Welcome to James L. (Jim) McWilliams’ website.
In a few days I will be 78 years old!
Although I can no longer pipe, or hike, or travel to exotic lands, and am reduced to shuffling about with a walker, I can still read and write. That means I get to share even more adventures with Rory MacHugh, although in the world as it was almost two centuries ago.
One result is a slightly revised edition of A SECRET OF THE SPHINX
now on the market courtesy of FriesenPress
Its sequel, THE ASSASSINS, is also about to appear. In this, the third volume of The MacHugh Memoirs Rory returns to Paris in 1803 as bodyguard for the mysterious Count Méhée de la Touche, There Rory’s affair with the glamorous Duchess of Abrantès lands him in the notorious mountaintop prison, the fortress of Bitche. After a unique escape Rory becomes embroiled in several assassination attempts aimed at his very personal enemy, the Emperor Napoleon. The latter’s murder of the Duc d’Enghien results in MacHugh’s second imprisonment culminating in his escape by balloon with the world’s first lady-parachutist. Oh, to be young and adventurous like Rory MacHugh!
Almost ready for publication are three other MacHugh escapades:
ON SECRET SERVICE
It is 1810, shortly after the British victory over the French invaders of Portugal as recorded in THE FUGITIVES. (First of his memoirs to be put into print) During the winter lull, MacHugh is sent to London to track down a beautiful French spy. Things do not work out as planned and he ends up kidnapped and imprisoned in France. He soon encounters, among others, the notorious Joseph Fouché (head of Napoleon’s Secret Police), the future King George IV, and the Duke of Wellington. MacHugh even finds himself embroiled in American plans to invade Canada.
FIVE TRAILS TO TEXAS takes place a quarter of a century later in 1835 and follows the middle-aged MacHugh, once again the Blackfoot warrior, Black War-Bonnet, as he pursues and is pursued by two enemies sworn to kill him. The final result is his arrival in Texas with the lady destined to be known as “The Yellow Rose of Texas”.
This is MacHugh’s last adventure. It is 1836 when he finally meets his boyhood nemesis at the famous Siege of The Alamo. There Rory tangles with the Yellow Rose of Texas, Santa Anna, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, Jim Bowie, and all the other legendary figures of that controversial history-changing event.
Hopefully someday I will get all of these segments of “The MacHugh Memoirs” out for you to enjoy.
- Jim McWilliams,
May 11, 2016