Amber Road

(Roma Amor #2)

by Sherry Christie

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Treachery amid the dark menace and magic of the German wilderness.
SPRING, 38 AD. Far from the intrigues of Caligula’s Rome, the legion fortress of Carnuntum stands alone against the forested wilderness across the Danube River.

Ex-Army tribune Marcus Carinna waits nearby for his beloved, the Germanic priestess Aurima. Stunned by treason in his family, he sees one hope of earning back his honor: to recover a lost legion’s sacred Eagle captured by rebels. He needs Aurima’s help to succeed — but after promising months ago to win the support of her chieftain father, a brutal enemy of Rome, she still hasn’t returned.

When an imperial spymaster recruits him for a secret mission among the hostile German tribes, Marcus jumps at the excuse to search for her. But as his troops slog along the rutted track of the Amber Road, he will discover that he is not out of reach of his enemies’ vengeance — and that saving the woman he loves is going to demand more heart and will than he knew he possessed.

If you enjoy good historical fiction — rich, meaty novels that immerse you in another time, peopled with characters you truly care about — you’re the kind of reader likely to love AMBER ROAD, the second installment in the epic saga of Roma Amor.

REVIEW

An emotionally charged tale to say the least, my fellow readers. While there are many characters involved in this tale of honor, loyalty, and above all; love, the range and depth of feelings, and passions of Aquilo (Marcus) and Aurima are what makes this sequel to Roma Amor such a pleasure to read. Mind you, that’s not the only reason, the underlying plot to reunite Aquilo and Aurima is chock full of excitement. Excitement in the sense that occasional pauses are required to take a breath, or to exclaim, “I didn’t see that coming!” Like the forest encased, and unnerving Amber Road, the pathway of this story is shrouded in surprises, urging the reader to tread further into the shadowy confines. A tale of personal anguish, trials, and fleeting joy, but also a tale of the ongoing dance of tension between Rome and the Germanic tribes who call that forest their home.

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Wolf Banner

(Sons Of The Wolf #2)

by Paula Lofting

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Publication Date: August 26th 2020 / Second Edition:

Publisher: Longship Publishing

Genre: Historical Fiction

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WAR AND BLOODFEUD
1056…England lurches towards war as the rebellious Lord Alfgar plots against the indolent King Edward. Sussex thegn, Wulfhere, must defy both his lord, Harold Godwinson, and his bitter enemy, Helghi, to protect his beloved daughter.
As the shadow of war stretches across the land, a more personal battle rages at home, and when it follows him into battle, he knows he must keep his wits about him more than ever, and COURAGE AND FEAR MUST BECOME HIS ARMOUR…

REVIEW

It seems that just about everyone wanted to rule England…the French, the Godwins, Edward and his heirs, the Danes.  It also seems that anything that could go wrong for Wulfhere does go wrong.  In the revised sequel to Sons of the Wolf, the author pulls out all the stops, and delivers a scintillating run up to the cataclysmic events coming in 1066.  Wulfhere is a prime example of the range of emotions the author uses to bring the reader into the mindsets of the main, and bit players in this chaotic, uncertain time.  A champion fighter, respected thegn and loyal servant to the King, Wulfhere endures much turmoil and suffering, and has to dig deep to survive everything thrown at him.  The author also gives the reader a penetrating glimpse of the dance between the parties vying for power; be it the throne of England or the Earldom of Mercia.  Duplicity, underhanded dealings, and the pragmatic approach to the politics of the day are dealt with in an informative and entertaining fashion.  A page turning delight awaits, dear reader. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Wings of Fire: A World War 2 Novel

by Martin Lake

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A life and death struggle for control of the skies

Claire Lamb believes she is as good as any man and being a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force gives her the opportunity to prove it. Harry Smith joins the Royal Air Force because he wants to fly. Frank Trent, an American pilot, risks prison to join the fight against Nazi Germany.

When Hitler invades Poland, he begins a conflict which eventually engulfs the whole world. Within eight months his army and air force conquer most of Europe.

Only one adversary remains. Great Britain, led by Winston Churchill, refuses to surrender. Yet people fear that, in the coming weeks, the German Luftwaffe will bomb British cities to rubble and strew the country with poison gas.

Worse yet. A huge German army prepares to cross the English Channel to conquer its last remaining enemy.
One foe stands in their way. The Royal Air Force remains defiant. Hitler is reluctant to attempt an invasion while the RAF controls the skies above England. He unleashes the hitherto all-conquering Luftwaffe against it.

Throughout the summer and autumn of 1940, three thousand RAF pilots, the men Churchill called the Few, fight a grim life and death struggle for command of the skies. They are supported by the courageous and unstinting effort of thousands of others, many of them women.

The Battle of Britain will decide the fate of the world.

REVIEW

A thoroughly enjoyable tale that brings to life the phenomenal effort by the British RAF to deny Hitler the chance to even try an invasion. The lives of the men and women who met the challenge is the focus of the story, and the author has brought to life an amazing group of characters. The full gamut of emotions on display make them all the more believable, all the more down to earth, as they deal with the stress, the fears, the loss of friends and loved ones. It is an amazing display of courage and determination, a never wavering faith in their abilities. One incident that made me chuckle, despite the seriousness of the situation, was Officer Claire Lamb chastising Winston Churchill when he was about to light up a cigar in the bunker/plotting room. It seemed like a classic Churchill moment, flustered and amazed at the temerity of this person ordering him about, and his meek acquiescence. That’s just one example of the wonderful byplay between these courageous defenders of Britain’s skies. Tis an excellent read, a page turner for certain, and a glimpse at a historical event that changed the course of the war. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Time for Swords

by Matthew Harffy

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Lindisfarne, AD793. The life of a novice monk will be changed forever when the Vikings attack in a new historical adventure from Matthew Harffy.

There had been portents – famine, whirlwinds, lightning from clear skies, serpents seen flying through the air. But when the raiders came, no one was prepared.

They came from the North, their dragon-prowed longships gliding out of the dawn mist as they descended on the kingdom’s most sacred site.

It is 8th June AD793, and with the pillage of the monastery on Lindisfarne, the Viking Age has begun.

While his fellow monks flee before the Norse onslaught, one young novice stands his ground. He has been taught to turn the other cheek, but faced with the slaughter of his brothers and the pagan desecration of his church, forgiveness is impossible.

Hunlaf soon learns that there is a time for faith and prayer… and there is a time for swords.

REVIEW

A riveting tale of coming to grips with life altering changes. A life of contemplation and learning suddenly rendered moot with the thrust of a seax. In yet another startling story of the brutal 8th century, the author has given this new cast of characters the same diligent attention to detail and development. An amalgamation of unlikely allies bonding together; an emotionally charged internal battle as Hunlaf moves farther from his life as a monk and closer to becoming a warrior, a storyline that leaves the reader guessing as to what’s going to happen next. And extra points for getting in a mention of Beobrand. 😊 And even more extra points because this tale is just a beginning. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the author

Matthew Harffy grew up in Northumberland where the rugged terrain, ruined castles and rocky coastline had a huge impact on him. He now lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and their two daughters.

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She Sees Ghosts: The Story of a Woman Who Rescues Lost Souls

by David Fitz-Gerald

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A blazing fire killed her family and devoured her home. A vengeful demon haunted her. Ghosts of the Revolutionary War needed help that only she could provide. A young woman languished, desperate to survive, and teetered on the edge of sanity.

Mehitable grew up in a freshly tamed town, carved from the primeval forest. Family, friends, and working at the mercantile filled her days and warmed her heart. For Mehitable, life was simple and safe, until tragedy struck. When her family perished in their burning home, she retreated into a world of her own making.

As a young girl, she had seen glimmers, glimpses, and flickers of the spirit world. She closed her eyes. She turned her back. She ignored the apparitions that she never spoke of, desperately hoping they would leave her in peace. She was mistaken.

Grief-stricken, Mehitable withdrew from the human world. Ghosts were everywhere. They became bolder. She could no longer turn her back on the spirit world. Her friends feared for her survival. Nobody understood her. She would have to find her own way.

Fans of TV’s Ghost Whisperer and Long Island Medium will especially love She Sees Ghosts. This historical novel features memorable characters and delivers bone-tingling, spine chilling goosebumps. It stands on its own and it is the next installment in the Adirondack Spirit Series by the award-winning author of Wanders Far―An Unlikely Hero’s Journey. David Fitz-Gerald delivers a historical novel with a bittersweet ending that you won’t see coming.

Would she save the spirits’ souls, or would they save her? Only time would tell.

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To be honest, I’ve never been one who believed in ghosts. However, I do believe in stories that hold me enthralled; that mesmerize me with imaginative plots, and memorable characters. She Sees Ghosts is a delightful tale of a woman with a highly unusual gift; one that surprises, frightens, and generally creates a tense atmosphere from some of the village folk. It is a tale of tenderness born out of a horrendous tragedy early in Mehitable’s life. I was taken in by the beauty of the interactions between her, and the spirits she encounters; spirits who are often confused about what has happened, or how to proceed away from the bonds that hold them to the earth. It is also a tale of unexpected love, one which produces not only joy to Mehitable, but also the descendant of the legendary Wanders Far. The author has created an account of the early settling of upstate New York. His descriptions of the landscape had me longing to go hiking there. So too, the characters who are molding this new frontier into civilization, are wonderfully crafted to fit the time and place. A triumph of history mixed with storytelling, with more to come. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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About the Author

David Fitz-Gerald writes fiction that is grounded in history and soars with the spirits. If you’re looking for the atheist activist author by the same name, keep looking—this book is definitely not for you! After a chaotic day as a business person, Dave enjoys getting lost in the settings he imagines and spending time with the characters he creates. Writing historical fiction is like making paintings of the past. He loves to weave fact and fiction together, stirring in action, adventure, romance, and a heavy dose of the supernatural with the hope of transporting the reader to another time and place. He is an Adirondack 46-er, which means that he has hiked all of the highest peaks in New York State, so it should not be surprising when Dave attempts to glorify hikers as swashbuckling superheroes in his writing. She Sees Ghosts-A Story of a Woman Who Rescues Lost Souls is the next installment in the Adirondack Spirit Series.

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Thunder at Kadesh

(Empires of Bronze #3)

by Gordon Doherty

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It will be the cruellest war ever waged, and the Gods will gather to watch…

1275 BC: Tensions between the Hittite and Egyptian Empires erupt and the two great superpowers mobilise for all-out war. Horns blare across the Hittite northlands and the dunes of Egypt rumble with the din of drums as each gathers an army of unprecedented size. Both set their eyes upon the border between their domains, and the first and most important target: a desert city whose name will toll through history. Kadesh!

Prince Hattu has lived in torment for years, plagued by the memory of his wife’s murder. Thoughts of her poisoner, Volca the Sherden – for so long safe and distant by Pharaoh Ramesses’ side – have sullied his dreams, blackened his waking hours and driven him to commit the darkest of deeds. Now that war is here, he at last has the chance to confront his nemesis and have his vengeance.

But as the ancient world goes to war, Hattu will learn that the cold, sweet kiss of revenge comes at a terrible price. 

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I just happened to see someone tweet that they had just finished a book set in ancient times, and while they enjoyed it, they lamented the fact that the author didn’t come close to Gordon Doherty’s creative genius when it comes to describing battles. I just finished a Doherty book, and I can state with unimpeachable certainty that his battle describing prowess is on full display in Thunder at Kadesh. Talk about pulse racing action…yeah, he’s got that down. Had to stop and catch my breath once in a while; give the massive chariots a moment to turn around and plow into their foes again. Now, don’t get the impression that this is a one dimensional tale, far from it my peeps and fellow travelers. The drama, especially involving Hattu and Volca, is page turning stuff as well. Lots of surprises along this tale’s storyline as various factions vie for dominance in the region. I also liked the inclusion of some of the future Trojan War combatants, Priam, Sarpedon, and even the young Hektor. A bit of a history lesson there, as well as some damn fine fiction. And, by the way, the ending is magnificent. 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐