Published: Aquila!

Aquila – Can Silvanus Escape That God? is a work of historical fiction, set on the Isle of Elba in the 6th century. You can buy the ebook from your favourite supplier through this link. Paperback and audio editions are also available.

Silvanus is a young lad intent on becoming a man. When his God Aquila smiles on him, Silvanus finds a cave of precious gems. His dreams of buying a boat and fleeing his island home are that much closer. Instead, a series of events lead Silvanus to the bizarre old hermit, Cerbonius. His uncanny wisdom causes Silvanus to question everything he knows about the world, and he discovers his ambitions are far too small.

Plunge into an unfamiliar era of fearful stone gods served by lewd priestesses, an era of piracy, treachery and love, of wars and rumours of wars, and of the constant struggle to survive.

Click here to buy the ebook, and if you read it, I’d very much appreciate an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads, etc.


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  1. I loved finding and reading your book, Aquila. Cerebonius is my patron saint and I have had affinity to him for many years. My husband and I have been to Massa Maritima, but we did not know about Elba. Some day I would like to visit and explore Elba. Do you have any additional research or information about Cerebonius?

    1. I’m glad you liked what you saw of Aquila – did you read the book? – and are interested in Cerbonius. I have another site dedicated to Aquila, which has more about the old bishop, e.g. Why the geese?. You really should visit Elba; there’s a great deal of history, interesting sites and beautiful beaches and hills. I can recommend a delightful little B&B in Marciana Alta: Valle dei Mulini. See also My visit

  2. Yes, of course I read the book in 2 days! I ordered it on Amazon and got it in 3 days. What I loved most about the book was how you personified Cerebonius. I enjoyed reading his bits of wisdom and how he was revered by the people. I found the struggle that Sylvanius faced between false gods and God very befitting for a boy of his age, yet sincere for the man he was becoming. I loved Verna and her innocence mixed with her strong faith. I have been reading Timeless, the history of the Catholic church. I paused to read Aquila and loved the historical fiction to see the challenges and obstacles people faced to create the Catholic church. Thank you for the information link to the geese. Some of the text I knew and some was new to me. Congratulations on completing your 1st book. Are you writing another one?

    1. I’m delighted that you enjoyed Aquila. I’d be intrigued to know how you came across it. Might I ask you to post a brief review on Amazon? I am working on a new book, set in France in the time of Louis XIV, but progress is very slow.

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