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Mad King Robin
"Vella-Bardon has what it takes to become a literary giant" - Yorkshire Evening Post
Mad King Robin is a wonderful, riveting page turner, which tells the stirring tale of a nation's desperate struggle against a much larger, brutal oppressor.
Cream of Chivalry
Feel the crushing dismay and shock run through you like a three foot longsword, as you read this latest offering by the master of the grim and unsettling historical thriller.
THE CREAM OF CHIVALRY is a tale that will leave you feeling both shaken and stirred, after the Bruce’s unhappy and sudden decoupling from his wife Elizabeth de Burgh.
The Sheriff's Catch
1588. Abel de Santiago has deserted the army and all but avenged his murdered wife, when he is captured and sold as a galley slave.
An unlikely escape has Santiago flee with a jewelled ring worth a king's ransom. His flight leads to a desperate chase across a strange and stunning land, where danger lurks at every turn. So begins The Sheriff's Catch; Part One of The Sassana Stone Pentalogy
James has recently been heralded as ‘the new king of historical fiction’ by respected British newspaper The Scotsman, in the publication’s review of James’ acclaimed novella MAD KING ROBIN, a thrilling story about the famous Scottish king Robert the Bruce.
He was born and raised in Malta, an island nation influenced by thousands of years of imperial history, from the Romans to the British. His burning passion for exciting and dramatic historical events was forged in this environment.
After reading law and history at the Universities of both Malta and Sydney, James qualified as a lawyer and also completed a doctoral thesis on the rights and freedoms of peoples at international law. He subsequently worked for years on editing and publishing content for various multinational government bodies like the European Union as well as US and Australian corporations.
Upon emigrating to Sydney in 2007, James turned his hand to novel writing, crafting dramatic and well-researched stories about various peoples’ struggle for freedom.
His debut novel THE SHERIFF’S CATCH is a highly acclaimed thriller, which recounts the adventures of a Spanish Armada castaway in Tudor Ireland, who joins in the great struggle to liberate western Ireland from brutal suppression. Following its release in 2018, the novel made bestseller lists in Europe and was also named an ‘Outstanding Historical’ by the IAN Book Awards in 2019, while receiving various other international awards and nominations.
THE SHERIFF’S CATCH was recommended as a ‘must-read of the week’ by leading British newspaper The Yorkshire Evening Post, with global institution Reader’s Digest also reviewing it and stating ‘while Vella-Bardon’s writing displays its own signature, readers will see favourable comparisons with historical fiction greats such as Conn Iggulden, Wilbur Smith and Bernard Cornwell.’
James has since released A REBEL NORTH, the long-awaited sequel to THE SHERIFF’S CATCH, with another three action-packed sequels to be released over the course of 2023. He is also creating other gripping historical novels to be released in 2024 and beyond.