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Publication Order of Johnny Havoc Books

Johnny Havoc (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Havoc for Sale / Havoc Meets Zelda (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Holiday for Havoc / And The Doll Who Had 'It' (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Johnny Havoc and the Siren in Red / Making It Big (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lou Largo Books

with William Ard
Make Mine Mavis (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
And So to Bed (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Give Me This Woman (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Series ghostwritten by John Jakes.

Publication Order of II Galaxy Books

The Planet Wizard (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tonight We Steal the Stars (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wagered World (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Brak the Barbarian Books

Brak the Barbarian (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brak vs. The Sorceress / Witch of the Four Winds (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brak vs. the Mark of the Demons (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
When the Idols Walked (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fortunes of Brak (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Gavin Black Books

Witch of the Dark Gate (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Kent Family Books

Publication Order of Planet of the Apes Books

Planet of the Apes (By: Pierre Boulle,Xan Fielding) (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beneath The Planet of The Apes (By: Michael Avallone) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (By: Jerry Pournelle) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Planet of the Apes Movie Novelization (By: William T. Quick) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of North and South Books

North and South (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love and War (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heaven and Hell (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Crown Family Saga Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Texans Ride North (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wear a Fast Gun (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil Has Four Faces (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seventh Man (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
I, Barbarian (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Imposter (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strike the Black Flag (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Veils of Salome (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sir Scoundrel (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man from Cannae (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
G. I. Girls (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Traitors' Legion (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arena (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secrets of Stardeep (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Asylum World (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Magicians (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hybrid (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Six-Gun Planet (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black in Time (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monte Cristo #99 (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Star Virus/Mask of Chaos (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Gate (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mention My Name in Atlantis (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Wheels (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fortune's Whirlwind (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
To an Unknown Shore (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
King's Crusader (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Night for Treason (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Excalibur! (With: Gil Kane) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
California Gold (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Secret Service (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bold Frontier (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charleston (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Savannah, or A Gift for Mr. Lincoln / Savannah Christmas (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gods of Newport (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Ghoul's Garden (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Best of John Jakes (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Western Stories of John Jakes (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Plays

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Famous Firsts in Sports (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Women Reporters (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mohawk: The Life of Joseph Brant (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of A Paperback Library Gothic Books

The Angler's Story of the Lady of Glenwith Grange (By: Wilkie Collins) (1855)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Woman in White (By: Wilkie Collins) (1859)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lady of the Shroud (By: Bram Stoker) (1909)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Garden of Evil (By: Bram Stoker) (1911)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow of Evil (By: Greye La Spina) (1925)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gabrielle (By: Kathleen Thompson Norris) (1926)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Curse of Doone (By: Sydney Horler) (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
Some Must Watch (By: Ethel Lina White) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wax (By: Ethel Lina White) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gaslight (By: Patrick Hamilton) (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sign of the Ram (By: Margaret Ferguson) (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Has 1000 Eyes (By: George Hopley) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brownstone Gothic (By: Elizabeth Shenkin) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case Against Satan (By: Ray Russell) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rosevean (By: Iris Bromige) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Lake (By: Russell Kirk) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Witches' Sabbath (By: Paula Allardyce) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terror Stalks the Night Nurse (By: Blanche Mosler) (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tulip Tree (By: Howard Rigsby) (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thorne House (By: Judith Ware) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spin a Dark Web (By: Ann Forman Barron) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Darkest Night (By: Peter Saxon) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil's Mansion (By: Rex Jardin) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
House of Menace (By: Audrey Furness) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghostwind (As: Rachel Ann Payne) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sarah Mandrake (By: Maggie-Owen Wadelton) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House that Fear Built (By: Cassandra Knye) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blacktower (By: Miriam Lynch) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night of the Moonrose (By: Miriam Lynch) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Third Eye (By: Ethel Lina White) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Torturer (By: Peter Saxon) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strangers in the Night (By: Genevieve St John) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mistress of Tara (By: Christina Laffeaty) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Witch-Baiter (By: Charles Birkin) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunted Dancers (By: Charles Birkin) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Midnight Hearse (By: Elliott O'Donnell) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Castle and The Key (By: Cassandra Knye) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fear Place (By: Judith Ware) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Druid Stone (By: Simon Majors) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreadful Hollow (By: Irina Karlova) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Candle (By: Christine Randell) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House of Dread (By: Ray Dorien) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Witches (By: Françoise Mallet-Joris) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Carmilla & The Haunted Baronet (By: J. Sheridan Le Fanu,J. Sheridan LeFanu) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Dominion (By: Peter Fleming) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
the Dark Shadows Book of Vampires and Werewolves (By: E.F. Benson,Jonathan Frid) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Menacing Darkness (By: Sandra Shulman) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castlecliffe (By: Sandra Shulman) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Alternative (By: Rodney Hyde-Thompson) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Briarlea (By: Eva Zumwalt) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brutes, Beasts and Human Fiends (By: Alan Hynd) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Put Out the Light (By: Ethel Lina White) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hangover Square (By: Patrick Hamilton) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Screaming Skulls and Other Ghosts (By: Elliott O'Donnell) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Orbit 3(1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Swords Against Tomorrow(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flashing Swords! #2(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantastic Stories Special - 1975 Sword & Sorcery Annual(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Six Science Fiction Plays(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Arts(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Mystery(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Trails: Twenty-Three Original Stories(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Short Spy Novels(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Sneaky Little Sleuth Stories(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hollywood Fantasies: Ten Surreal Visions of Tinsel Town(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of the American West II(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Century of Great Western Stories(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spider Chronicles(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Gems, Vol. One(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Gems, Volume 9(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Night, Deadly Night(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

John Jakes is a noted American writer who was born in 1932 in Chicago, Illinois. His writings mostly include the American historical fiction and family saga. He was very fond of writing stories since the college days and used to sell a few to pulp magazines. John graduated from the DePauw University, Indiana in the year 1953 and later joined the Ohio State University and got his M.A in American Literature. He started writing for a pharmaceutical corporation and some advertisement agencies after completing in schooling. He used to write short stories at night in mystery and science fiction genres and publish them for livelihood. John Jakesbegan writing professionally when he was still studying in the Northwestern UNiversity and received his first check of $25 when he was only 18 years old. This check enhanced his whole perspective of being a writer and he decided to pursue a career in writing. He is well known for writing a number of family saga series like the Kent Family Chronicles and ‘The North and South Trilogy’. He has given six back to back New York Times Bestsellers. John Jakes used Jay Scotland as his pen name in his writings.

John is tightly praised as ‘the godfather of the historical novel’, ‘America’s history teacher’ and ‘the people’s author’. He has described the life characters of his novels based on the life study of historical personages and designed his series similar to events taking place in U.S and the world during his time. John Jakes has a lot of followers worldwide who are inspired from his strong and historically accurate stories. The outcome of his devoted writing was that 55 million copies of the ‘Kent Family Chronicles’ have been printed and sold and 10 million copies of ‘The North and South Trilogy’. Most of novels have been made into a television series. The first novel of ‘The North and South Triology’ holds the seventh position among the top ten highest rated mini series of all time.

John has achieved honorary doctorates from five top universities and also received the National Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Western Heritage Literary Award in the year 1995 for his story ‘Manitow and Ironhand’. He even received the a dual Celebrity and Citizen’s Award for writing and speaking on behalf of America’s public libraries. He was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors in the year 1996 and received the Professional Achievement Award from the Ohio State University Alumni Association in the following year. He also received the Cooper MEdal from the Thomas cooper Library of South Carolina University. John Jakes also received his highest honor for support of the humanities and Carreer Achivement from the South Carolina Humanities Association. He was a research fellow in the history department at the University of South Carolina for around seven years. A study of his novels was published with the title ‘John Jakes: A Critical Companion’ by Greenwood Press in 1996. The author of this scholarly study was Dr. Mary Ellen Jones of Wittenburg University.

The ‘Kent Family Chronicles’ is an eight novel series written by John Jakes and all the novels of the series sold a huge number of copies worldwide. The first novel of the series was titled ‘The Bastard’ and was published in the year 1974. The fictional characters of the novel, are inspired by the people of the historical events, who tell the story of the United Stated of America during the time of the American Revolution. The main lead of the novel, Philippe Carboneau is a seventeen year old Bastard son of James Amberly, the 6th Duke of Kent. The Duke had a legitimate son in the name of Roger. Philippe wants himself to be accepted by the Duke as his legitimate son and moves to Kent with this intention. But the Duke fell ill and passed away, and the lady Duke and her son Roger refused to accept him as the son of the Duke. Philippe develops a sexual relationship with Roger’s fiancee which worsens the situation and Philippe has to leave Kent for saving his life. He moves to London and trains under the head of a printing company. He is introduced to Benjamin Franklinwho convinces him to move to America. There, he participates in many revolutionary acts such as the Boston Tea Party and becomes a part of the American revolution. He meets Anne and decides to marry her after finishing the Battle of Concord but leaves her to continue his fight against the Britishers. The novel was a huge success for John Jakes and was adapted into a four hour television series in the year 1978 with the same title.

The second novel of the series was titled The Rebels and was published in the year 1975. The story shows the continued participation of Philippe in the American Revolution. Philippe changes his name to Philip Kent during the revolution. A new character in the name of Judson Fletcher is introduced in this novel. Philip marries Anne at the battle of Bunker Hill who gives birth to a son. Judson, who is a drunkard and a womanizer begins an affair with Alicia while attending Congress in Philadelphia. Philip joins the George Washington army and continues to participate in the American revolution battling the Battle of Brandywine, Battle of Monmouth and so on. Judson rapes Peggy McLean and expels Lottie Shaw from her own property. Judson then meets his childhood friend Clark, who recruits him for a military expedition to the Northwest Territory. But he shot by Lottie and left for dead. But he gets out wounded and his military expedition is postponed. Once he recovers from his wounds, he approaches Clark, who refuses to include him in his army due to his drunkenness. Later, Judson is killed when he is hit by a bullet in the scuffle of Clark and a spy. Meanwhile , Anne is abducted by a privateer and Philip gets mustered out of the army with a wounded leg. Philip gets devastated by hearing the news of Anne but later opens a publishing firm named Kent and Son. He marries Peggy McLean, who becomes his second wife.

This novel too was made into a television series with the same title by Operation Prime Time in the year 1979. The television series also became a huge hit same as the novel and further increased the popularity of John Jakes as a noted and well known writer. Other novels of John Jakes were also made into television series most of them having the same title as that of the novel.

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One Response to “John Jakes”

  1. Bill Gordey: 2 years ago

    I am a legally blind Vietnam Veteran, and my favorite pastime is listening to Historical Fiction talking book series or Novels.


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