The Golden Cord


Authors and twins Jon and Tom Hopkins tap into their personal experience and historical knowledge in the epic three-book series, The Long-Aimed Blow.

Jon holds a bachelors of science in theology and has spent forty-five years providing care to teens and families in distress as a psychiatric youth care coordinator, a church youth pastor, and as a secondary school teacher. He is married, collects books on character written in the nineteenth century, plays the mandolin and guitar, and chases tornados for fun. He has published stories in several different published works. Check out his blog at

Thomas is a board-certified family physician who has been practicing medicine for thirty-plus years. He is married, plays the banjo, photographs bears in the wild, ballroom dances, dresses in period attire for the local Single Action Shooters Society, and pretends to be the real Santa Claus when his beard flourishes.

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Set during the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 AD, The Golden Cord — the second book in The Long-Aimed Blow series — opens with unbridled cruelty. Caradoc’s lust to rule Albion drives him to eliminate all in his path. He murders his father and his own wife, then he exiles his brother, Amminus, the rightful heir to the throne.

Left behind are his twin sons, Boaz and Jachin. Each mistakenly believes the other has been killed by their father. As they mature into adults, their lives take very different paths — with one becoming a Greek physician and the other a Roman legionnaire.

Now High King of Albion, will Caradoc be dethroned when Amminus resurfaces? Will the twins reunite? Will Jachin sate his thirst for revenge by killing his father? Or will Caradoc’s ruthless ambition continue to destroy his sons’ lives?

The Golden Cord taps into the age-old themes of familial love, unrestrained ambition, breathtaking adventure, and reckless revenge intertwined with hope and redemption, recovery and faith. It’s a tale vast in scope, conveying an ancient world where loyalties and passions violently collide, culminating in total war.



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