Free historical fiction Kindle books for 07 Dec 18

The Black Ship

by Alan Scholefield

A British ship bound for Australia’s penal colony is wrecked off the Slave Coast of West Africa.

On board is Dominic, bastard son of the Earl of Stonor. He’s been sentenced at Winchester Assizes to seven years for the theft of a ring. But he has been framed – to cheat him of a promised inheritance.

After the shipwreck Dom makes landfall with other survivors including Jaye, daughter of a couple seeking a new life on the other side of the world. The locals are nervous of white people – and the prospect of being taken, like so many others, by slavers.

Inevitably for young Dom and Jaye, thrown together by a fateful storm, romance is in the air. Jaye is touched by Dom’s plight and together they plan to go back to England to seek justice – and perhaps more.

This, however, is when their troubles really begin. Their efforts to find a seaport from which they might be able to return only makes a penal colony look like a soft option.

Always on the horizon looms a black ship, the Claymore. A slave ship. Instead they are hunted mercilessly. They find themselves prisoners of a madman who likes to call himself The Emperor.

In Alan Scholefield’s The Black Ship there seems no escape from the Dark Continent or the heart of darkness. A thrilling adventure takes place on the high seas, in the jungle, the seedy naval towns of England and a once glorious country estate. If the slave traders don’t get you, then the pressgangs and cutpurses might. Or just jealous family membersâ?¦

About the authorâ?¦

Alan Scholefield was born in 1931 in Cape Town, South Africa. After leaving university he became a journalist but left his homeland to escape the apartheid regime. Most famous for his Macrae and Silver series, Scholefield has also written other novels, including Venom, which was made into a film in 1981.



The Questing Sword

by Gardner Francis Fox

LOVE, POWER and HONOR
In the turbulent days of fifteenth-century Italy, a professional soldier could win undying glory if he had a quick sword and a strong arm. Bartolommeo Colleoni had bothâ??and a fabulous stolen treasure to go with them.
But, like every soldier, he had a chink in his armor. Colleoni’s weakness was women. Bart found himself torn by his passion for two beauties-one dark, one fair-each intensely desirable in her own way, and both as treacherous as they were bewitching.



LESSONS FROM LIFE

by JEFF ROSENFELD

This is the first of four novels portraying the uplifting and timeless journeys of four generations of the Bird Family. This book is about the lifetime friendship between a seventy-five year old Holocaust survivor and an eighteen year old car accident survivor as well as their incredible experiences both before and after they met. Their will to live life to the fullest and capacity for love conquers all, even death.

The novel is based in part upon my own true story and recovery from a serious car accident.

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An unlikely friendship is kindled when a young disabled man meets a Holocaust survivor.

In this short novel, Rosenfeld weaves together the tragic, yet inspiring stories of two unlikely friends. Jonathan, 18, is a car-accident survivor and working to regain strength in his legs. Sarah, a Holocaust survivor with many emotional scars, searches for ways to live with a past that continually haunts her. When the two meet in a fitness-center Jacuzzi after swimming for rehabilitation, each opens up to reveal a tragic story of overcoming emotional and physical pain. Rosenfeld’s novel moves quickly. The author advances the narrative and maintains momentum with the back-and-forth dialogue between the two characters. While the age difference between Jonathan and Sarah renders their relationship platonic, this age gap allows a distance that collapses all artifice. What the reader will find is a true sense of human connection between these characters–one that defies sex, gender and self-consciousness. At times, the reader may long for a more present-tense world. Much of the novel is occupied by back story, and the characters’ present-time interactions are brief and in service to the delivery of past stories. Similarly, Jonathan and Sarah are often largely defined by their disabilities and past abuse, leaving little to present them as rounded characters except for their struggles and delicate treatment of one another. However, the author satisfyingly explores their relationship while also addressing the painful, and somewhat irreversible, nature of both their conditions.

A powerful story, told through conversation, that reveals the importance of a genuine and generous connection.



God’s Hangman: A Monument of Grace

by R H Brassington

A Monument of Grace – a short historic novel
Set in Victorian England and based on factual events, this novella brings together three famous characters in the late 1900’s:
John “Babbacombe” Lee; “The man they couldn’t hang” at Exeter prison in 1885; James Berry from Bradford, the notorious hangman of the Victorian period, and later Smith Wigglesworth, also from Bradford – the outstanding preacher and founder of the Pentecostal movement during the start of the 20th century, who eventually plays a powerful role in the story.
The failed hanging of Lee sets the tone for the rest of the book and the reader is left wondering what unseen powers might have influenced this mysterious event. The effect it has on Berry is profound, causing him to question his calling which he considers a legalistic duty ordained by God. His “co-incidental” encounter with Wigglesworth creates inner conflict within the hangman – a growing battle between the principalities and powers which become increasingly manifest in Berry’s life.



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