CHANNILLO
Broken Eagle
By David Baker

Series Description:

The year is 429. The Roman Empire is falling apart. General Germanus of Gaul is summoned to Rome by the Pope, who pleads with him to go to Britannia to overthrow the Vortigern, the evil mastermind who plans to conquer Rome and its provinces in the west.  Germanus agrees. Arriving home,  he finds his wife murdered and his son Patricius abducted. A mysterious red-haired Celtic queen arrives at the funeral celebrations and entices Germanus to take her with him back to the island, revealing that she knows where Patricius has been taken. They set sail, along with Lupus, the General’s adopted son.

In Britannia, Germanus is torn between the different factions that are battling to impose their beliefs and dominate the province and the Empire. He fights with Britons and Celts and against Saxons and the Vortigern’s crack troops. He searches for his son and finds  a new love and a long-lost lover; he comes face-to-face with his own mortality and encounters human sacrifice. Above all, he  is forced to decide what kind of man he is: pagan or Christian; Roman or British; general or bishop; emperor or pope. That will be his choice; his life – or his death. How he decides will seal the fate of a whole continent.   

Category/Genre(s): Mystery/Thriller
Updated: A Few Times A Week
Status: Ongoing



Author Bio For David Baker:

Professor David Baker was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in 1952. After a number of library posts at Nottingham, Leicester and Hull Universities, he became Chief Librarian of the University of East Anglia, Norwich, in 1985. He was promoted to Director of Information Strategy and Services in 1995, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 1997. He was Principal and Chief Executive of the University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth 2003-2009 and Deputy Chair of JISC 2007-2012. He has written widely in the field of library and information management with 19 monographs and over 100 articles to his credit. 

David’s first love was the church organ, which he began playing from the age of 12. By the time that he was 16, he was an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. He gained his Fellowship the following year. In 1970 he was elected Organ Scholar of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Music three years’ later. He took an MMus degree from King’s College, London in 1974. He has remained active as musician and musicologist, with the first edition of his book The Organ (Shire Publications, 1991) selling over 10,000 copies. A second edition was published in 2003 and a second revised edition in 2010. He has undertaken recital tours to Germany, Italy and Scandinavia and when organist of Wymondham Abbey, Norfolk, performed the entire organ works of J S Bach in 26 recitals. He is a regular writer and reviewer of organ and choral music and recordings and was Deputy Editor and then Editor (until December 2008) of The Organ magazine.  He now focuses on teaching the organ and in 2011 he founded the Halifax Organ Academy, which aims to offer high quality tuition and support to organists of all ages and backgrounds within West Yorkshire.  He is currently writing a biography of charismatic Victorian musician  John Varley Roberts. His interest began when he undertook research for his undergraduate dissertation at Cambridge, his topic being the music of Halifax Parish Church in the 18th and 19th centuries.

David writes fiction for fun, with an interest in detective stories and late Roman Britain. Sometimes he puts the two together. He also tries his hand at poetry from time to time.

Acknowledgements:

Special thanks must go to Dr Lucy Ellis for her help with the illustrations for both of the present series.







Series Description:

The year is 429. The Roman Empire is falling apart. General Germanus of Gaul is summoned to Rome by the Pope, who pleads with him to go to Britannia to overthrow the Vortigern, the evil mastermind who plans to conquer Rome and its provinces in the west.  Germanus agrees. Arriving home,  he finds his wife murdered and his son Patricius abducted. A mysterious red-haired Celtic queen arrives at the funeral celebrations and entices Germanus to take her with him back to the island, revealing that she knows where Patricius has been taken. They set sail, along with Lupus, the General’s adopted son.

In Britannia, Germanus is torn between the different factions that are battling to impose their beliefs and dominate the province and the Empire. He fights with Britons and Celts and against Saxons and the Vortigern’s crack troops. He searches for his son and finds  a new love and a long-lost lover; he comes face-to-face with his own mortality and encounters human sacrifice. Above all, he  is forced to decide what kind of man he is: pagan or Christian; Roman or British; general or bishop; emperor or pope. That will be his choice; his life – or his death. How he decides will seal the fate of a whole continent.   

Category/Genre(s): Mystery/Thriller
Updated: A Few Times A Week
Status: Ongoing


Author Bio For David Baker:

Professor David Baker was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in 1952. After a number of library posts at Nottingham, Leicester and Hull Universities, he became Chief Librarian of the University of East Anglia, Norwich, in 1985. He was promoted to Director of Information Strategy and Services in 1995, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 1997. He was Principal and Chief Executive of the University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth 2003-2009 and Deputy Chair of JISC 2007-2012. He has written widely in the field of library and information management with 19 monographs and over 100 articles to his credit. 

David’s first love was the church organ, which he began playing from the age of 12. By the time that he was 16, he was an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. He gained his Fellowship the following year. In 1970 he was elected Organ Scholar of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Music three years’ later. He took an MMus degree from King’s College, London in 1974. He has remained active as musician and musicologist, with the first edition of his book The Organ (Shire Publications, 1991) selling over 10,000 copies. A second edition was published in 2003 and a second revised edition in 2010. He has undertaken recital tours to Germany, Italy and Scandinavia and when organist of Wymondham Abbey, Norfolk, performed the entire organ works of J S Bach in 26 recitals. He is a regular writer and reviewer of organ and choral music and recordings and was Deputy Editor and then Editor (until December 2008) of The Organ magazine.  He now focuses on teaching the organ and in 2011 he founded the Halifax Organ Academy, which aims to offer high quality tuition and support to organists of all ages and backgrounds within West Yorkshire.  He is currently writing a biography of charismatic Victorian musician  John Varley Roberts. His interest began when he undertook research for his undergraduate dissertation at Cambridge, his topic being the music of Halifax Parish Church in the 18th and 19th centuries.

David writes fiction for fun, with an interest in detective stories and late Roman Britain. Sometimes he puts the two together. He also tries his hand at poetry from time to time.

Acknowledgements:

Special thanks must go to Dr Lucy Ellis for her help with the illustrations for both of the present series.