This is the web-site for Rob Shackleford, Author.
My fifth novel – Drowned Paradise – is due to be published in 2023. My other novels published to date are:
Please click on the links for more on the books, and purchase links as well.
Overseen by the lovely Claire Plaisted of Plaisted Publishing, Drowned Paradise is essentially a disaster book – at first.
Having lived on the Gold Coast for a while, in beautiful Burleigh, it was a common joke to determine what to do if faced with a tsunami. But, what if it was a big one! Oh, I know, disaster stories are so ’80’s, but I have included a few issues that we could relate to, such as a dysfunctional government and the loss of tech.
It’s challenging, but is delightful to write, research and put ideas to paper. For me, it involves being edited and rewriting my manuscript many times. Sometimes the edit, even when conducted professionally, can miss some items. Sorry folks.
Writing means incredible amounts of varied reading and other research. In the Traveller series, that means historical research. Historical research means understand today’s world in view of the past and, generally, it is not as described in the popular and social media. To engage in historical research means to venture opinions that some disagree with. If it involves the Middle East, some get upset. I understand to engage in research is difficult and time consuming, so I understand those differences in opinion.
Just to let the world know:
There. Having pretty well offended most, I hope you enjoy my novels. I plan to have others published soon.
New Novel – Now Available!
Traveller Manifesto is Book 3 of the Traveller Trilogy, the explosive final sequel to Traveller Inceptio and Traveller Probo.
To use the enigmatic Transporter and send Special Forces trained Researchers back a thousand years is now the biggest game in world politics.
But not only politics, as academics scramble to outdo each other and harness prestige in the increasingly influential field of History.
As Professor Taylor is rescued from Byzantine Rome, a heavily-armed US Traveller team explores Mississippian Cahokia to experience a situation beyond even their control and Michael Hunter and Tatae flee Giolgrave in the hope of finding safety from modern interference. But at a terrible cost.
And something seems to be happening in Israel, resulting in the creation of a high-profile investigation team to uncover if there is a clandestine Traveller mission operated by the US and Israel.
From the windswept mountains of Wales, to the hills of Cahokia and the dusty wadis of the Negev, researchers find that to visit the past may not necessarily provide the answers they seek.
Would you survive if sent one-thousand years into the past?
Development of the Transporter saw highly trained researchers, called Travellers, successfully sent one-thousand years back in time to early medieval Saxon England.
Traveller Missions now mean enormous national prestige and the recovery of valuable lost artefacts and knowledge, so nations vie for the use of the Transporter and more daring Traveller missions are planned.
As the study of History becomes hotly contested, politics and power soon come into play.
To study lost peoples and civilisations, Special Forces researchers have to be even better trained, better equipped, and prepared to put their lives on the line.
While Michael Hunter continues to build a life in Saxon England, the tragically injured Tony Osborne finds his resurgence in a mission to ancient Turkey, and Professor Adrian Taylor seeks to better outmanoeuvre his contentious colleagues.
From the misty shores of New Zealand to the shining splendour of the ancient Byzantine Empire, it is soon learned that sending modern researchers into the past is not without its rewards, and pitfalls.
If you were sent a thousand years into the past, would you survive?
After the accidental development of the Transporter, university researchers determine that the device sends any subject one thousand years into the past.
Or is it into a possible past?
The enigmatic Transporter soon becomes known as a Time Machine, but with limitations.
An audacious research project is devised to use the Transporter to investigate Medieval Saxon England, when a crack international team of Special Services soldiers undergo intensive training for their role as historical researchers.
The special researchers, called Travellers, are to be sent into what is a very dangerous period in England’s turbulent past.
From the beaches of Australia to the forests of Saxon England, Traveller – Inceptio reveals how Travellers soon learn that they need more than refined combat skills and modern technology to survive the trails of early 11th Century life.