Baron Livingstone and the King of Manhattan

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17th Century or Earlier,2000s

David M. Kiely

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"Baron Livingstone and the King of Manhattan" is a time-travel story with a difference. It's a journey to a parallel universe, undertaken by two New Yorkers. Firmly rooted in science, it also explores several questions relating to our place in the universe, to the afterlife, and to the Divine.


Action,Adventure,Drama,Epic,Fantasy,Gothic,Sci-fi,Historical Fiction,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

The prologue recounts the kidnapping of the young daughter of a landowner in the fictional state of Vinland in medieval times. Cut to 21st century New York and a theater production in Central Park. One of the players has a strange mental attack. It seems that her mind has been taken over by another.

Following an assault by the army of King Henry V of Manhattan on the fort of his rival, Baron Livingstone, the day is saved by the forces of the Moorish ruler of Vinland. At the same time, the mysterious villain of the story is revealed: a time-traveler who seeks domination of the entire universe.


New York

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Twist,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Todd MacIver

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Empathetic,Engaging,Skillful,Visionary,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated,Honorable,Educated,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Ruth Linford

Age: 19

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Heartthrob,Seductive,Sophisticated,Naive,Charming,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Outspoken,Romantic,Visionary

Additional Character Details

Name: Serena Cordero

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Confident,Decisive,Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Heroic,Modest,Patriotic,Religious,Selfless,Skillful,Gracious,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: John Linford

Age: 52

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Masculine,Patriotic,Religious,Outspoken,Skillful,Visionary,Sophisticated

Development Pitch

What if the Vikings had colonized North America in AD 1002? What if Vinland existed, but in a dimension parallel to ours? "Baron Livingstone and the King of Manhattan" tells how science student Todd MacIver journeys to that other dimension. From modern-day New York to a colony ruled by Normans and Moors, and aided by indigenous warriors. Two of its denizens have kidnapped a little girl in 21st-century NYC and are holding her to ransom. Her mother, Serena Cordero, makes a similar journey to ancient Vinland, to confront her kidnappers. In that bizarre place and time, Todd and Serena find themselves occupying other bodies, but with their minds and memories intact. They're fully conscious of their purpose, and good must triumph over evil. Will they succeed? Only time —and destiny —will tell.

About The Author

David M. Kiely (b. July 10, 1949, Dublin) is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Having worked in advertising in several countries, he returned to Ireland in 1991, to take up writing full time. His first book was published in 1994. He currently lives in Newry, Northern Ireland, with his wife, the bestselling author Christina McKenna. His publications include both fiction and non-fiction. Among the latter was "The Dark Sacrament: Exorcism in Modern Ireland" (2006), co-authored with Christina McKenna, and containing nine contemporary cases of exorcism. He also wrote "John Millington Synge: A Biography" (1994), which looked at the more personal life of the dramatist. He compiled three non-fiction books dealing with female murderers in Ireland: "Bloody Women” (1998) "Deadlier Than the Male" (2005) and More Bloody Women” (2012) His fiction includes "The Epic of Mesopotamia" (2016) an historical novel, written 100 years following the disastrous British Army campaign in what would become Iraq, and two detective novels, "The Angel Tapes" (1997) and "Eyeless in Cooley" (2015).

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-published

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available



ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1508490883