Free historical fiction Kindle books for 31 Oct 13

Constantinopolis

by James Shipman

In 1453 Constantinople is the impregnable jewel of the East. It has stood as the greatest Christian city for a millennium as hordes have crashed fruitlessly against its walls.

But Mehmet II, the youthful Sultan of the Ottoman Turks, has besieged the city. His opponent is Constantine XI, the wise and capable ruler of the crumbling Eastern Roman Empire. Mehmet, distrusted by his people and hated by his Grand Vizer, must accomplish what all those before him have failed to do: capture Constantinople. To prove that he deserves the throne that his father once took from him, Mehmet, against all advice, storms the city. If he fails, he will not only have failed himself and his people, but he will surely lose his life.

On the other side of the city walls, the emperor Constantine must find a way to stop the greatest army in the medieval world. To finance his defenses, he becomes a beggar to the Pope, the Italian city-states, and the Hungarians. But the price for aid is high: The Pope demands the Greeks reunite the Eastern and Western churches and accept the Latin faith. If Constantine wants aid for his people he must choose between their lives and their souls.

Two leaders, two peoples, two faiths battle for their future before the mighty walls of Constantinople.



Moth To The Flame: The Story of Anne Boleyn

by Angela Warwick

She was one of the most fascinating women of her generation; intelligent, clever and alluring. But despite all of her undoubted talents, her fate was sealed from the moment Henry V111 set eyes on her.

Anne Boleyn deserves to be remembered as so much more than just the Queen who lost her head. She was a woman of immense personal charm who lived during one of the most colourful, exciting and brutal eras of English history. Often stubborn and impulsive, Anne was a rebellious daughter, a loving and critical sister, a loyal friend and a dangerous enemy. This is her story, from her childhood at Hever Castle through to her relationship with the King who desired and ultimately destroyed her.



To Kill the Duke

by Sam Moffie

It was the 1950’s. The white-hot Cold War was raging between The USA and The USSR. And, in Joseph Stalin’s mind, nothing would be quite as hot as assassinating the ultimate symbol of Western machismo culture – the actor John Wayne. Thus, the elite Russian spy squad of Zavert, Boris Gila, Alexei Aleksandra and Ivan Viznapu start on a dangerous (and hysterical) mission that brings them in contact with gangsters Mickey Cohen and Johnny Stompanato, the billionaire Howard Hughes, the producer/director Dick Powell, the actress Susan Hayward, countless others and the big man himself – John Wayne.

What transpires is as zany as John Wayne playing a role that was written for Marlon Brando… whoops! That really happened, and the result was ‘The Conqueror,” which plays a prominent role in to kill the duke, Sam Moffie’s fifth novel. Brilliantly satiric, the book also captures political duplicity and amorality, which makes it all too relevant to today’s world. The Cold War, more than ready for prime time satire, lets Moffie keep the heat on the establishment and most of all, those in authority.



Privateers and Kings (The Butler Family Chronicles)

by Brad Koch

รข??’Privateers and Kings” is the first book in a new series that tells of one family and their progeny whose fortunes and actions are fictional. In following the family down through the centuries in the Butler Family Chronicle series, I have set them in events that did happen or could have happened.

Book one of the Butler Family Chronicles, “Privateers and Kings “, depicts the American Colonies during and after the reformation in England. As a work of fiction this book and the series that follows tell of a family of entrepreneurs who, as privateers and colonists, benefited from the generosity of the Stuart Kings they loyally served. Although many well-known names and historical events are included, fictitious liberties have been taken with characters that actually lived and fictitious speech put into their mouths which, in my opinion, are not out of character for the persons involved.

The Stuart Kings, James I, Charles I, Charles II and James II, were generous in their granting, chartering or giving away land in North America. It was land that none of the Kings had never even seen. It cost them nothing for this generosity and furthered the British plan of imperialism. New England, Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia were given to friends and proprietor’s. New York and New Jersey were added to the crown in a bloodless war against the Netherlands and given by Charles the second to his brother the Duke of York. Charles also gave Pennsylvania to William Penn to settle a debt.

The Virginia colony began as a commune, governed by a group of stockholders in London. The settlers had no rights except to work and produce for their proprietors. When these communes were ready to collapse due to mismanagement and the lack of will to work hard to produce crops for unknown persons in England, changes were made in the articles of incorporation to allow the settlers to own and manage their land. The colonists eventually survived, persevered and soon prospered.

As privateers the Butler family, as did other privateers of time, augmented the naval arm of Britain in the capture and destruction of enemy ships and cargoes thereby profiting from the many wars being fought during this period.

The adventures depicted in this story paralleled actual happenings in those early days in the development of our country. Distance, travel time and a different lifestyle between the two continents isolated colonists from England and they began to develop a new culture, the genesis of a future nation.



The Bells of Hell – Volume Two

by Peter Fischer

The Bells of Hell – based on true stories, this tells of the lives of men and women who lived through the horrors of WW2 in the Pacific. It tells of life in the Pacific Rim – The Ring of Fire. Violent lands ruled by ruthless, violent men. It tells of political intrigue, deceit and betrayal. It tells of courageous men and women who emerge from the coalmines and universities searching for escape from the rigours of virtual slavery.The Bells of Hell – based on true stories, this tells of the lives of men and women who lived through the horrors of WW2 in the Pacific. It tells of life in the Pacific Rim – The Ring of Fire. Violent lands ruled by ruthless, violent men. It tells of political intrigue, deceit and betrayal. It tells of courageous men and women who emerge from the coalmines and universities searching for escape from the rigours of virtual slavery.



Shakespeare’s Witch

by J.D. Steffensen

In a world of glory and treason, three strangers come together. One is born to lead his country, one to battle for England’s soul, and one to preserve its magic.

Shakespeare’s Witch is a story of three unlikely friends who risk their lives, fortunes and honor for each other and for England. Beatrice, accused of witchcraft, must choose between Henry, the dashing, wealthy Earl of Southampton, or William Shakespeare, the passionate poet and a leader of the Catholic resistance. Can Beatrice protect Shakespeare if she gives her heart to the Earl? Can either man resist Beatrice’s alluring, dark beauty? Can the three bring peace to Elizabeth’s kingdom?

This story is based on historical research that reveals the complexity of three relationships and the religious and political conflict that was Queen Elizabeth’s England.



THE LA PUSH PROJECT – Pipe Dreams

by Mark Parsons

A secret project to pipe water from the wet Northwest to the arid Southwest is discovered by a young reporter and it almost gets him killed when he and his girl friend try to find the projects investors. Later, in court, he and her make history as they fight for water rights for an ancient Indian culture.



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