by David M. Kiely
Baron Livingstone and the King of Manhattan is a time-travel story with a difference.
It's a journey to a parallel universe, undertaken by two New Yorkers. Firmly rooted in science, it also explores several questions relating to our place in the universe, to the afterlife, and to the Divine.
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The novel is an imagining of Vinland, the territory that could have developed had Leif Erikson, the Viking, and his people chosen to remain in the America they discovered in about AD 1002.
Manhattan is Vinland's power center. The territory has retained place names given by the Native Americans just as today we have Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ottawa, Alabama, Minnesota, and so many others. Its counties are ruled by dukes, lords . . . and barons.
Baron Livingstone and the King of Manhattan is a heady mix of science, history, myth, and magic that will appeal to young adults and mature readers alike.
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David M. Kiely was born in Dublin in 1949. He worked in advertising as an art director and copywriter before turning to book authoring in 1993.
His fourteen books include John Millington Synge: A Biography (Dublin, Gill and Macmillan, 1994 / New York, St Martin’s Press, 1995); A Night in the Catacombs: Fictional Portraits of Ireland’s Literati (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 1995); The Angel Tapes (Belfast, Blackstaff Press / New York, St Martin’s Press, 1997); Bloody Women: Ireland’s Female Killers (Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 1999); Deadlier Than the Male (Gill & Macmillan, 2005); The Dark Sacrament: Exorcism in Modern Ireland (Gill & Macmillan, 2006 / San Francisco, HarperOne, 2007) co-written with Christina McKenna, author of The Spinster Wife, The Misremembered Man, and others; More Bloody Women (Dublin, Poolbeg, 2009); The Epic of Mesopotamia (Newry, Parsifal Press, 2015), which deals with the Turkish genocide of the Armenians and Assyrians in 1915; Baron Livingstone and the King of Manhattan (Newry, Parsifal Press, 2015) and The Faustian Gambit: A Tale of the Praeternatural (Newry, Parsifal Press, 2015).
His latest work of fiction is the detective novel Eyeless in Cooley (Newry, Parsifal Press, 2017), a sequel to The Angel Tapes.
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by David M. Kiely