Payback

PAYBACK – NEW ALTERNATIVE HISTORY NOVEL

BY MICHAEL FITZGERALD PUBLISHED BY MOONSHINE COVE

Payback is great for alternative history fans as well as crime enthusiasts and those interested in World War Two.

It’s a novel filled with disaster and possibility that changes the course of world history.

What if Hitler had been assassinated before World War Two? Who would fill the power vacuum? Who would take over in Germany? How would Mussolini react?

Payback is a fast-paced novel involving two assassins, the gangster Bugsy Siegel and an undercover FBI agent. They travel to Italy for Hitler’s state visit in 1938 to kill him, with additional help from the anti-fascist Mafia.

In the aftermath of the assassination chaos ensues as the Nazi leaders are unaware of the dramatic changes taking place in Germany during their absence. Mussolini makes new plans of his own in the light of the events.

Payback has been described as “one of the best ‘what if?’ novels since ‘Fatherland,”(Kim Kinrade, author of “Rockets of the Reich”)  “a great read with an amazing plot that kept me always wanting more,” (David Avoura King, author of “Hitler Out of Time”) “strong characters and surprising twists and turns,” (Sandra Saidak, author of “From the Ashes”) “a first-rate thriller that keeps the heart racing to the very last page.” (James Thayer, author of “S-Day”).

ISBN numbers · ISBN-10: 1945181001 and · ISBN-13: 978-1945181006

ASIN numbers for the Kindle : ASIN: B01MFABT1Q.

Payback has 268 pages

£11.49/ $13.99 paperback

£4.91 /$5.99 Kindle.

Payback is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all major wholesalers and retailers.

The Wrong Prince

thewrongprincecover-JPGTwo princes. One bride. A dire misunderstanding… Geo and Dmitri are the princes of Tybiria. Though Geo is the obvious athlete, it’s bookish Dmitri that yields the credit – and consequences – for slaying a foreign prince. But whose arrow really struck the boy?

Luccia Camerlane is the Baron of Backshore’s enigmatic daughter…as well as Prince Geo’s secret mistress…until she learns of her disastrous betrothal to none other than his brother, Prince Dmitri.

When Dmitri is abducted by the deranged King of Llewes, star-crossed lovers Geo and Lucie must set aside their woes and differences to rescue the Crown Prince from the formidable Wintersea fortress. A precocious castle ward, a fascinating love-quadrangle, and a hit-woman harlot complete this action packed rom com in another wickedly fast-paced fantasy adventure from C.K. Brooke, author of The Red Pearl and the Books of Jordinia.

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C.K. Brooke

Mornings in Jeniin

Mornings in Jenin, by Susan Abulhawa

This is one of the most disturbing stories I have read. I visited Israel in 1967, shortly after the Six Day War ended. I remember the Israeli taxi driver boasting about how quickly they had won that war, gleefully pointing out captured tanks and other military vehicles at the side of the roads we travelled, and feeling rather disgusted at his smugness. Surely all war was horrible, surely all war implied suffering and death? My 20-year old self was horrified, not impressed.

Susan Abulhawa tells her story with passion and pain. It is the story of a family which grew up in the peaceful village of Ein Hod, occupied by Israelis after the partition of Palestine in 1948, and then was forced to relocate to a camp in Jenin. After bombing, burning, killing, maiming, plundering and looting, soldiers came to claim the land the family had lived on since distant times.

It is nothing short of devastating to read of families torn apart, of life in a refugee camp, of loss, destruction, and oppression.  I will never forget the horror I felt reading about a mother having her baby son torn from her arms, lost to her forever to be raised by the enemy.

The story begins in a peaceful, ancient village, and ends with the massacre of so-called terrorists, an incident denied in the US press. One of the soldiers gives the narrator water to drink during the siege, but it’s ‘not enough to wash a mother’s blood from her daughter’s skin.’ Earlier, she felt a strange desire to be a fish, to live ‘inside the water’s soothing world, where screams and gunfire were not heard and death was not smelled.’

It is impossible to read this story without feeling, to quote: ‘sad for the youth betrayed by their leaders for symbols and flags and war and power.’ And sadder still, to know that the conflict rages on.

 

A Place Called Winter

To find yourself, sometimes you must lose everything.

A shy but privileged elder son, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence – until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest force him to abandon his wife and child and sign up for emigration to Canada.

Remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England. And yet it is here, isolated in a seemingly harsh landscape, under the threat of war and madness that the fight for survival will reveal in Harry an inner strength and capacity for love beyond anything he has ever known before.

Author(s)
Patrick Gale

The Nightingale

Bravery, courage, fear and love in a time of war.

Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

Vivid and exquisite in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with atrocities, but also humanity and strength, Kristin Hannah’s novel will provoke thought and discussion that will have readers talking long after they finish reading.

Author(s)
Kristin Hannah
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The Mark of the Shadow Grove

Daughters of the gathering dusk and the students of blackest spellcraft, the women of the Schermerhorn clan are enigmas made flesh. They have been priestesses since time immemorial.

They are the keepers of primeval knowledge.

They are wise in the ways of the Old Religion.

And they are destroyers of men.

But do the women of the Schermerhorn clan drive the men they encounter to their destruction? Or are their actions guided by specters on the periphery of human consciousness?

The Schermerhorn women will soon learn what lurks in the flickering shadows beyond the candlelight.

Come.

Author(s)
Ross Smeltzer

The Templars’ Last Days


  1. It’s the 13th October 1307. Friday the thirteenth in fact. And the arrest of key Templar Knights, under the orders of King Philip IV, marks the beginning of the end for this Christian Order. But how did it come to this? What happened to the Templar treasure? Why are the Templar vaults empty? Why is the Templar Fleet no longer at La Rochelle? And just where has the Holy Grail been laid to rest?

The Templars’ Last Days answers these questions, by taking you through those dramatic few months in France, with its rich descriptions bringing to life the excitement and the intense manoeuvring and posturing behind the scenes as the negotiations reach their final conclusion – to devastating effect.

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Author(s)
David Scott
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The Chronocar

Simmie Johnson was born the son of a slave. He was also a genius. After earning a PhD in physics from Tuskegee Institute, he wrote a paper outlining a theory for time travel, including plans for a time machine—called a Chronocar—160x107-Chronocar.jpgwhich was published in a scientific journal in the early 1900s . Since the technology required to build the Chronocar did not yet exist, the paper and its brilliant writer faded into obscurity.

A century later, a young Illinois Tech student, Tony Carpenter, discovers the journal article and decides to build a Chronocar so he can travel back to 1919 to meet the black scientist he hopes to emulate. Unfortunately, time is not on his side. Dr. Johnson is living in Chicago’s Black Belt with his beautiful daughter—and Tony arrives just in time for the bloodiest race riot in the city’s history. Can Tony use the Chronocar to save his new friends, or will his attempt forever alter the future he hopes to return to?

Author(s)
Steve Bellinger
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Slavic Tales & Myths – Part 1

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In this 6th book of The Slavic Way series, the reader is introduced to different tales from the Slavic heritage. Storytelling is a big part of the Slavic culture and many tales have been passed on for countless generations: parent to child, grandparent to grandchild. Many of these tales have a hidden meaning and a hidden lesson within it, that is supposed to be understood and learned by all who hear it. These kind of tales are presented in this book.

Author(s)
Dmitriy Kushnir

Creatures of Slavic Myth

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In this volume of The Slavic Way series, creatures, beings and spirits of Slavic mythology are presented and described. If you ever wondered about the noises you may hear around your home, about why sometimes you wake up in cold sweat, or about the visions you may see or noises you may hear around the forest; this book is an essential read for you.

Author(s)
Dmitriy Kushnir
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Songs of Bird Gamayun

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In the 3rd book of The Slavic Way series reader is presented with the Slavic Creation Myth in the form of songs of bird Gamayun that was passed on verbally through generations. It speaks of creation of the first World, its destruction and resurrection.

Author(s)
Dmitriy Kushnir

Slavic Faith – Deities & Commandments

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This is the second book of The Slavic Way Series, and it focus is on the Deities of the Slavic Faith and their Commandments.

Author(s)
Dmitriy Kushnir

Slavic Faith – Rodnoverie & Yngliism

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This book introduces the reader to Slavic Faith. It discusses Slavic heritage, Slavic afterlife, Slavic family and many other aspects of Slavic life. Because of oppression, much of Slavic heritage was destroyed or changed over the past several thousands of years. This book is an introduction of what once was the great Slavic people. After reading this book, a Slavic person will know more about his roots and where he comes from.

Author(s)
Dmitriy Kushnir

Vidal’s Honor

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Author(s)
Sherry Gloag

A Second Chance

A Second Chance.jpgJourney back to the early 1800s and join a young widow, an injured man, a kidnapped woman, and a cheeky butler, as they come together in an adventure of intrigue, mystery, suspense, and of course, romance.

Travel with Graydon and Kathryn from the English countryside to a London ball, all while he struggles to regain his memory and strength sufficiently to rescue his kidnapped niece, and she wonders whether she can risk taking a second chance at love.

Author(s)
Christina Paul
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All the Light We Cannot See

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From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Author(s)
Anthony Doerr
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Golden Promise

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It is 19th century London and transportation to Australia for petty crimes remains the easy option for the English judiciary. So when young Matt Tobin becomes embroiled in the crimes of his older brother, he is forced to leave London aboard a transport ship and start a new life in the Antipodes. Unlike his older brother, Matt is ambitious and strives to make a success of his life. Working hard to acquire a range of skills and cast off the shame of his convict background, the boy grows into an industrious employee and settles into life on one of the new colony’s sprawling sheep stations. Things go well for Matt until he meets Sarah, the spoilt and determined daughter of his employer. Despite his single-minded focus, Matt is unable to ignore her amorous advances and the heat of their desire soon results in the announcement of an unplanned pregnancy, and the wrath of Sarah’s self-righteous father. The couple marry, and after their attempts to turn virgin bush into a profitable sheep property fail, they set off for a new life in a bourgeoning gold mining town. But soon Matt’s past revisits him, with a force so powerful that everything he values, including his marriage, will be tested to the limit.

Author(s)
Heather Whipp

The Guillotine Choice

The Guillotine Choice by Michael Melone & Bashir Saoudi

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‘A compelling, life-affirming story of a man’s endurance and will to live under the most brutal of circumstances.’ -Helen Fitzgerald. In 1920s French-controlled Algeria, Kaci is in the frame for the brutal murder of his French boss. Kaci is faced with a stark choice: name his cousin as the killer and win his freedom, or keep quiet and face 25 years’ hard labour in the infamous Devil’s Island penal colony. Either way, one of them is destined for the world’s worst prison…a hell on earth that few men survive. The Guillotine Choice is a novel based on the true story of an Algerian man’s years in one of history’s most notorious prisons. A real-life Shawshank Redemption, it is an inspirational story of endurance and the triumph of dignity over despair in almost unimaginably horrific conditions.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Guillotine-Choice-Michael-J-Malone/dp/1908643404/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1439715437&sr=1-1&keywords=the+guillotine+choice

The House Girl

The House Girl by Tara Conklin

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Extraordinary, powerfully touching debut novel of historical fiction placed in Antebellum Virginia and present day. A cross-culturally written story, at the heart of a quite possible what-if scenario, is marvelously and gracefully narrated and well researched. Simply a wonderful read!

http://www.amazon.com/The-House-Girl-Novel-P-S/dp/0062207512

The Tokyo Express

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A novel that takes you from Japan to Ireland and back set in post war 1945 and after the 2011 tsunami. A fascinating story of a mixture of two cultures which though vastly different, have surprising parallels too. It touches on some poignant subjects with passion and provided a sensitive insight into how the victims in such situations felt. An easy to read book – – funny, tragic, informative and written with a depth and descriptiveness which takes you on a journey to worlds I knew nothing about.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tokyo-Express-Una-Rose-ebook/dp/B00KY8G2H8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410278139&sr=8-1&keywords=the+tokyo+express+una+rose

Sunni (The Life and Love of King Tutenkhamun’s Wife)

Sunni (The Life and Love of King Tutenkhamun’s Wife) by Juliianna Boyer

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Sunni was the half-sister and wife of King Tut. Find out the truth of what really happened with his tragic death.Was she responsible? This story tells their life through Sunni’s eyes. Betrayal, love and mystery surround this story.

http://www.amazon.com/Sunni-Life-Love-King-Tutankhamuns/dp/1628574062/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408148725&sr=1-1&keywords=julianna+boyer

In Empires and Embraces

In Empires and Embraces by Sai Marie Johnson
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Caecelia of House Servili’s entire life is turned upside down one fateful evening when raiders from an invading country land on her family’s estate. The daughter of a Roman Senator, Caecelia is a proud, spoiled, and educated young woman. Yet, with the entrance of a strong, brave Spartan warrior Caecelia’s entire world is torn down as a secret revelation surfaces. Will her captor’s revelation shatter her life, or will she find out the truth In Empires and Embraces?

https://kindle.amazon.com/work/empires-embraces-sai-marie-johnson-ebook/B00J751PFS/B00J6OM6BW

The Boy Who Led Them

The Boy Who Led Them by George Chittenden

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When Stanley finds a two-hundred year old message from Jacob Swift, the king of smugglers, he gets caught up in an adventure that may solve all of his problems and a mystery several hundred years in the making.
Raised by a fisherman on the English Channel and taken under the wing of the fearsome Billy Bates, Jacob Swift was leading the country’s most successful smuggling gang at fifteen, landing cargoes of brandy, tobacco and silk along the Kent coast whilst fighting battles with rival gangs and Customs officers on land and sea.

But when the king of smugglers gets caught up in a plot to steal a priceless treasure he makes an enemy with enough power to bring his empire to its knees.

This is a story of honour, loyalty and England’s troubled past. A story of treasure lost and finally found.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Boy-Who-Led-Them-ebook/dp/B0098NL4UU/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1398068078&sr=8-1

Follies Past: a Prequel to Pride and Prejudice

Follies Past: a Prequel to Pride and Prejudice by Melanie Kerr

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Taking its facts from Austen’s own words, Follies Past opens almost a year before the opening of Pride and Prejudice itself, at Pemberley, at Christmas. Fourteen-year-old Georgiana has just been taken from school and is preparing to transfer to London in the spring. It follows Georgiana to London, to Ramsgate and into the arms of the charming and infamous Mr. Wickham. To read this book is to step back into the charming world of Jane Austen’s England, to pass a few more hours with some of her beloved characters, sympathetically portrayed as they might have been before ever they came to Netherfield, and to discover a host of new characters each with engaging histories of their own. Authentic in its use of language and meticulously researched, it is a truly diverting entertainment.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GD76KJY

The Pirate Captain, Chronicles of a Legend

The Pirate Captain, Chronicles of a Legend by Kerry Lynne
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“I am Nathanael J. E. Blackthorne, the pirate captain. Please, reserve your accolades regarding me fame and conquests for another time. During the year of our lord 1753, I was sailing the West Indies, minding the oars in me own boat, pursuing me sole purpose in life: to disrupt the unholy alliance of two corrupt men, to destroy their lives as they destroyed mine. I mistakenly kidnap Catherine Mackenzie—wrong person, easy mistake, you understand—and me life went arsey-turvey. Having lost hearth and heart to the Jacobite War, and wanted for war crimes, Cate has the grit and savvy to have survived years destitute and alone in the cesspool known as London. When arrest seems imminent, Cate, through whose eyes this story is told, buys passage on the first ship away. Now, Cate desires but one thing: a place to belong. Alas, if it were only that simple. This is a story of scarred and blinded people. It’s the story of trust, or rather, the lack of. It’s the story of loss of faith and the disbelief that Providence might ever smile again. Have you the courage to join us?”

http://www.amazon.com/Pirate-Captain-Chronicles-Legend/dp/1480200158/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373648983&sr=1-1&keywords=the+pirate+captain

Wolves of Rome

Wolves of Rome by Christopher Lee Buckner

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218 BC.

Hannibal Barca has conquered Saguntum and is preparing his army to lay siege on Rome.

But an arrogant Roman Senate is dismissive of the barbarian warrior – and refuses to take any steps to protect the city.

A young man, Gaius, has been brought up as part of the Wolves of Rome, one of the most powerful and feared legions of the Empire.

As the threat from Hannibal rises, the Wolves are given orders to prepare for battle.

Meanwhile, back in Rome, Gaius has found out that his childhood sweetheart, and the love of his life, Julia Varro, has been betrothed to Lucius Aemilius Paullus by her father to secure an important political alliance.

Gaius finds himself trapped between his duty – fighting to the death for the Republic – and his heart – fighting to secure Julia’s hand in marriage.

As the war ravages the nation, and Rome faces one crushing defeat after another from Hannibal’s invading barbarian horde ,Gaius stands to lose his love and his life…

Can he help lead the Wolves – and Rome – to victory against Hannibal?

Or does he stand to lose it all in the fight to secure the Empire?

Set during the events of the Second Punic War, circa 218 – 201 BC, ‘Wolves of Rome’ is a sweeping military epic set against the backdrop of one of the ancient world’s greatest conflicts – a war that would see the end of one nation and the rise of a new world super-power that would forever change the course of western civilization.

http://www.amazon.com/Wolves-Rome-Christopher-Lee-Buckner-ebook/dp/B00HNVWYYO/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388788988&sr=1-2&keywords=wolves+of+rome

Sea Witch

Sea Witch by Helen Hollick

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From the age of fifteen Jesamiah Acorne has been a pirate with only two loves – his ship and his freedom. But his life is to change when he and his crewmates unsuccessfully attack a merchant ship off the coast of South Africa. He is to meet Tiola Oldstagh an insignificant girl, or so he assumes – until she rescues him from a vicious attack, and almost certain death, by pirate hunters. And then he discovers what she really is; a healer, a midwife – and a white witch.
When the call of the sea and an opportunity to commandeer a beautiful ship – the Sea Witch – is put in Jesamiah’s path, he must make a choice between his life as a pirate or his love for Tiola. He wants both – but his enemies want him dead.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sea-Witch-Helen-Hollick/dp/1906236607/ref=sr_1_3_bnp_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384364155&sr=1-3&keywords=helen+hollick

Black Pearls

Black Pearls by Heather Whipp

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Black Pearls is a romantic, fictional adventure centered on Ellie Griffith, adopted daughter of two missionaries. Ellie leads an idyllic life with her parents on a tropical island in the south Pacific until one fateful day, a black-birding ship drops anchor in their waters. Ellie’s sweet innocence is shattered, by terror, violence, and murder.

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The Thackery Journal

The Thackery Journal by John Holt

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On the night of April 14th 1865 President Abraham Lincoln attended a performance at The Ford Theatre, in Washington. A single shot fired by John Wilkes Booth hit the President in the back of the head. He slumped to the floor, and died a few hours later without recovering consciousness. Was Booth a lone assassin? Or was he part of a wider conspiracy? What if Booth had merely been a willing party to a plot to replace Lincoln with General Ulysees S. Grant.
Let us suppose that Booth had been set up by a group of men, a group of Lincoln’s own Army Generals; Generals who wanted Ulysees S. Grant for their President, and not Lincoln. And let us also suppose that the funding for the assassination came from gold stolen by the Confederate Army.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Thackery-Journal-ebook/dp/B00EFALJCE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1377766600&sr=1-1&keywords=the+thackery+journal

The Apothecary’s Daughter

The Apothecary’s Daughter by Charlotte Betts

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A debut novel from an exciting new voice in historical romance set in bustling, malodorous London at the time of the plague, just before the Great Fire of 1666.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Apothecarys-Daughter-ebook/dp/B00550NYIA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377671874&sr=8-1&keywords=the+apothecary's+daughter

The River Way Home: The Adventures of the Cowboy, the Indian, & the Amazon Queen

The River Way Home: The Adventures of the Cowboy, the Indian, & the Amazon Queen by Mary E. Dawson

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ALLIGATORS, OUTLAWS, AND TOURISTS!

Lost and Found on Florida’s Last Frontier!

It’s 1914. A young Cracker who yearns to become a Florida cow hunter, a Seminole who sees his way of life disappearing, and an educated African-American girl from Baltimore lose their boat on Lake Okeechobee and are stranded in the wild and mysterious Florida Jungle. When outlaws block the only road back, they have to find a new way home. How will they survive? And who will they be when they get there?

With a section of old photos and short historical essays at the end, The River Way Home is historical fiction full of action, humor, and conflicts that remain contemporary today. It’s a classic tale of friendship and coming-of-age that will take you back in time to your childhood favorites.

http://www.amazon.com/The-River-Way-Home-ebook/dp/B00CKASPE6/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1376918497&sr=1-1

Dead Men

Dead Men by Richard Pierce

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The discovery of Captain Scott’s body in the Antarctic in November 1912 started a global obsession with him as a man and an explorer. One mystery remains – why did he and his companions spend their last ten days in a tent 11 miles from the relative safety of a large food and fuel depot?

Birdie Bowers, an infamously secretive painter, is a woman with a dead man’s name. Her parents were obsessed by her namesake, Henry ‘Birdie’ Bowers, one of Scott’s companions. Almost a hundred years after his death, she is determined to discover what really happened to him. On her way to view some of the things recovered from Scott’s tent, she collapses, and is rescued by Adam, a bored computer geek, who falls in love with her, to the extent of agreeing to travel to the Antarctic with her to discover the site of Scott’s tent, now under 30 metres of ice.

“Dead Men is an emotional adventure and an unsettling ghost story. It’s an exploration of those two opposing magnetic forces – the one pulling us onward, and the one pulling us home – and a sympathetic salute to the flawed and foolhardy human spirit.” Katie Ward, author of Girl Reading.

“This is a love story, a historical novel, a polar expedition and a ghostly tale. From an initial improbability, page after page draws the reader in. As the author’s first effort at full-length fiction, it is a notable success. I highly recommend this novel.” Washington Independent Review if Books

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Men-Richard-Pierce/dp/0715642960

Much Ado About Madams

Much Ado About Madams by Jacquie Rogers

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Determined to put her past to rest and embrace her new life as a graduate of Miss Hattie’s School for the Refinement of Young Ladies, Lucinda Sharpe heads west to become a school teacher. Little does she know it’s not Reese McAdams who invites her to the town of Dickshooter in Idaho Territory, it is six soiled doves in The Comfort Palace who are determined to rise above the cards they’ve been dealt in this life. The moment Lucinda steps off the stage coach, the fun begins. The women embrace their lessons with the same fervor as they do throwing Lucinda and Reese together. What follows is a fast-paced plot with twists and turns, humorous moments and a deeper, poignant look at how the past can shape a person’s future.

http://www.amazon.com/About-Madams-Hearts-Owyhee-ebook/dp/B007HRTQ0O/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

Spirit of Lost Angels

Spirit of Lost Angels by Liza Perrat

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Her mother executed for witchcraft, her father dead at the hand of a noble, Victoire Charpentier vows to rise above her impoverished peasant roots.

Forced to leave her village of Lucie-sur-Vionne for domestic work in the capital, Victoire suffers gruesome abuse under the ancien régime of 18th century Paris.

Imprisoned in France’s most pitiless madhouse – La Salpêtrière asylum – Victoire becomes desperate and helpless, until she meets fellow prisoner Jeanne de Valois, infamous conwoman of the diamond necklace affair. With the help of the ruthless and charismatic countess who helped hasten Queen Marie Antoinette to the guillotine, Victoire carves out a new life for herself.

Enmeshed in the fever of pre-revolutionary Paris, Victoire must find the strength to join the revolutionary force storming the Bastille. Is she brave enough to help overthrow the diabolical aristocracy?

As Spirit of Lost Angels traces Victoire’s journey, it follows too, the journey of an angel talisman through generations of the Charpentier family. Victoire lives in the hope her angel pendant will one day renew the link with a special person in her life.

Amidst the tumult of the French revolution drama, the women of Spirit of Lost Angels face tragedy and betrayal in a world where their gift can be their curse.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spirit-of-Lost-Angels-ebook/dp/B0082MI2Y4/ref=pd_sim_kinc_3

Shadow of the Wolf

SHADOW OF THE WOLF by Michael Parker

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A island off the north coast of Scotland under the Nazi jackboot as Hitler’s storm troopers search for a missing U-boat captain and the secret to Britain’s centimetric radar.
The islanders, remnants of a once thriving whaling community, know of the existence of the submarine commander from a pre-war association but deny that existence. Schafer knows they are lying and his search for the secrets to Britain’s new weapon unravels a patchwork of intrigue, guilt and shame.
In a shattering race against time all that stands between success and failure for Schafer is the tenacious courage of two young people, Billy and Ailie, and an old whale catching boat, the Nordcaper.

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The Eighth Circle of Hell

The Eighth Circle of Hell by Gary Dolman

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The Victorian age is often held up as a shining era of British history, a time of wealth and power, of civilisation and philanthropy. It was all of these. Yet it was also a time of cruelty and depravity, where power and wealth were used to ill-purpose. It was the time of the ‘defloration mania’, where young girls were bought and sold like the slaves they became.

Elizabeth Wilson is an elderly woman who has spent a lifetime of grinding toil and poverty in a workhouse. She fled there as a young girl, pregnant and penniless, to escape her depraved uncle and his powerful friends. However, advancing dementia has caused her to regress inexorably back in her life, to the point where she is once again re-living the awful memories of her life as an orphaned child.

‘The Eighth Circle of Hell’ is a bleak study of the stark contrast between the polite, strictly ordered society of the Victorian age, and the utter depravity and exploitation of the vulnerable it shielded. This story demonstrates how in the furnace of shared adversity, enmities and friendships can be forged that will last a lifetime, and which are more enduring than the boundaries of life and death.

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The Tea Rose

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

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East London, 1888 – a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger’s son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

But Fiona’s life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit propels her rise from a modest West Side shop-front to the top of Manhattan’s tea trade. But Fiona’s old ghosts do not rest quietly, and to silence them, she must venture back to the London of her childhood, where a deadly confrontation with her past becomes the key to her future.

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Crossing the River

Crossing the River by Harold Titus

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Crossing the River brings to life General Thomas Gage’s failed attempt April 19, 1775, to seize and destroy military stores stockpiled at Concord by Massachusetts’s Provincial Congress. Characters of high and ordinary station confront their worst fears. Illustrating the internal conflicts, hubris, stupidity, viciousness, valor, resiliency, and empathy of many of the day’s participants, Crossing the River is both a study of man experiencing intense conflict and the resultant aspects of high-risk decision-taking, for which the novel’s title is a metaphor.

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The Letter of Marque

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The Letter of Marque by Patrick O’Brian

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Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the twelfth book in the series.

Jack Aubrey is a naval officer, a post-captain of experience and capacity. When The Letter of Marque opens he has been struck off the Navy List for a crime he has not committed. With Aubrey is his friend and ship’s surgeon Stephen Maturin, who is also an unofficial British intelligence agent. Maturin has bought for Aubrey his old ship the Surprise, so that the misery of ejection from the service can be palliated by the command of what Aubrey calls a ‘private man-of-war’ – a letter of marque, a privateer. Together they sail on a voyage which, if successful, might restore Aubrey to the rank, and the raison d’etre, whose loss he so much regrets.

Around these simple, ostensibly familar elements Patrick O’Brian has written a novel of great narrative power, exploring his extraordinary world once more, in a tale full of human feeling and rarely matched in its drama.

I Stood With Wellington

I Stood With Wellington by James Mace

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In February, 1815, after nine months in exile, Napoleon Bonaparte, the deposed Emperor of the French, escaped from the Isle of Elba. Seizing the initiative while the European powers bicker amongst themselves at the Congress of Vienna, Napoleon advances towards Belgium with an enormous army, where the combined forces of Prussia and England are cantoned. The French Emperor knows that if he can achieve a decisive capture in Brussels, it will shatter the already fragile European alliance.

Leading the allies is Sir Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington; the venerable British field marshal who defeated Napoleon’s best generals in Spain, yet who the emperor had never personally met in battle. Napoleon knows that if he can draw away Wellington’s chief Prussian ally, Gebhard von Blucher, and destroy his army first, he can unleash his entire might against the British. A victory over the unbeaten Wellington will cripple the alliance even further, as it will then deprive them of both English soldiers and financing.

In Belgium, Captain James Henry Webster has finally returned to a line regiment after being terribly wounded at the Siege of Badajoz three years prior. He is given command of a line company within the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, the elite of the British Infantry.

A series of indecisive clashes will lead to a collision between the two greatest military minds of the age and the bloodiest single day of the entire century, as Wellington and Napoleon lead their armies to either immortality or oblivion. For Captain Webster, he fights for both his nation and to protect his young daughter in Brussels. Along with the rest of the Guards Division, he finds himself at the apex of the battle, where the fate of the entire world will be decided; at a place called Waterloo.

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The Back of Beyond (Abbot and the Acolyte series)

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By Dave Coles and Jack Everett

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Abbot Rutilius, for his sins against authority, is made Papal auditor of monasteries in 13th Century France. With his newly appointed Acolyte, William, he comes to St. Guilhem where money laundering in the abbey kitchens and a nasty murder await investigation. Soon, another murder claims a second monk, twin to the first victim. What is the connection? How can the disagreeable Gilbert be held accountable? Who took the Abbot’s pie? It takes an intractable goat and a near-drowning in an underground river to expose the truth. The Abbot acquires a little humility while the Acolyte gains rather more from the Comte’s daughter.

In the Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael tradition but with added humour

Hell’s Gate

hgHELL’S GATE is a historical action adventure set in British East Africa in 1898. It is inspired by the true events in the British Protectorate when the British government constructed a railway line from Mombassa on the east coast of Africa to the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda. At the same time the German government was building a line from Zanzibar to Lake Victoria. History records that the ‘race’ was conceded to the British by the governor of the German Protectorate. Into these facts, Michel Parker has woven a tale of intrigue, violence and conspiracy against a backdrop of the splendour of the Rift Valley and the volcanic landscape that threatens the very existence of the railway line itself. But it isn’t just the forces of nature that need to be fought, but the threat of 10,000 warring Masai led by the evil slave trader, Piet Snyder. Against this menace, Captain Kingsley Webb, commandant of the British East African Rifles is ordered to defend Nairobi railway camp and the two thousand souls who make up this teeming, tented city with just two hundred soldiers under his command. His love for the beautiful Hannah Bowers is also challenged by the widowed farmer, Reuben Cole who is forced to set out on a quest to find his son, David, kidnapped by Piet Snyder. The explosive mixture of love, conspiracy, treachery and political intrigue are brought together in a beautifully woven tapestry in this compelling tale.

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