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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Empire of the Summer Moon

Empire of the Summer Moon

Written by: S. C. Gwynne

Published by: Scribner

Submitted By: Wade Alonzo

This is a true history of the Comanche Nation and their long struggles with the settlers of the Western Frontier, and weaves in the story of Cynthia Parker, a white settler kidnapped by the tribe during a raid on her…

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Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat

Written by: Daniel James Brown

Published by: Penguin

Submitted By: Wade Alonzo

Outstanding story of the 1936 University of Washington Crew Team that won the Olympics in Berlin. The book, which is a true history, tells parallel stories of the team in Washington, their rivals in California and how preparations for the…

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Actium's Wake

Actium’s Wake

Written by: Ralph Jackman

Published by: Knox Robinson Publishing Ltd

Submitted By: Ralph Jackman

The review posted by the book’s author. ‘A Dan Brown-style historical thriller’ – Portland Book Review. Rome, 31 BC. In the chaos of civil war, senator Marcus Rutilius Crispus makes a mistake which costs him his wealth, his honour and…

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Agincourt My Family

Agincourt: My Family, the Battle and the Fight for France

Written by: RANULPH FIENNES

Published by: Hodder & Stoughton

Submitted By: Mike Barnard

Another account of Agincourt, but this time with a family history interest. The Fiennes family fought on both sides at Agincourt. Those on the English side as a result of followers of William the Conqueror settling in England, whilst those…

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When Christ and His Saints

When Christ and His Saints Slept

Written by: Sharon Penman

Published by: Penguin

Submitted By: Charlie Stimson

About the struggle between Stephen and Maude after the death of Henry I of England in the 12th century.  Great development of characters, great evolution of relationships and alliances in this civil war over 19 years.

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March to Destruction

March to Destruction

Written by: Art McGrath

Published by: Fireship Press

Submitted By: Art McGrath

This review posted by the book’s author. This is book 2 in The Emperor’s American series, about an American fighting in Napoleon’s Grande Armee and covers the Ulm campaign of 1805.   Pierre Burns may have been born in Maryland…

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Young Druids

Young Druids: Power and Spirits

Written by: Gwyn Morgan

Published by: XLIBRIS

Submitted By: Gwyn Morgan

This review posted by the book’s author:   “Brilliant! I couldn’t put it down!,” “This is a fantastic first novel by Gwyn Morgan a story of adventure and mystical powers. I can’t wait for the next one”! “A great adventure…

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God's Hammer

God’s Hammer

Written by: Eric Schumacher

Published by: Paul Mould Publishing

Submitted By: Greg Evans

I’m a history nut, and I love a good story rooted in actual history. God’s Hammer is a great read with compelling characters and does a wonderful job of immersing readers in the world of Dark Age Vikings.  

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Brock's Assassin

Brock’s Assassin

Written by: Tom Taylor

Published by: Hancock and Dean

Submitted By: Lory Kaufman

If you are looking for your Sharpe-like fix, then how about a hero on the North American side of the pond? Lt. Jonathan Westlake will have you on your feet cheering. BROCK’S ASSASSIN is the 4th volume in the Westlake…

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In Defense of Troy

In Defense Of Troy: The Prince’s Ascent

Written by: Henry C. G. Cropsey

Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Submitted By: Henry C. G. Cropsey

(This review posted by the book’s author) H.C. G. Cropsey’s first historical novel brings to life the sights, sounds and experience of ancient warriors, their leaders, nobles and slaves through the action of a small contingent of soldiers returning through…

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