Following the forced exile of Cethen Lamh-fada and his family by the Ninth Hispana Legion, (as told in Eboracvm, The Village), the book Eboracvm, The Fortress continues the story as their children come of age. As the fate of both generations grows inexorably entwined with that of their Roman counterpart, the legate Gaius Sabinius and his son Marcus, each must decide where true loyalty lies; and, in so doing, deal with the inevitable consequence. As their cultures clash, both sides find themselves drawn further and further northward, one pursued, the other the pursuer, in a surprisingly ironic twist of fortunes. According to history, the outcome of the extended campaign of General Gnaeus Julius Agricola seemed inevitable in its conclusion; but defeat is a personal thing, and not always total. In the long run, the final battle at Mons Graupius settled nothing; in the short run, it was a Ôright buggerÕ for both sides, but mainly for the families of people such as Cethen Lamh-Fada, and his sharp witted wife, Elena. Laced with action and turmoil, plus a dose of hard romance, the narrative is told with a dark humour that highlights the never ending ironies of choice, many of them strikingly familiar today. In the words of Marg Gilks, author and editor: The characters live and breathe on the page, moving through meticulously researched and vividly described settings that not only bring the ancient world to life, but show the reader that some aspects of the human condition transcend time.
The author was born in England in 1942, and he emigrated to Canada in 1956. He was married to Marie in 1963, and they have three children and three grand childern. Graham is now retired, having been the senior partner in a firm of chartered accountants since 1984. His working life has been quite varied, beginning with pounding fenders and painting cars in a body shop. This was followed by a quick and early decision to become a chartered accountant, after which he branched out: financial management in (respectively) the chemical, aircraft and liquor industries; full time public practice for most of his career (35 years plus); and a number of part time 'jobs' that took up most of his spare time: hobby farming in Western Canada, primarily raising cattle; running a home manufacturing plant; co-chairman of a publicly traded gold company; and serving sixteen years in the Canadian Armed Forces reserve, retiring as a captain at age 55. Other books by the author: Jessica Jones and The Gates Penseron; Eboracvm, The Village; and the final book in the Eboracvm trilogy: Eboracvm, Carved in Stone. Thia lar novel is the final book in this portion of Eboracvm history, ending a trilogy that completes the story Cethen Lamh-fada's immediate family with the arrival of the emperor Hadrian at Eboracvm, in A.D. 122. (Eboracvm, The Village, and Eboracvm, The Fortress, have respectively won Premium Book Awards 2008 and 2009 best historical novel awards). Graham now writes full time in Westlock, Alberta, and you can visit his website at: