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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All Quiet on the Western Front

Written by: Erich Maria Remarque

Published by: Vintage Books

Submitted By: Luiz Fernando Melo Martins

I’ve never read books on how brutal and dehumanizing war is. I’ve picked up this books because I was in boot camp, and my platoon had to review a book in order to develop our skills to deliver a speech…

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Rough Music

Written by: Robin Driscoll

Published by: Authors Reach

Submitted By: Richard Hardie

Robin Driscoll co-wrote all the Mr Bean TV episodes and the two film scripts. This was his first of a series of thrillers. I love them! A lawyer running from the Russian mob. A jilted lover hard on his heels…

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Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan

Written by: William Dalrymple

Published by: Bloomsbury Publishing

Submitted By: Geraint

In the spring of 1839, Britain invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the high mountain passes and re-established on the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk. On the way in, the British…

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Rebels on the Niagara: The Fenian Invasion of Canada, 1866

Written by: Lawrence E. Cline

Published by: State University of New York Press

Submitted By: Geraint

In what is now largely considered a footnote in history, Americans invaded Canada along the Niagara Frontier in 1866. The group behind the invasion—the Fenian Brotherhood—was formed in 1858 by Irish nationalists in New York City in order to fight…

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The Fall of English France 1449–53

Written by: David Nicolle

Published by: Osprey

Submitted By: Geraint

Despite the great English victories at Crécy, Poitiers and Agincourt, the French eventually triumphed in the Hundred Years War. This book examines the last campaign of the war, covering the great battles at Formigny in 1450 and Castillon in 1453,…

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Operation Shatteraxis: A World War Two Thriller

Written by: C.G. Faulkner

Published by: Falcons' Rest Farm Publishing

Submitted By: C. G. Faulkner

This review submitted by the book’s author. U.S. Naval Officer Ethan Fortner, a hero of the War in the Pacific, is haunted by a personal tragedy and the horrors of the Pearl Harbor attack. As 1943 approaches, he is offered…

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Three Victories and a Defeat

Written by: Brendan Simms

Published by: Penguin

Submitted By: Geraint

A really fantastic book that examines Britain’s rise in the 1700’s and how they spectacularly won an Empire to how they equally spectacularly lost it. I recommend this book to all Cornwell fans

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Guns Across the River: The Battle of the Windmill, 1838

Written by: Donald E. Graves

Published by: Robin Brass Studio

Submitted By: Geraint

In 1838, seeing political turbulence in Canada as an opportunity, a clandestine American organization, the Patriot Hunters, launched a series of attacks across the border. The Hunters hoped to duplicate the success of the Texas rebellion two years before when…

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Tai Pan

Written by: James Clavell

Published by: Hodder Paperbacks

Submitted By: Ben Potter

I saw Shōgun was here but, for me, Tai Pan is much more akin to Cornwell. Based on the real story and people involved in the founding and early development of Hong Kong, the story centres around political and social…

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Harper’s Donelson

Written by: Sean Gabhann

Published by: Harper's War Stories

Submitted By: John Kevin Smith

From Kirkus:   A Union sharpshooter must deal with a prostitute, a distrustful Quaker, and a ruthless Confederate captain in the second edition of Gabhann’s 2015 Civil War novel, the first book in a trilogy. Kentucky, 1862. Lt. James Harper,…

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