Free historical fiction Kindle books for 17 Sep 18

Love and Danger in Havana: Adventure during the Cuban Revolution

by J.Z. Pinder

MEET LARRY AND ANNETTE

The story begins on a hot and humid day on the docks in Key West in the year 1959. Larry Marino and Annette Ewing, a young couple very much in love, are going fishing with an old Cuban boat captain Named Manny Perez. Larry is a writer who has come to Key West hoping to meet Ernest Hemingway, the world-famous novelist. Manny tells him that Ernesto is in Spain and that he is not at home on his island off the coast of Cuba. After much red wine and a day of fishing, Larry and Annette decide to go to Havana.   

ARRIVAL IN CUBA

The next day they arrive in Cuba and are surprised to find a heavy military presence at the airport. Green uniformed soldiers seem to be everywhere. After checking into the Sevilla Biltmore, one of Havana’s finest hotels, they find that the hotel also is overrun with soldiers carrying automatic rifles and other weaponry.

ENTER MIKE AND PAM

In the hotel dining room they meet Mike Dillon and Pam Clemons, a young American couple who have fled the U.S. because Mike has got Pam pregnant, Pam is underage and her father has gone after him on a federal warrant, which has caused them to flee to Cuba.

WE’VE FLOWN INTO A REVOLUTION

Mike tells Larry and Annette that they have landed in Havana in the aftermath of a revolution. A young Cuban, Fidel Castro, and his band of rebels have overthrown long-time dictator, Fulgencio Batista. Although the revolution is mainly over and has gone into the pages of history, there are still random bombings and other acts of violence. The Sevilla Biltmore hotel is serving as Castro’s temporary headquarters. Mike tells them to just act like “dumb tourists” and have a good time.

SLOPPY JOE’S BAR

That evening the four young Americans visit the famous Sloppy Joe’s bar in old Havana. They have fun drinking and acting as tourists. While at Sloppy Joe’s, they invite a handful of Cuban soldiers to a party in their hotel room the next evening. The following day, the day of the party, they visit the ancient and historic Morro Castle. Afterward their taxi driver takes them past Fidel Castro’s home. His residence features an American Sherman tank on the front lawn, machine gun emplacements at the four corners of the property, and barbed wire everywhere.  

 

VIOLENCE ON A HAVANA STREET

As Larry and Annette await the party that evening, they sense an ominous undercurrent of potential violence, still simmering in the aftermath of the revolution. In a short time, their fears are fulfilled.

Lieutenant Sanchez looked over the rail with his Colt 45 pistol pointed down at the street. Larry and Mike moved onto an open space at the end of the balcony and watched the action below. Three men lay dead in the street. They all wore brightly-colored sport shirts and slacks. One lay on his back in a pool of blood. His mouth was open when he was hit with a bullet through the heart and it was still open as if he was tired and was yawning. He would be sleeping forever. The other two men lay in death in grotesque positions. Somehow a junkyard dog came onto the scene and was sniffing around the bodies. A dozen or more soldiers were standing over the three dead men.

The exciting events that occur during their few days in this fascinating and historic city, make this thrilling adventure story a must read. The entire adventurous tale of the four Americans. is packed with action that will always have you wanting to turn to the next page.



Revealing the Mystery of Destiny

by Li-Ying Xiao

There were 13 countries in this fiction world. The most powerful country, Han, planned to unify the whole countries, and their ambitious king, Han Ming Shi, plotted crafty strategies to conquer all of his targets. The king himself succeeded to the throne through a devious way. So far he had conquered the three-quarter of the world, and there were now only three countries had not fall to his grip… but perhaps it was just for a short time.

On the other hand, at the other country – Ming – lived a youth named Sun He Xian, who was naive, impulsive and fun-loving, high idealistic and enthusiastic to do everything he assumed as “his Destiny”. Disobedient and difficult, Sun He Xian often made their parents screwed up. They thus made him to be disciple of Ming Grand Chancellor, who was also very famous of his wisdom. When he met the old grand chancellor, he was so enlightened by the old man he became to respect him so much and even changed his way of thinking. However, when Han conquered Ming, the grand chancellor passed away as he protected He Xian from the soldiers’ attack. The grand chancellor’s last message truly touched He Xian’s heart, the youth determined to follow the old man’s path, yet his encounter with Han Ming Shi tangled his newborn resolution.

This story is not just talking about fighting, adventure, thriller, love and hate, faith and betrayal, how to fight till the end… It also tells how this world becomes so complicated – the truth is not the reality, the good won’t always win, and even though we are lost and fail to achieve our dreams, even though we live at such a perplexed, not-as-beautiful-as-we-imagine world, we still need to be positive after all.



The Altar Boy

by Phil Stephens

A Dark Tale of Comedy Sorrow and the Catholic Church in the 1960’s. Black-robed nuns, priests, bishops, the select fraternity of Altar Boys, and the ancient ceremonies of the Catholic Church. Music of the ’60s, boyhood shenanigans, Cootie doctors, and coming of age. Set in the socially and politically tumultuous period of the 1960s, The Altar Boy is the fictionalized memoir of Carl Sanders, a funny, sensitive kid, who’s caught in the middle when his family is fractured by the intrusions of a priest. We follow Carl’s confusion and pain as he watches the pious façade of the Church fall away to reveal unholy carte blanche, cover-ups, and collusion.

The book opens in the late 1980s. Carl and his brother down beer after beer at a favorite pub, trying to piece together their family’s chaotic past. The stakes are highâ??someone is about to return after a 20-year absence, threatening to re-ignite the family conflict. As the brothers’ painful recollections of their past become more traumatic, Carl drifts back in time to the era he tried for so many years to forget.

The story is realistic, poignant, and at times very funny. Stephens shines a timely spotlight on the then-unquestioned power of the Church, while taking the reader back to the ’60s era of rock & roll, Catholic schools, social upheaval, and boyhood pranks.



The Snows of Somerset County (An American Family Book 1)

by J. A. Snow

The first volume in the An American Family series takes the reader back to fifteenth century England and the tiny fishing village of Porlock where the Snow family had its roots. It tells the story of the relationship between the Snow family and their benevolent noblewoman, Lady Harrington and how they avoid the crown’s high taxes and intrusion into their lives. It is a fascinating and sometimes heart-breaking glimpse of how hardand precious life was in medieval times. Based on the author’s own genealogy, its characters come alive in the pages of this book.



Promised to a Soldier: Inspirational historical western (World War 1)

by Jenna Brandt

WARS DON’T HAPPEN JUST ON THE BATTLEFIELD. ONE WOMAN WILL FIGHT FOR HER FUTURE WITH THE MAN SHE LOVES.

Before America entered the Great War, Clara and Adam were set to be married but everything was put on hold when Adam was conscripted to join the military. Clara, along with her family, wait in Rockwood Springs, Texas, for the safe return of the soldier they all love.

After being forced to return to a life Adam tried to leave behind, he is taken prisoner. What keeps him alive is the thought of returning to his true love, Clara. Though miraculously rescued, Adam must come to terms with what happened to him while captive. After his return, the couple must face new obstacles to find their happily-ever-after.

Adam and Clara are not the only ones affected by the war. Neighbors and friends in Rockwood Springs have their own battles to fight, struggles to overcome and victories to achieve.

From bestselling author, Jenna Brandt, comes a story about the first World War and the lives of the people in Rockwood Springs, Texas during it. The era of WWI comes to life in the descriptions of volunteer rationing, victory gardens and war committees.

Promised to a Soldier shows how the power of love and faith can overcome the tragedies of war and how one woman’s loving embrace can mend a soldier’s wounded heart.

***Author’s Note: This book was previously published under the title, Love’s Mending Embrace, while it was a part of Melissa Storm’s First Street Church Kindle World. It has been edited to remove references to that world and has been updated with new content and characters. Additionally, the main heroine’s name has been changed from Karen to Clara, and her best friend, Melanie to Elizabeth, for historical accuracy.



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