A heavy burden rides the shoulders of young Gregory Hilliard—to discover the fate of a father he never knew. Did the elder Hilliard die at El Obeid in 1883 or did he somehow escape the massacre there by the fanatic Mahdist Dervishes? And then there is the puzzle of his real name. Is he who he thinks he is?


Born and raised in Cairo, fluent in native languages, Gregory is pitched into the heat of war, joining General Kitchener’s Nile campaign to retake the Sudan from the Khalifa’s Mahdist armies. In doing so Gregory hopes to find out what happened to his father. Two spies—Edward and Richard Rainbow—help in his quest, but his greatest support comes from the Ja’alin Zaki, the love of his young life, his friend and soul-mate.


Success will bring him and Zaki fulfilment but also unravel a tragic and at the same time life-enhancing mystery with its roots in far away England… and in the solving of it, one which might yet rip the two lovers apart.


“Gregory’s Story” is the sequel to the Goodreads.com March 2013 M/M Romance and Queereaders Book of the Month choice A Life Apart. While Gregory’s Story stands alone as a novel, the events are greatly enriched by having first read A Life Apart, which features Edward and Richard Rainbow, who appear as Gregory’s companions, some 13 years on.


Published July 2013, 386 pages

Praise for Gregory's Story


Action, adventure, history, m/m romance...what's not to love? The story of Gregory the father and Gregory his son is told in a well-written page turning fashion. I love the actual true history of the time, of which I knew nothing about but enjoyed learning, coupled with the fictional story of two young men that were meant to be together no matter what.

Don Casto – Goodreads


Although fighting and warfare in the harsh desert in that period cannot be other than grim and grueling, Gregory and Zaki's hopeful optimism and excitement at new things and having adventures, keeps the tone from being dark and depressing. If you enjoy old-fashioned adventure, historical battles, exotic settings, and following the exploits of two young men, you cannot go wrong with this book.

April – Amazon


Roger Kean writes like the rest of us breathe – effortlessly.

Author Sunmer Michaels


I loved A Life Apart very much, I loved Gregory’s Story even more. I am usually not a fan of book with extensive battle scenes. But the description of the Mahdist War in the book was so well done that I was completely immersed in it. The story was superbly crafted. The plot, the characters, the romance and the mystery were very captivating. It’s a great sequel. I wanted to give it more than five stars.

Jocheung – Goodreads


The quality I personally most admire about Kean's writing is that he has an instinctive grasp of the humanity of everyone, not just the protagonists. I have said it before and will say it again, Kean's villains are not simply villains just for the sake of doing evilness; they always have some defined motive for their actions. Most people are shown in shades of grey, they have some redeeming quality inside them. This makes the entire story believable and much more engrossing.

Mike – Goodreads

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