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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (19 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492247308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492247302
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 863,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live with my wife, my son and daughter, and two (close approximations of) dogs in rural North Yorkshire, where my wife and I both grew up, surrounded by friends and family. A born and bred Yorkshireman with a love of the country, I cannot envisage spending my life anywhere else, though my anchor is sometimes tested as the wanderlust hits and we travel wherever I can find the breathtaking remains of the classical world. I have a love of travel and history, architecture and writing and those four interact well enough to keep me almost permanently busy.

Since leaving school and University, I have tried a great number of careers, including car sales, insurance, software engineering, computer network management, civil service and even painting and decorating sales. I have lived in four counties and travelled as widely as time and budget allowed and find myself in my forties, back where I began and finally doing something I love.

Having written a number of unpublished short stories in my early days, I decided back in 2003 to try and write a full length novel. That was the start of Marius' Mules. Being a lover of Roman history, I decided to combine my love of writing and my love of classical history. Marius' Mules was followed two years later by Interregnum, my attempt to create a new fantasy story still with a heavy flavour of Rome. Since then, the success and popularity of both has spawned sequels to each work, and a new series set in the early Ottoman world, with a total of 12 novels in general release and numerous short stories.

As well as my own website at http://www.sjaturney.co.uk I maintain a website detailing the Roman sites I visit and photograph at http://www.roman-sites.com, and blog at http://sjat.wordpress.com. I am an almost terminally chatty person. That's just a due warning if you feel like contacting me (via my website or through Facebook or Twitter, where I am [prolific.) I am always happy to speak to people and have put together an FAQ gathered together from things I have been asked previously.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2013
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I live with my wife, my crazed lunatic son and very vocal baby daughter, and two (close approximations of) dogs in rural North Yorkshire, where my wife and I both grew up, surrounded by friends and family. A born and bred Yorkshireman with a love of country, I cannot envisage spending my life anywhere else, though my anchor is sometimes tested as the wanderlust hits and we travel wherever I can find the breathtaking remains of the classical world. I have a love of travel and history, architecture and writing and those four interact well enough to keep me almost permanently busy.

Since leaving school and University, I have tried a great number of careers, including car sales, insurance, software engineering, computer network management, civil service and even painting and decorating sales. I have lived in four counties and travelled as widely as time and budget allowed and find myself, on the cusp of my fortieth year, back where I began and finally doing something I love.

Having written a number of unpublished short stories in my early days, I decided back in 2003 to try and write a full length novel. That was the start of Marius' Mules. Being a lover of Roman history, I decided to combine my love of writing and my love of classical history. Marius' Mules was followed two years later by Interregnum, my attempt to create a new fantasy story still with a heavy flavour of Rome. Since then, the success and popularity of both have inflated my head so that I can no longer comfortably fit through doors, and has spawned sequels to each work, with a third in the fantasy series and the fourth Marius' Mules now complete.

I maintain another website detailing the Roman sites I visit and photograph here, and write a blog you can find here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bennett on 26 Aug. 2013
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I have a slight quirk in my reading habit in which I occasionally have to stop and put the book down just before something harrowing, exciting or pivotal is about to happen. I don't do it all the time but while I was reading The Priest's Tale by S.J.A.Turney I found myself doing it often. This, the second volume of The Ottoman Cycle, continues the tale of Skiouros who is now on Crete, leaving Istanbul behind at the end of volume one disguised as an Orthodox Christian priest. The year is 1492 and Skiouros has been preparing himself to deal with the one person left responsible for the death of his brother. Deeming the time to be right he leaves Crete and is headed to Rome where his foe is a prisoner/guest of Pope Innocent VIII. The trials and tribulations of what should have been an easy voyage are the focus of this exciting story.

Hassan Ecti, captain of an Ottoman war ship has his own mission, albeit an over zealous one as he is determined to destroy any vestige of Christianity in lands that are now being taken away from the Muslim faithful in the West, lands that they have been settled in for seven centuries are now under control of the hated Pope. The clash between Hassan and Skiouros and his friends is full of the blind bigotry brought on when religions collide, a violent collision that continues today.

Mr. Turney has given us a tale that is full of suspense, full of surprises, full of the turmoil inherent in any good book. Skiouros has grown in character and we are able to see and feel the anguish he encounters in his bid for vengeance. The supporting cast are also well written, good guys and the never ending supply of baddies. I read a lot of historical fiction and it is the baddies that make these tales interesting and hard to put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ray. Brown on 26 Aug. 2013
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What Can I say, when the first episode of Skiouros (A Thiefs Tale) exploded into print and we followed the adventures of Skiouros and his brother to an amazing series of adventures, A Priests Tale carries these adventures onward as Skiouros, tries to reach Rome and is prevented in so many wild adventures that keep the reader turning pages with a rapidity so far unknown.Buchery,Slavery, Pederasty, it is all here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mr d a brennan on 20 Nov. 2013
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Excellent read could not put it down recommend it to everyone who enjoys historical novels.mr turney should be proud he has surpassed himself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Charles on 26 Oct. 2013
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Simply one of the best authors around in present times
look forward to next installment, Unable to put book down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Wood on 22 Oct. 2013
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A fast paced tale with easy reading style.I read the book in no time.can't wait for next book to be released.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pete on 6 Oct. 2013
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Since coming across the authors Roman stories, I have read hos books with much enjoyment. This does not disappoint, and it is good to see that the original story is now being turned into a short series. It helps that it is set at a time I am personally not wholly familiar with
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs F R Cripps on 12 Sept. 2013
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Wow what an adventure, Simon has excelled with the second adventure of Skiouros, Lots of twists and turns and I can't wait for what happens next!
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