By the power of his sword arm, his dragon fleet and his sheer personality, Somerled Norse Slayer carved an enduring name for himself in Scottish legend. Inheriting his father's shattered thanedom in Argyll in the twelfth century, he enlarged it by courage, initiative, military shrewdness and diplomacy. For decades his navy held the balance of power in the northern seas, and it was he who cleared the Vikings out of the Hebrides. Set against the romantically celebrated West Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland, the story of the conquests and courage of this hero king is a living tribute to a renowned legend. A thrilling story of the Scottish Isles in the 12th century by Nigel Tranter, maste...
In this classic study of the supernatural , Lyall Watson challenges scientific orthodoxy by applying new criteria to the investigation of the unknown. Probing the "soft edges" of science, Watson dispenses with the distinction between the natural and the supernatural and focuses on Supernature; those phenomena that are not wholly paranormal, but which are not classified as natural occurrences according to traditional science. With both scientific objectivity and a wide-eyed sense of wonder at the mysteries of the universe, this fascinating and open-minded study proves beyond doubt that science is stranger than the supernatural. 'A fascinating feast of cosmic law and order...compelling reading' New Scientist
It was almost inevitable that in the 15th century the new Scots royal house of Stewart would have to come to a reckoning with the great house of Douglas. Young Will Douglas, the eight earl, was born to vast power, influence - and trouble. And with the boy-king James II on an uneasy throne, and scoundrels ruling Scotland, the death of Will's father plunged him suddenly into a world where might prevailed and the end justified the means. 'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday
It is 1976 and Northern Ireland is not a pretty place. The UK province is torn by sectarian hatred and violence. Under increasing pressure, the Provisional IRA comes up with a masterstroke that forces the British government to take desperate action. The terrorist organisation enlists the help of rogue former members from America’s Special Forces to raise the carnage and chaos to a new level. Four men from the British Army’s legendary SAS are given their toughest mission yet…to probe the inner sanctum of the IRA’s terror machine. Never before has so much been at stake. One small Sabre team is pitted against the Provos’ latest and most secret combat force in a mission so secret that you will scarcely believe it and everyone will deny. It is a bitter sweet story of innocence, love and evil, treachery and courage in a dark world where nothing is as it seems. ‘Best I’ve read for a long time’ Glasgow Evening Times