1810: The Royal Navy of Great Britain is all that stands between Napoleon and absolute domination of Europe. Royal Marine Captain Thomas Pennywhistle is assigned to HMS Active, part of a small squadron of frigates in the Adriatic Sea. It’s considered a sideshow theatre of the war, but on those waters, one of the greatest naval battles of the age will be fought.
As a Marine, Pennywhistle fights on land and sea. He leads his handful of men first against a battalion of Napoleon’s Army and finally against the French fleet in all its terrible grandeur, always leading from the front, fighting not only with weapons but by using his wit – cool and analytical where others are blinded by passion.
Pennywhistle’s own passions will be aroused by the beautiful and fiercely independent Carlotta, and he will be tested by conflicts that make him question his deepest principles.
HMS Active will take Pennywhistle's measure. Will he measure up?
"This is not just a rousing, edge-of-your seat nautical tale; it is also a powerfully passionate and winningly romantic love story. It is a pleasure to see a heroine who is well rounded, not a mere cipher who exists simply to be put in jeopardy and then rescued. The chemistry between hero and heroine is wonderful to behold." –Sandi Lindstrom
Dedicated to the 60,000 Irish slaves who perished in Barbados, victims of Cromwell's terror campaign in Ireland during the 17th century.
When Michael Redferne pulls the body of twenty year old Maureen Kelly from a frozen Irish lake, something tells him he should leave well enough alone. But fear conquers instinct and he hides the frozen corpse in the ice house on Lord Preston’s estate. Unaware that sinister forces in the persons of Lady Preston and her lover are conspiring against him, he walks into a trap and is shipped in chains to Barbados, known as Sugar Island. Once there, Redferne joins thousands of African and Irish laborers who are forced to work in the cane fields from dawn to dusk under the cowhide whips of brutal overseers. The rising and setting sun becomes a doomsday clock, ticking off Redferne’s slow march to the grave. He must escape if he hopes to redeem his past and save his future.
In the Arctic summer of 2021, two explorers are on a wide-ranging archaeological survey on board the small research vessel Polar Quest. The objective is to locate any surviving evidence of the disastrous 1928 Italia dirigible expedition to the North Pole. But rather than a lost airship, the expedition stumbles upon the wreck of a submarine, one that resembles the same Nautilus described by Jules Verne in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Was Verne’s famous novel an imaginative science fiction story or, instead, a fictionalized account of an undersea voyage that actually took place in 1867? As the two explorers descend to the sub and enter a study holding 12,000 volumes on Brazilian rosewood shelves, the questions multiply: was Captain Nemo a scientist, the entire Earth his laboratory, and evolution itself his experiment?
“All of Marc Liebman’s books are superb and hard to put down once you start to read them, but Cherubs 2 is his finest to date! I could not put it down and read it cover to cover at one sitting! The book takes the reader back to the early 1970’s and takes guys like me right back to our youthful combat days flying over North Viet Nam! In 1972 we were striking areas around Haiphong harbor several times daily and were losing aircraft and pilots to SAM’s and AAA at a high rate.
Marc and all the combat air crews who sacrificed to save those who were forced to eject in Indian Country are heroes! They pulled my wingman and several and several of my friends out of the jaws of the enemy and for that they will always be my heroes! Those of us who flew combat over North/South Viet Nam knew we stood a 50-50 chance of being picked up if bagged due to the sheer guts of the Big Mother crews!
Cherubs 2 is a fast paced, thrilling, accurate novel that you will not be able to put down! It sits in my library right next to Clancy’s novels!!!”
Robert MacHugh is a late 17th century Scots wine merchant and smuggler in New York who finds himself (not totally willingly) chasing pirates, perfidious French persons, angry Native Americans and others as a “favor” for a very powerful London power broker. A story filled with straining canvas, roaring cannons, spies, crooked Dutch patroons, Maroons and pretty girls, among other things.
In the early winter months of 1864, Confederate General Robert E. Lee devised a plan to retake critical areas of eastern North Carolina, then occupied by the Federal Army. If successful, a new supply line would be established to Richmond, and the Southern war effort greatly bolstered as a result. Central to this plan was the use of the new rebel ironclad Albemarle, then nearing completion on the Roanoke River. The CSS Albemarle was considered a formidable weapon by all concerned and its destruction soon became a high priority of the Lincoln administration.
So successful would the Albemarle prove to be against the blockading squadron, however, that in utter desperation the Federal high command ultimately turned to a twenty-one year old lieutenant who had demonstrated daring and success on the rivers of Virginia and North Carolina. The mission to destroy the Albemarle, nevertheless, was a high stakes gamble of the most desperate and heroic variety. Its remarkable success became a bitter disaster for the Confederacy, a much needed electoral boost for Abraham Lincoln, and catapulted Lt. William Baker Cushing into legend.
Slavery: a crime against humanity and the basis for a whole economy in one of the most shameful aspects of our history, but this is the backdrop against which Storm Warning is painted. Based on a true and all but forgotten incident, part sea chase and part courtroom drama, it is the story of the capture and trial of Captain Nathaniel Gordon, the only man in history to face conviction for slave trading; Commander Sylvanus Godon, who captured him at sea; and those men who brought him to justice and fought in his defense in a landmark case that reaches from the Circuit Court of the Southern District of New York City all the way to Washington and the new President Lincoln.
Wiona Rutherford is barely keeping her head above the dust as she struggles to manage her dilapidated ranch and a mother who is lapsing into dementia. To make matters worse, the ranch, located in the arid, mountain corridor that is the border between Mexico and Southeast Arizona, is a major crossing for illegal aliens. Although Wiona is sympathetic to those who undertake this dangerous journey, she is sick to death of the damage they leave behind. Then she comes upon a lone woman and her just born baby on the cold ground under an oak tree.
Deliberately exposing himself to machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire, Jared Monti sacrificed himself attempting, not once but three times, to rescue one of his squad members from the “kill zone” after his patrol came under attack by insurgents on a mountain in Afghanistan. He declared, “He’s my guy. I’m going to get him.” In doing so, Jared was able to protect the rest of the unit by drawing fire away from them and buy time for air support to arrive. After suffering a direct hit from an RPG, the 30-year-old SFC recited the Lord’s Prayer as he lay dying. His last words were, “I’ve made peace with God. Tell my family I love them.”
Songwriter Connie Harrington heard a radio interview with Jared’s father, Paul Monti, that inspired “I Drive Your Truck”, which became the #1 country song in America.
Jared was awarded the Medal of Honor on September 17, 2009. Jared died a heroic death, but more importantly, lived a heroic life. This is the story of that life.
In the early days of the Civil War, when things were going mostly for the South, the Confederacy planned to extend its empire to California, taking advantage of the Pacific ports and vast goldfields. But first, they had to secure the New Mexico Territory.
For Mace Alexander and his friends, the Civil War was just the beginning. Through the crucible of war, they would become brothers...though not all would survive. In the broiling heat of the desert, and across sun-swept mountains, they would become frontiersmen.
But the deadliest, most ruthless enemy of all awaited them...the Apache Snake Dancers! Their unholy sacrifices and blood crazed ferocity threatened to drive out the struggling white man forever. In the inevitable clash to come, there could only be one victor...one survivor. Only one to see..beyond the horizons.