Nicholas Guild

Nicholas Guild, son of Walter Francis and Gertrude (Mowry) Guild, was born in 1944 in San Mateo, California.
He received a B.A. from Occidental College in 1966, followed by an M.A. in 1968 and a Ph.D. in 1972, both from The University of California, Berkeley.
He married Suzanne Weil on March 19, 1966.
Guild was assistant professor of English at Clemson University, 1973-75 and assistant professor of English at Ohio State University, beginning in 1975.
His fiction titles include The Lost and Found Man, The Summer Soldier, Chain Reaction, The Assyrian, The Blood Star, and Angel.
Guild has also written for a number of newspapers, literary journals, and popular magazines, including Harper’s.
The Guilds currently reside in Greenwich, Connecticut.
On 03-May-2012, Nicholas Guild has created his own website at


Lost and Found Man (January 1975)

Old Acquaintance (December 1978)
Personal complications arise when agent Ray Guinness investigates the sabotage of a secret atomic project and the threats made against the engineer’s daughter: the engineer is married to Guinness’s first wife and the girl is his own daughter.

The Summer Soldier (Ohioana Book Award, 1978)

Favor (January 1981)

President’s Man (February 1982)
Simon Faircliff, the liberal and charismatic president, and his son-in-law Frank Austin, director of the C.I.A., are a perfect team until Austin begins to suspect that something is very wrong.

Berlin Warning (June 1984)
A gambit to force America’s entry into World War II has Whitehall spymasters enlist American David Steadman for a crucial mission that soon sets him up as a target for both the Nazis and the British.

Linz Tattoo (October 1985)
Before World War II, Norwegian youth Inar Christiansen goes to New York to study the cello at Juilliard. After the war he makes it his personal mission to hunt down and exterminate the members of an SS unit that executed his parents, along with most of the inhabitants of his hometown. Having traced several of the fugitive Nazis and strangled them with cello strings, he joins forces with a Mossad group trying to locate the unit leader, Colonel Hagemann, who may hold the key that will tip the balance of power in the Middle East. Hagemann’s former mistress, a Jewish concentration-camp victim, is liberated from a Russian prison and used to bait the trap. The bloody but inevitable showdown comes at a heavily guarded Spanish villa.

Chain Reaction (May 1986)
In 1944 Joachim von Niehauser lands on the coast of Maine with the desperate mission of getting Manhattan Project secrets from a Nazi mole in Los Alamos and taking them back to Germany via Mexico. The FBI chases him, and a young army wife becomes involved.

The Assyrian (October 1988)
Set in ancient Ashur (called Assyria by Greeks), this absorbing epic novel dramatically portrays two royal half-brothers whose childhood camaraderie later gives way to acrimony and violence. Tiglath and Asarhaddon, sons of aging King Sennacherib, grow up amicably and share rigorous military training. Their friendship dissolves when the king’s priest proclaims the gods’ decree that Asarhaddon will be the next monarch. Resentful of Sennacherib’s preference for Tiglath and not eager to assume his prospective duties, Asarhaddon dreads his fate, while noble Tiglath unhappily refrains from usurping the throne out of a concern for his country’s well-being. Even more disturbing to Tiglath, however, is the certainty that his lover, comely Esharhamat, must become the future sovereign’s bride. Reeling with grief, Tiglath leaves Ashur to become a seasoned conqueror worthy of his compatriots’ homage, yet a momentous clash between him and Asarhaddon still awaits.

L’Assiro (Assyrian)
Guild recupera dalle remote profondità del passato figure epiche e le riporta in vita in pagine cariche di straordinario vigore narrativo. Un grande, umanissimo romanzo storico.
Assiria, VII secolo avanti Cristo. A Ninive, nel Palazzo Reale, vivono felici i due fratellastri Tiglath Assur e Asarhaddon. Entrambi si innamorano della stessa affascinante principessa, dalla quale – oltrechè il loro – dipende il destino dell’Assiria. Rivive nelle pagine di questo libro un mondo scomparso, barbaro e raffinato.

Blood Star (July 1989)
Shot through with dark, exotic lyricism, Guild’s majestic historical epic cuts a wide swath through ancient Assyria, Egypt, Phoenicia, Sicily, Greece. Its narrator-hero, Tiglath Ashur, seen before in The Assyrian, is banished from Nineveh by his hated half-brother, the Assyrian king, partly due to a misunderstanding that is not cleared up until long after the brothers are reconciled. Fleeing the king’s assassins, Tiglath encounters formulaic elements of the adventure novel (sudden perils, gory battles, omens, spicy lovemaking). But Guild easily transcends genre conventions. His witty, world-weary hero grows in stature through his quest, deepened by experience and by love for a young Egyptian slave-girl whom he rescues and later marries. This saga serves up a rich, intoxicating feast, interweaving a cultural anthropology of unfamiliar lands and a stoic meditation on mortality, fate, revenge and justice, the ties of love and blood.

Ninive (Blood Star)
Assiria, VII secolo a.C. Nel palazzo reale di Ninive regna incontrastato Asarhadoon. Le inesorabili leggi del potere prevedono che il fratello Tiglath debba prendere la via dell’esilio, dove incontrerà straordinarie avventure. Ma a Ninive Tiglath dovrà ritornare, per sciogliere un antico segreto, che coinvolge le sorti dell’impero assiro. Un grande affascinante romanzo storico.

Il Macedone (Macedonian, 1995)
Macedonia, IV secolo a.C. La piccola, periferica, montuosa regione a nord della Grecia si avvia a vivere il suo periodo “fatale” nella storia, ponendosi al centro del mondo conosciuto, per proiettarsi poi alla sua conquista. È la misteriosa, magica origine di questa epopea che Nicholas Guild, autore internazionalmente noto di affascinanti romanzi storici, recupera dalle remote profondità del passato per riportarla alla vita con la consueta abilità narrativa. Al centro, la grandiosa, leggendaria, umanissima figura del “Macedone”, “il barbaro del Nord”, come lo chiamavano sprezzantemente i greci: Filippo II, re di Macedonia, grande guerriero, raffinato diplomatico, abilissimo stratega, padre di Alessandro Magno. In pagine cariche di struggente suggestione, rivivono la sua infanzia trascorsa lontano dalla corte tra le amorevoli cure di Glauco, economo reale, e di sua moglie Alcmene; gli intrighi di palazzo della madre Euridice, amante del genero Tolomeo, di cui favorisce le smodate, perverse ambizioni di potere; l’ascesa al trono di Alessandro, fratello amatissimo, bello come un dio, prematuramente ucciso da un misterioso traditore; l’amore bruciante per la cugina Arsione, giovinetta dagli occhi arditi e dai capelli color delle foglie d’ autunno. Sullo sfondo, congiure di palazzo, complotti internazionali, sanguinose battaglie, barbarici massacri, folgoranti vittorie, in un susseguirsi incalzante di azioni e avventure che si snodano in uno scenario dai colori sgargianti. Grande romanzo corale dal respiro epico, condotto con particolare vigore narrativo, Il Macedone rende straordinariamente vivo e attuale un affascinante periodo dell’antichità classica, in cui confluiscono la vitalità brutale di un popolo “nuovo” e selvaggio, la sofisticata e razionale civiltà greca, il misticismo e l’esotismo dell’Oriente persiano.

Angel: A Novel (November 1995)
In his first novel since the historical epic The Blood Star (1989), Guild returns to the contemporary thriller with a vengeance, spinning an intricate, wonderfully paced tale in which nearly every scene proves vital to the resolution, which peaks only in the novel’s two final words. The story begins in Ohio, where a man is brutally murdered in a motel room shortly before his wife and young children suffer a similar fate in their home. The following week, in Connecticut, an elderly lawyer suffers a fatal heart attack while reading a newspaper clipping about the killings. Shortly thereafter, his son, namesake and partner, James Kinkaid IV, discovers that his father had engaged a clipping service to collect stories containing the names of any of 10 men. As Kinkaid begins investigating the list and the fate of those on it (hiring the investigating officer on the Ohio murders to aid him), he finds himself caught up in a parallel mystery: that of Angela “Angel” Wyman, the extraordinarily beautiful granddaughter of a wealthy and powerful local family. Angel, whom Kinkaid romanced briefly 10 years back, was “sent away” after a brief stay at the ancestral home. Kinkaid comes to believe that Angel may be involved in the recent murders. But what about the death certificate he finds with her name on it? As the terrible secrets of Angel and of Kinkaid’s father are revealed, the attorney and the woman he loves are brought face to face with the cold hatred of a madwoman. Memorable characterizations enhance this gripping yarn, which features two of the most frightening and ruthless killers in recent fiction.

Angela (May 1998)