God’s Vindictive Wrath

God’s Vindictive Wrath – Novel by Charles Cordell – book 1 in the Divided Kingdom series of English Civil War fiction.

God's Vindictive Wrath by Charles Cordell - a Novel

God’s Vindictive Wrath

From the carnage of Edgehill, via Oxford and the clash at Aylesbury, to the barricades at Brentford – each character must face the brutal reality of war. This story is not based on a single hero. It does not take sides. Its voices – ordinary men and women – face each other in the chaos of Britain in civil war. All have answered a call to save England. Now only an English mile separates them on the battlefield.

God’s Vindictive Wrath is a novel by Charles Cordell, the first in the Divided Kingdom series of English Civil War fiction. It is available in store and online as a paperback or Kindle ebook. An audiobook version will be out in early 2023. The paperback cover price (RRP) is £8.99 (US$9.97). The Amazon Kindle price is £5.48 (US$6.59). However, retail prices do vary.

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Endorsements for God’s Vindictive Wrath

‘Stirring. A great read! You can almost hear the cannon roar and the thunder of hooves. Do not miss this evocative account of the start of the English Civil War.’ Ben Kane, Sunday Times bestselling author, The Forgotten Legion, Hannibal, Spartacus and The Lionheart series

‘Of all the many novels set in the English Civil War that I have read, this was the one that described most perfectly the use of the different arms, and the experience of the face of battle. It was also the one that made me care most about the characters.’ Professor Ronald Hutton FRHistS FSA FLSW FBA

‘A fast-paced read that brilliantly captures the fear, confusion and luck of battle for the soldier.’ General Richard Nugee CB CVO CBE

‘Fast-paced and authentic. With characters that are colourful and believable. There are not enough tales like this.’ Michael Arnold, author of the Civil War Chronicles and Highwayman series

‘As only a soldier could, Charles Cordell does not flinch from drawing attention to the shear terror of battle, in a way that emphasises detailed research woven meticulously into this gripping first book. I am certain there will be many more.’ Jeremy Ravenshaw Fowler, Adjutant General of The Sealed Knot Society

Reviews of God’s Vindictive Wrath

‘Charles Cordell, a former soldier, writes with bravura confidence.’ Antonia SeniorThe Times

‘An exciting minute-by-minute story of the English Civil War … from the soldiers’ point of view … the historical accuracy is fantastic … the storyline and the writing style tremendously exciting.’ Historical Novel Society

‘This book charged into my memory and dreams – it is VIVID! … you can smell it … original, interesting, entertaining, thought-provoking – an excellent read.’ Dr Beth Rogers, John Hampden Society

”Visceral’ historical fiction.’ The Bookseller

‘Quite outstanding – historical fiction at its very best.’ General Stuart Skeates CB CBE

Readers’ reviews are posted on the God’s Vindictive Wrath pages at Goodreads and at Amazon UK, including:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Brutally realistic’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Visceral and exciting’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘New, different and good’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘A fantastic read, gripping and thought provoking’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Original and insightful … easily the most enjoyable book I have read this year.’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Read it and you will never again be able to pass through an unassuming English town without wondering about violent secrets in the past.’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘For years, my favourite novelisation of battle was Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize winning account of Gettysburg – Killer Angels. But this is better.’

If you enjoy reading God’s Vindictive Wrath, please do post your own review. Positive reviews are really important to new authors. Without them there is little chance of being published again. The best place you can do this is via your bookshop website, Amazon or Goodreads. I really hope you will want to read more of the Divided Kingdom series.

God’s Vindictive Wrath Characters, Historical Notes & Maps

I hope you will get to know all of the God’s Vindictive Wrath characters. This website includes character notes on each of them. You can find historical notes and maps to accompany their story at Notes and Maps. This includes background articles on The General Crisis of the 17th Century, the English Revolution and Great Rebellion, as well as notes to accompany the text on the battles of Edgehill, Aylesbury and Brentford.

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