Two Strangers Unravel a Prophecy in New Book

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Author John K. Sutherland releases a heartwarming tale of love and adventure

Two lives, fated to interact in some violent way. That was the prediction that Richard Shawcross had been raised believing. He had learned that he and an unknown lady from a French Family would encounter each other in a violent situation in her twentieth year. That encounter would be the means of them saving each other; but from what, had not been disclosed. Readers will witness this prophecy unfold as author John K. Sutherland releases Fate: The Relentless Hunter, his newly released romance novel published through Xlibris.

Richard had forgotten all about the prophecy made at his birth, when he had briefly returned from the Continent and fighting Napoleon. That same night, on his way home for just the one night, he had blundered upon a robbery. Three men were striving to rob an older gentleman and his passenger; a young lady, until he had ridden out of the fog with his saber drawn and had summarily dealt with them. After the carriage and its passengers had gone, their rescuer discovered a strange talisman, threaded on a green ribbon, on the ground. The young lady had lost it. The coin matched one about his own neck, and exactly matched another that his older sister had also been given at his birth. They were all part of that same prophecy from many years earlier. Some parts of the prophecy seemed to have happened earlier than they should have done, but now, for the first time, he had proof that it all had meaning. He was not to know it, but that brief meeting, that night, was to provide the means to ensure that the fate predicted for them all would indeed come to pass, as it should, and almost to the day predicted, but still some two years off into the future.

A riveting tale of about choices and destiny, Fate: The Relentless Hunter follows how two hearts venture into the uncertain world of love. Readers will be drawn into this heartwarming story from first page to the last.

About the Author
The author was educated at a grammar school in England. He was immersed from an early age of self-study, in the diversity of Art, Architecture and Engineering, as well as Classical Literature, and the brilliant and difficult translation from the Persian, by Edward Fitzgerald, of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. He grew up with a deep love of the language of Shakespeare and other Elizabethan playwrights, as well as Chaucer, Milton, and later, with the intricacies of Sir Walter Scott. He fell in love with the age, so well written about, by Jane Austen—now brought to life by BBC productions—and more recently by the Regency novels of Georgette Heyer. His abiding interest is in the development of society from the difficult and convulsive beginnings of the Industrial Revolution and the often violently resisted process of change, which got us from there to here. The Good Old Days, fondly remembered and yearned for today only by those who know nothing of them, resulted in life which was ‘…solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short’ as Hobbes suggested.

This is the second novel by this author. His first novel: Deception by Proxy takes place in a similar setting and time, during an age when the sudden and brutal reality of violence and difficult circumstance typical of life in this age, clashed with the often unrealistic desire for peace, independence, tranquility and the elegance of an existence that is rarely found in any society outside of the pages of a novel.

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Fate: The Relentless Hunter * by John K. Sutherland
Publication Date: June 29, 2011
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 435 pages; 978-1-4628-8176-5
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 435 pages; 978-1-4628-8177-2
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4628-8178-9

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