I live in South Cumbria, which is as nice a part of the world as any to be honest. Too old to play computer games and too young to watch daytime televison. I’ve got a wife and three daughters, no dress sense and a liking for good cappuccino.

To make a living I sort of farm, sort of write and sort of help out where I’m wanted. I suppose one day I’ll grow up and do something properly.

On the off chance you’ve wandered onto this page in a desperate attempt to discover how to buy my books,

The Latest Sci-Fi, War 2.2, also published by Safkhet. The paperback is coming out later along with a range of metal figures.


An action packed investigation, from Delta mud to the palaces of Merchant princes, Haldar is back in War 2.2

Haldar Drom is starting to worry. The long running insurgency in the Zala Delta suddenly starts to spiral further out of control. Who is arming the insurgents? How and why? Then a leading local politician who is using his influence to try and keep things calm is threatened with assassination. It’s obvious that things are moving to a climax.

All Haldar has immediately available is a third year university student who gets given a dissertation project she’ll never forget; young journalist who he convinces to investigate the situation of the ground; and a retired marine librarian whose job is to keep the politician alive. As the investigation proceeds, from the mud of the Delta to the luxurious surroundings of the Drake Islands, Haldar comes to realise that he may be facing Wayland Strang’s counter-attack. Faced with a coup d’état spearheaded by off-world mercenaries Haldar has to react quickly to stop a major war.

The first Sci-Fi, published by Safkhet in paperback and as an e-book. As my daughter says, it’s Dad’s first real book, one you can throw at people.



A review of this book
This worked well as both an interstellar sci-fi thriller and as a gritty crime thriller. The central conflict/mystery is actually quite strong, and the setting lends it multiple layers that are enjoyably revealed. As for those layers, I liked the universe that Webster introduces here, its geography, its politics, its history, and its philosophies. The technology is a bit simpler than one might expect, but it does lend the action an immediacy to which we can relate.

There are some big set pieces here and some glimpses of true space opera, but it’s those simpler scenes that I found most entertaining. For instance, there’s a scene early on where a booby-trapped satellite is carefully defused during a daring spacewalk, and it had as much drama to it as some of the larger battles that mark the book’s climax. I found the characters just about perfect for the storyline, all-too-human, questionable in their motives, and sincere in their pursuit of a cause. I was surprised by how some of the friendships/relationships developed, but in a good way. As for the writing, it was crisp and clear, with the words flowing effortlessly off the page – a comfortable read, as well as an exciting one.

The book does end rather abruptly, with some questions left unexplored, but being that Justice 4.1 is The Tsarina Sector Book 1, we can only hope there’s more to come.

The Fantasy books are still out there to be bought, here are some reviews from an Amazon top 500 reviewer

The Cartographer’s Apprentice

5.0 out of 5 stars Benor: the Early Years! 30 Sep 2013
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
This book of short stories acts as a prequel to the tales of the Land of the Three Seas. If you’re a fan of Jim Webster’s work, as I am, you’ll be delighted to read some of the earlier exploits of Benor, a character it’s very easy to become fond of. The other books contain more fantasy in the sense that there is magic and there are strange beasts, more so than you will find here. This gives the flavour though. Speaking of flavours, there’s always a good deal of food involved in these stories!The longer books are, by ebook standards, pricy, so there may well be people who have held off reading them. Wait no longer! Read this one and dip your toes into the gentle humour and wonderful way with words that characterise this series. Jim Webster manages to write his stories as though they were ancient Greek myth. It’s a wonderful gift!

Swords for a Dead Lady

4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging story telling style 30 May 2012

By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I am a keen reader of the fantasy genre and looked forward to reading this book. The story is engaging and there’s lots of action, some humour and a little pathos. The characters all worked well for me, especially Benor, Cartographer (and much else!) The story deals with a land which has its own races of people, its own herds of animals and I found it interesting to imagine this other world which is in many ways an equivalent of our medieval world. There’s plenty of intrigue here and the story has potential for a sequel.Jim Webster has an engaging story telling style and a good knowledge of this genre. His writing has a gentle humour which comes naturally from the characters and their dialogue. It’s not played for belly-laughs but is very effective. There were some real gems, which I very much enjoyed. ‘He spat on the floor and missed’ really tickled me! I look forward to more of the same
Dead Man Riding East

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful fantasy world 3 Dec 2012

By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
In this new adventure in the `Swords’ series, we again follow Benor and watch and feel as though we take part in his hectic life. He both pursues and is pursued when he `liberates’ a prince’s concubine (and keeps her!) and the prince, naturally, doesn’t want to let the matter rest. As well as being an excellent fighter, one of his companions on the journey is a master of the haute couture trade and manages to combine these two rather successfully.Jim Webster has created a credible fantasy world here, populated by its own races, both rivals and allies, and with an intriguing group of wild creatures which you can almost taste when they are described as food species! There is a good deal of action in this book but also some softer, `Ahhh!’ moments which I won’t describe for fear of spoiling the story. Needless to say, he has once again used his own writing style to give us some wonderfully memorable phrases. I like his style and his gentle humour.
The Flames of the City
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic quest 5 Mar 2013
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
This is Jim Webster’s third book and though it doesn’t carry on from the previous two it is set in the same fantasy world. We follow a young man named Freelor as he takes on a job to cover a winter time when he’s unable to get home, where he is due to marry. There are other sub-plots in this story and if you have read his earlier books, you will recognise the name of the city which falls and is destroyed by fire. One of the subplots concerns a shaman’s amulet worn by Freelor, which grows hot in the presence of the evil god Hkada whose followers are able to summon him. There are exciting battles and some serious temple raiding resulting in a possession by the god Hkada.The story is a quest tale with Freelor leaving his usual haunts to undertake a journey to a temple where his friend, the academic Tolshin, hopes to find information about Hkada. It’s a fantasy classic and I particularly like some of Jim Webster’s phrases, for example, the merchant’s expression, “I keep my grandmother freshly washed and presentable, against the possibility of impulse buyers.” And the exchange between the soldier and his superior, “Just got my boots off for the first time for three days.” “Exotic pleasures of the flesh are reserved for officers. Get your boots fastened and get over here!”
Learning A Hard Trade
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet! 24 July 2013

By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
In this very engaging story we follow Trulor in his education and coming of age in the Land of the Three Seas. His father owned an apparently magical belt decorated with seven plaques, which was broken up and distributed to several people. He decides to try to reunite these parts and have the belt renovated. Jim Webster writes some excellent fight scenes, action packed but believable. He also writes with a whimsical humour which I very much enjoy.I have read all the stories of this series and this is by far my favourite. I felt the characters were so well drawn and I really cared about their fate. Fantasy readers – form a queue for the next book – but I’ll be first!

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The Cartographers Apprentice

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‘Swords for a Dead Lady’

'Dead Man riding east' Front Cover

Dead Man Riding East


The Flames of the City

Learning A Hard Trade

Learning A Hard Trade

38 thoughts on “About

  1. […] About […]

  2. […] out more about Jim at his blog HERE and on Facebook […]

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  4. […] Today’s guest blog post is brought to you by Jim Webster. […]

  5. […] You can catch up with the book series on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/TsarinaSector, and with Jim on his website at: https://jandbvwebster.wordpress.com/about/ […]

  6. […] addition to Tallis Steelyard’s blog, you can find Jim on his personal blog here, on Twitter @JimWebster6 and on Amazon UK, Amazon.com and […]

    • jwebster2 December 2, 2015 at 7:27 am Reply

      They seek him here, they seek him there…… (his clothes are loud, but never square)

  7. […] addition to Tallis Steelyard’s blog, you can find Jim and his books on his personal blog here, on Twitter @JimWebster6 and on Amazon UK, Amazon.com and […]

  8. […] addition to Tallis Steelyard’s blog, you can find Jim and his books on his personal blog here, on Twitter @JimWebster6 and on Amazon UK, Amazon.com and […]

    • jwebster2 December 18, 2015 at 7:05 am Reply

      A sad tale of a fallen people. What happened to the spirit of decorum or the old high standards of civic dignity?

  9. […] addition to Tallis Steelyard’s blog, you can find Jim and his books on his personal blog here, on Twitter @JimWebster6 and on Amazon UK, Amazon.com and […]

  10. cmblackwood February 12, 2016 at 7:58 pm Reply

    Lovely blog, Jim! You have a very impressive catalogue; and the artwork on your books is equally impressive. 🙂

    • jwebster2 February 12, 2016 at 10:05 pm Reply

      Glad you like it. The covers of the Fantasy are done by the publishers AUK and I admit I think they’re brilliant as well. Modestly I might hint that I think the content is worthy of them 😉

      • cmblackwood February 12, 2016 at 10:27 pm

        Very modest, sir! But then — if you don’t promote it, no one else will. 🙂

      • jwebster2 February 12, 2016 at 10:55 pm

        Hence I often describe my work as ‘much acclaimed’ on the grounds that I never shut up about it 🙂

      • cmblackwood February 13, 2016 at 4:21 pm

        Hey, that’s a good one. I’ll have to use that line. 🙂

      • jwebster2 February 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm

        Absolutely. Never waste a good superlative 🙂

      • cmblackwood February 13, 2016 at 6:53 pm


      • jwebster2 February 13, 2016 at 7:05 pm


  11. […] addition to Tallis Steelyard’s blog, you can find Jim and his books on his personal blog here, on Twitter @JimWebster6 and on Amazon UK, Amazon.com and […]

  12. […] addition to Tallis Steelyard’s blog, you can find Jim and his books on his personal blog here, on Twitter @JimWebster6 and on Amazon UK, Amazon.com and […]

    • jwebster2 March 8, 2016 at 7:14 am Reply

      A salutary tale and one that poets everywhere should keep in mind 😉

  13. […] addition to Tallis Steelyard’s blog, you can find Jim and his books on his personal blog here, on Twitter @JimWebster6 and on Amazon UK, Amazon.com and […]

    • jwebster2 March 15, 2016 at 7:01 am Reply

      As you see, Tallis has a life of constant sorrow

  14. INTERVIEW WITH JIM WEBSTER | July 1, 2016 at 6:53 am Reply

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  15. […] you really need to know more about me, there’s always my Amazon page, and of course I have a blog, but it’s not very […]

  16. Terri Webster Schrandt May 18, 2017 at 3:20 pm Reply

    Hi Jim, saw your blog with your name in big letters on Barb Taub’s blog roll. Had to take a look since we have the same last name 🙂

    • jwebster2 May 18, 2017 at 3:24 pm Reply

      And a damned fine name it is as well Terri.
      Apparently it’s an old name for a weaver. So it’s one of the trade names like ‘smith’ 🙂

      • Terri Webster Schrandt May 18, 2017 at 3:41 pm

        I had heard that…that’s what we do, weave words into stories 🙂

      • jwebster2 May 18, 2017 at 4:37 pm

        I once heard a writer described as ‘a reality facilitator.’ We take a ‘reality’ and give it space to happen in 🙂

  17. itsgoodtobecrazysometimes November 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm Reply


    Thank you so much for finding my blog and liking a couple of posts. Hope you come back again soon


  18. Chuck May 25, 2018 at 9:05 pm Reply

    Hi Jim,
    Thank you for stopping by my website, I hope you will visit often and give me a few comments. I only started writing a few years ago and look to experienced writers to avoid the pitfalls. I notice a few familiar faces that follow you. I’ll pop in on you now in the future.

    • jwebster2 May 25, 2018 at 9:15 pm Reply

      Hi Chuck
      I saw your comments about your service in Vietnam. It has long struck me that young men can be conscripted and called upon to behave honourably and act courageously in wars started by people who were neither honourable nor courageous. The failings of those who started the war, and the futility or otherwise off the war, does not in anyway lessen the sacrifice of those who fought in it. A good soldier who did his duty is an honourable man, even if history or political whim decides that the war he was involved in wasn’t.

      • Chuck May 25, 2018 at 9:31 pm

        You are correct, yet our history does not always convey that response. I followed my dad who served in the U.S. Air Force for thirty-three years. I tolerated four years. Dad was in WWII, but never saw action, but that doesn’t demean the sacrifice he made. He went way beyond by making the military a career. I stand proud of my service to our country, but you never forget the nightmares you experience in a war. Thank you for your acknowledgment.

  19. […] Sunday morning everyone I am delighted to announce that Jim Webster is Starting another Tallis steelyard Blog Tour […]

  20. […] Hello everyone. I very honoured to be once again to be able to bring you not only a new story but also news of two new books from our own,our very own Jim Webster. […]

  21. […] Get to know a bit about Jim over on his blog here. […]

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