Troubador The Alien Stone

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Released: 01/02/2013

eISBN: 9781848769083

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The story begins in the mid-19th century, just after the American Civil War, in Farnham, England. The chief character, Professor Margrave, is an important academic deeply involved in archaeology and the significance of ancient monuments. An old friend, Edward Buchanan – adventurer, ex-soldier and wealthy rancher who had lived overseas for many years – arrives at his house with a rough drawing of writing on a stone plinth known as a stele. He had discovered this stone during his travels in Central America.

The Professor, who had spent most of his academic life studying and endeavouring to interpret the meaning of inscriptions on ancient buildings and ruins, recognises that the writing is of immense significance and launches a search for further examples. The pair enlist the help of Archie Scott, a young American veteran of the Civil War. The Professor also brings his personal assistant of many years, Jim Cross, a former seafarer with an extraordinary talent for getting things done.

Their search leads to a series of journeys and adventures in Central and South America, set against a background of real historical events and characters. The Professor and his companions experience unexplainable events that seem in some way to be triggered by emanations from the stones. Margrave’s party become embroiled in civil strife and a major regional war. They are involved in battles along the great river and even court intrigues while in pursuit of the meaning of the ancient writings. They discover not only writings of an alien origin, but also the existence of a strange species of humans headed by the sinister Dr.Bonpland, who seem destined to become dominant in South America.

I am currently working on the second volume of the adventures of Professor Margrave and his stalwart companions!!

Where they venture into the ruins of the post civil war Southern Confederate states.

I am also soon 'reluctantly' exhibiting my artwork, another passion of mine! With Christopher Cole, the renowned Headley (Hampshire) based artist who illustrated my first book (The Alien Stone).

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5.0 out of 5 stars!!

Fantastic tale of adventure and mystery!!,

5 Feb 2013
By Timothy Barker (United Kingdom)

A must read ! A fantastic story of Jules Verne/ Indiana Jones-like adventure and mystery! This intriguing tale would make a wonderful movie! Hello Hollywood!

24 Mar 2013
By James Alan

This gripping story involves a professor's search for a mysterious stone in 19th century Central & Southern America. I loved it for its wonderful illustrations. At first I thought the story might be predictable but it develops into an extraordinary tale with an original twist.
Professor Margrave and his companions become involved in a series of adventures against the actual historical background of both civil strife and a major South American war. Real life characters are involved as well as the Professor's friends, a colourful and resourceful group, whose talents are exploited convincingly.
Each chapter seems to end as a `cliff hanger' which kept me up late into the night on several occasions.

8 Mar 2013
By philippa k

What a well written and researched book, so detailed ,I couldn't wait to read the next page .An excellent first book.

19 May 2013
By MR

"I am retired, I love reading, painting an... (Godalming, United Kingdom

I have to confess an interest here as I know both the author and the illustrator.

I enjoyed the story and the setting in the War of the Triple Alliance. Conrad it's not but a good and clever adventure story, grounded in fact and with a nicely indeterminate ending. The book would have profited from some sub editing as there are issues of punctuation and continuity. In one or two cases there are anachronisms: in particular I don't suppose the British cavalry taught fire and movement tactics in the first half of the nineteenth century but perhaps someone will prove me wrong.

26 Dec 2013
By Ellen

I was fascinated by this story, written in the historical setting of war and upheaval in Central and South America during the 19th Century. The action moves apace from one chapter to the next, each revealing a sudden surprise turn of events. Land and naval battles form a background in which the protagonists become unwittingly involved. The narrative revolves around a strange stone with alien writing that becomes a central and recurrent theme throughout the book. If you like classic science fiction, dramatic action and adventure in foreign countries this is story that you cannot miss.

25 Nov 2013
By Wubz

I found this book quite compelling. It is a fast moving story, with atmospheric 19th Century echoes of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's 'Lost World' and Jules Verne. The action takes place within historical events.

The tale involves a search for a mysterious stone inscribed with strange hieroglyphs that the leading character Professor Margrave endeavours to decipher. During the search, which takes place in Guatemala and Paraguay during the War of the Triple Alliance, Margrave and his friends find themselves in great danger, not only from effects emanating from the stone but also from the sinister Dr Bonpland and his Alien followers.

The story unfolds with increasing tension as a fascinating mix of science fiction and warlike action. I found this book very hard to put down.

25 Nov 2013
By Henry N

The Alien Stone is a remarkable book with a story that reminded me of the works of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Rider Haggard all assembled under one cover. The story concerns the late 1800's adventures of a group of men, including a British professor, Jim Cross his personal assistant, Archie Scott a young American Civil War veteran, and Edward Buchanan, Professor Margrave's old friend, in the steamy jungles of Brazil and Central America. They are looking for a stone plinth with unusual writing on it, that Buchanan had found while on his travels in Central America, and deciphering that writing is the obsession of the professor.

In order to bypass the dangers and delays of jungle travel, the adventurers start with a journey in a hot air balloon, and then the troubles begin. Soon the heroes are involved with the machinations of the villainous Doctor Bonpland, the evil leader of a strange sect of humanoid beings, and, with a background based on historical events, the venturesome crew becomes involved in a civil war, a naval battle on the Amazon River, and various other incidents.

I am certain that you will find The Alien Stone to be an intriguing work in the best traditions of the science fiction writers of a century ago. I guarantee that it will not be easy to put down once you become involved with the story, the characters and the events, both unusual and historical. It is a great read!

adventure and science fiction story.,

16 Aug 2013
By Barry P

Since I am the author, you might well expect me to like it! Its a rip roaring yarn.

I am now working on volume two of Professor Margrave's adventures in the American South.

Barry Uglow.

http://www.thealienstone.co.uk

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Amazing story, I cant believe its his first book.Every element of a great adventure !
Cant wait for the next one.Well done Barry.

by Philippa Kaloudis


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic tale of adventure and mystery!!, 5 Feb 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Alien Stone, 24 Mar 2013
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This gripping story involves a professor's search for a mysterious stone in 19th century Central & Southern America. I loved it for its wonderful illustrations. At first I thought the story might be predictable but it develops into an extraordinary tale with an original twist.
Professor Margrave and his companions become involved in a series of adventures against the actual historical background of both civil strife and a major South American war. Real life characters are involved as well as the Professor's friends, a colourful and resourceful group, whose talents are exploited convincingly.
Each chapter seems to end as a `cliff hanger' which kept me up late into the night on several occasions.
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What a well written and researched book,so detailed ,I couldn't wait to read the next page .An excellent first book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting adventure, 19 May 2013
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I have to confess an interest here as I know both the author and the illustrator. I enjoyed the story and the setting in the War of the Triple Alliance. Conrad it's not but a good and clever adventure story, grounded in fact and with a nicely indeterminate ending. The book would have profited from some sub editing as there are issues of punctuation and continuity. In one or two cases there are anachronisms: in particular I don't suppose the British cavalry taught fire and movement tactics in the first half of the nineteenth century but perhaps someone will prove me wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Alien Stone, 26 Dec 2013
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I was fascinated by this story, written in the historical setting of war and upheaval in Central and South America during the 19th Century. The action moves apace from one chapter to the next, each revealing a sudden surprise turn of events. Land and naval battles form a background in which the protagonists become unwittingly involved. The narrative revolves around a strange stone with alien writing that becomes a central and recurrent theme throughout the book. If you like classic science fiction, dramatic action and adventure in foreign countries this is story that you cannot miss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Alien Stone, 25 Nov 2013
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I found this book quite compelling. It is a fast moving story, with atmospheric 19th Century echoes of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's 'Lost World' and Jules Verne. The action takes place within historical events.

The tale involves a search for a mysterious stone inscribed with strange hieroglyphs that the leading character Professor Margrave endeavours to decipher. During the search, which takes place in Guatemala and Paraguay during the War of the Triple Alliance, Margrave and his friends find themselves in great danger, not only from effects emanating from the stone but also from the sinister Dr Bonpland and his Alien followers.

The story unfolds with increasing tension as a fascinating mix of science fiction and warlike action. I found this book very hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story, 25 Nov 2013
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The Alien Stone is a remarkable book with a story that reminded me of the works of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Rider Haggard all assembled under one cover. The story concerns the late 1800's adventures of a group of men, including a British professor, Jim Cross his personal assistant, Archie Scott a young American Civil War veteran, and Edward Buchanan, Professor Margrave's old friend, in the steamy jungles of Brazil and Central America. They are looking for a stone plinth with unusual writing on it, that Buchanan had found while on his travels in Central America, and deciphering that writing is the obsession of the professor.

In order to bypass the dangers and delays of jungle travel, the adventurers start with a journey in a hot air balloon, and then the troubles begin. Soon the heroes are involved with the machinations of the villainous Doctor Bonpland, the evil leader of a strange sect of humanoid beings, and, with a background based on historical events, the venturesome crew becomes involved in a civil war, a naval battle on the Amazon River, and various other incidents.

I am certain that you will find The Alien Stone to be an intriguing work in the best traditions of the science fiction writers of a century ago. I guarantee that it will not be easy to put down once you become involved with the story, the characters and the events, both unusual and historical. It is a great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adventure and science fiction story., 16 Aug 2013
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Since I am the author, you might well expect me to like it! Its a rip roaring yarn.

I am now working on volume two of Professor Margrave's adventures in the American South.

Barry Uglow.

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Barry Uglow

BARRY UGLOW served as a regular officer in the Canadian Army. In 1959 he was posted to the Gaza Strip and also the Congo and later to various parts of the world.

In the late 1960s, due to the unification of the Armed Forces, he was transferred to the Naval dockyard at Halifax Nova Scotia and then served at sea in several parts of the world.

He is now retired and lives in Hampshire.

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