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Initial post: Nov 20, 2011 8:48:09 PM PST

Like many of you I read A LOT of historical fiction. I am in a dry spell and need some recommendations. I prefer kindle books, but will order paper if it is a must read. I like long books or even better a series of long books. I have read all of Clavell, Wilbur Smith, Ken Follet, Winds of War, Hawaii, Rutherford, and all related books. I just finished the Physician and Shaman (no kindle version) and I cannot recommend these books strongly enough.

I especially like adventurish books about sea travel or pioneers or 1800's/1900's but welcome anything older. Can you help me?

Thank you!

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 2:21:47 AM PST
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Mike O'D says:
Try C.S Forester's 'Hornblower' series or Patrick O'Brian's 'Aubrey Maturin' seafaring series. They should give you a few months sailing adventures. AG.

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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 6:25:43 AM PST
Hi, I'm from the UK and on the US Amazon by accident. The Kindle selection is very similar and for you, Stephen Boyle, I would heartily agree with M O'Donnell in recommending O'Brian's Aubrey Maturin series - which I think beats the admittedly excellent Hornblowers - though if you are feeling quirky I recently read a very witty adventure set in revolutionary Russia, called Comrade Fox by Stewart Hennessey, which is dirt cheap on Kindle. Also War Story by Derek Robinson which, despite the plaintive name, is very touching and funny, about flying. There are two departures from the sea for you...

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 7:19:04 AM PST
I would love to recommend Edward Cline's Sparrowhawk Series - intelligent, smart - how and why American Revolution started - it is fabulous

Also Jeffry S. Hepple's novels.

think you will really enjoy them (and not go broke with your Kindle purchases)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 7:57:51 AM PST
Bill Flynn says:
Hi Stepen Boyle,
Take a look on Amazon at A Drumbeat Too Near: Cape Cod WWII
a work of historical fiction set on Cape Cod, in the cruel Atlantic and Occupied France, 1942.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 8:12:11 AM PST
Thank you, yes I think one of my next steps should be to buy the Patrick OBrien books. Thusfar I have not because they are not on kindle, but I think they will be worth it.

If you like books about sea adventures you may want to check out the Courtney series by Wilbur Smith, some of it is sea-related but they are all good.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 8:12:58 AM PST
Thank you, i will check out your recommendations.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 8:15:03 AM PST
Thank you, I will check these out.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 8:16:44 AM PST
Honestly, I am always a little wary of buying books recommended by the author. I may have to evolve as I am running out of well-known authors to read. Cape Cod is my yearly vacation spot, so I think I will check it out although I prefer longer books.

Thanks for the recommendation and good luck!!

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 8:19:13 AM PST
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Stephen, I'm still here, still in the UK (London to be precise) and still strangely tickled to be chatting to Americans. Again, I would recommend War Story and Comrade Fox - for wit and adventure - but also, English Passengers has a great sense of time and place.

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Posted on Nov 28, 2011 12:02:41 AM PST
Debra Brown says:
Have you read Linda Collison's books on historical nautical adventures? I know that she spent three weeks on HMB Endeavour working as a seaman before writing this two-book series. She is posting on my blog in a couple of days about traveling in the wake of James Cook.

Her books Star-Crossed and Surgeon's Mate may interest you:

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 7:07:36 AM PST
Have you read the Jonathan Kinkaid series yet? It's a meticulously researched historical fiction/nautical fiction trilogy about an American...yes, that's right, an American naval officer during the Revolution...with a bit of romance.

In the first book "Independent Action" Kinkaid is assigned as First Lieutenant aboard the American frigate Randolph, leaving the port of Philadelphia in the winter of 1776, tasked with orders to undertake "Independent Action" in the North Atlantic against a mighty British convoy. A story of the fury of the sea and the waste of war, of fallible but brave men and boys who find themselves in dire straights. Action-packed, old-fashioned high-seas adventure at its very best, with unforgettable characters. Cover art by the author.

The second book is entitled "Uprising," in which Kinkaid is given command of his own ship, Swift, of sixteen guns. His assignment is threefold: to deliver a diplomat bearing a copy of the Declaration of Independence to the Dutch free port of St. Eustatia in the Caribbean, to assist a major of marines with a mysterious assignment that takes them to the jungle island of Dominica, inhabited by cannibalistic Carib Indians, and to gain information of any pirate activity in the Virgin Islands that may interfere with American shipping from St. Eustatia to American shores. Cover art by the author.

The third book in the trilogy, "Tidings of Victory" is in progress and should be available by Christmas, in which Kinkaid is sent to Europe to deliver the news of our victory at Saratoga to Ben Franklin in Paris. Filled with intrigue and a daring rescue of American prisoners. Each book in this trilogy is based on actual events; each takes us to a different theatre of the war at sea during the American Revolution. All guaranteed to excite, educate and entertain all ages.

My latest and most ambitious undertaking yet is "Sunset of the Iroquois," about Washington's 1779 invasion of the Iroquois lands of New York State, a gritty, character-driven, action-packed epic adventure, based on a bloody period of our history. While based on actual journals kept by the soldiers, this exciting story is told from both sides and is filled with Iroquois lore and tactics and technology of the elite Rangers. Reader discretion advised because of graphic descriptions of torture and violence.

I stand my books next to any others in their genre and hope you will enjoy them.
Michael Winston

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2011 11:00:07 AM PST
Joann Spears says:
Flashman series is out on ebook!

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 12:36:15 PM PST
Marjorie says:
I just finished David Mitchell's "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet."

A wonderful book, one of the best historical novels I've read in a LOOOONG time. As a matter of fact one of the best novels of any kind that I've read in a long time.

Mitchell is a magician, who transports you to a different world -- seemingly effortlessly, but I can imagine how much research went into this book to carry off the period detail so lightly. The time is late 18th-early 19th century Japan. The place is Dejima, a tiny, artificial island in Nagasaki Harbor, a "trading factory" of the Dutch East India Company. Since the shoguns kicked all westerners out of Japan back in the 17th century, all trade with the west has been confined to this island. Twenty or so Dutch company men live here, surrounded by walls and connected to the city of Nagasaki by a bridge. There are stout gates, guarded at all times; exit from the island (for the Dutch) and access to it (for the Japanese) is strictly limited.

Don't expect Shogun-type swashbuckling -- Jacob de Zoet, the young company clerk of the title, is an accountant, not a swordsman -- but there's plenty of action. Also romance, great characters (good and bad guys), mystery, some truly heartrending incidents, and lots more.

For the original poster who said he liked "sea travel" -- there's also a long sequence of seafaring (aboard a British man o' war that seems straight out of Patrick O'Brian!) in the latter part of the book.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 3:54:30 PM PST
I read Cloud Atlas and thought it was one of the worse books that I have ever read, this is the same author, I know they are making a movie of Cloud Atlas and can' t imagine how or why. Is this book better. Thank you, Nena Butler

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Posted on Dec 6, 2011 3:32:22 PM PST
J. Farley says:
Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series. 21 books. All great adventures.
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