John Wilson

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Location: Lantzville, BC, Canada

A lifelong passion for history and a fascination with the past—WWI in particular—have led to over 40 historical novels and non-fiction books for kids, teens and adults.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

For UK Readers

Every so often I plan to put up a few Kindle reading recommendations for specific countries. I'm starting with the UK because that's where I started!
Of course, they're available everywhere else, too!

All right, so it's been a miserable cold and snowy winter and you can't afford a flight to the Costa del Sol. How about India? Where Soldiers Lie is set in northern India in June and July—hot enough? 
The only problem is, it's 1857 and the Mutiny has just broken out and everybody's taking refuge in an entrenchment outside Cawnpore—too hot? Don't worry, relief is on the way. What can possibly go wrong?
"A superb work of historical fiction." Amazon review.

Don't fancy the Indian mutiny? How about somewhere the weather's so bad anything this past winter seems like a piece of cake?
North with Franklin: The Lost Journals of James Fitzjames recreates the diary of John Franklin's third in command on the doomed 1845 expedition. Not only will this read make you happy with anything the Met. Office can throw at you, but you'll be thrilled that you are avoiding starvation, scurvy and cannibalism.
"A richly re-imagined fable." Arctic Book Review

Not your thing? How about alchemy, explorers and mystery in 17th century London?
The Final Alchemy is the story of Robert Bylot, a real yet greatly under-appreciated historical figure. Bylot sailed with Henry Hudson in 1611, explored Hudson Bay in 1612 and was pilot on both William Baffin's voyages. 
That's about all we know about him. Maybe he learned his navigation from the alchemist, John Dee. Perhaps he sailed to the Spice Island with John Davis. Could it be that he survived to be an old man living in squalor in London and reflecting on his varied and exciting life?
"A riveting tale of exploration, ambition and betrayal." GG Award Jury

And if you want still more, I have over thirty other titles. Check out my website.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Heretic's Secret in ONE Volume

The entire, epic, Heretic's Secret (all 250,000 words!) is now available as a single volume eBook, but only on,, and other Amazon sites.

So now you have choices, a single volume, a trilogy, or an eleven part serialization. How long is the flight you're planning?

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Heretic's Secret as a Trilogy

If you think serializations went out with Charles Dickens and Alexander Dumas, The Heretic's Secret is available as a trilogy, but only through,, etc..

So what's it about?

In the style of Bernard Cornwell, The Heretic’s Secret Trilogy is a rollicking historical adventure set during the bloody 13th century wars against the Cathar Heretics of Languedoc. When the armoured knights of Pope Innocent III swept south in 1209, most thought they would be gone by summer’s end but, led by the fanatical Arnaud Aumery and the ambitious Simon de Montfort, they stayed for three fiery decades. In that time they slaughtered thousands of Cathars, burned countless towns and castles, destroyed a thriving country that rivaled France in power and culture, and created the foundations for the shape of western Europe we recognize.

Caught up in the horror are two childhood friends. Peter—an assistant to the shadowy, enigmatic priest who leads the crusade—is convinced that the war against the Cathars is God's will, a mission that will lead him to the highest ranks of power in Rome itself. John—who finds himself drawn to the strange ideas of the heretics—simply seeks the peace to learn and understand through reading the forbidden books hidden in remote castles across the land. As the armoured knights of the crusade destroy city after city and the flames of the Inquisition spread, Peter and John find themselves on opposite sides of  a search for an ancient secret that may have the power to change the world.

"…a brave book, an unsettling book, and one that is very much needed at this time."—The Globe and Mail.

"…an astonishingly nuanced and masterfully told story…"—Quill & Quire

The final four episodes of the Heretic's Secret

Parts 8, 9, 10 and 11 of THE HERETIC’S SECRET (First Blood, Muret, Discovery, and Renaissance), are now available for Kindle on Amazon worldwide and other formats through Smashwords.

Find out more about Adso, John and Peter's adventures and how to pick up copies in the appropriate format on my website.

If you haven't started the series that Quill and Quire called “…astonishingly nuanced and masterfully told.” and the Globe and Mail said was "…a brave book, an unsettling book, and one that is very much needed at this time", Part 1, Gathering Storms, is available for free in any format here.