Translator Patrick K. Ford joins author Jerry Hunter for a new novel translated from Welsh into English.
From the Civil War battlefields of England and Ireland to a mystery lost in the forests of North America, this is both a roaring adventure and a timely commentary on the dangers of religious extremism.
Rhisiart Dafydd is a zealous Roundhead who embraces Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army and the violence it entails. But can his convictions survive the atrocities of the English Civil Wars and Parliament’s campaign in Ireland? Called upon by his former commander to voyage to America to seek out a missing group of Welsh Puritans, he must first survive the journey, and then – if he can find the community – see whether they really have created the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.
An epic historical adventure set during one of the most turbulent periods in history, this gripping thriller also poses questions about violence, power, religious extremism, and rejection of difference which are chillingly relevant to our world today.
Jerry Hunter is an experienced author. His novels have won Welsh Book of the Year and the Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod (2010) in the past. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he is a Professor in the Department of Welsh, Bangor University. He lives with his family in Pen-y-groes, Dyffryn Nantlle in North Wales. Dark Territory was translated from the Welsh original by Professor Patrick K. Ford. Before retiring, Ford was head of the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard.