Free history Kindle books for 29 May 17

From The Beryl Coronet to Vimy Ridge: The Sherlock Holmes Factor in the Causes of World War I

by Craig Stephen Copland

FROM THE BERYL CORONET TO VIMY RIDGE. Could Sherlock Holmes have prevented World War I? Was there something he might have done … could have done that was the ‘sine qua non’ without which the war might never have started. This new mongraph in the Great Game of Sherlockian scholarship argues that there was such a Sherlock Holmes factor … and that it is secretly revealed in the ‘roman a clef’ story that we know as ‘The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet.’
One hundred years ago, the world was engulfed in the greatest, most horrible series of battles ever known – World War One. If you are interested in that period of history AND a devotee of Sherlockian scholarship, you will enjoy this enlightening monograph. Get it NOW and follow the irrefutable logic.

Resumption (Dawson Saga Book 3)

by Christopher Nicole

December, 1937.

In the course of her war with China, the armies of Imperial Japan attack and sack the city of Nanking.

Caught up in the fighting are two young men, Lieutenant Jack Dawson of the Royal Navy, serving on board one of the British gunboats patrolling the Yangste-Kiang, and Lieutenant-Commander Hirada Tanawa, a pilot with the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Out of the bloodshed and the savage destruction of the city a friendship begins – one which is to have tragic consequences.

Resumption traces the course of this friendship down to 10 December 1941, when the two men find themselves at war with each other.

It tells of Jack Dawson â?? son of the World War I hero â?? and his unhappy marriage, his adventures and his love affairs…

And it tells of Hirada Tanawa’s visit to England in 1938, and his successful wooing of Rear-Admiral Giles Dawson’s eldest daughter Georgiana â?? Jack Dawsons’s cousin.

We witness the enthralling spiral of Georgiana’s marriage and life in Japan, which plummets from happiness to sheer misery as she is caught up in the trauma of a nation bent on war, against her own people.

But, interwoven among scenes of bucolic country house England, espionage and tales of love in the Second World War, Resumption also tells the story of two navies – the British and Japanese – preparing themselves for the greatest of wars, and exploding into triumph and tragedy in the Gulf of Siam on that sunlit December day in 1941.

Praise for the Christopher Nicole:

â??A thoroughly entertaining yarn’ – Irish Times

â??fast-paced, entertaining, appealing!’ – Library Journal

Christopher Robin Nicole(born 7 December 1930 in Georgetown, British Guiana) is a prolific British writer of over 200 novels and non-fiction books since 1957. He wrote as Christopher Nicole and under several pseudonyms. As a romantic and passionate lover of history, Nicole’s first book was about West Indian Cricket. He published his first novel in 1959 with his first stories set in his native Caribbean. Later, Nicole wrote many historical novels set mostly in tumultuous periods like World War I, World War II and the Cold War, and depicted places in Europe, Asia and Africa. He also wrote classic romance novels.

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Red Ground: The Forgotten Conflict: Massacres in Sierra Leone

by Ken Fry

AFRICA. Where corruption often rules and human life can be the most worthless commodity.
Read the story of Sierra Leone and its people in this bloody, harrowing, and heart breaking suspense thriller.
This is a work of fiction, except for the parts that really happened.

Vast deposits of diamonds and oil are found in land overlapping both Sierra Leone and Liberia. A scramble ensues to secure the mining and drilling rights of both commodities. Leading the race is the Mining Earth & Ocean Corp. (MEO).

To amass and control this wealth, the creation of an illegal state called Salonga is proposed. The nominated ruler, backed and supported by the MEO, is a former RUF commander – General Icechi Walker, known as â??Body Chop’ – a suspected mass murderer involved in countless atrocities.

As the battle for control of the land unravels, stories spread of horrific bloody massacres and mutilations in towns and villages, many of them by child soldiers. The capital, Freetown, is threatened by a full-blown mindless rebellion led by the RUF.

To secure power, Body Chop, with the help of the MEO, engages the protection of a private mercenary army. But control will not be handed to him so easily.

Disgraced, virtually bankrupt, ex-Sgt. Alex Dalloway, is a major part of the mercenary brigade. He has a personal quest to locate the Army officer who tortured him and killed his men years ago in the jungles of Sierra Leone. He begins to suspect the former RUF commander’s involvement.

His personal life in shambles, Dalloway and his troop goes against Body Chop and his supporters, to avenge the death of his men and all the innocent lives lost at the hands of the RUF.

Over the Wall: The True Story of the 1947 Escape from Holmesburg Prison

by John DuMond

In 1945, twelve inmates tunneled out of Pennsylvania’s Eastern State Penitentiary. Within weeks, the escapees were all rounded up.

Barely two years later, four of the Eastern State “Tunnel Rats,” including bank robber Willie Sutton and mob hitman Fred “The Angel” Tenuto, made a daring escape from Holmesburg Prison. This time, rounding up all the fugitives wouldn’t be quite so easy.

Over the Wall is a true crime short story. Approximate length: 5,000 words (about 20 printed pages)

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