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The Muslim Prince

5 Five star reviews on Amazon


5 out of 5 stars Who will be King? Amazon review


I don't read historical fiction - the past didn't actually happen that way. Also, the 'what if Ralph Nader had become President' speculative adventures don't register either. So why was I so captured by the Princess Diana alternative?For starters, Diana’s death was so unnecessary and could have been easily avoided. Roger Ley opens with a security protocol that benches a drunk employee and finds an alternative driver. Diana lives. So obvious, but it didn’t happen. But we never wanted the story to end.
Masterfully, the story doesn’t end and the The Muslim Prince moves ahead with the actual characters that we all know - Dodi Fayed as Diana’s consort and the full cast of royals. All living out plausible and believable scenarios. Their separate but interconnected family lives - focused on goals and responsibilities. Like we read in the press every week.
Diana’s son James is 30 years from assuming the British crown when his father plans to retire at age 70 - but the game is afoot. The Royal House of Saud wants to conquer the House of Windsor by marriage and alter the course of western civilization. The Saudi Princess Malika, daughter of the Saudi King, is vehicle for this conquest.The plot is Bysantine but I shake my head and think - yeah, that would actually work!
James and Malika, the Saudi Princess, introduced as children, regularly brought together, nurtured, groomed until the friendship ignites. We have all had matchmaking relatives - we know how it goes.
James, the deep thinker, embraces Islam prior to his marriage with the Saudi Princess. The British establishment is not amused. The security apparatus has been spying 24/7 with amazing new biotechnologies (worthy of a novel by itself) and tries to derail the nuptials by any means - fair and foul. Most foul indeed.
The story unfolds over decades and we see the traditions of both worlds - east and west vying for dominance and coming into conflict. The fear of change is explored deeply and there are many ‘OK, but” moments.
What do we love? What do we fear? What do we believe? Will the tide of change lift us or drown us?
I found “The Muslim Prince:What if Princess Diana Hadn’t Died” thought provoking in a way that surprised me - a tale well told but with much to think about. Read it and give your imagination a workout.



Dead People on Facebook

9 Five star reviews on Amazon





Most of the stories in this book were published and/or podcast in various e-zines internationally during the year 2018. A number were broadcast on the AntipodeanSF Radio Show by Radio Station 2NVR in New South Wales.
The book starts with a series of flash fiction stories featuring Martin and Estella Riley, the two main characters from my time travel novel, ‘Chronoscape’. The stories work independently of one another as they occur on different timelines. To quote Walter Sparrow in the film, The Number 23: ‘There is no such thing as destiny, there are only different choices.’
Next comes a collection of stories featuring various speculative genres: fantasy, horror, humour and science fiction; there is also a little magic and one romance.
I include a science fiction story extracted from my time travel novel, 'Chronoscape', introducing fly drone pilot, Mary Lee. Both male and female readers have admitted to falling in love with Mary, I know I have.
This is followed by a ten-part serial novelette called ‘Steampunk Confederation’ featuring secret agents Harry Lampeter and Telford Stephenson, who are competing for possession of the plans for the new Ironclad warship.
Tagged on at the end are two stories that needed a home as they were written too late for inclusion in my autobiographical collection, ‘A Horse in the Morning’.



Amazon reviews:

5 out of 5 stars Excellent short speculative fiction

Excellent speculative fiction full of fabulous what-if ideas tangled in human foibles and just the right sense of underlying humour. Roger Ley should be on your reading list. (Editor, AntipodeanSF)



5 out of 5 stars Great unique stories... Loved it

Wow! What an anthology, great stories every one of them. Highly recommended!


5 out of 5 stars Intriguing approach and well written

A very enjoyable anthology of assorted Science Fiction themes.
An interesting concept is that there are various, very different, versions of a few characters, used in many of the stories.
Many of the stories relate to time travel, but I particularly enjoyed the "future Steampunk" section that seems to be a mashup of Jerry Cornelius, Luther Arkwright, and James Bond; with a soup├žon of Alan Moore.
Recommended.



5 out of 5 stars Highly imaginative and entertaining

Roger Ley has a quirky and offbeat way of looking at the world that leads to some very imaginative ideas. I’ve been pleased to publish Roger on my own website – The Short Humour Site – and have really enjoyed this latest collection of his work. Definitely worth a read!



5 out of 5 stars Funny, punchy, bite sizes stories - and always unexpected


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 flavour you're going to get, and it might be earwax, but you can't help yourself from having just one more.


5 out of 5 stars Well worth a download - This is a new Philip K Dick

Roger Ley is a fantastic new writer, and one whose work I shall follow closely. He has an offbeat vision of the future, exploring the kind of issues probed by Black Mirror. This vision would unsettle if Ley didn't manage to bring such humanity to bear on the bizarre tableaus that may lurk in our not too distant future. His writing is spare and unpretentious, which allows his storylines and characters to take centre stage. Very easy to dip into - you won't regret downloading this!

5 out of 5 stars Witty plot twists

Roger Ley’s inimitable combination of brevity and witty plot twists makes for an utterly absorbing read every time.


5 out of 5 stars Truly a gifted author

Roger Ley's anthology contains brilliant literary snippets that reside just outside the realm of believability where they quickly captivate one's soul, then leave you all too quickly with a smirk of satisfaction. He is an up and comer who will someday be recognized for the genius he truly is.



CHRONOSCAPE: the future is flexible, we can change it.







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 events. The first temporal alteration saves Princess Diana, the next saves the Twin Towers, but ripples travel far ahead and disturb Earth's future civilisation. The Timestream must be realigned, but at what cost?


Amazon UK reviews:


Forget falling down the rabbit hole, Chronoscape takes you on a journey of discovery down the wormhole!

The idea of finding out what the future holds and the burden of responsibility, use/abuse of power and shocking consequences that come with the ability to change events is bought to life through wonderful characterisation and descriptive narrative.

I found reading Chronoscape a delight which swept me away as I read it and kept me thinking long after I stopped. There is a poignant element of Black Mirror about it. Well worth a read!



Thought provoking and intelligent Sci-Fi. Well-worth reading. Looking forward to more of Roger Ley's books.


Totally gripping and very original story. Well written and leads the reader into places where we feel uncomfortable but familiar at the same time.


This is a cracking story, especially for any fans of sci-fi. A great concept of manipulating time and the effects and extreme consequences of tampering with historic events. Roger Ley's novel is a pacy, action-packed journey forwards and backwards: a temporal roller coaster of a novel. I had to read it in one go, because each chapter leaves you hanging. The plot certainly demands a sequel (or a prequel?). Can't wait.

4 out of 5 Stars  A Temporal Thriller

Rates up there with some of the best in literary and cinematic time travel stories (Benford, Varley, Heinlein / Source Code, 12 Monkeys, Predestination to name a few...). Well written, with good characterization, and moves along at a decent pace while exploring the pros and cons of changing timelines. A very good read !



Amazon US reviews:

5 out of 5 stars   This was a great read
This work of fiction was a great read. The level of literacy, uncanny. Mr. Ley's portrayal of the future and science's tinkering therein kept me riveted. I highly suggest it for readers of time travel genre. What next has Mr. Ley in store for us? I will be one of the first to read it.

4 out of 5 stars   Futuristic Time travel
This futuristic time travel tale is a refreshing sci-fi investigation of changed worlds within Earth's scope. Well written, with modern dialogue and circumstances, "Chronoscape" investigates the ethical dilemmas of time travel and the responsibility that society owes to the past.




A Horse in the Morning: Stories from a sometimes unusual life.


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 humour,
peppered with astringent asides. 

UK Link: http://amzn.eu/eS6mLCi                    US Link:  http://a.co/d3n4Mwe


'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 actor! 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.



Amazon UK reviews:


4 out of 5 stars   "Stories from a sometimes unusual life" sums up Roger Ley's ...
"Stories from a sometimes unusual life" sums up Roger Ley's book perfectly. A book of amusing & entertaining anecdotes from many chapters of Roger's life, well worth a read. Also, an inspiration to many of us to write something similar for our children!

4 out of 5 stars   Giving value to the vast life experience of this particular intelligent, enthusiastic and energetic man
The book is well written and keeps the reader's interest because of its pace and humour. The title is well chosen too. In fact one its chief strengths is this: in giving value to the vast life experience of this particular intelligent, enthusiastic and energetic man, it gives value to all those who lead dynamic and challenging lives - and they're not all the famous and feted. What Roger has done is to crack on and do it. What next?

5 out of 5 stars   They say everyone has a novel in them
They say everyone has a novel in them, Roger Ley shows everyone has a memoir in them. A fascinating read.

Excellent! I found it riveting and well written. I just hope he writes more. I put one star on this because I did not know how to rate properly! I certainly meant to put five!!!!!

5 out of 5 stars   A very fun read
Read this book while on holiday, very fun to read and found it very difficult to put the book down..


5 out of 5 stars   Brilliant Read

Would definitely recommend this book. Very interesting read some of which involved my family history. If you thought you had had an interesting life read this.

4 out of 5 stars Snapshots of seven decades
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 humour - 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.


Amazon US reviews:

4 out of 5 stars  Mr. Leys' uncanny talent as to capture the moment in his writing is fantastic. 
I found Mr. Ley's memoirs to be quite entertaining. The horse coming to his front door reminded me of times in my childhood. Mr. Ley's uncanny talent as to capture the moment in his writing is fantastic. I enjoy reading anything Mr. Ley has to offer.




Comments

  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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