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On 12th June 1812, Napoleon's Grande Armee forded the River Niemen and crossed the Rubicon - its invasion of Russia had begun. Charged with delaying the enemy's inexorable march on Moscow, a group of Russian officers summon the help of the oprichniki, a band of mercenaries from the outermost fringes of Christian Europe. As rumours of a plague travelling west from the Black Sea reach the Russians, the Oprichniki - twelve in number - arrive. Preferring to work alone, and at night, they prove brutally, shockingly effective against the French. But one amongst the Russians, Captain Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, is unnerved by the mercenaries'ruthlessness... and as he comes to understand the true, horrific nature of these strangers, he wonders at the nightmare they've unleashed in their midst...

Издательство: "Transworld Publishers" (2010)

ISBN: 978-0-553-81958-8

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Jasper Kent

Jasper Kent (born 1968) is an English author and composer. As a composer his work is generally in the field of musical theatre and his novels include Twelve and Thirteen Years Later, the first two books of the Danilov Quintet.

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Biography

Born in Worcestershire, England, Jasper was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and read Natural Sciences (specializing in theoretical physics) at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge.[1] After graduating he worked as a software developer and consultant focusing on object-oriented languages such as C++ and C# and template metaprogramming. Notable clients have included Citigroup, Deloitte and Touche, BP, Hughes Aircraft and the UNICC. Jasper also provides training courses for Learning Tree International.

Jasper has worked for almost twenty years in musical theatre as a singer, instrumentalist, musical director and composer. He has performed backing vocals for various artistes including Hinge and Bracket, Stig Rossen and Russell Watson and in the role of musical director has conducted, amongst others, Lucy Montgomery[2] and Daniel Boys.[3]

His four complete musicals are Writer’s Cramp and Malvolio’s Revenge (both written with Robert Renton) and The Promised Land and Remember! Remember! (with Robert Piatt and Robert Starr).[4] The Promised Land was commissioned for and performed as part of the Jerusalem 3000 celebrations in 1996. Remember! Remember!, a musical dramatization of the events of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, has been produced as a studio CD recording[5] and was premiered in Lewes, Sussex, England in October 2008.[6]

Jasper lives in the coastal Sussex town of Brighton.

Novels

Jasper is best known as the author of Twelve, a supernatural historical thriller set during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812.[7] The website Fantasy Book Review has ranked Twelve in sixth place in its list of all-time greatest historical fantasy novels.[8] It has been translated into French, Polish, Italian and Turkish.

Twelve is the first novel in the Danilov Quintet, which spans Russian history from the French invasion of 1812 to the Russian Revolution of 1917.[9] The second instalment, Thirteen Years Later, culminating in the Decembrist Uprising of 1825, was released in the UK in 2010. The third installment entitled The Third Section was released in the UK in 2011. The final two novels are provisionally titled The People's Will (2013) and The Last Oprichnik (2014).[9]

Additionally, Jasper has written two as yet unpublished novels, Yours Etc., Mr Sunday, a murder mystery set in Brighton, and Sifr, a contemporary thriller encompassing cryptography and the discoveries of Roger Bacon.[10]

Published works

Books

  • Twelve. Bantam Press. 2009. ISBN 978-0-593-06064-3. 
  • Thirteen Years Later. Bantam Press. 2010. ISBN 978-0-593-06065-0. 
  • The Third Section. Bantam Press. 2011. ISBN 978-0-593-06537-2. 

Albums

  • (2005) Remember! Remember! 2 Bob Productions.

External links

References

  1. ^ http://fantasybookreview.co.uk/Jasper-Kent/biography.html Biographical details taken from Fantasy Book Review.co.uk
  2. ^ http://www.pbjmgt.co.uk/artist/lucy-montgomery PBJ Management website
  3. ^ http://www.danielskittens.co.uk/forum/biography.php Biography of Daniel Boys
  4. ^ http://www.remember-remember.com/creative.php Official website for Remember! Remember!
  5. ^ http://www.remember-remember.com/music_sales.php Official website for Remember! Remember!
  6. ^ http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/entertainment-guide/Review-Remember-Remember.4556023.jp Sussex Express
  7. ^ http://www.rbooks.co.uk/product.aspx?id=0593060644 Random House Group website
  8. ^ http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/fantasy-sub-genres/historical-fantasy.php Fantasy Book Review.co.uk
  9. ^ a b http://www.jasperkent.com/twelve/twelve.htm Jasper Kent's official website
  10. ^ http://www.johnjarrold.co.uk/clients.html#Jasper%20Kent John Jarrold Literary Agency's website

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