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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Empires of Bronze: The Crimson Throne (Empires of Bronze #4)

Written by: Gordon Doherty

Published by: Independently Published

Submitted By: Gordon Doherty

(This review submitted by the book’s author) Empires of Bronze: The Crimson Throne (Empires of Bronze #4) “The King of the Hittites has been slain, and a reign of terror begins… 1272 BC: Prince Hattu returns home from the battlefield…


A Drowned Kingdom

Written by: P.L. Stuart

Published by: FriesenPress

Submitted By: Laura McFadden

This is my stepdad’s book, he has worked very hard on it. It’s the kind of book that anyone can enjoy. Some of the characters are based on his children and step children (especially me) and other important people in…


War at Saber Point

Written by: John Knight

Published by: Westholme Publishing

Submitted By: Geraint

The British Legion was one of the most remarkable regiments, not only of the American Revolution, but of any war. A corps made up of American Loyalists, it saw its first action in New York and then engaged in almost…


Masters of Rome (Rise of Emperors #2)

Written by: Gordon Doherty, Simon Turney

Published by: Head of Zues

Submitted By: Gordon Doherty

(This review submitted by the book’s author) Their rivalry will change the world forever.   As competition for the imperial throne intensifies, Constantine and Maxentius realise their childhood friendship cannot last. Each man struggles to control their respective quadrant of…



Written by: Naomi Novik

Published by: Harper Voyager

Submitted By: C.M. Farley

An adult fantasy series called TEMERAIRE about a British corps of dragons who participate in the Napoleonic conflict, including at Trafalgar where a British vessel named Temeraire participated. As fiction it offers an imaginative look at historical events.


On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee, June 4-15, 1864

Written by: Gordon C Rhea

Published by: LSU Press

Submitted By: Geraint

On to Petersburg follows the Union army’s movement to the James River, the military response from the Confederates, and the initial assault on Petersburg, which Rhea suggests marked the true end of the Overland Campaign. Beginning his account in the…


October Triumph

Written by: James Arnol

Published by: Napoleon Books

Submitted By: Geraint

On September 29, 1806, Napoleon wrote to Marshal Soult: “War has not yet been declared; but things hang by a thread.” Although he did not want to fight Prussia, he informed Soult that if war came, his corps would be…


The Mirrored Palace

Written by: David Rich

Published by: Adelaide Books

Submitted By: David Rich

(This review submitted by book’s author) In 1852 Richard Francis Burton, the legendary explorer and author, fell in love with a Persian woman while in the British Army. When her parents discovered the affair, they poisoned her. Devastated and vulnerable,…


Over the Hills to Talavera

Written by: Stephen Petty

Published by: Chosen Man Media

Submitted By: Bernard Cornwell

A Rival for Sharpe? I’m delighted to announce the publication of Over the Hills to Talavera – a book for youngsters that tells the tale of George, an orphan who is raised in a workhouse, but escapes to become a…