"Perfect reading for fans of alternate-history adventures." —Booklist
Land of Wolves finds Joseph Foster with Molly as they settle into a new-found life in the hills of Tennessee. But Abraham Lincoln's former bodyguard, the man who saved the President's life, cannot escape the Consortium as they come roaring back, killing his mother, abducting his daughter—all to coerce his Congressional testimony on their behalf.
Instead, Joseph and Molly strike the Consortium in their own safe haven of New York City. In a Bonnie and Clyde-like twist, they rob from the Consortium to draw out their leader—General Dorsey. But the hidden plan reveals more than they counted on, exposing the true intention to steal the Black Hills and the gold underneath from the Lakota Sioux. Land of Wolves traverses the American landscape, where only a full reconciliation with Joseph's native heritage and a cast of characters ripped from history—including Lincoln—can bring true peace and stop General Dorsey and the evil Industrial Consortium.
Samuel Marquis - Bestselling, Award-Winning Suspense Author
The gripping story of the Italian Campaign and Nazi Occupation of Rome in 1943-1944 through the eyes of the Allies, the German Occupiers, Pope Pius XII and the Vatican, and the Roman Resistance.
"Altar of Resistance is a gripping and densely packed thriller dramatizing the Allied Italian campaign...reminiscent of Herman Wouk's The Winds of War."--Kirkus Reviews
"Marquis is a student of history, always creative, [and] never boring....A good comparison might be Tom Clancy."--Military.com
"Samuel Marquis picks up his World War II trilogy with Altar of Resistance, a well-researched and explosive ride through war-torn Rome with Nazis, booming battles, and intense cat-and-mouse chases....Grounded in historical fact but spiced up with thrilling imagination with the fate of the world in balance."--Foreword Reviews
"A tale brimming over with secrets, betrayals and redemption. Burdick keeps readers riveted."
-RT Book Reviews (4 Stars HOT)
"Moving, surprising, and thought-provoking."
-The Emerald City Book Review
"Burdick brings the sights and sounds of the Paris of the Impressionists to life."
-Historical Novel Society
“A provocative tale of family secrets, betrayal, and the renewal of self-discovery.”
-Heather Webb, author of Rodin's Lover
"Girl in the Afternoon is a love story, a mystery, a tragedy, and a moving study of the human capacity to contain both reckless error and surprising redemption.”
-Carrie Brown, author of The Stargazer's Sister
Born into a wealthy Parisian family at the center of Belle Epoque society, 18-year-old Aimée Savaray dreams of becoming a respected painter in the male-dominated art world; and secretly, she also dreams of being loved by Henri, the boy her parents took in as a child and raised alongside her.
But when Henri inexplicably disappears, in the midst of the Franco-Prussian war, the Savarays’ privileged lives begin to unravel. Heartbroken, Aimée tries to find him, but Henri doesn’t want to be found and only one member of the family knows why.
As Aimée seeks refuge in the art world, mentored by the Impressionist Édouard Manet, she unwittingly finds her way back to Henri. With so many years gone by and secrets buried, their eventual reunion unmasks the lies that once held the family together, but now threaten to tear them apart.
A rich and opulent saga, Girl in the Afternoon brings the Impressionists to life in this portrait of scandal, fortune, and unrequited love.
Summer 1941. Four violent deaths, French double agents, an escalating fraud case – DCI Frank Merlin sets out on his most complex case yet.
War rages across Europe. France is under the Nazi thumb. Britain has its back to the wall. In London, Scotland Yard detective Merlin investigates a series of disturbing events – a young girl killed in a botched abortion, a French emigré shot in a seedy Notting Hill flat, a mysterious letter written by a British officer, gunned down in Crete.
Chasing evidence spanning Buenos Aires, New York, Cairo and Occupied France, Merlin and his team are plunged into an international investigation of espionage, murder, love and betrayal.
Fiction. Jewish Studies. Montaigne Medal Finalist. Winner of the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Marge Piercy. HEIRLOOMS begins in the French seaside city of Saint-Malo, in 1939, and ends in the American Midwest in 1989. In these linked stories, the war reverberates through four generations of a Jewish family. Inspired by the author's family stories as well as extensive research, HEIRLOOMS explores assumptions about love, duty, memory and truth.
Gripping, suspenseful, and unflinching, Tiger Pelt is a story of rebirth from the rubble of a savage time and a ravaged place: Korea during the Japanese occupation followed by the Korean War. A farm boy embarks on a quest that propels him on an odyssey spanning the Korean peninsula and crossing the Pacific. In a parallel life, a beautiful young girl is kidnapped and forced to work as a comfort woman for the Japanese military. During a raging monsoon, the two souls will collide in a near-death encounter that will alter the course of their lives.
The top-secret facility perched in a remote part of the Mojave Desert is known as Camp X. It's a high-walled compound bristling with antennas and satellite dishes, and is the brainchild of James Jesus Angleton, the long-serving CIA Chief of Counterintelligence. Angleton dispatches his most trusted aide, posing as US Army Lt. Dick Nolan, to Needles, California, to investigate the strange death of the man who disposed of Camp X's highly-classified refuse. Lt. Nolan's initial inquiry indicates that the trash hauler's 'accidental' death was actually an elaborate KGB assassination. However, further investigation suggests to Nolan that the man's death was staged to make it look like a Soviet hit. And then, as the bizarre story of Camp X unfolds, Lt. Nolan begins to suspect that his boss may have succumbed to the demons that often plague the CIA Chief of Counterintelligence - more commonly known as The Paranoid in Chief. The story takes an even darker turn when Nolan's wife and daughter disappear from the family home in Falls Church, VA. This novel is set in the context of that terrible year of assassinations and riots and geopolitical turmoil: 1968.
Southern Minnesota, August 1862. Smoke fills the horizon and blood soaks the prairie as the Sioux fight to drive white settlers from their ancestral homeland. Sarah Wakefield and her young son and baby daughter are fleeing for their lives when two warriors capture them. One is Hapa, who intends to murder them. The other is Chaska, an old acquaintance who promises to protect the family. Chaska shelters them in his mother's tepee, but with emotions running so high among both Indians and whites, the danger only intensifies. As she struggles to protect herself and those she loves, Sarah is forced to choose between doing what others expect of her and following her own deep beliefs.
North America was divided. The French and British battled over land and trade. Men judged and condemned others based on religion, race, and nationality. Yet, many brave individuals headed west in hopes of making their fortune in the fur trade. One such man was Paul L'Archevêque. Determined to succeed in the French fur trade, he abandoned the comforts of home for the wild frontier. His life was often interrupted by hardship and tragedy. Difficult sacrifices were made for the sake of survival. Still, Paul L'Archevêque remained a true frontiersman who led his life through his own daring and rugged individualism. L'Archevêque is a compelling novel based on a true story. Paul L'Archevêque was a real person and much of this book is based on real events from history.
In war torn London, 1941, fourteen-year-old Ruth Goldberg and her two younger siblings, Gabi and Hannah, survive the terrifying bombing of their family home. They believe their parents are dead, their bodies buried underneath the burnt remains—but unbeknownst to them, their father, Joe, survives and is taken to hospital with amnesia.
Four years on, Ruth stumbles across a newspaper photo of a celebrated pianist and is struck by the resemblance to her father. Desperate for evidence she sends him a letter, and as the pianist’s dormant memories emerge, his past unravels, revealing his true identity—as her beloved father, Joe. Ruth sets out to meet him, only to find herself plunged into an aristocratic world of sinister dark secrets.
Can she help him escape and find a way to stay alive?
LETTERS TO THE PIANIST is a compelling page turner packed with drama, intrigue and suspense. If you loved The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or The Pianist, then you will love this exciting new novel.
A fictionalized historical novel based on true events, The Good Neighbors takes place in the late 1920's. Driven from their life as Oklahoma sharecroppers, the Dacias, a Romanian immigrant family, embarks on a team-and-wagon journey across the Great Plains in search of a new life and a farm of their own. They settle in South Dakota, only to have their dreams and lives threatened by Chicago gangsters, displaced bootleggers with plans of their own. This story is about the American dream, and how immigrants must often struggle to overcome violence, crime and bigotry.
A sequel to "The Good Neighbors", "Irina" takes place in 1932 and is the story of the last member of the Romanian Dacia family, the lead dancer of the Romanian State Folk Dance Ensemble, Irina, who plans to defect when the Ensemble reaches New York City at the beginning of its tour of America. Irina has been marked for death by the Iron Guard in Romania, a group trying to regain control of the country by spreading fear and hate. She sends a letter, through friends, to her Uncle Josif in South Dakota, hoping that he can help her escape, but doesn't know if he has even received the letter. Her main persecutor is Deben, the lead male dancer of the ensemble, whose mission is to kill her before the troupe returns to Romania. Irina finds help in foiling Deben's plans when she makes a new friend on board the ship to America, Mrs. Ida Epstein, a woman of experience, courage, wealth, and compassion who puts herself at risk also to protect Irina. On their farm in South Dakota, the Dacia family receive the letter and in spite of having little money or resources, find a way to obtain a car, and with their singing and fighting neighbor August Wagner, Josif and his wife Izabela, make a road trip from South Dakota to New York City. There are repercussions from the Chicago gangsters of "The Good Neighbors" as well as new involvement with the Greek mob in Sioux City, Iowa. In spite of the difficulties of the road trip, the group arrives in New York and confronts the treachery of the Iron Guard in Irina's rescue. Other surprises await the group in New York, and back on the farm as the Dacias continue their efforts to become "real" Americans and to grasp the "American Dream" of progress, tolerance, fair play, and neighbors helping neighbors.
The third in the Good Neighbors Trilogy, Debts and Vengeance deals with issues of debts owed by the Dacia family and of mob vengeance. It is the early summer of 1933 and the Dacia family on their farm in South Dakota agrees to care for the two Epstein children of New York City for the summer while their parents and grandmother make a perilous trip to Germany. The children of the two families are just getting to know each other when Michael-Joseph Dacia and Daniel Epstein, both eight years old, are kidnapped by the mob in an act of vengeance. The Italian and Greek mobsters from Irina are in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary, and they are furious with those mentioned in August Wagner’s song, The Dakota Six. Those six farmers who were responsible for their incarceration and who got the rewards for their capture and the return of their stolen goods. Those six farmers who mock them in August Wagner’s song and who cause others to do the same. Among other things, vengeance on August Wagner and the Dacias involves luring August and several members of the Dacia family, including Irina, on a road show tour through South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. The plot against August involves a series of bare-fisted, illegal boxing matches in dank warehouses by railroad tracks or out behind stock pens at a fair. Horse races, new love, a huge Italian wedding and more mob vengeance all help bring issues to a head as Josif Dacia and his family become a part of the American attitude which is the same in South Dakota as it is in New York City: neighbors helping neighbors, even if they live half way across the country!
Donald G. Evans, Founding Director, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame: “Riveting historical fiction set during a seminal time.…A precise and loving re-creation.”
As 1907 becomes 1908, National Base Ball League President Harry Pulliam suspects that the owner of the New York Giants has hired detectives to spy on him and his lover, Ted Russell, with the goal of blackmailing him. The pressure tests the strength of his relationship and his ability to administer his league duties.
Lenore Caylor, Pulliam’s new stenographer, falls in love with him and becomes his staunchest champion as he fights to preserve the honor of professional base ball and the National League. Near the end of the season, one of the most bizarre in base ball history, controversial, game-changing calls result in violent protests, riots, and death. The survival of the national pastime hangs in the balance, as do Pulliam’s relationships with Ted and Lenore—and, indeed, his own life.
1676. In a hovel in the centre of Paris, the fortune-teller La Voisin holds a black mass, summoning the devil to help an unnamed client keep the love of the King of France, Louis XIV. Three years later, Athenais, Madame de Montespan, the King's glamorous mistress, is nearly forty. She has borne Louis seven children but now seethes with rage as he falls for eighteen-year-old Angelique de Fontanges. At the same time, police chief La Reynie and his young assistant Bezons have uncovered a network of fortune-tellers and poisoners operating in the city. Athenais does not know it, but she is about to be named as a favoured client of the infamous La Voisin.
Mae Miller, suffering an aneurysm-induced coma, lies in a hospital bed. Clarence, her husband of fifty-four years, is at her side. For Mae, this is only one of many times she has had to battle death, beginning with the loss of her mother and infant brother to a tornado that tore their small tenant farmhouse apart. The tornado ripped seven-year-old Mae's infant brother from her arms and ripped a hole in her heart. Years later, drought devastates the family farm and drives a wedge between a teenage Mae and her dad. Mae moves west to live with her grown sister.
Clarence, a sharecropper's son, is driven to not be a hard, cruel man like his dad. Again and again, life throws obstacles his way that test his resolve. Clarence, faced with the choice of moving back to the hated family farm and his cruel father or finding work elsewhere, migrates west to work under the desert sun.
Mae and Clarence meet in the cotton fields of Arizona in 1938 and marry soon after. Together they raise a family while tackling life's obstacles head-on.
Full Circle has all the pathos and sorrow of a John Steinbeck novel surrounded by the full fury of an Oklahoma tornado. Out of the conflagration, the Miller family finds their way through more than fifty years of dust and dirt and an uncertain future.
Uncertainty is a weapon...but so is Love. Once, there was a boy who joined the US Army in 1920... again. Far beyond the call of duty, and far beyond Unbroken-- ONCE A COLONEL is the story of an officer, and a soldier, who joined the US Army for life, dedicated to his country and his men to the bitter end. Be inspired by the extraordinary life and light of US Army officer, Colonel Arthur L. Shreve, Jr. and his wife, Julia McCoy!
From Baltimore, to Honolulu, to major events in U.S. history, follow their love story as it suddenly turns into a thriller when he is called to service in the Philippines as Chief of Artillery, USAFFE. There, as a POW of the Japanese, his life becomes a race against time and Japanese brutality.
In a titanic tale of guts, American ingenuity, and raw bravery, he plays a dangerous game of 'cat n' mouse' with his captors. Tested over and over again, he is pushed to the brink as a leader and as a man. In order to save as many lives as possible, he uses all means necessary-- including the Military Intel and the Underground-- to smuggle in food and cash to save his men. Read about two people in love; a husband and wife separated by war, each trapped in their own 'hell,' but also learn of the untold story of Military Intelligence and the heroes that made it work.
An eye-opening historical novel that reveals the 20-year rivalry between the Empire of the Rising Sun and the USA, War Plan Orange and everything that led to WW II and the Fall of Bataan. Like all the stars you cannot see, this is the untold story of one man who tried to save thousands, once.
In the Hands of the Gods. Marcus Rutilius Crispus. A loyal man.
So reads the inscription on the grave of the man ordered to commit suicide by Rome's leading citizen, Octavian. Now, Octavian rules the empire. Consul for the seventh time, he has the love of the common people and powerful allies. He owns the army. He owns the treasury. He owns the senate.
All that remains is to establish a dynasty, and Octavian's pursuit of absolute power will be complete. It seems that nothing, and no one can stop him. But Marcus Rutilius Crispus is still alive. Alone, he can do nothing to challenge the supremacy of Octavian. Only one man holds that power; Octavian's right hand man, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa. Can Rutilius restore his friendship with Agrippa, regain his trust, and persuade him to become Rome's leading man? Rutilius tells his story of revenge and redemption, of joy and despair, of hope for the future. But Octavian has a long memory...
Backlight, A Fesler Family Chronicle In the theatre, a backlight illuminates the shapes of the actors and the set but masks the details to create illusory truth. Backlight tells the shadow tale of a family’s trek across continents and generations. One family journeyed from Switzerland in the 1600s through Germany to Pennsylvania Colony in the 1700s, into Indiana in the 1800s, and then to Arizona in the 1900s, always searching for a better life. The Fesler saga mirrors the experiences of millions of Americans, no matter their heritage or land of origin. This work is part history, part fiction but a whole attempt to understand the people and forces that help shape us. The more we understand, the better we can consciously choose directions for our future as a family, a nation, and a world.
Very current story in today's world! Russia invades a small country--this time it is Hungary 1956.
A family must make some hard choices if they are to survive. It is a story about courage, bravery love and friendships. Kindness and compassion are not lost even in the most difficult of times.
Her Morning Shadow by Ron Semple
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Neither World War I, nor a pandemic, nor a revolution in the Ukraine, nor worldwide chaos, nor J. Edgar Hoover can stop this determined , young American immigrant from keeping his promise and starting a new life in Jersey City.
All Jane Seymour wants is a husband; but when she catches the eye of a volatile king, she is pulled deep into the Tudor court's realm of plot and intrigue....
England. 1535. Jane Seymour is 27 years old and increasingly desperate for the marriage that will provide her a real place in the world. She gets the perfect opportunity to shine when the court visits Wolf Hall, the Seymour ancestral manor. With new poise born from this event, it seems certain that her efficiency and diligence will shine through and finally attract a suitor.
Meanwhile, King Henry VIII is 45 and increasingly desperate for a son to secure his legacy. He left his first wife, a princess of Spain, changing his country's religion in the process, to marry Anne Boleyn -- but she too has failed to deliver the promised heir. As Henry begins to fear he is cursed, Jane Seymour's honesty and innocence conjure redemption. Thomas Cromwell, an ambitious clerk who has built a career on strategically satisfying the King's desires, sees in Jane the perfect vehicle to calm the political unrest that threatens the country: he engineers the plot that ends with Jane becoming the King's third wife.Jane believes herself virtuous and her actions justified, but early miscarriages shake her confidence and hopes.
How can a woman who has done nothing wrong herself deal with the guilt of how she unseated her predecessor?
A story of friendship, fashion and war inspired by the lives of two colorful but dissimilar icons in Paris between the wars: Madeleine Vionnet - one of France's most famous fashion designers, and Therese Bonney, an attractive American war correspondent and spy for the OSS. Their accomplishments are etched in history but their personal story of friendship is not . . . until now. Struggling against patriarchal dominance and Nazi terror in their historic rise to fame, their friendship , both tender and tumultuous, places this novel among those that grip the heart and keep us turning the page.
Havre de Grace, 1843. Ben and Sonja Pulaski strengthen their bonds after overcoming bloody intentions and conniving efforts, and gain ownership of the schooner Raven. With their younger son Aaron left as captain of the sailing barge Ugly Boat and their older son Isaac accepted to West Point, their Maryland roots range deep into both slave and free states. Still struggling to meet the needs of a family without powerful friends, but driven by powerful beliefs, the Pulaskis accept surprising obligations that will take them deeper into slave smuggling. Sonja grows stronger as a partner to Ben, far beyond the social expectations of the 19th century. Ben struggles to contain the demons that haunt his anger and push him toward violence. They are pushed and pulled by the banks and political forces. Once again, the Pulaskis step into a broader world, taking them farther from the simple life on the Canal, and ever forward into the growing maelstrom of a nation straining within itself.
SO BEWARE Book #2 of James Hockenberry's World War One Intrigue Trilogy It is 1919. WORLD WAR One is over but ... • In Paris, the Allies covet the spoils of victory and haggle over the peace terms • In Germany, the country implodes while remnants of the army refuse to accept defeat and plot revenge • Worldwide, Lenin's Communist movement advances and threatens the democratic Allies Europe is a spark away from a new catastrophe. Gil Martin and Paul & Shannon Keller, the heroes from Over Here, the first book in this intrigue series, are again caught in a cauldron of deceit and danger. Action jumps between Paris and Berlin as Martin and the Kellers fight against diabolical enemies, mysterious associates, and time. The tension climaxes when an air assault threatens the signing of the Versailles peace treaty. Failure to stop the attack could lead to a new cataclysm. World War One Intrigue Series offer meticulously researched and historically accurate thrill rides. Over Here dramatizes in fascinating detail the little-known undeclared war Germany fought against America in 1915 -1916. The book provides a powerful, historically based, page turner that combines suspense, betrayal, and complex characters. So Beware, the second in the World War One Intrigue Series jumps to 1919 during the Paris Peace talks. Gil Martin and Paul Keller, our NYPD Bomb Squad heroes, are now military intelligence officers. Once again, they are caught in a cauldron of duplicity and danger. James Hockenberry grew up in Bronxville, NY. He has created a "World War One Intrigue" series featuring duplicity and danger in Over Here and So Beware. James's series interweaves three of his passions: modern history, New York City, and his family's roots. Over Here won a FAPA Silver Metal for Historical Fiction.
~~Settlers and Indians~~ The Collins family are early settlers to their Appalachian home at the base of Ben’s Knob Mountain in the valley Indians call Cho-E-Sto-E, a Cherokee word describing the valley as ‘the rabbit place’. Jeb and his full-blood Cherokee friend, Wolf, grow to manhood in this valley and the tales they spawn become legend. It is a time of self-preservation and living off the land, a time when Indians and settlers enjoy peace and a way of life which is considered proper. A time when God is supreme and folks depend on Him to aid in their ability to produce what is needed to survive. Hunting produces meat, farming produces crops, and the mountains hold favor for a boy who will see a time in history live its life—a time when “The Trail” will bring tears from the Cherokee as they were forced to leave their beloved mountains, and the valley where the rabbits danced.
A beautiful American spy flees into the night. On her own, she must live by her wits to evade capture and make it to the safety of the Allied forces. Lily Saint James grew up traveling the European continent, learning languages as she went. In 1938, her mother’s abrupt death brings her back home to Washington, D.C., and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Lily comes to the attention of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Her knowledge of German, French, and Italian makes her the perfect OSS Agent, and her quick thinking places her as a nanny in the household of an important German Army Colonel, where she is able to gather intelligence for the Allies. After her marketplace contact goes missing, she makes a late-night trip to her secondary contact only to find him under interrogation by the SS. When he commits suicide, she flees into the frigid winter night carrying false identification papers that are now dangerous and a mini film cartridge with vital strategic information. In order to survive, Lily must make it out of Germany, into the hands of Allied-controlled France, through a path fraught with peril.
A Historical Mystery Someone is killing the citizens of Willoughby to cover up a dark secret. As police chief, Hank Blankenship, a veteran of the Civil War, attempts to solve the murders he must deal with a matchmaking busy body, an inept fuzz-for-a-beard deputy, a mayor who wants him fired, and a town hell bent on spreading rumors. Humor mixed with sleuth makes this book a great read.
In 1947, Maggie Foster and her cousin, Gertie, leave Cape Cod for Hollywoodland in search of glamour and fame. One girl returns home and the other disappears. Present-day Nancy Caldwell travels to Hollywood, where she discovers the paths of Maggie and Gertie.In "The Old Cape Hollywood Secret," a novel of historical suspense, Nancy's curiosity gets her into trouble again. Along the way, a missing ring and a pearl-studded pouch are mixed in with the search. Using alternating chapters, across seventy years, the tragic stories of two young girls unfold and a murderous secret is uncovered.Barbara Eppich Struna, author of "The Old Cape House" and "The Old Cape Teapot," had as much fun writing "The Old Cape Hollywood Secret", as she did researching the novel. The 1927 Pig & Whistle Pub and Grauman's Chinese Theatre, located on Hollywood Boulevard, are just a few of the famous landmarks featured in this historical adventure. Struna's present-day character, Nancy Caldwell, returns in the author's third novel set in Old Hollywood and on Cape Cod where she leads you on a journey filled with suspense and nostalgia.
A marine is always faithful. So is man's best friend. Walking Point is an empowering tale of love, loss, and victory centered around a young private in the marines and his donated canine companion, the heroic Duke. A seventeen year old John Markle reluctantly leaves his widowed father behind and enlists in the marines with no real plan until he meets Emily, a charming Dogs for Defense trainer. She quickly steals his heart but before they know it he is shipped off from Camp Lejeune and on his way to liberate Guam from the clutches of the Japanese Empire. Forming friendships along way, Private Markle learns to cope with the heartache and horrors of battle in the Pacific with Duke by his side. Letters from Emily and a ten year old patriotic boy, Tommy, whose family donated Duke, help him maintain hope even though his fight for survival has him and his platoon questioning their actions and moral compass. Foreword by Susan Bahary, acclaimed sculptor of the Always Faithful memorial. Walking Point is based off RJ's multi-award winning feature length screenplay of the same name.
"A well-woven tapestry of history, character, and charming mystery." -- Kirkus Reviews
In flu-ravaged 1918 Philadelphia, Fiora Vicente, the freshly orphaned and forward-thinking daughter of the local fortune teller, has goals. She has ambitions. But when faced with a future she hasn't planned, she has second thoughts--and casts her community into a stagnant bubble of time.
Inside the bubble, life among Fiora's superstitious neighbors continues, but nothing progresses, swamped by a steady stream of unspent seconds. As the pressure builds Fiora realizes she must find the courage to collapse the bubble--or risk trapping her dreams in an unbearable, unyielding, and infinite Now.
The Eagle and the Dragon takes the reader on an epic journey of thousands of miles by sea and land across three continents. When Senator Aulus Aemilius Galba is tapped to lead the first Roman mission to China, he anticipates an easy path to fame and fortune. Gaius Lucullus sees a bright military future, but his reluctant centurion Antonius Aristides would rather be somewhere else. Translators Marcia Lucia and her brother Marcus were taken from their village in China to serve the Han court, abused and despised, hiding a horrible secret. A notorious Arab pirate, with a Roman price on his head and crucifixion in his future, shadows the entourage, seeking the wealthy prize of their treasure-laden ships. But Fate has other plans for these unlikely companions, sending them together on a journey that will take them thousands of miles by sea and land across the tapestry of the mysterious worlds at the close of the first century. From the storm-tossed Indian Ocean to the opulent Hanaean court, from the wild grassy steppes north of China to the forbidding peaks of the Pamir Mountains of Bactria, they fight for their lives, hoping to find the road that will lead them back to Rome.
In the late 1970s, self-assured Stephen O’Connell escapes small-town culture to seek a new life elsewhere where fresh ideas—and people, like the brilliant anti-feminist Madeleine Benson, musical genius Bryce, and earthy Julie—pull his soul in opposing directions. ‘By chance’ he prevents the murder of a Ugandan refugee, catapulting him irrevocably into a world of both need and danger. Black-and-white thinking is of no help to Stephen when he encounters the blood-red reality of violence in East Africa as a project developer some years later. On the edge of the Rwandan genocide, he must confront the demons of tribal violence and his own checkered past. When a case of mistaken identity nearly destroys his career, he must start afresh in a ‘civilized’ place where safety remains elusive. It is not the events themselves, but a healing relationship that moves Stephen from despair to hope, and gets him past the ‘wrong side’ of eternity. The Wrong Side of Eternity offers a deeply personal view of how people with very different perspectives respond to and deal with suffering. Comparable to books like The Poisonwood Bible and The Constant Gardener, Mary Mendenhall’s sweeping passion narrative depicts grim reality without giving in to hopelessness and despair.
Five teenagers from diverse backgrounds are brought together by a war. A Japanese, a Jew, a Native American, an African American, and a white kid from middle-class America form an interdependent relationship in the jungles of Vietnam. They become the most highly decorated squad in a war they don't understand, but their relationships transcend the social structures of racism formed through historical injustices, and they remain best friends for decades. Their iconic leader, Billy Stone, one day finds himself entangled with a Medicare scam dreamed up by his sister's husband. For his sister's sake, he must find a solution. The livelihoods of the others form within the law enforcement communities in their individual and collective quest for justice as they grow from boys to men of great character. Even the strongest of character has its flaws, but these men are the best of the best, and there is only one adversity they cannot overcome. From the Selma-to-Montgomery march, the internment camps of WWII, the poverty and desolation of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; to the estrangement of a father and son and a suicide of great consequence, this team of five becomes one. At the same time, there are "takers" like Billy's brother-in-law who infect the American system. They need to be brought to justice, but the price will be high. On the smallest of scales, this is an epic tale of how the dream of a world community can become a reality.
A rum privateer on the run, Captain Alex Lafitte wanders the Caribbean a lost soul, avoiding his infamous cousins at all costs. When his friend begs Alex to save her adopted son from the New Orleans authorities during the slave rebellions, the last thing Alex expected to find was a sassy quadroon stowed away in his cargo hold. Accused of killing her white father, Zaria St. Clair escapes by disguising herself as her mother—a Haitian Voudou Priestess. After Zaria saves Alex’s crew from a British brig, the copper-skinned beauty ignites a fire deep within his soul, and Alex vows to make Zaria his, no matter what the law says.
This omnibus collects Monte Schulz’s Jazz Age Trilogy of historical fiction novels, which follows various family members on the eve of the Great Depression to the circus, through bank robberies, underneath front porches and big city skyscrapers, and much more.
Crossing Eden is the story of an American family in the summer of 1929, when a failed businessman divides himself from his wife and children, and a troubled farm boy runs away from home in the company of a gangster. It’s also the tale of a nation in the last months of the Roaring Twenties, a glittering decade of exuberance and doubt, optimism and fear. Set equally among the states along the Middle Border, in a small East Texas town, and in a great gleaming metropolis, Crossing Eden chronicles the Pendergast family of Farrington, Illinois, cast apart by circumstance into the early 20th century landscape of big business, tent shows, speakeasies, séances, bank robberies, lynchings, murder, romance, circuses, and skyscrapers. It’s a grand tapestry of the American experience in an age of transition from rural to urban, with our nation perched on the precipice of the Great Depression.
Dedicated immigration attorney, Victoria Barròn’s new client, Khara, claims to be an Egyptian princess from 2181 B.C. When the young woman finally convinces Victoria she’s telling the truth, the unlikely pair searches for a way to return Egypt's royal daughter to her pivotal place in history. Pursued by a disgraced historian who recognizes that Khara’s coronation bracelets represent the find of a lifetime, the pair flees. Soon they enter the Land of Enchantment and turn to the legends of the Anasazi as their last hope to preserve history as we know it. Misplaced takes a glimmer of historical fact and weaves a story of conviction, unlikely friendships and mysterious forces at work in the Southwest.
“S.L. Hulen’s book swells with the mysticism of ancient Egypt. A story filled with intrigue and suspense, it’s absolutely magical.” —Reader’s Favorites
“An imaginative tale sprinkled with a bit of magic and leaving enough unanswered questions to keep readers pondering the possible consequence long after the last page has been turned.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Misplaced is a story you will be sorry to see end.” —Reader’s Favorites
“Hulen makes an impressive debut with this enjoyable time travel fantasy.” —Kirkus Reviews
How DINOSAURS and the survival of MAN co-existed . . .
This storybook is a HISTORICAL FICTION. It is about how DINOSAURS and MAN who co-existed in the same period of time. How MAN won over the difficult hardships, trials and survived in the good old days. The existence of DINOSAURS and other beasts experienced challenges against the constant ever-changing landscape, habitats and eating habits throughout the centuries. The epic struggles and the survival of DINOSAURS and MAN against unpredictable and inclement weather patterns at the time while trying to live in peace and harmony. A period when MAN has to endure hard work and patience with its own people, attitude and customs. Both DINOSAURS and MAN experienced deep sorrow in the loss of loved ones. It is the success of MAN over the community with the use of their mind and intellect. MAN has to overcome adversity to improve their livelihood throughout the ages. The progress of MAN has to undergo to claim prosperity is by believing in one universal GOD. And as recognized by MAN, a Peninsula by the bay looks like the SLEEPING DINOSAUR.
Remembering Paleface Ski Center and Dude Ranch... This historical novel tells the story of a family-owned resort in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains and the struggle to thrive alongside the rugged, spectacular, and majestic Whiteface Mountain. It is the story of a dreamer, Boylan Fitz-Gerald, who fought Mother Nature, Father Time, and a dwindling checkbook balance and wound up creating a business with a lasting legacy-a business that left a deep imprint on the souls of many people. In the Shadow of a Giant is about a place, and also about an entrepreneur, his wife, their family and friends, the proprietors of other nearby Adirondack attractions, the communities of Wilmington and Jay, New York, and the local heroes who lived there. Take a trip back in time and enjoy a one-of-a-kind, vintage Adirondack vacation experience.
Nick Rivera is an ex-Marine and Martial Artist. Leaving his job in Law Enforcement after becoming disillusioned, he begins to drift. And just when his finances bottom out, like his personal life, he receives an unusual offer. A chance to find an undiscovered treasure of Gold, a treasure that could be nothing more than a legend. But, to even have a chance, Nick will have to overcome the heat of the desert, Indian Spirits, guardians of the Church, government agents, and ruthless drug dealers. He’ll have to put together a trusted team to help him in his search. Along the way, he’ll delve deep into Native American Spirituality, and confront issues he was unprepared for, such as reincarnation, and Soulmates. His search could change his life forever, and uncover a secret the church has been hiding for centuries.
When retired U.N. spy Mai Fisher leaves a diplomatic reception on a cold, rainy night early in the new year of 2001, she dashes for the first cab she sees. The driver has a tattoo Mai has seen before on Serbian paramilitaries. Suspicious, she forces him to admit he was waiting for her--to deliver her to the Russian Mafiya. After almost 40 years as a spy for the United Nations Intelligence Directorate, Alexei Bukharin is glad to be alive to enjoy time with his wife, Mai Fisher, and to finish raising his college-student granddaughter, Natalia. When Mai calls him out of bed to bring her dry clothes after she takes an information drop from a Serbian diplomat, he discovers she’s suffered something that can be death for a spy, retired or otherwise: Someone knows her true identity. A raid on the Mafiya apartment where Mai was to be taken uncovers something more devastating. The thugs have a photograph of Natalia at her university. The investigation becomes two-pronged: Who burned Mai, and why is the Russian underworld interested in Natalia? Their investigation uncovers a Russian mole in the FBI, one who has been selling America’s secrets to the Soviets and the Russian Federation for more than 20 years. When Alexei discovers the reason behind the interest in Natalia, he realizes a decision he made in 1974 has come back to haunt him. Personal needs, professional standards, and a choice from the past collide in a war of deception.
The novel relates the story of a group of non-polygamous Mormons who flee to the north when their prophet and leader, Joseph Smith Jr., is assassinated in 1844. Leaving their city of Nauvoo in Illinois, they make their way to Voree, Wisconsin, where a man named James Strang has declared himself to be their new prophet. Rusty Manning, a blacksmith, is part of this group, along with his wife Marie. Marie's brother, Gabriel Romain, a physician, is the leader and driving force behind the group of friends. He gets them north to Wisconsin and eventually to Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, where they hope to be safe at last from persecution. Their years on the island, where James Strang proclaims himself king and begins to practice plural marriage; their trials and persecutions; and their unsuccessful attempts to pacify their neighbors are depicted and described. Unable to leave the island without abandoning all their material possessions, they are eventually driven out by the non-Mormons when Strang is assassinated. They are put on boats, with some separated from their families, and dispersed all along the Michigan and Wisconsin shorelines. The persecution and treatment of these Beaver Island Mormons is considered by most historians to be one of the darkest periods in Michigan history. How Rusty, separated from his wife and his family, finally manages to reunite with them is an integral part of the story.
Esfir Manevich is a young Jewish girl who lives in the Polish town of Kobrin in 1936. Facing anti-Semitism in public school, Esfir moves in with her charming aunt who runs a boardinghouse in the bustling city of Brest. Being younger than the other boarders, Esfir struggles to find a place in her new life, all the while worrying about her diminishing role in the family she left behind. As the years pass, Esfir experiences the bombing of her hometown during the German invasion of 1939. When the Russians overtake the area, Esfir sees many of her socialist relatives and friends become disillusioned by the harsh restrictions. During the German occupation, Esfir and her family are enclosed in a ghetto where they develop heartbreaking methods of survival. In the summer of 1942, shortly before Esfir's thirteenth birthday, the ghetto is liquidated and the inhabitants are forced onto cattle cars destined for the killing fields -- and Esfir must face unimaginable horror.
As a young woman of twenty-one, Grace did not think it unusual to marry a man of forty. Although she wed a kind and respectful individual, something remained absent from their relationship. Before she could fully understand her growing despondency and restless emotions, England declared war on Germany. Like a jigsaw puzzle turned upside down, the pieces of Grace’s life scatter in different directions. When her husband leaves for France to fight for king and country, Grace is left behind to face years of loneliness, temptation, and loss. After the declaration of peace, the picture puzzle of her life is reassembled but paints a vastly different scene than it did before.
The Wellers and Martins, two Union-raised families, sequestered themselves on a remote road in southwest Missouri. They lived prosperously until uninvited guests thundered down their lane. The horror that ensued changed lives forever. Those least equipped were left to fend for themselves. A faith and power rise within the women and men who live in these pages., finding untapped strength in ridiculously difficult circumstances. The humor and ingenuity, or lack thereof, reminds the reader of the timeless strength in all of us, regardless the era or war.
THE GEESE THAT WON THE WAR is a work of fiction based upon true events when, between the years 1939 -1945, more than 10,000 people involved themselves in one of the most top-secret missions the world has ever known. They cracked enemy codes, saving Britain from Nazi domination and the world from two or three more years of war.
After encountering the Enigma Machine, a bewildering gift from Poland, Sheila Bradshaw knew she would never again be the same. She had entered a world most people didn’t know existed—one centered on an innocent-looking contraption, resembling a small typewriter with many keys and lights, housed in a wooden box. She had learned of the harm it was doing, as well as the harm it would still do if experts failed to decipher its many meanings. How could something so ordinary in appearance have so many billions of possible combinations, with the goal of destroying her country and its allies?
It is New York City and the Civil War is brewing. Norah McCabe, an Irish immigrant who escaped the Famine as a child, is now a young widow with a daughter. She is a milliner, struggling to survive in tumultuous times. Norah meets Abraham Lincoln, befriends the extraordinary African-American woman Elizabeth Jennings, and assists the Underground Railroad. She falls headlong in love with Edward M. Knox, son of the famous hat-maker Charles Knox, but he is lace curtain Irish and she is shanty Irish. Edward joins the 69th regiment and leaves for battle. Can their love endure through class differences and war?
This is a story of survival, intrigue, romance, as well as, exploring the conflict of Irish immigrants thrust into a war that threatened to destroy a nation. It is about an Irish-American woman who could be any immigrant today, any woman today, seeking to create beauty and make sense of her life.
Black Star tells the story of Ted Masters, a burned-out tap dancer and guitarist who leaves the southern black theater circuit (TOBA) and ventures west, eventually finding Sid Grauman (and his famous theater), the mom-and-pop movie producer Nat Levine, as well as Hattie McDaniel, Rex Ingram, Stepin Fetchit, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, and a host of other moviemakers who pitch in, attempting to turn Masters into the first black cowboy movie star. A long-lost love appears at the most inopportune time. It is a unique look at African Americans and their struggles in the moviemaking years prior to WWII.
The setting is historic Walden Pond, where Henry David Squirrel and Ralph Waldo Possum embark on a seemingly impossible rescue with the help of their friends. Addressing modern day problems of animal cruelty and bullying with the backdrop of the Underground Railroad, history lessons are balanced with adventure, teamwork and friendship. The dangerous rescue involves an elaborate plan with characters willing to risk their lives for each other in the name of justice. Using historically based characters that paved the way for women and minorities, themes of empathy, empowerment and unity are woven through the story. Freedom Ride at Walden Pond provides a creative way to inspire today’s generations to learn about the heroes of the past. Emphasizing the historical significance of the prominent players that fought for equality, the abolition of slavery and women’s oppression, Freedom Ride at Walden Pond articulates these mature, but relevant themes in an age appropriate, nail-biting story of adventure. The story is beautifully illustrated by artist Thomas Hilley.
As a nurse, Anna Schmidt deals with the aftermath of a war-torn Germany on a daily basis. The destruction and suffering of WWII frame her existence until she meets American GI, Neil Moser. His stories of ranch life in Montana, his quiet kindness and compassion, and the attraction that blossoms give her hope for a different life. Before their relationship develops, Neil is suddenly shipped out of Germany, and Anna is left with nothing but a yearning for what might have been. Anna’s dreams are renewed when Neil writes to declare his love and propose that she join him in America as his wife. After two years of endless paperwork, she is finally on American soil. But will Anna be able to overcome the language barrier and harsh Montana ranch life, to gain acceptance from his parents, and form a family in a country that still considers a German the enemy?
On a hot summer morning in 1989, her head pounding from a night on the town, Tori decides to take an early morning swim in the campground lake.
Ignoring the posted warning signs, she ventures into the water. Bewildered by what’s happening around her, she unwittingly passes through a time portal and finds herself stranded in the year 1810. From a Southern plantation in Louisiana, Tori begins her quest to find her way home—a task made even more difficult by the men she encounters along the way.
THE SOUTHERN PHOENIX was born out of the Black experience in America during the mid-1900s. It is an intense story reflecting the lives of very real people. Throughout this historical fiction novel, the reader is introduced to events such as the sit-ins down South, the 1965 riots in Watts, fair housing issues, and scenes--poignant, joyous, riveting, and sad-- portraying daily life for families of all stripes.
In the beginning, we meet the main characters among whom is the protagonist, John David Johnson (otherwise known as Ba' Bro'). We learn of their wants and needs, their frustrations and triumphs. We witness Mr. Johnson's personal growth, though subtle at first, as he evolves from an emotionally devastated Southern farm kid to a mature, determined young man who encounters many harsh travails. He becomes a strong Black man, a devoted family man, and a civil rights attorney of note who triumphs over innumerable crushing challenges.
Ba' Bro's life is a testament to what education and enlightenment can mean to any individual—to all of us--and to how the world can change. His is a story of how one can rise from the ashes and become a Phoenix in his own right.
The Sun Is But a Morning Star is the final novel in the Jamestown Sky series, based on the true story of Joan Peirce and the women and children of Jamestown, Virginia. These novels span 1592 to 1652, sixty years of Joan's life in both England and Virginia.
World war II rages in Europe and two British agents have lost their lives while trying to retrieve armaments plans from the German embassy in Madrid. British Intelligence realises that a completely new and unexpected approach is needed. They approach G2 (Irish Military Intelligence) with a daring proposal. Anna Fingal is a gifted linguist who works for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. She is blackmailed by her own country into aiding the Allied war effort. Seamus Halpin works for G2 and will accompany Anna on the mission. He has personal reasons for wanting to return to Madrid, to a city that continues to haunt him. Malcolm Mortimer works for British Intelligence. Initially sceptical about the use of Irish agents, his opinion changes as the mission progresses. His remit is to lead the mission and to succeed at any cost. These three diverse individuals become bound together in a world of espionage and deceit where survival and success for the mission is the ultimate goal. ‘Angela Currie spins fictional gold as she delves into the dark shadows of espionage during World War II. Officially neutral Ireland supplies secret agents in Spain for the Allied war effort, but those who risk their lives must face enemies both at home and abroad. A wonderful debut novel.’ Brendan Foley – ‘Under the Wire’
In 1968 Jay Fox is a young marine attack pilot in Vietnam and Ashley Beth Justice is a college freshman in North Carolina when they meet each other by chance, through letters.
Ashley Beth, naive and totally separated from the Vietnam War, begins her letter-writing as a way to personally contribute to the war effort. Having recently moved away from her small hometown, she’s beginning to see the world from a new perspective.
Jay, in the midst of bombing runs each evening, has purposefully distanced himself from any close relationships, but there’s something about Ashley Beth’s innocent and forthright manner that compels him to answer her letters.
The reality of the war hits home for Ashley Beth when Jay describes his plane almost colliding with another after a dangerous bombing run. The stakes are higher now-the disagreements, more intense; the flirtations, more significant.
Even amid the bloodshed in Vietnam and the civil unrest at home, Jay and Ashley Beth dare to dream of a life together while struggling to understand the war and themselves in To Any Soldier.