Published 9th April 2012!


Volume 8 of the Angel Mountain Saga



Volume 8 of the Angel Mountain Saga

Brian John

Martha Morgan, a young widow who is Mistress of the small estate of Plas Ingli, is seeking to put her life together again after a traumatic episode, the nature of which she will never divulge. Following her return from voluntary exile on the Isle of Skomar, a black man is shipwrecked on the shore of the island. He dies from his injuries, but two objects find their way into Martha’s hands -- a cotton pouch containing a lock of hair, and a ritual dagger which must be handed in person to one of the country’s most famous military leaders.

Shortly afterwards, during a visit to the Lake District, Martha meets a freed black slave, and she agrees to become involved in a secretive anti-slavery movement. At first all goes well, but then Martha’s peaceful world is shattered as she desperately tries to stop a campaign of hostage taking and extortion aimed for the most part at her own enemies. Inexorably she is drawn into a mystery which even involves the Prime Minister.

This is a tightly constructed tale with many twists and turns, where things are not always as they seem. Many of the key characters will be familiar to followers of the Angel Mountain Saga, but marching through the pages of the story are others who are considerably larger than life -- including the famous dandy Beau Brummell, the portly Princess of Ebersdorf, a black villain called John Wesley Jumbie, and General Sir Thomas Picton, who has been cursed, and whose days are numbered.

Greencroft Books

ISBN 978-0-905559-93-3

352pp, 7.99

Publication: 9th April 2012

Launch party on Easter Monday, 9th April, at the Boat Club, Newport. There will be readings from the new novel, a Q & A session with the author, and light refreshments. The focus will be on the new novel, but Brian will also be signing copies of the other 7 novels in this hugely popular series. Everybody welcome!


Press Release 2nd April 2012

New Novel seeks to tell the uncomfortable truth about a Welsh military hero


A new novel published at Easter will seek to put right the record relating to one of the nation’s greatest military heroes -- General Sir Thomas Picton, the most senior British officer to be killed at the Battle of Waterloo.

In the novel Conspiracy of Angels (Part 8 of the Angel Mountain Saga) author Brian John sets out to portray the General as accurately as possible, and he wants nothing to do with the bland and reverential tone of much of the biographical material about the great man which is found in history books. In the novel Sir Thomas is portrayed as a foul-mouthed and sadistic individual whose reign of terror as Governor of Trinidad caused revulsion in liberal circles. He routinely used summary executions and barbaric torture methods (which would not have been out of place in the Middle Ages) against black slaves. His nemesis was a free mulatto girl called Louisa Calderon, who was tortured under his instructions in order to elicit a confession for a petty theft which she may or may not have committed. She was not a slave -- and her torture caused such outrage in Trinidad that Picton was dismissed from his post, recalled to Britain to face prosecutor William Garrow in a famous trial, and found guilty of the illegal use of torture.

Picton’s time in Trinidad is conveniently forgotten in West Wales, where his name is honoured in Haverfordwest’s Sir Thomas Picton School, and in a range of other locations. Brian feels very uncomfortable about these designations, in view of Picton’s brutality and his cavalier disregard for the law.

The new novel, set in the year 1810, tells a complex tale featuring the feisty and very imperfect heroine Martha Morgan and the rough and ugly world of Regency Pembrokeshire. Brian hopes that faithful fans of the series will be as entranced as ever by his heroine’s latest adventures, during the course of which she becomes involved in the anti-slavery movement and is dragged into a world of high politics -- bringing her into extreme personal danger. She is as irrepressible and exasperating as ever, and her angels have to work very hard to keep her safe........ and marching through the pages of the story are ex-slaves, a very unpleasant black villain, the famous dandy Beau Brummell, and of course General Picton himself. Strange bedfellows? Well, you could say that........