OUR VILLA IN CRETE - 2013 - 2017


I’ve just finished your most brilliant and enjoyable book, 4 days - I never do that but I just couldn’t leave it alone. Truly James you are a wonderful writer. I looked at the cover and assumed that I would neither like the subject matter nor understand it but boy how wrong a person cam be. I absolutely loved it and I cried in all the right places and maybe a few additional ones too. Thank you, Sandy Fish. <sandyfish1st@yahoo.com>20/11/2020

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This is a superb story, I started reading it in the early evening and could not put it down until I finished it in the early morning. It is probably one of the best novels I have ever read, and I am an avid reader. Jim Jackson, Editor of the Argosy, Appledore, Devon.


This book is a tremedous story that easilywhisks one back to 1910 and is written so well it is almost believable. Obviously very well researched as the historical facts are woven into the truth. The story about the heir to the Russian throne being brought to the UK is very interesting, particularly as the author is friendly with a member of the Ponsonby family who may have been involved. It is a book that is hard to put down once started. Joan Owen, Kent.


I cannot understand why this author is not a famous name. His books are full of interesting facts and the Crowley Affair is just such a great novel that moves one easily back to 1910 almost without you realising it. James has that rare ability to create emotion so that one feels for the characters and I admit I shed a tear or two. Full of researched facts, and a taste of mystery. Dis the Romanov Tsarevich really escape to Britain under the protection of George V? It is so believable. Thank you for letting me read this great novel. Joan Hargreaves, Skipton, Yorkshire.


A good read with an ingenious and unique plot, a number of enjoyable sub-plots and ending which twists and turns nicely. The main character is likeable and convincing. The reader cares about her. The technical detail is satisfying without being over done and the author clearly has an understanding of the political situation following the break up of Yugoslavia which most of us lack. Richard Johnson


An excellent read, the romance was tastfully written and the story was superb with a great ending. Mary Rooney


Your book on sailing is brilliant  ....  I am staggered that you lived to tell the tale ... Your turn of phrase is excellent ... very funny too.   I reckon you might have died near the beginning without Anne's help. She had the right idea about the French too. I couldn’t put it down, despite the nearly 600 pages. Richard Small


I need to be careful in reviewing this great novel for fear of divulging the secrets, dreams and fantastic historical nuances that abound within. A story so charmingly adventurous that you won't want to put it down. It is a must know, must read novel. I for one am still in awe of it and the continuing images it has given me of a life that could have been. It could have been yours too. It might still happen. Richard Small.


I was pleasantly surprised by the story. I liked the informativeness and pace of the writing and although I would not normally read this type of book, it has given me a taste for another by the same author. It was well organised. You really cannot put it down, and as I know the part of Nigeria in the story, the names of places triggered my childhood memories spent there. A great read. Jenny Bridge.


I enjoyed the book, the story reminded me of those written by Frederick Forsyth. The characters were strong and believable and the storyline had clarity, originality, the correct use of technical words, conciseness, fulness of purpose and fluidity. I would recommend this book to other readers. Helen Reynolds.


A highly readable, well written adventure filled account of the intrigues of governments, their servants and the manipulation of advancing science. There will always be heroes and villains and the story lends itself for the reader to admire one and seek the demise of the other, but, in the covert world of spies, it is not always easy to know who you can trust. Richard Small - Author


Another adventure into the world of secret services, their masters and just what they are prepared to do, for themselves. Cleverly written and quite informative about the clandestine arts, the story leads the reader on a twisting trail of escapes, betrayals and sometimes death, all in the cause of freedom. James Dalby’s books defy you to predict what happens in the end. James encourages the reader to like and admire his characters, but will they face the ultimate sacrifice among the many others they must make, to keep free people safe. Richard Small - Author

I AM WHO I AM  *****

This is a profound book which sets out, with the aid of a didactic philosophical friar, to delve into the hero’s early life, its torments and experiences and thus provides parallels to our own lives in a way which is both challenging and gently cathartic. In so doing it questions and in some degree answer those enigma which have perplexed mankind since its irrversible break with its primeval ancestors thousands of years ago. Why are we here? To what purpose and what awaits us when the spirit , if I may call it that, finally relinquishes its hold upon the expiry of our visceral lease. In days gone by it is easy to imagine that this book might have been the catalyst cornerstone of a new credible and pragmatic religion. A book which is easy to recommend to those who believe , as one must, that the unreflective life not worth living. A book which having once been read will reward a secong visit to find that the lamp of the readers introspection burns just that bit brighter for the experience. Jim Jackson - Senior Editor, Apledore Argosy.


Since the assassination of J.F. Kennedy, the world’s media has been prone to publice conspiracy theories of one sort or another at increasing regular intervals, to such a volume that even when extant realities are undeniable the over exposed public is still is still able to suspend its critical functions and bury their heads in the sand. It is so easy to forget that Russia is led by a man having the hated KGB on his CV, whose hunaity is at best questionable. Also, that neighbouring China is ruled by a coterir of a few hundred very rich and immensly powerful people. Jim Jackson - Senior Editor, Appledore Argosy

I AM WHO I AM   *****

An enduring in-depth discussion with a starnger leads the author to expose and examine not only his own beliefs but those of others. At a deep level it is a philosophical discourse that reveals the illusions we so often live with in life and who they think they are within it. There may also be parts you find difficult to understand, despite the authors fine explanation, and you may make observations about which you form a different opinion, but there will also be abundant opportunities to inform yourself about developing your own wisdom and spirit.... To discover just who it is , you are. Your journey through this book is not to understand the authors but it is to meet your own soul. Now that is a journey worth taking. Richard J. Small.


This is very readable and engaging story begins with a simple message, ‘be in the wrong place at the wrong time at your peril’. Unless of course, you are part of a covert skilled and dedicated team prepared to engage any enemy at any time and not fear the cost. The story unfolds with insights to international conspiracies that could so easily be real, for truth is often stranger than fiction. We meet endearing heroes and tenacioius villains as we enter the world of espianage, intrigue, political ambitions, and military cunning. The characters and plots are hugely believable almost as though the author has lived such a life... And knows. A story that transcends the world politics of this age and leads the reader on an insightful adventure into the machinations of the secret services. You must pray that ours are better than theirs. Richard J. Small