In July 2015 I went to Greece to move onto my yacht, Island Spirit with the intention of sailing around the world while continuing to write novels. Here you can catch up with the story so far…