Silk and Steel

“A Full Blooded Yarn of Glitter and Gore.” This historical novel is set at the dawn of the nineteenth century, before the British Raj was fully established. European soldiers of fortune carve out their own destiny amidst the ruins of the Mughal Empire. Full of romance, heroic struggles and lost causes!


A full-blooded yarn of gore and glitter.


Alter captures much that is great about India… its exquisite, almost infinitely subtle music.


Silk and Steel, like its predecessor, is beautifully composed and extremely entertaining… His ability to evoke locations stands out as the most visible, if not the most formidable aspect of his burgeoning talent… Alter’s sense of place and his language take quiet but certain command over all.

Alan Cheuse, Saturday Review