Free historical fiction Kindle books for 24 Dec 13

The Emperor’s Prey

by Jeremy Han

China, 1420: The Emperor Yongle never forgot that eighteen years ago, he failed to kill the man whose throne he usurped: his own nephew. Fearful of revenge, he sends his dreaded secret service, the Eastern Depot, to conclude the bloody episode. The problem is, the fugitive has disappeared into the vastness of the Ming Empire.

Ji Gang, the ruthless, cunning head of the Eastern Depot has never failed before. Can he find a man lost in the mist of time and kill him? With time against him, a secret, powerful network protecting the lost emperor, and an escape plan way beyond his imagination, this mission could be his downfall.

Déjà vu. Zhao Qi is summoned to rescue Jianwen again after delivering the fugitive emperor to safety eighteen years ago. The chief bodyguard seeks those loyal to Jianwen for one last mission. Except this time, he realises that besides loyalty, his teammates have a different agenda. Can he trust them with his life and the emperor’s as they play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the empire’s deadliest assassins?

A tale based on the mystery surrounding the fate of the Jianwen Emperor after the civil war of 1402, The Emperor’s Prey is a story of loyalty between friends, courage to love and freedom from injustice.

In the New Country

by A.M. Murray

Young Danny Casper is no Dumb Hunkie. He’s an immigrant and a refugee from WWII but at the age of ten, after six years in the “New Country” he wants nothing more than to be accepted as an American, to fit in.
He thinks he and his family have done that until a government man comes to dusty, dead-end Inman Court in Akron Ohio, asking questions of Danny’s neighbors. The G-man is from Immigration, checking on his family’s history and moral character for their citizenship application. Danny has never doubted his family’s honorable nature, but as he secretly eavesdrops on the G-man’s interviews, some questions arise.
Like did they change their name from Czaparos to Casper to hide Nazi affiliations? Do their words and actions reveal a prejudice against Jews, Gypsies and Negroes? Are they responsible for the death of the wife of a neighbor who adds to those Nazi suspicions? Did they get a war-veteran neighbor tossed in jail because he fought against the Germans? Did they acquire a valuable diamond ring because the Jewish dealer was being “relocated” to a prison camp.
Danny knows that the wrong answers to these questions could get his family deported. He can’t let that happen. He gets a sexy neighbor to entice the G-man and make him receptive to an innocent explanation for everything. But it’s not clear that effort did any good.
He may have to do something drastic himself.
He knows where the G-man’s office is.

Phantom of the Mississippi River

by Benjamin F. Clark

It is March 1863 and America is locked in a bloody war between the states. This action- packed adventure story takes place during the Vicksburg campaign of the Civil War. In a surprise night attack, a daring band of Confederate raiders capture a Union steamship carrying a secret cargo, and disappear into the watery Mississippi Delta country. Union ironclad gunboats and troops pursue the Rebels in a deadly game of hide-and-seek deep inside Confederate territory where the hunters risk becoming the hunted. The Yanks must constantly improvise and adapt in a hostile and rugged land as they chase the elusive Rebels. Tension climbs as the Yankees rush to block a Confederate espionage coup that threatens to upset the entire Union war strategy. Phantom of the Mississippi River is a historical fiction novel for adult and young adult readers.

The Tear Jar

by D. E. Powell

“Upon finishing this novel you will understand you have just read an epic adventure in the Greek tradition, as stirring as any told.”

In Thebes, 335 BCE, twelve year old Nicholas enjoys a carefree life with his affluent family. His biggest concerns are keeping up with chores on the farm and his bossy older brother, Andreas. That is until Alexander the Great comes to town with his army to teach rebellious Thebes a lesson. Nicholas’s world is shattered as Thebes is burnt to the ground. Thebans who opposed Alexander are either killed or taken as slaves to Asia Minor, where Alexander is going to conquer the Persian Empire. Being the only survivor, Nicholas huddles in his family’s ruins until hunger forces him to search for food on the battlefield. There he discovers another survivor, Antigonus, a top military commander in Alexander’s army. Antigonus is on the verge of death and Nicholas knows he will not survive without his help. But how can he help his enemy? Nicholas realizes his enemy may be the only one who can help him find his family. Antigonus is desperate to rejoin his king, but he is weak from his wounds. He must either accept Nicholas’s proposal, or be left alone to die. The two form a guarded alliance and together go in search of Alexander the Great, Nicholas’s only comfort, his family’s tear jar which he hopes to return to his mother someday when they finally reunite.

The Butterfly Princess

by D. E. Powell

A young girl comes of age when she must help an injured monarch butterfly fulfill its life cycle. Mera Rodriquez is a Mexican-American girl who has suffered great tragedy during her young life. This tragedy has left Mera sullen and unmotivated, believing her opportunities are limited. One fateful day, Mera finds herself responsible for another life: a monarch butterfly that has also suffered great tragedy. Mera cares for this butterfly and soon discovers strength and purpose she never knew she possessed. Through a grand adventure taking Mera back to her ancestral home, she experiences her coming-of-age while helping her monarch butterfly get home as well. With her mentor, Dr. Arana Mariposa, and her school nemesis Shelly Wartner, aka Sneezel, they travel to central Mexico, to the Mountains of the Monarchs, seeking the butterfly sanctuary where Mera’s butterfly may fulfill its purpose in life.

Puffin Island

by Sherry Schubert

A retrospective of the Sixties tucked inside a gentle love story unfolds on Ireland’s Puffin Island.

Paula is a free spirited, independent bohemian from Colorado. Tom is a straight-laced, pressed-suit Irish Catholic conservative from Dublin. Is there a place on Earth the two can just be…and be together?

Paula recounts her youth as a globetrotting vagabond following the â??Summer of Love’. After her chance encounter with a self-proclaimed hot-blooded Irishman, she and Tom wrestle with the choices faced by all young people who came of age during the turbulent Sixties. Tom vehemently defends his faith and family values; Paula extols liberal western practices. Their struggle to find common ground takes them to Valentia and Puffin Islands in Ireland and to Rome where they promise to reunite in Paris to chart a future together.

But providence intervenes.

Four decades later when they attempt to reconnect, they find that in the high-tech 21st century world of Google, Facebook, and online social networks, sometimes a hand written note speaks louder than an e-mail.

A nostalgic reminder for those who survived that era and a tantalizing taste for the rest, Puffin Island is an old-fashioned tale of intrigue and human hearts… oceans apart.

My Brother, My Friend, My Enemy

by George Winston Martin

Caught up in the calamity of a nation teetering on the brink of Civil War, two brothers, both Southern-born but separated by hundreds of miles and vastly differing traditions, struggle to find themselves in the radically opposing cultures of North and South.

William Marsh of Dahlonega, Georgia, enthusiastically answers his state’s call for volunteers and marches off to war. While naively searching for glory, he pines for beautiful Mary Stewart, a temptress who rewards his affections with deceit as she obsesses over Jonathon Evans, a rogue and William’s sworn enemy.

Residing with relatives in the rugged mountains of Northern New Hampshire, William’s older brother Thomas struggles against inner demons and regional prejudice, all the while daring to love the intelligent and passionate Stephanie Carroll, whose rabidly anti-Southern uncle schemes to drive them apart.

As the nation tears itself apart in ever more bloody clashes, the brothers not only face perils and temptations at home, but also the hazards of distant battlefields, as their destinies thrust them into the ranks of opposing armies – where one wears gray, and the other blue.

Juniata (The Seekers)

by Kevin Grote

Juniata is a two-part novel. Loyalhanna, the second book in the series will complete the tale.

The sky is on fire.

All along the frontier, the flames are spreading eastward, settlement by settlement, born on a western wind and fanned by men clad in doeskin and daubed with greasepaint.

The blazing settlements and farmsteads become a crimson reflection of the tumult transpiring along the disputed colonial back country.

The future of North America is up for grabs.

Two intrepid scouts, called by most of their fellow colonists, rangers, have been stalking a murderous Shawnee war party heading west, deeper in the wilderness for several days. They track the raiders over the Huntingdon Ridge and to George’s Road, the only link between New Forge and Juniata. One of the scouts, a Susquehannock, stays on their trail, while the other Ranger, a former Jacobite, moves silently to the remote village of New Forge.

In Europe, alliances and betrayals are the order of the day.

After their success in the War of Austrian Succession, France is pushing against the English claims in the New World. But here the rules are different; the rugged terrain is hostile to the movements of large armies. So the tactics of the locals are adopted by the French military in Montreal. Small bands strike quickly, and then with captives and loot in hand, the raiders melt away into the mountains, as suddenly as they appear. The French are using their cat’s paws of the native tribes and Canadian colonists to strike the first blows of the coming conflict.

In the cities of the Eastern Seaboard, the wall of the Appalachians is looked as the end of the frontier. The lands beyond are looked upon as a private hunting preserve for the last two hundred years by the Six Nations. It is wilderness, devoid of human habitation, that is until newcomers, seeing its immense potential, begin to stake their claims. The waning influence of the Iroquois tempts wealth seekers from all directions to fill the power vacuum.

As well as the colonial governments, France and England are looking to expand their New World domains. The tribes of the western slopes, Shawnee, Ojibwa, Delaware, Miami, Huron, Seneca, as well as explorers, trappers, and settlers, Virginian and Pennsylvanian, begin looking over the mountain fastness to the rich country beyond; each of them intent on marking their claim.

The great rivers, Allegheny and Monongahela, flow westward from the north and south. They meet to form a great navigable river that will open the interior lands to the Mississippi River.

The mighty Ohio, the gateway to the interior of North America.

Its riches are worth fighting for.

And dying.

Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red (Double V Mysteries)

by Jacqueline T. Lynch

A “cozy” post-World War II mystery about a museum heist, a missing child, a murder, and the partnership of a recent ex-con and an even more recent widow.

In Hartford, Connecticut, 1949, Juliet Van Allen, a museum administrator, returns home from work early to find her artist husband having an affair with another woman. Juliet slips unseen back to her office, where she meets an intruder. Elmer Vartanian, recently released from prison for a museum robbery, is coerced into helping scout the museum for a heist by a gang that has kidnapped his daughter. Since Juliet left her apartment, her husband has been murdered. She is the prime suspect, and Elmer is her only alibi.

Juliet, the rebellious only daughter of a wealthy financier, and Elmer, a lower-class ex-convict who has educated himself in prison, learn to rely on each other. Juliet is Elmer’s guide to a post-world that has changed so much since he entered prison. He feels guilty for having missed his daughter’s childhood, for being safe when friends were killed in World War II, and is bewildered over atomic energy, Modern Art, ballpoint pens, and frozen orange juice concentrate.

Juliet is not sure she believes Elmer’s story. Elmer is not sure she didn’t kill her husband. They are compelled to work together, dogged by the scandal-monger newsman, the shrewd police detective, and scrutinized by the even more judgmental eye of Hartford’s elite in world where Modern Art meets old-fashioned murder.

One Boy’s War

by Kenneth Findlay

This book is not intended to be a history of the Second World War but a personal record by a young man involved in this momentous event and written from notes made sometimes as much as a fortnight after each action, but remembered as best as he could.

He had no idea of the bigger picture until after the war; people back home would have known more of that from newspaper articles. His story is a narrow account of what befell a few young men conscripted into the infantry and forced to face the traumas of war on behalf of their country. It also looks at the aftermath of the war upon Germany, which was largely ignored by British people who were busy rebuilding their own country.

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