Richard Blake is an English writer, broadcaster and teacher. He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.
For Hodder & Stoughton, he has written the following six historical novels: "Conspiracies of Rome" (2008), "Terror of Constantinople" (2009), "Blood of Alexandria" (2010), "Sword of Damascus" (2011), "Ghosts of Athens" (2012), "Curse of Babylon" (2013). These have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Slovak, Hungarian, Indonesian, and Chinese.
In 2015, Hodder & Stoughton republished all six novels in two omnibus volumes: "Death of Rome Saga 1" and "Death of Rome Saga 2."
He also writes for Endeavour Press. His first historical novel for Endeavour, "Game of Empires," was published in May 2015. His next in this series, "Death in Ravenna," was published in August 2016. His next, "Crown of Empire," was published in April 2016. The fourth, "The Devil's Treasure," was published in August 2017.
Another historical novel, "The Tyburn Guinea," was published in July 2017 as a free sample of his work.
In April 2016, Caffeine Nights published his post-apocalyptic science fiction thriller "The Break."
As Sean Gabb, he has written these novels: "The Column of Phocas" (2006 - historical), "The Churchill Memorandum" (2011 - alternate history thriller, A further novel, "The York Deviation" (alternate history fantasy), will be published in August 2017.
When not writing, he teaches Greek and Latin - http://www.classicstuition.co.uk/
You can follow him on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/RichardAntonyBlake/
You can also follow him on Twitter - https://twitter.com/BlakeTheWriter
His personal website is - http://www.richardblake.me.uk/
From the Reviews:
“Fascinating to read, very well written, an intriguing plot and I enjoyed it very much.” (Derek Jacobi, star of I Claudius and Gladiator)
“Vivid characters, devious plotting and buckets of gore are enhanced by his unfamiliar choice of period. Nasty, fun and educational.”
(The Daily Telegraph)
“He knows how to deliver a fast-paced story and his grasp of the period is impressively detailed.” (The Mail on Sunday)
“A rollicking and raunchy read . . . Anyone who enjoys their history with large dollops of action, sex, intrigue and, above all, fun will absolutely love this novel.” (Historical Novels)
“As always, [his] plotting is as brilliantly devious as the mind of his sardonic and very earthy hero. This is a story of villainy that reels you in from its prosaic opening through a series of death-defying thrills and spills.” (The Lancashire Evening Post)
“It would be hard to over-praise this extraordinary series, a near-perfect blend of historical detail and atmosphere with the plot of a conspiracy thriller, vivid characters, high philosophy and vulgar comedy.” (The Morning Star)