Dr. Waddy, author of Jewel of the East, was recently featured on WLEA talk radio! Listen here.

According to Amazon reviewers... "Dr. Waddy has written a riveting novel of historical fiction. The scenes of intense military combat, bureaucratic infighting, and tender romance are woven together seamlessly... This epic novel has the scope and elegance of the programming often featured on the Masterpiece Theater television series. In sum, Jewel of the East is a powerful work of historical fiction which is sure to capture both the mind and the heart of the reader."

"Jewel is a gripping story about a fascinating period in history set in exotic India."

"Jewel of the East has everything readers look for in a work of fiction: adventure, love, intrigue, suspense, even a little humor."

British India, 1774. Lady Emily Augusta Fitzroy is a beautiful but melancholy young noblewoman, packed off to India by her father in order to marry Warren Hastings, the tyrannical Governor of Bengal. Even before reaching Calcutta, however, Lady Emily becomes a pawn in the political intrigues that swirl around the Governor. She is kidnapped by pirates, egged on by Hastings' chief rival. Imprisoned at a pirate base on the lawless island of Ceylon, her fate now rests in the hands of two men: Colonel Charles Edward Fuller, an ambitious, ruthless covert agent and Lady Emily's would-be rescuer, and the Colonel's handsome native lieutenant, Mr. Neelan, whose loyalty to Fuller is wearing thin after years of condescending treatment. Neelan and Lady Emily will, against the odds, become lovers, who must struggle to free themselves from Colonel Fuller, and from the imperialist system that he represents, if their budding romance is to have any chance of success...

Jewel of the East is a moving, masterful work of historical fiction, full of vivid characters, intense action, exotic settings, heartwarming romance, and wry humor. It will captivate you from Page One!

Sunday, September 8, 2013


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Anonymous said...

I loved your book--quite a story set in exotic India in a fascinating historical period.
Your writing carries the reader along with rising excitment! The characters are engaging and the ending of the story intriguing. Well done!!

Nicholas Waddy said...

Thanks, anonymous! Don't forget to tell all your friends about the book. :)

Katherine said...

Jewel of the East has everything readers look for in a work of fiction: adventure, love, intrigue, suspense, even a little humor. Set in 18th-century British India, this story builds to the romantic intersection of two lives: one of an English noblewoman who has been sent by her father for an arranged marriage, and the native Indian man who is among those sent to rescue her when she is kidnapped on the way. One aspect I enjoyed most was the “immersibility” of the book – both the scenery and character descriptions were vivid enough to allow me envision the plot unfolding in my minds’ eye. This level of detail does present some challenge in keeping all the secondary characters straight, but this did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. The book is sprinkled with enough historical detail to be enriching, not so much as to give away Waddy’s day job as a history professor. I confess I found myself wishing for the romantic aspects of the story to be more “PG-13” than “PG,” but was surprised to find how much I appreciated the one-after-another turns of the plot. This book is equally great for the kind of reader who reads a chapter at a time, and the reader who longs for a book that is impossible to put down.

Nicholas Waddy said...

Why, thank you, Katherine! Your kind words are much appreciated. :)

David Guillot said...

An epic adventure! Pirates, princesses, swordfights, romance... Dr. Waddy’s in depth knowledge of history combined with his brilliant literary style rivals that of Dickens and Dumas. An intelligent page-turner that will keep you on the edge with intense twists and plot turns all the way to the end. A+

Nicholas Waddy said...

Many thanks, David! And may I say that you have superb taste in literature... :)

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Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy works as an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred in Alfred, New York. He can be reached at: NLWADDY@yahoo.com