Books by Roger Ley

Physicist Martin Riley can receive news stories sent to him from two weeks in the future, but the Government steps in and cloaks the technology in secrecy. Despite Riley’s warnings, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic make radical alterations to world events. The first temporal alteration saves Princess Diana, the next saves the Twin Towers, but ripples travel far ahead and disturb Earth's future civilization. The Timestream must be realigned, but at what cost?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very clever story... I loved it!
Reviewed in the United States on 19 November 2019
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This is not your average time travel story. The author has quite simply come up with an idea on time travel that I don’t believe has ever been done before. I became invested in the characters almost immediately and absolutely fell in love with this book!
Secret government agencies, spies, murder plots, and glimpses of the future had me not wanting to put it down. Someone please make this into a movie!
I highly recommend this to anyone who likes science fiction, especially time travel!

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Science Fiction Novel in 21 Century; time alteration with twist that lingers in you
Reviewed in the United States on 3 June 2019
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Vivid characters - Martin Riley, professor; wife Estella; Karina, a time traveler and more. Grabber in the prologue, facts, and smooth writing; great plausible plot; wow ending. No dislikes. Highly recommend. 

Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2020
It is not often that a book manages to capture the enthusiasm and the atmosphere of classic science fiction, but this book effortlessly succeeds with this and also incorporates a chillingly realistic version of time time with a startling view of the present world and a shocking future of mankind. Romance with androids, a form of virtual immortality, and a stunning vision of the universe, are some of the concepts incorporated in this novel which matches the scope and breadth set by the giants of Science Fiction. This book will not only appeal to lovers of true science fiction, but also to readers with a sense of curiosity about our world and the direction that the human race is travelling into an unknown future.


5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and well written
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2019
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A great read that nicely balances science without overwhelming you with jargon and technology. The main character is a bit of an anti hero who just wants to get on with his life and work who happens to get the attention of the real side of geopolitics. Recommended.

What if Princess Diana hadn't died in the Paris car crash in 1997? What if there was no crash? What if she'd converted to Islam and married Dodi Fayed? In this alternate reality Prince William succeeds to the throne and his mother, Princess Diana, rejoins the Royal Family as a Muslim Queen Mother. Meanwhile, her grandson James, the next in line to the throne, is under the spell of a Saudi Arabian Princess who wants him to convert and become the first Muslim King of England.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
Reviewed in the United States on 9 May 2020
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As a kid I loved the “What If” books by Marvel Comics. They would take stories that we all knew and change the characters or outcomes. It was fun to think about how things might have been.
Well, that’s exactly what Roger Ley has done with The Muslim Prince. He changes history by keeping Princess Diana alive. By never dying in that car crash, we get a glimpse into what might have happened and how her influence could have changed the world.
The ideas in this book are clever and the writing is superb. This book also closely ties into one of his other works called Chronoscape, but both can stand alone separate of the other. If you love historical fiction (or future historical fiction) then you have to read this! I can’t recommend this one enough!

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 October 2019
THE MUSLIM PRINCE is a superb novel that is almost certainly the best British alternative history written this century. The author displays an insider's knowledge of Islam and Arabic culture. He treats both with respect. He also paints a thoroughly convincing picture of a future Royal Family. The relationships, tensions and conflicts between royals are superbly portrayed. One could imagine the author as a fly on the palace wall. And speaking of flies, Roger Ley's description of the possibilities of future drone and surveillance technology is not just impressive, but chilling. How unusual for an author to show such a firm grasp of both Islam and technology - but apt. We mustn't forget that at one time the Muslim world were far ahead of Europe in medicine and science. The author is also accurate in portraying the social tensions that would be caused by having a Muslim prince and king. While many celebrate the cultural diversity, others riot against it. This is a novel that is both witty and thoughtful; but hopeful and disturbing. It would make a superb television series.

Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2019
An absolutely amazing book, fantastic story!
Though I found some parts a bit "talkative" and didn't quite understand the ending the book is very well written and IMO presents a credible view of what could have happened had Diana not died.
I love my tech, so was pleased to see that he was able to intertwine advanced technology that is being dreamed about today and bring it to light.
An amazing book and well worth the purchase!!!

Artificial Intelligences, Space Elevators, Time Travel, Robots, Steampunk, Fantasy, Horror, Magic and Romance.
The stories in this book were published, podcast and broadcast by various e-zines internationally during the years 2018 to 2020.

These are some of the five star reviews from website editors in the US and UK:

I've published a few of these stories at my web zine Fiction on the Web - I love how much Roger Ley can pack in to a super-short story. He builds his characters with just a few deft strokes, gets you ready for a great punchline, and then blindsides you with a dark twist. These stories are like jellybeans: you're never sure what flavor you're going to get, and it might be earwax, but you can't help yourself from having just one more.

Amazon reviews:

Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2019
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The problem with short stories is that all too often writers don't write a story, they write a scene. Roger Ley establishes his characters and settings, puts together a compelling plot, and tosses in an unexpected twist with a satisfying finish! He's mastered the art of compact writing.

Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2018
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A satirical mix of warfare, romance, airships and intrigue

The world has returned to the Steam Age. Incensed by cross-border raids from England, the Scots decide it's time to march on London. The English army heads north to stop them and MI6 send Harry Lampeter to report on the hostilities. General Malina’s American peacekeepers arrive as the battle for York begins. In between amorous entanglements,

Harry discovers the Americans have a hidden agenda: the invasion of Europe.

Meanwhile, Harry’s friend, Telford Stephenson, has joined the Scottish Air Force and is enjoying his own adventures.

Wisps of steam, a pair of erotic dancers, a cat called Nigel and the distant skirl of bagpipes all add color to Harry Lampeter’s first anarchic adventure.

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Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2022
Harry Lampeter and the War with Scotland is brilliant! I love the fact that we get to see how Harry and Telford begin their careers of working for England and Scotland as covert men of espionage. I mean, who doesn’t love a good origin story?

Telford, the Scottish rule follower, is forced into a war he has no desire to participate in. Harry, the epitome of ‘walk on the wild side’ and opposite of Telford, also plunges headfirst into the same war. While Telford does his duty out of loyalty to his country, Harry performs for personal gain and in my opinion, the thrill of spy work. These two men with a connected past begin to interact for all the wrong reasons.

Harry is by far my favorite character. He’s witty, clever, sarcastic, and adventurous. He’s like James Bond without the tuxedo and martini… or perhaps a better description would be that of an anti-hero who can be counted on to do good despite wanting to do bad.

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next installment! Oh, and one more thing, the American General was absolutely relatable on so many levels!

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, great narration
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 27, 2021
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Urban anarchist Harry Lampeter is employed by MI6 on a casual basis. Modern technology has collapsed, returning the world to the steam age. The war between Scotland and England, is on hold while the United States army of occupation keeps the peace. The Americans are in no hurry to leave, they plan to make Great Britain the 54th State of their Union. Scotland and England eye one another with mistrust, and an arms race seems inevitable as the English plan building a fleet of Ironclad warships. Telford Stephenson, an agent of the Scottish Secret Intelligence Service, has stolen a copy of the Ironclad plans, but Harry Lampeter is hot on his trail.

Amazon reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 8, 2020
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Thoroughly enjoyed this! Passed the time away in this Corona virus lockdown. Realized I need more Steampunk in my life. I don’t know if you out there know this but they are working on bacteria that’s will eat oil waste! So a plastic eating one is not so far fetched. Imagine if that got loose!

Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2020
"The Steampunk Adventures of Harry Lampeter" is a romp for the ages!
Raunchy, wild, impulsive characters and plot make this book a refreshingly naughty read!
Harry Lampeter is wickedly lovable. He has a way with the ladies, which doesn't mean it's always HIS way.
"Harry laughed, pulled the covers down and gave Emma a playful slap on her naked right buttock."
The dialogue is witty and lends itself to humor.
"‘You should have taken it (the kilt) off, Telford. Nobody would have noticed you in your pants at the seaside."
"Afraid I wasn’t wearing any, Harry, tradition and all that."
I highly recommend this steamy fast-paced adventure.

5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 22, 2020
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In the near future a bacterium that feeds on plastics is discovered in some sludge at the bottom of a Japanese dump. Refined and developed by an ingenious scientist, plastic waste processing plants are set up around the planet. It is unfortunate however that the organism escapes and feeds ravenously on all things plastic. The glass from windows comes crashing to the ground as the frames are eaten away, most forms of transport come to a halt as the plastic coating on electric cables is gobbled up and the world returns rapidly to steam age technology. The historic animosity between Scotland and England has intensified to the point that the countries are now at war. And the Americans, on various pretexts, have flooded England with military personnel tasked with a not-so-secret aim of making the UK their 54th state.

Renegade patriot Harry Lampeter is called back into service by MI6

The Franco-German alliance has occupied the island of Guernsey and plans to invade England. They try to pass their action off as a peacekeeping operation but they have built steam launchers for their flying bombs, high altitude observation balloons for targeting, and Big Bertha, an enormous gun sited on the French coast that can bombard London. But all this activity is a smoke screen intended to hide their real intentions, an invasion from a completely different and unexpected direction.

Harry, with the help of the Brigadier, Ms Rigby, Shaky Tom and erotic dancers Emma and Elsa are called to play their part in saving Albion.

Even Mr Tze Lim’s Chinese Magic Lantern Show with its cornucopia of ‘Bare-naked Ladies’ has a role.

Amazon reviews:

A funny and extraordinary memoir of an engineer, teacher, actor, father and failed astronaut who tells  dramatic, amusing and sometimes mysterious stories with quirky British humor,
peppered with astringent asides. 

'Roger Ley has had a fascinating life that also reflects British history of the last 65 years. Brought up partly in the Middle East as an RAF brat, there is an echo of the fading British Empire in Roger. Bizarrely he was also a child film extra! Adding on his time as an engineer in Qaddafi's Libya and the UK's nuclear industry, Roger's life is well worth writing about and he has done so brilliantly with characteristic understatement. The important thing about Roger's hinterland as an engineer is that it is far from the experience of most creative writers - and therefore all the more interesting and unusual. 

Quote from bestselling author Edward Wilson.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Want a good book to dip in and out of that will bring some painful nostalgia?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 16, 2019
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This is a great read, short chapters of often comedic adventures. The stories feel genuine either because of their simplicity or eccentricity, regardless, it feels as though it's the events of normal human, not a ghost written narcissistic account from a B-class celeb. It brought back lots of nostalgia and very fond memories. Well done Roger.

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 12, 2015
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Excellent! I found it riveting and well written. I just hope he writes more.

"Roger Ley's collection of memoirs is like a series of short stories, all self-contained, as if one is looking through a snapshot album covering seven decades. Some of these stories have already been published in magazines such as Readers' Digest and Best of Britain.
The stories are told with wit, charm and a self-deprecating humor - very British.

The book is well-structured, eminently readable and I love the way it goes full circle, beginning (more-or-less) and ending with the author's TV/film/showbiz experiences."


  1. I have been following Mr Ley's writings and have found him to be most entertaining. His mix of futurist fiction, sprinkled with his dry wit, is a combination any short fiction aficionado would enjoy. Great premise that most all his works are derived from his book Chronoscape, which is what started it all for me. Mr Ley has an ability to keep the pace of his stories moving along swiftly, while conveying just enough information so as to not bog the reader down in details. His message comes through clearly in everything he writes. And from what I can gather, his writing career is just beginning.

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