"I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor."--Admiral Horatio Nelson
"I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor."--Admiral Horatio Nelson
Rendfeld, Kim, The Ashes of Heaven's Pillar: In 772 AD, Charlemagne’s battles in Saxony have left Leova with nothing but her two children, Deorlaf and Sunwynn. Her beloved husband died in combat. Her faith lies shattered in the ashes of Irminsul, the Pillar of Heaven. The relatives obligated to defend her and her family sell them into slavery instead. Leova is resolved to protect her son and daughter, even if it means sacrificing her own honor. Yet Leova’s most difficult dilemma comes in the form of a Frankish friend, Hugh. He saves Deorlaf from a fanatical Saxon and is Sunwynn’s champion—but he is the warrior who slew Leova’s husband. This companion to Kim Rendfeld’s acclaimed The Cross and the Dragon tells the story of an ordinary family in extraordinary circumstances. (Historical Fiction)
Daspit, M. J., Lucy Lied: In 1870s Monterey, California, religious tent camp meetings are held cheek by jowl with lynchings. At this intersection of the righteous and the profane, a triangle links Dr. Jason Garrett, would-be healer accustomed to putting the truth through a contortion or two, the mute Lucy Strang, and gunman Matt Clancy, eviction agent who forces settlers off railroad land while stalwartly defending Chinese immigrants. Under suspicion for the murder of her brutish common-law husband, Lucy is saved from the noose when Garrett falsifies medical testimony at trial. He plans to marry the maligned redhead and cure her muteness. But it's whispered that Lucy has been dallying with the reviled Clancy. (Historical Fiction)
Keffer, James, Hornblower and the Island: Even as a prisoner on the remote island of St. Helena, Napoleon Bonaparte is embarrassing the British, and England is now the laughingstock of Europe. The answer is a new governor: Lord Horatio Hornblower. The British government is betting that Hornblower's background, being so similar to Bonaparte's, will earn the Corsican's respect. Both men rose from humble beginnings to nobility by their achievements alone. Both have commanded men and led them to victory. Hornblower's mission is simple: deal with the greatest military genius of the modern era and make him behave. Hornblower discovers a Bonaparte that history never knew, and learns the truth about the man who would be emperor of the world. (Historical Fiction)
Boschert, James, A Falcon Flies: Talon has returned to Acre the crusader port after more than a year in Byzantium. He is now a rich man, the owner of ships and in possession of a license to play the merchant within the Empire to the north. Riches bring enemies, however, and Talon's past is about to catch up with him. Before an investigation can disrupt his life, he and Sir Guy de Veres, his Templar mentor, survive a daring attack by 'Assassins, and he obtains vital information about Rav’an in the process. Then the kingdom of Baldwin IV is threatened by none other than the Sultan of Egypt, Salah Ed Din, who is bringing a vast army through Sinai to retake Jerusalem from the Christians. To help ensure the continued survival of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, Talon must take part in one of the most significant battles of the time. (Historical Fiction)
Platt, Donald Michael, Close to the Sun: Before they become fighter pilots themselves, Hank Milroy from Wyoming idealizes the gallant exploits of World War I fighter aces while Seth Braham falls in love with flying during an air show at San Francisco’s Crissy Field. On the other side of the Atlantic, Karl, Fürst von Pfalz-Teuffelreich, aspires to surpass his father's 49 Luftsiegen. Once the United States enter World War II, Hank and Seth experience the exhilaration of aerial combat and acedom during the unromantic reality of combat losses, tedious bomber escorts, strafing runs, and the firebombing of entire cities. Karl, as one of the hated aristocrats, is in as much danger from Nazis as he is from enemy fighter pilots. Callous political decisions, disastrous mistakes, and the horrific atrocities they witness at the end of the war put a dark spin on their dreams of glory. (Historical Fiction)
Marriott, Barbara, Take the Train to Tucson: The trouble starts in 1893, when Leonarda Stanton Worthington takes the train to Tucson to join her father and gets involved with train robbers and a cream cake. Before she can get sand in her shoes, she is caught up in murder and kidnapping by a band of ruthless western outlaws. Too much for Leo’s feisty spirit? NEVER. She is determined to catch the culprits and bring them to justice before the local sheriff, the Pinkerton agents, and her father can solve the case. Join Leo as she stirs up old Tucson and follows her journalistic nose as far north as Oracle. Nothing is sacred to Leo, not the Suffragette movement, a lost mine legend, or the financial status of her neighbors. Now that Leo's around, things in the Arizona Territory are heating up. (Historical Fiction)
Sharnick, Mary, Plagued: Since its initial strike in 1347, the plague has been continuously decimating populations across the known world. By 1401, the Venetian fleet has lost so many men that the doge has resorted to recruiting foreigners to take up the republic's oars. Enter Michael, a sixteen-year-old boy from a small fishing village on the Isle of Rhodes. Seeking adventure and escape from a dreary existence, Michael dreams of a larger life, perhaps even a heroic one. Little does he suspect that, despite the idyllic myth of Venice that the Republic perpetuates, a concerted, systematic attack on innocence as gruesome as the plague itself will obliterate his juvenile misconceptions and initiate him into a grown-up world where his physical strength, his religious faith, and his very soul are tested. (Historical Fiction)
Boren, Doug, Patriot's Point: 1780: At the Battle of Waxhaw, North Carolina, the British Legion massacres the unresisting soldiers of the Virginia Regiment instead of accepting their surrender. In the aftermath, colonists—ordinary men and women, farmers, shopkeepers, and backwoodsmen—come together in secret at an abandoned Spanish mission, renaming it Patriot’s Point. There they organize themselves into a fighting force, vowing to contain the British advance at all cost until the Continental Army can retaliate. Fewer than two hundred men stand in defiance of over five thousand British soldiers: two hundred patriots who understand that freedom is not free. (Historical Fiction)
Wan Xing Shi, Seclusion and Awakening: "If you believe, believe deeply. If you cultivate, cultivate fiercely.” With these words begins the incredible tale of the Chinese Buddhist Master, Wan Xing, and his quest for awakening. Taking these words to heart, he started his intense journey at an early age, running away from home to ordain as a monk in a Buddhist Temple. He carried this fervor with him to school, where he would volunteer to clean the public lavatories for two years in between his studies at the Buddhist institute. This was a starting point for his great devotion to his purpose. And when he finally decided that academic study would only take him so far, and that a more direct approach was called for, he had himself sealed into a cave for two years. (Historical Non Fiction)
Harriette Rinaldi, Four Faces of Truth: The name of Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot evokes memories of utter horror, eerily reminiscent of the nightmare of the Holocaust and presaging other genocidal regimes that continue into the 21st century. Witnessing the rise of the Khmer Rouge from different perspectives, the four fictional narrators of Four Faces of Truth describe how Pol Pot and a handful of other Paris-educated young people dream of creating a communist utopia in Cambodia. Instead, this dream mutates into a nightmarish experiment where ordinary people become mass murderers and today’s executioner could become tomorrow’s victim. Everyone fears for his life, and no one can be trusted. The intertwined paths of the narrators reflect the tragedy of political upheaval in Cambodia. (Historical Fiction)
Marina Neary, Never Be At Peace: A pugnacious orphan from a bleak Dublin suburb, Helena Molony dreams of liberating Ireland. Her fantasies take shape when Maud Gonne adopts her and sets her on a path to theatrical stardom - and political martyrdom. Swept up in the Gaelic Revival, Helena succumbs to the romantic advances of Bulmer Hobson, a Fenian leader with a talent for turning friends into enemies. After their affair ends in a bitter ideological rift, she turns to Sean Connolly, a married fellow-actor from the Abbey Theatre. As Ireland prepares to strike against the British rule on Easter Monday, Helena and her comrades find themselves caught in a whirlwind of deceit, violence, broken alliances and questionable sacrifices. In the words of Patrick Pearse, “Ireland unfree shall never be at peace”. For the survivors of the Rising, the battle will continue for decades after the last shot had been fired. (Historical Fiction)
Mark Bois, Lieutenant and Mrs. Lockwood: “Captain Barr desperately wanted to kill Lieutenant Lockwood. He thought constantly of doing so...Lockwood, after all, was a good shot and a fine swordsman; a knife in the back would do. And then Barr dreamt of going back to Ireland, and of taking Brigid Lockwood for his own.” So begins the story of Lieutenant James Lockwood, his wife Brigid, and his deadly rivalry with Charles Barr. Lockwood and Barr hold each other’s honor hostage, at a time when a man’s honor meant more than his life. But can a man as treacherous as Charles Barr be trusted to keep secret the disgrace that could irrevocably ruin Lockwood and his family? Against a backdrop of famine and uprising in Ireland, and the war between Napoleon and Wellington, here is a romance for the ages, and for all time. (Historical Fiction)
Mark Wiederanders, Stevenson's Treasure: In 1879 Robert Louis Stevenson embarked on one of the most romantic, ill-advised but wildly successful quests a literary figure has ever made. Young, unknown, and in failing health, he journeys six-thousand arduous miles to make Fanny Osbourne his wife, despite the fact that she is already married (unhappily), has children, and is ten years older than he. And yet, from their first meeting, he knew instantly she was the only woman for him.(Historical Fiction)
Lance Levens, Tietam Cane: Though the year is 1963, twelve year old Tietam Cane of Macon Georgia is locked in a never-ending war for the Confederate South. Raised in the country, tutored by his kill-all-the-Yankees grandfather, Tietam's knowledge of the world is bound within his 11 Volume Photographic History of the Civil War and the old man’s ritual reenactment of lost battles. Beneath the boyish bravado, Tietam's heart aches, longing for the parents who left him behind as a toddler when they fled to New York City where, according to his grandfather, they now thrive without him. But gradually, Tietman realizes that he lives in a cocoon spun by his grandfather’s lies, his rage, and brutal family secrets. Trapped between the Civil War and the present, Tietam also realizes that this violent legacy threatens his life and his hopes for the future -- a world without war and without the ever-present hate. (Historical Fiction)
Marc Liebman, Render Harmless: Car bombs set by a group called Red Hand are going off all over West Germany, killing American, British and German citizens. Red Hand’s manifesto reads as if it was copied from Nazi propaganda. Now, just four years after the 1972 Olympics massacre of Israeli athletes and three decades after the Holocaust, the West German government is facing its worst political nightmare: Germans are once again killing Jews. The West German police can’t find the shadowy members of Red Hand, so the American and British governments decide to act covertly. Josh Haman joins the team led by his friend and SEAL Team Six member Marty Cabot. The hunt takes their team into East Germany to execute their orders “to find, neutralize and render harmless to the United States and her allies the members of Red Hand.” (Historical Fiction)
Cynthia Neale, Norah: Follow the journey of Norah McCabe, a courageous young woman fleeing her Irish home devastated by famine and arriving in the rough and tumble world of New York City of the 1850s. For the new immigrant every aspect of life is a challenge, negotiating racism, poverty, and the struggle to find work. But there are riches and opportunities here as well, and Norah is determined to thrive in her new country through grit, her skills as a dress maker, and her unshakable dream of a better life. Meticulously researched, filled with voices of New York City’s multitudes, and tinged with romance, Cynthia Neale’s Norah offers a compelling heroine in the classic tradition of American immigrant stories.(Historical Fiction)
Loyd Uglow, Markman's Trinity: When Captain C.W. Langhorne takes a green lieutenant named Harry Bennett and a trio of Apache scouts on a hunting trip along the Rio Grande in 1916, he has no idea that their real quarry will turn out to be Mexican bandits and a kidnapped child. Although the rescue attempt goes sour, Langhorne captures a plan by extremists to ignite a bloodbath in the border states. While U. S. authorities decide how to react to the threat, Langhorne and Bennett have their own troubles with the glory-hunting Major Philip Cobb back at Fort Bliss. To complicate matters, Bennett finds himself pulled into an unconventional romance with Cobb’s young daughter. Langhorne and Bennett find themselves battling not only Mexican revolutionaries, but also treacherous civilians, hostile terrain, and Major Cobb.(Historical Fiction)
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James Boschert: Greek Fire, Book Four of Talon: Imprisoned for brawling in Acre, Talon and his longtime friend Max are freed by an old mentor from the Order of the Templars and offered a new mission in the fabled city of Constantinople. There Talon finds that winning the Emperor's favor obligates him to follow the Emperor to war in a willful expedition to free Byzantine lands from the Seljuk Turks. And beneath the pageantry of the great city, plans are being fomented by aristocrats who have made a reckless deal with Arab pirates to sell the one weapon the Byzantine Empire has to defend itself, Greek Fire, to an enemy bent upon the Empire's destruction. Talon and Max will find themselves in a fight for their lives – on the sea, and in the labyrinthine back streets of Constantinople where Talon must outwit his own kind, the assassins in the pay of a treacherous alliance. (Historical Fiction)
Leslie Fish, For Love of Glory: Tria Juncta in Uno: "The three joined in one" - This is how Ambassador Lord Hamilton describes the friendship between himself, his wife, and Admiral Horatio Nelson. But what happens to Emma, Lady Hamilton, when she returns to England pregnant with Admiral Horatio Nelson's illegitimate child? As the Napoleonic Wars rage on, the three friends form the most famous, and infamous, menage-a-trois of British history. Emma is grateful to William, who had rescued her from ignominy when he married her. But it is Nelson she adores, for the two of them understand the call of glory as no others do. Then Nelson is called upon to lead England's greatest fleet to victory or disaster at the Battle of Trafalgar, and what will become of Emma in the wake of desolation? (Historical Fiction)
J. F. Holden-Rhodes, Smart and Faithful Force: A superb account of the contributions of a truly fascinating character in the history of our nation and the Marine Corps, Henry Clay Cochrane, a hero, reformer and innovator. This is a must read for those interested in understanding the historical evolution of the Marine Corps into the renowned fighting force it has become. "Jim Holden-Rhodes rescues the history of the Marine Corps from the post-Civil War "dark Ages' or organizational stagnation. The career of Henry Clay Cochrane shows that a few brave reformers pushed the Marine Corps to higher standards of appearance, discipline, training and marksmanship. As it entered its imperial years, 1898-1933, the Marine Corps showed that its soaring self esteem was justified by it's fighting skills. Cochrane showed the way." ...Allan R. Millett, Author, Semper Fidelis: The History of the United States. (Nautical nonfiction)
C.T. Marshall, Surfmen: As lightning cracks over a roiling sea, young Thomas Hooper clings to life amidst the waves. His family, his friends, all that he’s ever known have been taken by the storm. Drifting in the sea, the boy is unexpectedly rescued and given a new chance at life on the sands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Thirty years later, thirteen years after the Civil War, on that same spit of sand at Cape Hatteras, seven men of courage face the sea and its storms as men of the United States Lifesaving Service. As Thomas Hooper readies his men to fight the sea and tries to keep them from fighting each other, he realizes that the souls he’s there to save may very well be those of his men. (Nautical Ficiton)
Marina Neary, Wynfield's Kingdom: Re-released with stunning new covers. Welcome to 1830s Bermondsey, London's most notorious slum, a land of gang wars, freak shows, and home to every depravity known to man. Dr. Thomas Grant, a disgraced physician, adopts Wynfield, a ten-year old thief savagely battered by a gang leader for insubordination. The boy grows up to be a slender, idealistic opium addict who worships Victor Hugo. By day he steals and resells guns from a weapons factory. By night he amuses filthy crowds with his adolescent girlfriend-a fragile witch with wolfish eyes. Wynfield senses that he has a purpose outside of his rat-infested kingdom; but he never guesses that he had been selected at birth to topple the British aristocracy. (Historical Fiction)
David Pilling, Nowhere Was There Peace: England, 1266 AD. Simon de Montfort is dead, butchered at the slaughter of Evesham, and England lies in ruins after years of civil war. Eager for revenge on his barons, King Henry III has disinherited all of de Montfort’s surviving followers. The war is renewed as thousands of men are left with little choice but to snatch up their swords and fight to recover their stolen lands.Hugh Franklin, a humble mason’s son from Southwark, is plunged into the eye of this storm when the Lord Edward, King Henry’s son and heir, recruits him as a government agent. With the safety of his family at stake, Franklin must survive encounters with rebel knights, blood-hungry outlaws, and a beautiful Jewess as England crumbles in smoke and flame around him. (Historical Fiction)
Jess Wells, A Slender Tether: Amidst the turbulent weather of Europe’s Little Ice Age, A Slender Tether offers three compelling tales of self-discovery, woven into a rich tapestry of 14th century France. Christine de Pizan, daughter of a disgraced court physician and astrologer, grapples with her ambition to be the first woman writer of France. A doctor finds an unusual way to cope with the death of his wife. And opportunity alternates with disasters in the lives of four commoners, yoked by necessity: a paper-maker struggling to keep his business, a falconer with a mysterious past, a merchant's daughter frantic to avoid an arranged marriage, and a down-on-his-luck musician with a broken guitar and the voice of an angel. (Historical Fiction)
Jay Worrall, A Sea Unto Itself: 1799, the year after Napoleon Bonaparte led an expeditionary force across the Mediterranean to conquer Egypt, where he remains. Could it be that Egypt is intended only as a stepping stone for an invasion of Britain’s troubled colonies in India? Incredible though it seems, such a threat could deprive England of the great source of its wealth and devastate her ability to continue the war against her revolutionary enemy. Charles Edgemont, newly appointed Captain of the Frigate Cassandra, 32, is ordered on what he initially considers a fool’s errand to the foot of the Red Sea. He finds an under-strength crew on the point of mutiny, and an unresolved murder. Near the entrance to the Red Sea, Charles reports to Admiral Sir John Blankett. Blankett is openly contemptuous of any notion that the French would make any other attempt to invade the subcontinent. Admiral Blankett is wrong. (Nautical Fiction)