Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing Vitruvian Man comes from a description by the ancient Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, who wrote the only major work on architecture or engineering to survive from classical antiquity.
Vitruvius remains a mystery. We know he was not wellborn and that he was exceptionally well educated. Yet, he held the position of military engineer under Julius Caesar and took part in many of Caesar’s campaigns. He also counted Octavian as his patron later in life.
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This historical fiction story begins as eighteen-year-old, Vitruvius’s comfortable world shatters when his father is murdered while in Rome, seeking money to repay loans on the family farm and land.
In his father’s possessions, Vitruvius finds a mysterious scroll which places he and his family in mortal danger.
Vitruvius travels to Rome with his tutor’s niece to secure money to keep his family’s land and to grapple with his father’s murder. Those who sent the scroll pursue them, and he must somehow disentangle his family from Republic politics and avoid the executioner’s noose.
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The Vitruvian Man is now available on Audible. A very nice fellow in London, Philip Battley, narrated the book (he played John Harding in Downton Abbey).
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Andy Anders, a captain in the British Army, lost his lower left leg in Afghanistan. He survived, but some of his men did not. Now he struggles with PTSD and survivor’s guilt while trying to make a new life as a history professor in Scotland with his mobility dog, Mike.
All that is left of Andy's family is his grandmother and an estranged sister. When his grandmother dies, he discovers a box of letters and a priceless pendant from an ancestor of his, an officer who fought in Spain and Portugal during the Napoleonic War. The letter’s author, and pendant’s owner, are clearly related to him—but how?
Thus begins Andy’s journey to uncover the pendant’s story: an exhilarating historical fiction into a long-ago battle for control of the Iberian Peninsula and the human cost of its victories. Told through letters and alternating timelines, the story of one soldier, Ian Anders, and his extraordinary love affair with the mysterious Portuguese spy, Alondra Garay, comes vividly to life. As Andy unravels the mystery, he also comes face to face with the truths of his own experience: of guilt and loss, of hunger to find meaning and reconciliation in the aftermath of war, and, ultimately, of the need to seize each precious opportunity for love and family, as both can so easily slip away.
Someone picks up the wrong luggage at the airport. The police arrest an innocent man. You hug a childhood friend you run into on the street, except she isn't. The results can range from humorous to life changing.
What happens when five writers are given the challenge of producing a pair of short stories, one flash fiction and one normal length based on the theme 'A Case of Mistaken Identity'?
This monograph addresses a theory of war in cyberspace from an historical perspective and describes how it has become necessary to change currently understood theories to make them applicable to the unique characteristics of cyberspace.
This monograph is a synthesis of two papers. The first paper, from which the title is derived, was originally written in 2012 when the notion of a fifth domain of warfare, the cyber domain, was just emerging, and militaries were struggling to develop a concept of multidomain operations that included the cyber domain. That paper has been required reading at various military academic institution.
The second paper was written in 2013 to extend some of the concepts of the original paper to address the nature of operations in cyberspace as irregular warfare.
This monograph is the result of a synthesis of those two papers into a coherent concept .