Reading Club

I assume you're here at this website because you like my books. Good. And that also means you might like the books I enjoy reading, and that all of us might enjoy the books that you read, so this is simply a place where we can exchange news of books - any books - not just historical novels. Tell us if you've read something wonderful and entertaining, and we'll post your recommendations and reviews here. And, please, let us know what you think of these recommendations!

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Mr. Midshipman

Mr Midshipman

Written by: C. S. Forester

Published by: Penguin

Submitted By: Will Vanstone

A great read even for young readers, gripping story each chapter you uncover a new adventure. A great read, I really recommend it.!  

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Strategoes

Strategos: Island in the Storm

Written by: Gordon Doherty

Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Submitted By: Gordon Doherty

(This review submitted by the book’s author) The storm is upon us, Haga. The answers you seek dance within its wrath . . .   1071 AD. Emperor Romanus Diogenes has rekindled the guttering flame of Byzantium. Yet in the…

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Massacre of Innocents

The Massacre of Innocents, The Continuing Voyages of HMS Surprise

Written by: Alan Lawrence

Published by: Mainsail Voyages Press Ltd

Submitted By: Georgie Evans

Historical naval novel set around the war of Greek Independence. Influenced by Patrick O’Brian the book has it’s own great vivid characters, plot and locations. I was really taken by how I fell in to the scenes and easily enjoyed…

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Rising Tide

The Rising Tide

Written by: Jeff Shaara

Published by: Ballantine Books

Submitted By: Michael Finkenbinder

This is the first book of a WWII trilogy. Excellent reading with plenty of historical background that helps you to understand what was going on, top to bottom, during the war.  

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When Shadows Fall

When Shadows Fall

Written by: Paul Reid

Published by: Lake Union Publishing

Submitted By: Charlotte

I recommend this beautifully-written and exciting novel about a young couple who find themselves serving on opposite sides during the Irish War of Independence 1919-1921. Hard choices must be made between love and loyalty with a host of other memorable…

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Sword of Empire Centurion

Sword of Empire Centurion

Written by: Richard Foreman

Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Submitted By: Emily Klimova

Another instalment in the successful Sword of Empire series. This story follows on some years after the events of Praetorian, and offers the usual combination of great dialogue, engaging characters and a well-executed battle-scene. The historical setting is excellently maintained…

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Master and Commander

Master and Commander

Written by: Patrick O'Brien

Published by: W. W. Norton and Co.

Submitted By: Josh Waters

This series is the novels which brought us Master and Commander: The Dark Side of the World, starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. As you can imagine, they are all centered around the British Royal Navy around the time of…

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Transfer of Power

Transfer of Power

Written by: Vince Flynn

Published by: Pocket Star

Submitted By: Josh Waters

The Mitch Rapp novels by Vince Flynn are modern day thrillers about a CIA super spy. I cannot recommend them more. They keep you glued to the pages all of the way through, wondering how Mitch is going to get…

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Beowulf A Pagan Hero

Beowulf – a Pagan Hero

Written by: Julie Boyden

Published by: Algora Publishing

Submitted By: Julie Boyden

(This review posted by the book’s author) Julie Boyden, an author well versed in the words and world of the Dark Ages, has published a new verse translation of Beowulf (March, 4, 2014) which focuses on the pre-Christian roots of…

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Blood and Thunder

Blood and Thunder

Written by: Hampton Sides

Published by: Anchor

Submitted By: Carson

A wonderfully written and fascinating book which is also very well researched and documented.  It centers on the life and times of controversial frontiersman Kit Carson and his famous and not so famous acquaintances and their role in the “conquest”…

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