Robert Smith writes books. After a lifetime of what can only be described as work, he now follows his passion and writes books. Books that make you think; and books that cross genres. Alternative history, sci-fi, contemporary and narrative non-fiction. His writing spans the conventional. He doesn't like to read the same genre over and over again and he doesn't want to write it.
He originally published under the pen name of Jack Lourens before publishing books about South-East Asia where he now lives. After getting "The Kings of Ayutthaya," published he reverted to his real name as the royal family is important to the Thai nation and he had no wish to hide behind a pen name - no matter how much more interesting Jack Lourens is than Robert Smith. amazon.com/author/jacklourens
From the self-published “1809; The Year They Freed the Slaves” to the published “The Kings of Ayutthaya” to the contemporary “The New World Order,” his nine books (to date) will either make you question what you think or introduce you to something with which you are unfamiliar. “1809” will make you question why slavery in the United States was not ended earlier, “The Kings” will introduce you to the development and magnificence of Ayutthaya – a history that has often been lost over time, lost to decay or destroyed by conquest. “The New World Order,” a fast-moving political thriller that makes you question what you believe.
"She was a pretty girl. No, she was a very pretty girl with high cheekbones; glowing dark skin; wide eyes; all promising a very attractive woman in the future. She was only a child but lacked the innocence of youth.
When she was five, her mother gave her a monkey. It has strayed from its mother and had come into the village. Like little girls do she petted it, groomed it and fed it. She did not give it a name. Later she cut off its paws and watched its short life end in a painful death."
The title gives our ending away. The book is the journey we make to arrive. Our journey starts in Africa with a young child, and her upbringing within a unique family. Atende learns the skills of her parents who serve as the Obeahmen and N'ganga of their tribe, the Shaman, but she also evidences behavioral traits that hint at some darker, something different, that lies deeper within.
Captured and debased she is brought to Savannah to be sold as a slave. It is only the strength of her upbringing and her attitude to life that enables her to survive and, eventually, flourish.
Her escape, where she risks all to free the cruelly treated slaves on the neighboring plantation leads to an unlikely alliance with the local Indian tribes and ignites the hope of freedom. Atende's escape causes her old mistress, the Methodist Emma Stannard, to question her views on slavery. Her soul-searching leads to her championing the cause of abolition and with the help of Savannah's Methodists and many others she leads the churches of America to condemn the barbaric practice.
It is a story of of death, cruelty, adventure, love and war that impacts across a period of rapid change in the fledgling United States.
The Georgia Secession tells the story, the cunning and devious story, that leads to the State of Georgia declaring secession from the United States.
Events follow on from 1809; The Year They Freed the Slaves which concluded with Thomas Jefferson freeing the slaves one year after his presidency ended. The freeing of the slaves created uncertainty and turmoil which was exacerbated by a downturn in the economy. Poor whites struggled as the competed for work. Add to the mix British loyalists who had remained quiet since the Revolutionary War, Tecumseh, the short-lived Republic of West Florida, the 1812 War, the impending defeat of Napoleon, and the New England states pushing for secession, and you have a novel that involves the intrigues of the day at the highest level.
The Annunaki are the stuff of legends. Their history and that of the earth are intertwined. The Sumerians speak of a race of aliens from the planet Niburu, other tales tell of how a wandering planet Niburu collided with a giant planet Tiamat giving rise to the Earth. Further stories tell of how Niburu is planet X; on an elliptical orbit around our sun every 3,600 years.
Legends of the Annunaki exist in the Atra-Hasis, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and in the Bible. These are legends built up over time. This book tells, in ten inter-related short-stories who the Annunaki are, how they have influenced our civilization, and it tells of their return.
The year is 2029. In the Middle East and North Africa a new, more moderate Islam is gaining ground, driven by a new force in the region. Europe, particularly the United Kingdom, seems to be in constant dispute with Muslims within its borders, and the attempt by the United States to bring jobs back to its shores has resulted in a severe downturn in global trade. Against this backdrop three notable figures emerge. One to lead the Muslim nations, one to lead the Christian right, as the voice of the Christian religion grows in America, and the Atheist whose voice struggles to be heard. Set against the backdrop of the 2032 Presidential election, the book foretells of a future that is not too many years distant.
Part fact, part fiction, part myth, and part legend, this book brings to life the kingdom of Ayutthaya from its roots in the kingdom of Sukhothai to its eventual destruction by the Burmese in the year 1767. It is the turbulent story of both the kings and their kingdom, from its birth to its downfall.
Robert Smith retells the history of Ayutthaya by reimagining and dramatizing the exploits of its rulers, building his account around a framework of documentary evidence and hints in the historical record. Intrigues, honor, and deception wind through the tale as do ingenuity, determination, and the will to greatness that made Ayutthaya a major regional power for centuries. This account of the development of a nation—and the myths and legends that have gone with it—shows how Ayutthaya and its kings laid the foundation of modern-day Thailand.
• Engages readers with its presentation of the history, myths, and legends of the Ayutthaya kingdom
• Shows the development of cultural heritage, kingship, and governance of Thailand
• Narrates the stories of the kings and ruling dynasties of Ayutthaya
• Dramatizes famous figures and events in Ayutthaya history through dialogue, narration, and description.
History records that King Suriyenthrabodi, the Tiger King of Siam, died from drink. The historic records also hint at a civil war, but this remains conjecture. Driven from his homeland the Tiger King is forced to make a living in the only way he knows, with his fists. One of the finest exponents of Muay Thai, he finds himself in the England of Queen Anne where he enters the fledgling fight scene with a fighting style that contrasts with the order of the day. As he rises through the ranks he faces James Figg, widely acknowledged as the first true heavyweight champion of the world in a thrilling climax. Set against the backdrop of the stews of London, prostitution, violence, and an impending Scottish rebellion, the book transports you back to pre-Regency London, a period not often written about.
The second book takes you back to Siam where Luang Sorasak, son of King Phetracha, struggles to secure the throne. His excess are recorded, even by his own chroniclers. When the people find out the extent of his depravity he is driven from the shores of Siam to face the unknown.
A blend of fact and fiction. A story that takes you to a time and to places unfamiliar. A genuinely different reading experience.
The story narrates the rise and fall of one of the most bloodthirsty periods of history, death on an epic scale, cities of a grandeur never before seen, the birth of modern tactics in warfare set against religion, internecine strife and personal feuds.
The Toungoo Empire became the dominant power in mainland South-East Asia during the sixteenth century. The story of its rise, from the kingdom of Toungoo in the mountains of Central Burma, a kingdom carved out by King Mingyi Nyo, to its fall under King Nanda Bayin, is one unparalleled in history. Four kings; King Mingyi Nyo, King Tabinshwehti, King Bayinnaung, and King Nanda Bayin reigned over a land empire whose size, at its peak, rivaled that of China to its north is told in The Kings of the Toungoo Empire .
The novel is a creative re-telling of Burmese history and draws from both the Burmese and Ayutthayan Chronicles as well as eyewitnesses and historical accounts, to tell a story of religion, ambition, and greed that should be more widely known. It is the story of the “gunpowder kings,” who arose following the arrival of the Portuguese with western weaponry, it is the story of kingdoms rising and falling, it is the story of deaths in the millions, and it is the story of personal feuds and vendettas.
Written in a narrative non-fiction format similar to my other novels in the trilogy, "The Kings of Angkor," and "“The Kings of Ayutthaya," the book explores a time in history when great changes were taking place and examines the lives and motivations of the kings. The novel follows the recorded history of the period, but I have underpinned it by using both the Burman and the Siamese Chronicles together with the recording of events by contemporary writers of the time.
The Toungoo Empire expanded, at its peak, to stretch as far as China, India and modern-day Cambodia including within its boundaries Siam, Laos (Lan Xang), Lanna, and Manipur. The time saw the arrival of Europeans in South-East Asia. Among the goods, they brought with them were modern armaments, far superior to those previously available in the region. Their arrival spawned “the gunpowder kings” as King Tabinshwehti, and King Bayinnaung became known.
Inspired by the stupidity of Brexit in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the USA - The New World Order is a story of the near future that goes much deeper than the two twin follies. Daniel Day, an Englishman who is forced to work overseas due to the declining British economy, visualizes an idea for a better world.
He questions why democracy has failed so badly and sets out to develop “Modern Democracy,” a computer-based system that can manage a nation's economy using the Intuitive Technology available by the year 2027, a technology that can interact with voters in a manner not possible in the past. The system he designs understands the complex economies of countries in a way that politicians are failing to do and his system is designed to act in a predictive and logical manner driving economies forward.
Securing backing from Jasper Sigurdsen of Icelandic IT, they set out to make this concept a reality. Trialed first in Iceland and then memorably introduced to Africa by Ruth Onwuatuegwa, the Modern Democracy system proves itself, gradually gaining adherents around the world. Africa is inspired by Ruth Onwuatuegwa and Masozi, daughter of the President of Namibia. Together with Melissa Sigurdsen, they market Modern Democracy, first in Africa and then throughout the world.
Now re-issued with a new title: "The Will of the People," on the ebook only. I couldn't resist it!
60,000 increasingly fast-paced words that involve live conversations, the media via live streaming, talk shows, presentations, and discussions as the story moves around the world to its inevitable conclusion; The New World Order, but not the one of the conspiracy theorists.
As one publisher so eloquently put it: "Hugely entertaining, but not for us."
In the late summer of 1834, a schooner fleeing the potato famine in Ireland beaches itself off the east coast of America, opposite the Chesapeake Bay. On board are hundreds of decomposing bodies that appear to have met their death while fighting each other. Only a malevolent spirit remains one that reaches back in history to the bloody massacre of the Druids by the Romans under the command of Suetonius Paullinus in 60 A.D.
A young girl, Mary, is possessed by the spirit. Upon her death, a miasma is released from her body and enters the atmosphere of America in the time of Andrew Jackson. A malevolent miasma that brings with it death and terror on a scale never seen before.Captain Bardeen, Provost of Newport forms a team to track down this spirit, an evil that carries the essence of the druids and their thousand-year hatred of the Romans. Banning the Druid carries that essence within him. Awoken, his task is to exact revenge on Romans. The miasma descends over a revival meeting in Savannah. Those on Revival Field feel an overwhelming urge to kill Romans, and to them, everyone is a Roman. Soon the field in nothing but the dead. This attack is only the start as a reign of terror is unleashed on the eastern seaboard of the United States.Captain Bardeen is called upon by Major Fothergill of the U.S. Army, and together they try to understand what has happened. Working side-by-side, they form a team with the skills and ability to understand these events, and, finally, bring this horror to an end. Just when the world thinks it's over ....
A blend of historical fiction, horror, and adult fantasy, The Revenge of the Druids, tells of the events as they unfold as the Druids set out to wreak revenge on the Romans, bringing fear, terror, and uncertainty to America, and later Europe, in a manner never imagined before.
The Kings of Angkor brings to life the story of the Khmer, the builders of Angkor Wat, the Bayon, and numerous other world renown temples. As with Robert Smith's other novels in the Southeast Asia trilogy (“The Kings of Ayutthaya,” and “The Kings of the Toungoo Empire,”) the story of the Ankorian civilization is told by re-imagining and dramatizing the exploits of its rulers by building on the historical record left on temple carvings, in written accounts, and from archeological research.It was a time of kings. The novel commences as the future King Jayavarman II forged his kingdom from the weakening influence of the Sailendra Kingdom of Java who occupied the lands of Kambujadesa (Cambodia). His declaration of himself as Devaraja, “The Lord of the Universe who is King,” laid the foundation for the birth and future growth of the Khmer Empire. He sets the seeds for an empire not matched in size in southeast Asia until the Burman Toungoo Empire under King Bayinnaung many centuries later.The novel progresses through the time of the successive “varman” kings. Times of religion and religious conflict, of greed, betrayal, death, and internecine strife that run alongside those of loyalty, ingenuity, and determination. The building of temples and barays (reservoirs) are the legacies left that visitors flock to Angkor to see but these do not tell the full story. The novel places these structures, and the events surrounding them, in a context that is made understandable, and enjoyable, for the reader.All empires fall.
The novel traces the rise and fall of an empire from its beginnings in 802 A.D. to its fall to the kingdom of Ayutthaya in 1431 A.D. The focus is on the “varman” kings, the builders of Angkor and the kings who took it to its greatest achievements. The decline of the empire was gradual but ended in a bloodbath, similar in many ways, to that leveled by the Burman king, King Hsinbyushin on Ayutthaya in 1767 A.D.The story dramatizes the famous figures in Angkorian history through dialogue, description, and narration while following the historical record as closely as possible, but adding the creative touch of the author. If you have visited or intend to visit Cambodia and Angkor Wat this book makes an ideal companion and places what you see in context.