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On the banks of the Coosa River, William Weatherford manages brisk business from his trading post. He is the son of a Scottish military man, who served under George Washington, and a Creek Princess from the sacred Deer family. He moves through both worlds, native and European. He is known as Red Eagle among his Creek brothers. He commands respect. He is the sinew that holds his community from the brink of conflict.
But as Red Eagle and his family steer the course of peace, rivals tussle for control of the land. A series of slights pushes the Creek Nation into standing their ground against the power-hungry Governor of the Alabama. When Red Eagle declines to choose sides, his side is chosen for him.
With his wife and child murdered and his home burned to the ground. Red Eagle takes command of the Creek forces. He leads a strategic guerilla war of resistance that paralyzes the Governor and forces the US Government to call in General Andrew Jackson to quell the conflict.
Through years of battle, Red Eagle commands Jackson's respect, but the radical factions of his own men - led by his half-brother, the Prophet Josiah - create dissent in his victory plan.
As attrition hits both sides and the rivers of Alabama run red with the blood of citizens, how far will Red Eagle go to see peace in his homeland again? When does revenge become folly? When does the past become a dream you cannot return to? How can one man save his people from total destruction?
This is the story of William Weatherford. The greatest warrior Andrew Jackson ever faced.
Born into poverty with nothing but her wit and beauty, Wu was carried to the Emperor's Palace as a child to join his large and growing harem of courtesans. She quickly caught the eye of the Emperor but chose her mark carefully. Eluding rivals in the courtesan halls, she hooked the heart of the Crown Prince, leading him to undo centuries of tradition to marry her, a lowly woman on ignoble birth.
As Wu consolidated her power, she became the defacto ruler. But how far would she go to consolidate the influence she sought? Would she sacrifice the love of her husband? The life of her child? When allies become enemies quickly enough to become allies again, what are the rules in this new world?
To stay one step ahead, the victorious must write the rules themselves. And for Wu, all the rules must go.
Hannibal Barca and his family dominated the powerful city of Carthage. As the fledgling city-state of Rome broke their peace treaty and bargained for war, Hannibal sacrificed all that he loved to march against the bully power.
The strength of his wife and mother at home kept Carthage in check, while Hannibal executed the most daring invasion in military history...marching over the Alps with dozens of war elephants among his guard. He drives terror into the Roman people, racing to the gates of Rome...until enemies within send cracks through his carefully planned victory.
When brothers die and comrades betray, who but Hannibal can offer hope? When Rome is within reach, what cost is too high for victory? When family demands heartbreak, where does allegiance lie?
Amid the passion of war, Hannibal finds one enemy he can respect. But after freeing this young Roman officer, he grows into Hannibal's greatest nemesis, rescuing Rome from the abyss. Will honor be Hannibal's undoing? Does strength stand a chance against deceit? When politics and warriors are at odds, who will win the day?
Hannibal Barca is the thrilling tale of a family dedicated to the greatness of a city and the sacrifices they each make during the Second Punic War.
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A desperate Spaniard has escaped a life of miserable poverty and fled to the wild unknown. They called it The New World. It was hot, and it was hostile. After watching his countryman seize Mexico and Panama, however, Francisco Pizarro knew if he could just find another empire to conquer, it would mean riches, power, and fame. And it would all be his, so long as it didn't kill him and his 200 men first.
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The moment the Emperor expired, war erupted for the throne atop the Inca Empire. By killing his brother, the great warrior Atahualpa didn't just claim the throne, he earned it. He was the God King, a direct descendant of the Sun God Inti. Nothing would stop him or his empire of 10 million souls from leaving their mark in this world, for themselves becoming the greatest the Gods have ever seen.
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INCA: THE GOLDEN SUN is the riveting story of two men on a violent collision course. From the ancient cauldron of jealousy, greed, and fury erupted a war that changed the fate of mankind.
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