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can anyone recommend any good historical fiction set in europe or america???


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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2011 7:00:06 AM PDT
Dennis Rizzo says:
I have a book about Betsy Ross on Kindle and Amazon (A Christmas Conspiracy) set in December 1776. I also found the Napoleon's Pyramids series interesting - if a bit overly dramatic (William Dietrich). It was fun reading and well-researched.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2011 7:22:05 AM PDT
Nena Butler says:
Re-reading for the 3rd time, each time I find out things that I missed before, I keep reading other books but really, nothing compares to Diana's books. My daughter and I got to see Diana in Kansas City about a year ago and she was wonderful.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2011 7:40:15 PM PDT
W. Williams says:
Loved "Parrot and Olivier in America" by Peter Carey. An imagined retelling of Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America," and set in France and America. Great writing, compelling and endearing characters.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2011 1:08:39 PM PDT
CPS says:
Beyond All Price

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 11:00:38 AM PDT
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cyberscribe says:
Kellie,
I've just published the second of my Duecento Novels (set in 13th-century Italy) on Kindle and will soon have it available in paperback. Title: "Angel's Passage." The first novel, "Franciscan Conspiracy" is available in 16 languages in print, also on Kindle, and was a best-seller throughout Europe and South America. Reviews have compared it favorably to "Name of the Rose" and "Pillars of the Earth."
John R. Sack

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 11:02:19 AM PDT
cyberscribe says:
Kellie,
I've just published the second of my Duecento Novels (set in 13th-century Italy) on Kindle and will soon have it available in paperback. Title: "Angel's Passage." The first novel, "Franciscan Conspiracy" is available in 16 languages in print, also on Kindle, and was a best-seller throughout Europe and South America. Reviews have compared it favorably to "Name of the Rose" and "Pillars of the Earth."

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 12:14:19 PM PDT
D. Pickle says:
This was bad enough seeing the shameless pitch once but twice - this is too much.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 5:22:23 PM PDT
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I have created a web site (Ximene.net) to explore ideas for a new book about Ximene Trencavel and The Black Prince in Occitan in 1355, the time of the chevauchee. The content of this post shows that you are all enthusiasts and I would be grateful for any input you may have to make. Every page has the facility to leave comments. The web site has fulfilled its function and Volume I of the book is complete. I am now considering how it should be published.

Posted on Sep 3, 2011 3:16:18 PM PDT
For history lovers witha link between Europe and America check out 'Ice King.'
In 1804 Liverpool was the largest slave trading port in Great Britain, yet her influential traders felt threatened by the success, in Parliament, of the ant-slavery movement. Few, in Liverpool, condemned the 'Trade'.
William King, son of a Liverpool slave trader, sickened by what he experienced aboard a Spanish slaver, was one of the few who did speak out against the Trade.
This story, during the dying days of this despicable practice, has generational change, moral wickedness, greed, romance and the fortunes of war woven through the lives of father and son caught up in the turmoil that preceded the implementation of the British Trade Act of 1807, which would end Britain's involvement in the slave trade. To Liverpool slave traders, if this Act gained Royal Assent, it could mean their ruin.
There are more reviews on my web site
cheers, Geoff
www.geoffwoodland.com

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2011 4:00:48 PM PDT
Kellie - I think you may like "Adventures of Sean McCauley from Ireland to Scotland Yard". An Irish ragamuffin type makes good choices and opportunies. He and his 'love to be' infiltrates the CIRA and becomes an international hero. Good story. Amazon, Kindle.

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 6:48:51 AM PDT
Bronco Billy says:
Kellie - I feel your pain...I found "Jakie Creek - Legacy of an Ozark Outlaw" by JK Phillips to be fascinating. Set in the Ozarks of SW Missouri, it chronicles the lives of actual families in the area of Golden/Cassville during the civil war years. If you're interested in civil war-era history and the strife that Missouri experienced as a "border state," this could be interesting to you. It's on Amazon. -Bill

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2011 9:44:31 AM PDT
The Last Queen: A Novel I am three-quarters through this novel and so far am thoroughly enjoying it. It is historical fiction about the life of Juana, the so-called 'mad' queen of Spain who inherits the throne from her mother, Queen Isabel. Juana unexpectedly becomes the heiress to the throne of Spain and the story involves her struggle to keep the crown from falling into her husband's hands, the Archduke of Flanders, who has formed an allinace with King Louie of France, the enemy of Spain. Juana's sister is Catherine of Aragon, who becomes the wife of Henry VIII. This book is very well written and hard to put down.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2011 10:47:40 AM PDT
Sure. Try Mark Berent's five historical fiction books about the Vietnam war as viewed the troops on the ground and in the air, the Pentagon, the White House, and the people. Of course, I recommend them because I wrote them.

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 1:29:18 PM PDT
I recommend my all time favorite historical fiction. Love the $.99 kindle price!!!

Here's the authors description:

Not all of us are able to find courage after the loss of a loved one. Daniel Hudson, who was orphaned at the age of fourteen, wasn't given a choice. Through the dusty pages of newly discovered journals, Daniel stumbles upon a family's hidden private history. Father Time is a historical fiction novel that takes readers back to a time when bootleggers ran the streets of Chicago. Traveling back nearly seven decades, Daniel discovers an exciting past as depicted by young author, Iosif Holtz. The value of time fades as Daniel visits life through the eyes of a young boy whose family lives in a funeral home, operating a moonshine business out of the basement in Chicago's exciting prohibition era.

Father Time

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2011 3:49:13 PM PDT
JR Rogers says:
Hello, you might want to try he following:Leopold's Assassin (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005IRNOVC/) and The Counterfeit Consul (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056AYI84). I'll stand by both.

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 2:08:16 PM PDT
Filmaker says:
"Blood Debt" by James Mathews is a fantastic book. Amazing visuals, action, drama, revenge, and retribution. This book has it all. I would recommend this book to anyone!!!

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 5:38:06 AM PDT
The Minorcan Yoke The newly released novel and ebook, "The Minorcan Yoke" by Nancy Pellicer Dyer is recommended. Set in Florida at the beginning of the American Revolution, this colonial era novel brings to life the hardships faced by 1400 indentured servants from the Mediterranean as they attempted to establish the largest English colony in the New World. Their nine turbulent year odyssey under domination and servitude was a struggle to survive against tremendous odds. Most would perish until one escaped to save the remaining colonist.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2011 10:27:03 PM PDT
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kittysutton says:
At the risk of being self serving, I would like to recommend my debut novel, Wheezer And The Painted Frog, just out today! It is a Native American historical fiction murder mystery based on the Cherokee in Indian Territory in 1839 just after the Trail of Tears. Please go check it out, I believe it will fill your requirements.

Who killed Usti Yansa? Find out September 15, 2011, in Wheezer and the Painted Frog, a novel about the aftermath of the infamous Trail of Tears. Healthy little boys shouldn't grow weak and die when they have shelter, food and the care of their families, yet Sasa's little brother, the last of her family, sickens, mumbling the mysterious 'I didn't do it right, I didn't do enough. Why didn't it work?' Left alone, mourning and trying to survive in a new place with new ways, Sasa seeks answers with the help of her new friend, Wheezer. The Jack Russell Terrier seems too wise, too fierce and too loyal to be just a dog. Did the Creator send Wheezer to Sasa and if so, how can a dog, albeit a smart one, help to solve a murder?

From the time Europeans landed in North America, the People were forced out of the land they had known for generations. By the nineteenth century, the United States had pushed them into the remote and undeveloped area known as Indian Territory and promised them food and protection that never came. Plagued by the loss of their ability to farm and hunt, the lack of food and shelter, the disease brought by the White Man, every tribe suffered losses so great only the memories of the survivors could document the dead. This story, taking place among the Cherokee after the Trail of Tears, is a story for all the People. Kitty Sutton

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 1:57:06 PM PDT
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Aurorawolf says:
Excuse the self-promotion, but please check out my two historical novels. One is set in the U.S. during the Great Depression (1932), and the other in the Canadian Arctic at a fur-trading post near the area where explorers froze to death searching for the Northwest Passage (1938).

Face the Winter Naked
DRUM DANCE

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2011 5:02:12 AM PDT
Anything by Jean Plaidy is amazing! Have you read Margaret George's book, "King Henry VIII"? Fantastic. And her "Elizabeth I" is also very highly recommended. Anything by Margaret George is also very highly recommended. Fantastic stories, accurate historical reseach, totally captivating from page 1.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2011 5:07:34 AM PDT
J. Wan:
"Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without End" by Ken Follett are both absolutely amazing stories. He pulls you right into the story from the beginning. You wind up caring about all the characters and the crying when the books come to an end. WWE is a sort of continuation of POTE, but later in time. Don't miss out on these two. You will love them!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2011 8:30:08 AM PDT
Michael G. says:
Self Promotion:

Take a look at my new book, Ship of Death.
It is set during the American Revolution. The plot revolves around the prison ships the British kept in New York Harbor. The seed that germinated the story was learning a little known fact; more men died on this one prison ship (estimates are as many as 11,000) than died in all the battles of the war combined. Being a bit of a history buff, I was surprised that this escaped most history books.

The story follows a privateer (considered pirates by the British) from coastal New Jersey. He risks his life on the high seas as a privateer in order to support his family. But do the benefits outweigh the risk of being captured and subjected to unimaginable conditions?Ship of Death

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 8:58:54 AM PDT
I just found this site and I am frantically writing down names and titles. Has anyone mentioned Cynthia Harrod-Eagles series on the Morland family? My library has a new copy of the first book The Founding and the local Barnes and Nobles had a copy of The Black Pearl which is 5th in the series. I borrowed tattered paperback copies of The Dark Rose, The Princeling, and The Oak Apple through inter-library loans from libraries across the country so I was very surprised to find the B&N book. Perhaps they are being re-issued in the US. I read HE's Bill Slider mysteries also.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 8:18:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 20, 2011 8:28:36 AM PDT
Jamie says:
Here is the synopsis for a great novel titled "Blood Debt" by James Mathews. Its an amazing read and you will not want to put it down

New York City, nineteen-fifteen, a dark gunfighter stalks the streets of Brooklyn, desperately searching for the man in the white derby. John Grady haas scoured the earth in search of his father's killer. Now all of his clues point to one man, the cruel leader of the Irish Mob. But, as he rushes toward his destiny, his past is fast on his heels, and the love of a woman threatens to end his quest for righteous vengeance.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 11:08:55 AM PST
"Going Home Ruby" the moving story of 15 year old Thomas Elkins search for a glorious death.
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