Date Published: 12-01-2021
A genre-bending breakout novel from a bold, fresh voice in contemporary fiction, think Highlander.
Debilitated in Afghanistan, Angus MacDonald struggles to find peace and escape his nightmares. He visits Culloden Battlefield, Scotland, the pitiless field where his ancestors were butchered and the MacDonald clan lost its power. Ancient voices traumatize him and reveal a shocking connection to his relatives who died there in 1746, where he now stands. The voices compel him to fight again, but this time against an unworldly enemy.
To protect humankind from slavery Angus must face the past, but more troubling, his future while unraveling the mystery of his heritage. He strives to discover millennia-old truths from Olympus, Greece, and the violent history that produced them. The truth of who bred him to die saving humanity. The most crucial battle of Angus’s story begins on the same infamous field of his clan’s decimation, but worse, when he returns to Washington, D.C., war follows.
Rob James’ WHEN GODS CLASH includes a fascinating take on Greek mythology through vivid world-building. This novel is a searing, unique makeover of loved themes.
What is the hardest
part of writing your books?
Stopping. My tendency is always to ramble on about things I love and that’s not good for readers. Every book would be an epic without some control.
What songs are most played on your iPod?
Pink Floyd and classical cello, some contrast. I adore both. Sometimes, musical themes are better than movies themselves. An example, personal of course, is Night Train to Lisbon. The movie was great (Jeremy Irons = sooo good), but oh, the score.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Yes, and couldn’t do without them. However, the ‘speak’ function in Word I consider a vital tool.
What book are you reading now?
Non-fiction, Rob Roy MacGregor.
How did you start your writing career?
It was something I always wanted and tumbled into with gusto. A change in life circumstances provided an opportunity and my love of history took me for a ride.
I’m reediting a four-book series of conspiracy thrillers written years ago, but they are not my dream. A romantic drama in three parts is well on the way, as is a spin-off series from When Gods Clash. The romantic thriller is my most difficult as the genre tests my limits, but I’ll persist.
About the Author
Rob James is a student of history and geopolitics and writing novels with historical themes is his passion. Dramatic events and tales from history help to create thrills and suspense. They also color flawed but compelling protagonists.
Since childhood, stories of Rob Roy MacGregor, and the ancient Greek heroes heightened Rob’s passion for reading. He knows them and the history of their times intimately, lighting the richly layered backstory of his novels.
When referencing ancient characters, tradition can become repetitive so Rob takes care to provide unique takes on the often-repeated tales. As his plots are set in the present day, intertwining the old with the new demands respect for the old, while giving them a modern punch; a lift to provide relevance and resonate with readers.