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Publication Order of Harry Barnett Books

Publication Order of James "Max" Maxted Books

The Ways of the World (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Corners of the Globe (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ends of the Earth (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Umiko Wada Books

The Fine Art of Invisible Detection (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fine Art of Uncanny Prediction (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Past Caring (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Pale Battalions (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Painting the Darkness (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Take No Farewell / Debt of Dishonour (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hand in Glove (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Closed Circle (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Borrowed Time (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond Recall (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Caught in the Light (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Set in Stone (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sea Change (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dying to Tell (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Days Without Number (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Play to the End (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sight Unseen (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Name to a Face (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Found Wanting (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Long Time Coming (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Count (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fault Line (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ends of the Earth (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Panic Room (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
One False Move (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
This is the Night They Come for You (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best British Mysteries IV(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Edition: Celebrating 21 Years of Goldsboro Books(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Born in Fareham, Hampshire in the United kingdom in the year 1954, Robert Goddard is an accomplished full time English novelist, with a writing career spanning more than 20 years. Robert Goddard writing has been classified under various categories from thriller to mystery and crime as well as historical romance. As a matter of fact, Robert is considered the master of some very compelling and engrossing plot twisted stories and also as one of the most renowned advocates for the traditional virtues of pace, narrative drive and plot. As an author of so many best selling novels out there, Robert Goddard studied in Bathampton county primary school, then known as the Wallisdean county junior school and in Prince’s grammar School, that is before going to study history at Cambridge University. However, before Robert become a full time novelist, he had unsuccessful attempts at Journalism and in teaching, as a matter of fact he even worked as an educational administrator in Devon, before finally settling as a full time author and of course as a novelist. Currently, Goddard is married to Vaunda where he has not only identified Vaunda as a joint holder of the copyright to his work, but they also live together in Truro at Cornwall.

From a collection of more than 20 mystery thrillers, that will indeed enthrall and satisfy you as a lover of such genre, to unprincipled chicanery and unforgiven betrayals as well as unforgotten jealousy, are just but part of the infinite capacity of imagination and intrigues that Robert Goddard books will present to you. Basically, Robert novels and especially his thrillers do have a historical settings and elements staged in some provincial English towns and cities bringing in a number of plots twists.Plus, his books always involve the lead character, gradually unraveling a conspiracy which for a very long time been kept as a secret, and through means of historical documents like the diaries or simply by word of mouth testimonies that have been handed down from one individual to another.

After publishing his first novel Past Caring in the year 1986, Robert has over time emerged as the author of so many best selling novels. He has proceeded to write over 20 more novels and majority of which have been listed by Sunday times as some of the Top ten best sellers in the United Kingdom. Moreover, Robert Goddard is also an award winning author, heralded with some of his books such as Into the Blue, published in 1990 and which won the W H smith thumping Good read award and which was then presented to the best author of the year. Secondly, is the Beyond recall of the year 1997 and which was nominated for the Edgar Award best novel prize,eve though it lost to Mr White’s confession, not to mention the Long time coming, that won the 2011 Edgar Award for the best Original paperback and which was also nominated for the 2011 Anthony award actually in the same category.

One of the main character that Robert has featured or written so much about in his writings is Harry Barnett. This character not only appears in Robert’s only published short story, the Toupee for a Bald Tyre but also in some of his books such as Into the Blue, Never Go back, Out of the Sun to form a chronological series that features this central character, much as these books are distinct in their own right. Moreover, Robert Goddard has written so many interesting books such as the In Pale Battalions,the corners of the Globe, In the Blue, Closed circle, Caught In the Light, Never Go back, Long time Coming to mention just but a few. Similarly, he has written some series such as the Harry Barnett that comprises of the Into the Blue, Out of the Sun as well as Never Go back. Another series is the wide world Trilogy which constitutes of the Intersection, the ways of the world as well as the corners of the Globe.

Corners of the globe for instance is a very intriguing book. Here, during the spring of 1919, James Max Maxted, a former great war flying ace returns to the trail of treachery and murder he set out on the Ways of the World. he had left for Paris after avenging the murder of Sir Henry Maxted, his father and is convinced that the only person that knows the mystery of events that leads up to his father’s death is Fritz Lemmer, some elusive German spymaster.

Therefore, to find out more, James gets employed under Lemmer’s network under false colors and is then dispatched to Orkney Isles, that is where the German High seas Fleet has then been interned in Scapa Flow. Basically, his mission is to recover some document secreted aboard one these German battle ship.However, the information that this document contains is so explosive that Max is compelled to break the cover and instead embark on some desperate and on a very dangerous race to the south. He is now being pursued by men who are trigger happy just to get rid of him in order to retrieve this document.

This breathless and unending case takes Max to London from far North of Scotland and all the way to Paris, where the world’s government are still but bartering over the spoils right in the aftermath of the Great war. The stakes here are so high and it is a matter of life and death to everyone involved.

Another Book that features Harry Barnett is the Out of the Sun. Here Harry is informed that his son suffering from a diabetic coma has been hospitalized. He thinks that a mistake might have occurred since he doesn’t have a son.However,Harry soon discovers otherwise. David Venning, a very brilliant mathematician working in the realms of knowledge that perhaps a handful of individuals on this earth would could comprehend, is now suspended between life and death. Although, Harry’s paternity is resolved, other darker mysteries quickly intercepts. David’s tragic condition appears either to be self inflicted or an accident. However, his precious notebooks are missing from his hotel room in which he was found. Elsewhere, two other scientist that were employed have also died in almost a similar and suspicious circumstances. Harry is now propelled into an arena of conspiratorial intrigue. He then travels to Europe and to the United states in search of the truth in the bid to help the son that he has never met.

Actually, the brilliant writings by Robert Goddard has scored highly and although one of his novels, into the Blue was adapted in the year 1997 for television and starred by John Thaw in the lead role, Robert Goddard was however, not so impressed with the outcome of that adaptation following his utterances in an interview where he requested that future adaptations should do justice to the original story.

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13 Responses to “Robert Goddard”

  1. Gabriel Peachey: 3 weeks ago

    Always a delight to discover a new writer whose plots and pace make it difficult to put the book down. I’ve read four so far but intend to keep going as I can see there’s many more to go.
    So thankyou Robert Goddard for entertaining this old bookworm!!

  2. Michael Donovan: 3 weeks ago

    I been a fan of Robert’s book since reading Borrowed Time, all those years ago. Having read all his books and listened to many on audio books, I’ve come to the conclusion that Robert’s style of creating clever, twisty and really enjoyable stories, very often about ordinally people caught up in some mystery. He does not need ex SAS or Navy Seals but relies on a writing skill that few can match

  3. Rory Allen: 10 months ago

    A unique talent whose storytelling absolutely enthralls you and leaves you desperately yearning to read more of his own sublime stories.

  4. Kathryn Wearne: 1 year ago

    A friend suggested I read your book ( she’s up to second time reading as she thinks they are wonderful) and I’m now into a third book. Just love them. Brilliant. Exceptional writing. Many thanks, Kathryn from New South Wales, Australia.

  5. Alison Clish-Green: 1 year ago

    I am a real Robert Goddard fan! I actually met him when he was taking minutes at an education meeting in Exeter back in the 1980s!
    I have almost all his books & re-read them regularly. I particularly enjoy ones set in locations I have visited. My favourite author by a country mile!

  6. Robert Calow: 2 years ago

    So far I’ve only read Borrowed time, Into The Blue and Out of The Sun but I’ve loved all of them. Great twisty plots, well researched and intelligently written, I’m looking forward to many more enjoyable reads

  7. Helen wood: 2 years ago

    One of the best authors I have read, stories so involved and clever but relatable too, have read some more than once great stories

  8. David Russell: 2 years ago

    My favorite ever writer and I read 3 books a week from Lee Child to Ian Rankin to Mark Edwards to P James.
    I have now started reading them all again in order he wrote them. My favorite is Caught in the Light. Thank you Robert.

  9. Martin mutton: 2 years ago

    I read Sea Change about 6 months ago and enjoyed it very much, then went back to my John Grisham books (I am trying to read them all) I couldn’t find one recently so picked up Past Caring , I am so engrossed that I have just looked up Robert Goddard etc. I now want to read all of these interesting books , more time needed ,

  10. Charles Owen Hoffman Smith: 2 years ago

    Wonderful writing very readable books. I started with ‘Painting the Darkness’ a plot that keeps you guessing to the end. The conclusion was quite convoluted and took some teasing out but it was worth it..
    In summary a very clever writer who creates intriguing plots and interesting characters. Look forward to acquiring and reading more.
    PS such a refreshing change from the now dominant genre of crime novels with singular flawed police characters & obscenely violent crimes.

  11. Chris Silveste: 3 years ago

    Loved the three max books
    Must write a another to tie up the loose ends

  12. Mary Duignan: 3 years ago

    I have just finished reading all Robert Goddard books except the last three that were published I thought they were all brilliant and really enjoyed reading them second time round
    Mary Duignan

  13. Francis Wood: 3 years ago

    Just finished reading Past caring and really enjoyed the many twists and turns to the story and also very believable.I am looking forward to starting your second novel In pale battalions.Thankyou for being a writer.


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