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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Drake’s War (A Tennyson Drake WWII Thriller)

Written by: Gideon Saint

Published by: Arcus Editions

Submitted By: Gideon Saint

(This review submitted by the book’s author) Schoolmaster. Soldier. Spycatcher?   It’s May 1940. The Allies are at a standoff with Hitler’s Germany.   Second Lieutenant Tennyson “Ted” Drake, until recently a barracks schoolmaster, is on a shadowy reconnaissance trip…


The Greatest Knight

Written by: Thomas Asbridge

Published by: Simon & Schuster

Submitted By: Geraint

William Marshal was the true Lancelot of his era – a peerless warrior and paragon of chivalry -yet over the centuries, the spectacular story of his achievements passed from memory. Then, in 1861, a young French scholar stumbled upon the…


Ego’s Odyssey

Written by: Robert Ensor

Published by: Independently Published

Submitted By: Robert Ensor

This review submitted by the book’s author Ego’s Odyssey is a psychological fantasy inspired by Greco-Roman history and mythology. Following a terrible shipwreck, the young deck-hand Ego washes ashore on the uncharted island of Tyria, in the Olearic Sea. He…


Day of the Caesars

Written by: Simon Scarrow

Published by: Headline

Submitted By: Ece

My first taste of the Eagle series (but certainly not the last), and probably one of the best historical novels I’ve read, written by one of the masters of the genre. The story is set in the Roman Empire, right…


Blood Eagle

Written by: Tim Hodkinson

Published by: Head of Zeus -- an Aries Book

Submitted By: Tim Hodkinson

This book submitted by the book’s author. Blood Eagle is the 6th book in a series (The Whale Road Chronicles) that follow the adventures of a misfit company of wolfskin clad vikings (Ulfhednar) that include a young Icelander, an Irish…


Rifle Green at Waterloo

Written by: George Caldwell and Robert Cooper

Published by: Bugle Horn Publications

Submitted By: James Cooper

This is the revised edition of my late father’s co-authored book. It was revered when initially published in 1990 and, later, in 2015 for the 200th anniversary of Waterloo.


The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock

Written by: Francis Augustín O'Reilly

Published by: LSU Press

Submitted By: Geraint

The battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia, in December 1862 involved hundreds of thousands of men; produced staggering, unequal casualties (13,000 Federal soldiers compared to 4,500 Confederates); ruined the career of Ambrose E. Burnside; embarrassed Abraham Lincoln; and distinguished Robert E. Lee…


Zorndorf 1758 : Frederick faces Holy Mother Russia

Written by: Simon Millar

Published by: Osprey

Submitted By: Geraint

Osprey’s study of one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763). In January 1758 Count Wilhelm Fermor marched into East Prussia at the head of 45,000 Russians. Frederick the Great was dismissive of the Russian army and…