The Books

‘Rags of Time’ and ‘The Wrecking Storm’ are the first in a series of historical mystery books set in London in the 17th century. Starting in the chaotic period leading to the English Civil War, the series will chart the lives of Thomas Tallant and Elizabeth Seymour during a 30-year period of unprecedented political upheaval and growth, both in knowledge and commercial activity. A king is beheaded, a republic born (and dies) and the foundations of modern scientific and commercial/financial thinking established within the life span of our heroes.

‘The Wrecking Storm’ ends with England at the eve of civil war, splintered and angry, but not truly aware of the full horrors about to be unleashed as brothers and fathers take up arms against each other. Book 3 in the series ‘Days of Shaking’  Is currently in research.

The Author

Mike Ward is an English creator of historical fiction. Born in Liverpool, he was a BBC journalist and journalism academic before turning to non-factual writing.

His debut novel ‘The Rags of Time’ was located in London in 1639. It marks the start of a tumultuous 30 years – civil war, regicide, republic and royal restoration. Politics, religion, commerce, science, and medicine – none are left untouched by this ferment of change.

Mike believes it’s the perfect setting for his hero Thomas Tallant’s series of adventures, starting first with ‘Rags’.

The sequel ‘The Wrecking Storm’ has now been published by Sharpe Books.