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!

Visit the Historical Novel Society online!

The Fall of a Man

Written by: Ryder Thompson

Published by: Independently Published

Submitted By: Ryder Thompson

(This review submitted by the book’s author)  Not really historical fiction.  Mr. Cornwell is my favorite author.  This book is about a soldier as most of Mr. Cornwell’s books are.  The events are now part of history but there is…

Read More...

Blood and Iron

Written by: Katja Hoyer

Published by: The History Press

(This review submitted by the book’s author) Katja Hoyer’s well-researched and well-written book is the best biography of the German Empire in years. She cogently argues that what started in Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors need not have ended in the…

Read More...

Kill Kitchener

Written by: Andrew Joseph Blasco

Published by: Hansen Publishing Group

Submitted By: Andrew Joseph Blasco

(This review submitted by the book’s author) In 1895, Fritz Duquesne, an aristocratic South African, is sent to England for his formal education. During his time there, tensions rise between the British and his homeland as the age of African…

Read More...

Bell Hammers

Written by: Lancelot Schaubert

Published by: Lance Schaubert

Submitted By: Lance Schaubert

(This review submitted by the book’s author) PRANKS. OIL. PROTEST. JOKES BETWEEN NEWLYWEDS.   AND ONE HILARIOUS SIEGE OF A MAJOR CORPORATION.   Remmy grows up with Beth in Bellhammer, Illinois as oil and coal companies rob the land of…

Read More...

A Wampum Denied

Written by: Sandy Antal

Published by: Carleton University Press

Submitted By: Geraint

A Wampum Denied reassesses the much-maligned career of Henry Procter, commander of the British forces, traces the Canadian/British/Native side of the conflict (amid a literature dominated by the American view), and casts new light on an allied military strategy that…

Read More...

Empires of Bronze: Thunder at Kadesh

Written by: Gordon Doherty

Published by: Independently Published

Submitted By: Gordon Doherty

(This review submitted by the book’s author) It will be the cruellest war ever waged, and the Gods will gather to watch…   1275 BC: Tensions between the Hittite and Egyptian Empires erupt and the two great superpowers mobilise for…

Read More...

Crucible of War

Written by: Fred Anderson

Published by: Vintage Books

Submitted By: Geraint

In this vivid and compelling narrative, the Seven Years’ War-long seen as a mere backdrop to the American Revolution-takes on a whole new significance. Relating the history of the war as it developed, Anderson shows how the complex array of…

Read More...

The Iron Marshal

Written by: J. G. Gallagher

Published by: Frontline Books

Submitted By: Geraint

This book is the long awaited reprint of John Gallaher’s 1976 classic account of one of Napoleon’s greatest Marshals, Louis Davout, ‘The Iron Marshal’. According to David Chandler, Davout was “one of the least liked as a man, the ablest…

Read More...

Empires of Bronze: Dawn of War

Written by: Gordon Doherty

Published by: Independently published

Submitted By: Gordon Doherty

(This review submitted by the book’s author) “A tale of far-flung desert adventure set in the distant Bronze Age Two great empires on the brink of war, one last hope for peace… 1294 BC: The fragile accord between the Hittite…

Read More...

The Captain from Connecticut

Written by: C S Forester

Published by: eNet Press Inc.

Submitted By: Geraint

In his only novel about the American sailing navy, C.S. Forester describes the exploits of a typical U.S. frigate cruising at sea during the War of 1812. Its captain, Josiah Peabody, demonstrates the revolutionary virtues of a new democracy fighting…

Read More...