Tom Harper Books In Order

Publication Order of Martin Jerrold Books

The Blighted Cliffs (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chains of Albion (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Treason's River (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Demetrois Askiates Books

The Mosaic of Shadows (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Knights of the Cross (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Siege of Heaven (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Zodiac Station Books

Polar Vortex (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zodiac Station (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Lost Temple (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Secrets (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lazarus Vault (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secrets of the Dead (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Orpheus Descent (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories

The Twelfth Tablet (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Tom Harper is the pen name used by the well known German born English novelist Edwin Thomas, for writing thriller and historical fiction novels. He is has successfully written the Demetrios Askiates series and the Martin Jerrold series. Along with these, he has also written a few standalone novels, which have also gone on to become extremely successful. Author Harper was born in the year 1977 in Frankfurt, Germany, but spent most of growing up days in Connecticut and Belgium. The graduation of author Harper was completed from the Lincoln College Oxford in the subject of history. After his the completion of his studies, author Harper began working for several part time jobs in order to earn his living. All the during the initial few years of his career, his primary focus was writing. In order to take a major step forward with respect to his writing career, author Harper entered into the CWA Dagger Debut Contest. Even though he ended up being the runner up, he had received the necessary exposure that motivated him to continue with his dream job. He went on to become a published author in the year 2003 with the publication of his debut novel. It was titled as ‘The Blighted Cliffs’ and was written by author Harper under his original name, Edwin Thomas. The first novel that he wrote under the pseudonym was published in the year 2004 under the title ‘The Mosaic of Shadows’. In all, author Harper has penned down 11 historical thriller novels so far, all of which have been translated into as many as 20 foreign languages worldwide.

While studying at the Lincoln College, author Harper came across his future wife named Emma. Shortly after the completion of his studies, the two of them got married to each other and have been living together happily since then. As of today, Harper lives with his wife and a couple of sons in York, England. During the initial days of his career, author Harper worked for a period of 3 years at one of the local actuarial firm. After that, he began working part time and side by side, continued to sharpen his writing skills. His participation in the prestigious writing competition helped author Harper to get a publisher as well as an agent. Several of the most famous written works of author Harper are centered around the Napoleon wars. These naval historical books revolve around the adventures of Lieutenant Martin Jerrold. One of the other novel series written by him is set around the First Crusade. In one of the standalone books titled ‘The Book of Secrets’, author Harper has depicted a present day mystery having a historical account related to the printing press inventor Johannes Gutenberg and a playing card artist. After having established himself as one of the noteworthy authors, Harper got the chance of organizing the Debut Dagger contest in the year 2005-06. In the year 2010-11, he had become the Chair of the CWA. Currently, he holds the Chair of the Harrogate History Festival’s Programming Committee. Author Harper is also a proud member of the CWA, the Authors’ Society, the HWA, the Society of Historical Novels, and the International Thriller Writers.

One of the popular novel series written by author Tom Harper is known as the ‘Reluctant Adventures of Lt. Martin Jerrold’. It comprises of a total of 3 books which were released between the years 2004 and 2006. The first novel of this series is titled as ‘The Blighted Gift’, which was released by the St. Martin Press in the year 2004. This book’s story is set at the start of the 19th century. At that time, England was fighting hard for its attempt of ruling the waves. The swashbuckling, entertaining, and wonderfully written story appears to be a delight for the lovers of historical fiction, naval fiction, and mystery books. At the beginning of the story, it is shown that hardly anyone returned from Trafalgar without an ounce of credit, keeping their name flags flying high. However, due to the habitual ill fate and some extra reliance on alcoholic beverages, Lieutenant Martin Jerrold turns out to be the one who came with no credit. In the year 1806, he is called to the White Cliffs in Dover and given the last chance for redeeming his reputation. But, before he could reach to his destination and get the task assigned to him, he comes across a corpse near the cliff’s foot. As a result, Lt. Martin Jerrold becomes a suspect of murder. The relief he has is that no one is able to identify the dead body. Due to this, his freedom gets prolonged. But, he does not have much time and is required to prove his innocence as soon a possible. Due to the suspicion, Lt. Jerrold’s superiors begin to distrust him. He feels that he has been set upon by the intriguing smugglers. Also, the attack of the French forces at the sea make the matters worse for him. Now, he has only a couple of weeks to clear his name or perish in his attempt to do so.

The next book in this series was published under the title ‘The Chains of Albion’. It was published by the Thomas Dunne Books in the year 2004. As the book begins, it is depicted that Lt. Jerrold is commanding a prison vessel having several French captives. Being far away from the war, storm and all other disturbing elements of his naval life, he thinks that life can never be better than this. The fact that he is able to have his mistress beside him also makes feel better and relaxed. But, when a passenger goes missing, the life of Lt. Jerrold turns upside down once again. After that, he gets summoned by the first Lord at London and is ordered to hunt down the Frenchman at all costs. Following the orders, Lt. Jerrold sets out on a difficult pursuit, which takes him to all across Britain, from the Chatham marshes to the London slums; and from the Dartmoor wilds to the seaside resorts of Brighton. However, what everyone wants to know is that why the prisoner is so important to the First Lord. Suddenly, people from the ruling government, the opposition, Martin’s friend Nevell, as well as Princess Caroline herself begin to take a personal interest in the case. Following his share of bad luck, bad behavior, and bad timing, Martin Jerrold get closer to recapturing the prisoner. Meanwhile, he becomes successful in uncovering the dangerous tangle of treachery and deceit. He also learns that there are some people who will do whatever it takes to keep the secrets hidden forever.

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