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John Jarrold goes West

25/01/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The John Jarrold Literary Agency has taken on a client from the USA - Robert von Stein Redick. His first novel, Conquistadors, was a finalist for the 2002 AWP Thomas Dunne Novel Award under the title Wilderness.

An excerpt was published in the 40th anniversary (2005) edition of Puerto del Sol.

Now Redick has written the first in a three-book fantasy series, THE RED WOLF CONSPIRACY. It is set largely aboard a huge, 600-year-old ship and takes in sorcery, murder and politicking, with a cast of believable characters ranging from a teenage ships’ boy and the ship’s captain, who is famed for his sadism, to a girl being offered up as a bride to a foreign prince by her emperor and her father, the new ambassador - but not all is as it seems. Empires may fall, mighty spells may be unleashed, and a dead leader may live again.

Redick works as the editor for the Spanish and French websites of Oxfam America ( and and as an instructor in the International Development and Social Change program at Clark University. Born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, he lives in rural western Massachusetts.

‘I’ve seen a great deal of fantasy over the past twenty years and more,’ said John Jarrold, ‘but very little that has entranced and involved me this much. Robert is a writer of intelligence and imagination - and a truly magnificent story-teller.’

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