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Hardcover version

  • Series: The Long-Aimed Blow (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Wheatmark (December 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627873163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627873161
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
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Paperback version

  • Series: The Long-Aimed Blow (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Wheatmark (December 15, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1627873155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627873154
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
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Digital version

Now available in all eBook formats. Kindle, Nook, iPad and you can even download it from GooglePlay store. Click Here to Order Kindle 

Signed by both authors

A signed copy is available from the authors directly. Cost reflects that we both live far away from each other and it costs to get in the same place at the same time to both sign books.


Would you like a post card with the picture from the bookcover and information about the book on the back of the card? this can also be signed by the authors if you wish. Please indicate that at checkout.

The Authors

Identical twins: one a Pastor, the other a Physician.

Jon Hopkins


Jon Hopkins is single and holds a degree in theology and has more than forty years of experience providing care to teenagers and families in distress as a psychiatric youth care coordinator, church youth pastor, and a secondary school teacher. Jon lives in Kansas and has five grandchildren. He collects books from the 1800's on character building, has an interest in Ancient Roman studies, and studies Latin. He plays the mandolin and guitar, and chases tornadoes for fun. 

His writing can also be found in:
Living the Serenity Prayer, by Jeanette Gardner Littleton 
Love is a Verb, by Gary Chapman
God Encounters, by James Stuart Bell. 
Extraordinary Answers to Prayer: Praying Together, by Guideposts 
And 24 devotions in the 2012 NIV Boys Bible published by Zondervan. 

Jon's favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:8 and his personal motto is "You'll never grow old if you keep youth in your heart." 

Thomas Hopkins, M.D.


Thomas Hopkins, MD is a board-certified family physician who has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. He received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma and finished his residency in family medicine in Springfield, Missouri. Thomas is married, has two children and two grandsons. He plays the banjo, photographs bears in the wild, and likes to dress up in period attire and shoot his six-shooter in cowboy action competitions.

What is the The Long-Aimed Blow series about?

"Your most imposing adversary defines who you will become in this land."— Scribonius Largus

Book one: The Princes of Albion

“If you had only one day left to live, what would you do?” Amminus asked.

Jachin looked through strands of hair at his uncle. He squinted and said softly, yet confidently, “I’d find my father, and kill him. Even if it takes the whole Roman army to do so.”

Within the soul of every man is the desire to be loved by one’s father. Throughout history, this primal urge has resulted in epic and violent acts of betrayal, poetic expressions, loyalty, and dramatic twists of fate and fortune. From Oedipus to Othello, father-son relationships have represented story lines in literature that have altered the arc of the world’s civilizations and shaped our modern definition of what it means to be a man.

The Long-Aimed Blow, Book One: The Princes of Albion eloquently and graphically depicts an ancient world of dark forests and dusty streets where family dynamics and human passions collide in explosive episodes of rampant tyranny. It’s a universal and timeless story of individual egos and generations of pride. Prince Caradoc, not bound by rules, honesty, and reciprocation, is a vengeful son and violent father. He embarks on a ruthless life of reckless ambition that delivers him and his extended family into a fearful journey filled with political intrigue, deadly revenge, and a hope redeemed in the age of the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 AD.

Combined with light-hearted adventure, learning to deal with pain through imagination, spiritual hope, and incorporating deep underlying themes of love, kindness, and friendship, Princes of Albion is a heartbreaking story told from the deepest hearts of people everywhere.


From the Editor: “TLAB is full of colorful characters with strong personal ambitions...from violent tendencies and personal ambitions...there are moments of poignant interior monologues and exploration of the inner psychology of the characters. There are...vivid images through details that bring these places—and the people who inhabit them—to life… using sensory details to empower the imaginations of readers…A complicated and convoluted story that evolves according to a logical and well-executed story-line. …interpersonal relationships that create causes and effects with ramifications across generations. This is a herculean task. …not only a work of historical fiction but a novel that encompasses religious themes and a Shakespearean love for family violence and tumultuous father-son relationships…. exemplifies the complicated family drama that leads to action and reactions that define these characters and underscores what life has done to them as people…The sentences have flow and a musicality that makes them enjoyable to read. There is an effective balance of setting, dialogue, and action that makes for engaging storytelling. The story is well executed and engaging.”

“Fast paced, yet reflective; fun and somber; hope tinged with grief. TLAB is a fluid, personality charged adventure that challenges your mind and your heart. Jon and Tom Hopkins have written a piece of literature without any sense of elitism or stuffiness, because they have fused their heart with a story to create a world of souls both archetypal and unique, a land of poetry and grittiness, and, in me, a hope for more to come.”

Jon Huffmaster

26 year old Beta Reader
"I am so impressed with the Long Aimed Blow – your research and story line. You’ve crafted something here that shows a lot of promise to me. And I love this kind of story!"

Lee Hough

"Wow, Great read! Can't wait for book two. I liked that as I read the way the story flowed and the attention to the surroundings in the story. At times, I could almost smell the streets of Rome and the roundhouse. There was plenty of “can’t stop reading" parts that made the entire book hard to 'put down'. I am looking forward to following more adventures. Yes you can use my comments and my name. I like the way the Christian story is incorporated into the main story. The ending leaves me anxious for the next book. Thanks for letting me read the draft. Oh, Yes I would definitely recommend this book to others. My favorite character after the twins would have to be Alexenah or Amminus…There wasn't any part I didn't like. Everything flowed together very well."

Craig Swartz

52 year old Beta Reader
"Really liked the story!!!!! Well done!!"


57 year old Beta-reader Missionary lady
“…you have a strong grasp of the period and clear knowledge of the history that informs your story. I was immediately intrigued with the premise of a Jewish girl in Rome being imperiled as a slave-wife in Britain, and the compelling story elements spur me to plan to Google some of the topics here – high praise in our own cyber-era! …Page One has a job to do. And I thought you did it well, and that you could bring a lot of texture to the themes, if the focus allowed for the drama to unfold…”

Katharine Sands

Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

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