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Posted on Mar 29, 2012 4:24:24 PM PDT
Two great ones:

The first is The Crusader (someone may have already mentioned it). The Crusader: A Novel I love tales of the Templar Knights anyway, and this one is a *really* different take on it. Its central character is a Monk, who, thanks to the strong convictions of his best friend, feels the Lord's leading to go and fight in the Crusades. The way Eisner has written his internal struggle is nothing short of riveting.

The second is The Historian. Th Historian It's a completely unique take on the vampyre tale. Its central character is an actual historian, doing research in Europe on the Ottoman Empire and Vlad the Impaler, when his research takes him to the battle of the Turks and face-to-face with another historian. I won't give away the ending, this but this is one ending you will NEVER, in a million years, see coming.

In fact, now that they're both in digital, I need to reread them. I just can't rave about them enough, and no, I'm not associated with either author, it's just rare when a book excites me this much.

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Posted on Nov 10, 2011 10:01:43 PM PST
Country Girl says:
Come on, people, it HAS to be Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE.

With Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago a close second.

Then maybe Dickens' Tale of Two Cities.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2011 11:36:10 AM PST
A. McGrath says:
I agree, her series is great. You feel like you are in ancient Rome when reading it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2011 10:38:20 AM PST
Thomas Behr says:
Just a quick "Hear! Hear!" to the well-merited praise for McCulloch's Masters of Rome: masterful, captivating, brilliant - pick your superlative. Plus I learned how to swear obscenely in Latin. I'm (almost) ready to get the Rosetta Stone program in conversational Latin (although I don't know whom I would talk with after I learn it...) But think of yelling at the nitwit who cuts you off: "Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo!"

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 8:26:34 AM PST
A. McGrath says:
I tried reading Pillar of Iron, it was awful, just 20th century Americans wearing togas and with blatant Cold War and modern religious messages. It bore no resemblance to ancient Rome at all. i couldn't get more than 40 or 50 pages into it.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 5:13:05 AM PST
Silvermatter says:
For amazing historical fiction try any of Taylor Caldwell's novels. Her historical descriptions make you feel you are there. "Dear and Glorious Physician" and "Captains and Kings" are my favorites and I would read them again.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 12:57:19 AM PDT
David Black says:
Siege of Faith (The Chronicles of Sir Richard Starkey)

The Kingdom of Heaven meets El Cid in this powerful and gripping Medieval adventure story.

Far to the East across the sparkling waters of the great Mediterranean Sea, the formidable Turkish Ottoman Empire was secretly planning to add to centuries of expansion. Soon, they would begin the invasion and conquest of Christian Europe. But first, the Ottoman's Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent knew he must destroy the last Christian bastion which stood in his path, the Maltese stronghold... garrisoned and defended by the noble and devout warrior monks of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem...

The cruel and terrible siege of Malta raged through the long hot summer of 1565, when the great Caliph unleashed a massive invasion force of 40,000 fanatical shock troops, intent on conquering Malta before invading poorly defended Christian Europe. A heretic English Knight - Sir Richard Starkey becomes embroiled in the bloody five month siege which ensued; Europe's elite nobility cast chivalry aside, no quarter asked or mercy given as rivers of Muslim and Christian blood flowed...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2011 8:32:21 PM PDT
Ooooo, Green Darkness! Read that as a young woman and was really impressed with it. Fine author.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2011 8:27:48 PM PDT
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So interesting to see this post from two years ago and have had exactly the same response as I read the title of the thread. Yes, Diana Gabaldon has almost all of 'em beat. However, I found after a few years that I could no longer allow myself to experience her graphic scenes with the bad guy. Even after all these years, some of the really evil scenes still haunt me. Better yet are novels by Lawana Blackwell. These historical journeys are filled with human conflict, but I'm never violated spiritually. In fact, all her stories lift me spiritually and allow me to see how healthier, more-balanced choices can be made in life in spite of circumstances. Yes, Diana is quite the author, and I still remember the scene where Claire comes back to see Jaimie and he falls into the spilled ink on the floor - still laugh at that scene in my mind all these years later. Just can't go there anymore. Lawana blesses me with her gentle and centered focus. Also must include anything by T Davis Bunn, Terri Blackstock, and Traci Petersen.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 5:18:15 PM PDT
L. Boyles says:
Does anyone know why we can't get Katherine on Kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 12:13:39 PM PDT
Misfit says:
What does this have to do with the subject of this thread?

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 10:12:45 AM PDT
Oi you lot over there where the cowboys come from, how come you are not buying my book, Going home to Ruby, I've bought plenty of your books, it aint fair.
And is it true you don't have access to our reviews in the UK,that doesn't sound right does it, you want have a word with Amazon mateys and get it sorted properly. Ta-Ta

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 2:56:28 PM PDT
A.B. says:
Not a new book, and I can't swear it's the best I've ever read, but I loved In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant. It's got a strong heroine, political and sexual intrigue, and a fascinating narrator.

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 2:26:56 PM PDT
willy says:
I stayed up very late many nights reading GONE WITH THE WIND. If you thought the movie was great.....wait til you read the book.

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 6:28:11 AM PDT
eltea says:
I recommend The Angelique series by Sergeanne Golon. Published in the 1970's, there are 8 books, the first 5 are very good, then they start to slide. Set in and around the court of Louis XIV.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 9:08:00 PM PDT
Randy Wolf says:
Winds of War by Herman Wouk

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 5:00:17 PM PDT
Libby Cone says:
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Posted on Oct 27, 2011 3:05:22 PM PDT
I cannot say that I have simply one book to classify as the "best" historical fiction read, but my votes are for "The Agony and the Ecstasy" by Irving Stone and "The Assyrian" by Nicholas Guild.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011 11:56:15 AM PDT
Misfit says:
@ Ian. So you say YOUR book is the best epic historical fiction you've read?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011 11:27:56 AM PDT
Gil Kibby says:
There is nothing wrong with blowing your own trumpet, if you're limber enough. This just isn't the correct forum for such.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 8:15:12 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2011 8:05:17 AM PDT
Like early United States history? Ron Carter's 9-volume Prelude to Glory riveted me from October to February as I accompanied a Boston family and a few close friends through well researched (and footnoted) history from Lexington-Concord to the end of the War of 1812. A 5000 page epic.
(I guess my advice arrives a little late for your 2009 vacation, but maybe you'll enjoy it as we approach the 200th anniversary of Mr. Madison's War.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2011 7:35:20 AM PDT
Misfit says:
@ Robert Craven. The topic of this thread is "Best Epic Historical Fiction You've EVER read!!!"

Are you telling us that YOUR novel is the best epic HF YOU'VE ever read?
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