A holiday on Gibraltar has led to a retired cop's charge up the book charts.
Dad-of-three Andy Clancy has reached number three in Amazon's Historical Fiction table with his gripping period novel, Sullivan's War.
The 54-year-old freelance security consultant from Hastings, East Sussex, has also earned a full house of five-star reviews from thrilled readers.
On this website, you can find out more about the writer and his book.
Andy admits the idea for his debut novel came from a summer’s break on the Mediterranean outpost. He said: “I was on holiday on Gibraltar some years ago.
“I took a tour of the Great Siege tunnels and thought what an amazing story it would be if someone was to write a tale based around the people who were there when it happened.
“I love reading and writing historical fiction from any period of time and I had lots of thoughts about story lines. My logic was that if others could do it, why couldn’t I.”
Sullivan's War tells the story of Irish war veteran Tom Sullivan as he leads his men in withstanding the siege by French and Spanish forces throughout 1781 and 82.
Outnumbered and outflanked, his band of brothers from the Light Company of the 39th Regiment of Foot fight for their lives as well as their country.
And as with all great novels, romance is never too far away either.
Andy explained: “Sullivan's War concentrates on the exploits of Sergeant Tom Sullivan, an experienced soldier whose main concern is keeping alive the soldiers he leads.
“By his own actions he becomes critical in influencing the tactics of the British Commander in defending the Rock.
“At the same time he forms a relationship with Lara, a local innkeeper and their relationship is astrong part of the story.”
The Great Siege of Gibraltar, at three years and seven months, is the longest siege ever endured by British forces.
Andy admits Sullivan's War is just the start of his adventures with main character Tom and a second book is already in the pipeline.
He added: “The book is part of a series as Tom Sullivan will have more challenges to deal with, but not necessarily in Gibraltar.
“Those who have read Sullivan's War so far have enjoyed it for what it is - a work of historical fiction that has action, adventure, love and is an enjoyable, easy read.”