Free historical fiction Kindle books for 18 Dec 18

Native Crimes

by Steven Wright

Among the aromatic red cedars of southwestern Oklahoma live a small group of Native Americans descendants of the Apache tribe and Geronimo’s last band of warriors. 100 years after being freed as prisoners of war, the tribe is still surviving. Payat Daniels is a modern day member of the tribe and a survivor in his own right. Orphaned at an early age, he is now ready to graduate from college and embark on a new life full of hope and promise.

His plans change dramatically when his past resurfaces and he is forced to confront his motherâ??s murderer as well as deep secrets in his family ancestry. Secrets that swirl around a lost family relic, mysterious medicine men, and a highly prized Indian knife. His story brings to life historically accurate events that document and authenticate the existence of the knife. Thought lost forever to the chaos of the time, its emergence reveals evidence of an astonishing truthâ?¦a truth concealed for centuries.

In a desperate race to save his own life, he must first learn to embrace his Indian heritage and reconcile it with his Christian faith. Many of the answers he seeks went to the grave with the famous chiefs and medicine men of the late 1800’s, during an era of time complicated by lies, deceit, murder, and betrayal with consequences that still haunt the tribe today. Rich in Indian mythology and legend, the story is crafted on true Native American history and events that still haunt a nation coming to terms with the Indian assimilation policies of the 1800’s.

As Payat begins to dig into the past, he finds himself inspired by the stories of two famous women warriors that fought for justice and survival. Racing against time and over his head in a dangerous situation, his mission is clouded by a young woman from college that is both his friend and foeâ?¦with a surprising secret of her own!



The Love of a Scoundrel

by Jennifer Porcellino

A 19th Century Playboy falls for a Barbary Coast dancer who turns out to be a lady in disguise, with a very big secret. A secret that will make his seduction of her rakish and set his carefree life of worldly pleasure into a tailspin.
Caleb Hawthorne is a self-made millionaire with a penchant for passion that runs as deep as the bottomless hurt he uses his lust to cover up. As a frequent guest of the flop houses and saloons that litter the underbelly of San Francisco’s Red Light District, there isn’t much Caleb hasn’t seen. So when he catches sight of a fresh faced Ellie, dancing in a cancan line, his interest is peaked. At first by desire. Then, curiosity as he comes to realize that her presence in the district is akin to a lamb being in a lion’s den.
What he doesn’t realize is her true identity as Elena Taylor, the runway ward of his estranged brother who has come to San Francisco to find her. A revelation that will force him down a path he never thought to tread, marriage. A path that will leave Elena to wonder if she can ever reach beyond Caleb’s passion and into his heart. To capture the love of a scoundrel.



Remember the Past: …only as it gives you pleasure

by Maria Grace

B.R.A.G. Medallion winner 2015

Elizabeth Bennet’s father, Admiral Thomas Bennet, assures his daughters that his retirement from His Majesty’s Navy will be the start of a new life for them all. Little does he know his family’s battles have only just begun. 

Well-connected and in possession of a good fortune, their entry into society should have been a triumph. However, their long-awaited first season in London proves a disaster, and the resulting scandal sends the Bennets fleeing to the wilds of Derbyshire.
 
Widower Fitzwilliam Darcy, the master of Pemberley, wants for nothing, most especially not a wife. From the moment the Bennets arrive in Derbyshire, Darcy’s neatly ordered life turns upside down. His sons beg to keep company with their new playmates, the young Bennet twins. His mother-in-law sets her cap for Admiral Bennet. Worst of all, Darcy cannot get his mind off a certain bewitching Miss Elizabeth Bennet, but she has sworn never to let another gentleman near her heart. 
 
Darcy’s best efforts to befriend and assist the Bennet family go horribly awry, alienating first Miss Elizabeth, then her father, and finally endangering what both men hold most dear. Can the two men Elizabeth loves most set aside their pride to prevent catastrophe for their families and win the love they seek?

Jane Austen-inspired, Pride and Prejudice Variation; Sweet Regency Romance



Storykeeper (Nine-Rivers Valley Book 1)

by Daniel A. Smith

“A stunning novel and a joy to read” Helen Hollick, Managing Editor – Historical Novel Society (Editor’s Choice)
“Smith writes fluidly, and the society he depicts is intriguingly complex.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Steeped in immediacy and vivid detail.” D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer – Midwest Book Review

The first recorded Europeans to cross the Mississippi River reached the western shore on June 18, 1541. Hernando De Soto and his army of three hundred and fifty conquistadors spent the next year and a half conquering the nations in the fertile flood plains of eastern Arkansas.

Three surviving sixteenth-century journals written during the expedition detailed a complex array of twelve different nations. Each had separate beliefs, languages, and interconnected villages with capital towns comparable in size to European cities of the time. Through these densely populated sites, the Spanish carried a host of deadly old-world diseases, a powerful new religion, and war.

No other Europeans ventured into this land until French explorers arrived one hundred and thirty years later. They found nothing of the people or the towns that the Spanish had so vividly described. For those lost nations, the only hope that their stories, their last remaining essence will ever be heard again lies with one unlikely Storykeeper.

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Editorial Reviews of Storykeeper, winner of Best Indie Book Award 2013

“â??A man without a story is one without a past,’ Smith writes, â??and a man without a past is one without wisdom.’ By the time readers have wandered freely through the strange realm of the Storykeeper, they may well find those words more prophetic, and more powerful.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Storykeeper is a complex read . . . With both perspective and time in flux, readers are carried along on a historical and cultural journey that, while compelling, requires attention to detail: not for those seeking light entertainment, it’s a saga that demands – and deserves – careful reading and contemplation.” D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer – Midwest Book Review

“I was not only entertained by this book, but educated about a period of history of which I knew nothing. I loved the chapter structure which has a rhythm of its own, all wrapped in an attractive and appropriate cover. I have no hesitation in recommending this book no matter where your historical interest may lie. I give it 5 stars!” Helen Hollick, Managing Editor – Historical Novel Society (Editor’s Choice)

“Smith has created a wealth of history and culture that will make you weep. Creating words and phrases with a poetic sense, building a feel for Native American culture that feels so genuine and, yet, is eminently readable.” Kathy Davie – Books, Movies, Reviews!

“I love this story, and I applaud Daniel A. Smith on his diligent research. Smith writes some strong characters in this gripping story. Every human emotion is engaged, and at times I felt like I was right there with Manaha and the tribes who fought against DeSoto. Superbly done. I’m sure I will be reading this book again.” SK – The Jelly Bomb Review

“The book’s images, enhanced by objective historical writing are portals into the distant past, sometimes humorous, often heartbreaking, but always illuminating.” Fred Petrucelli – Log Cabin



The War of the Jews: against the Roman Empire

by David Mandel

THE WAR OF THE JEWS against the Roman Empire recounts the Great Jewish Rebellion of the 1st Century (66 CE to 73 CE) against the Roman Empire. It is a novelization of the book of Josephus Flavius (Josef ben Matityahu), “The War of the Jews,” in which the protagonist, participant, and historian of the war, narrates it, in a frank and objective way, the war from both sides of the conflict.

The Great Jewish Rebellion, which ended with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, was one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the Jewish people, and the beginning of an exile that lasted 2,000 years.

The book narrates, in the clear and entertaining style of David Mandel, the causes, events, and consequences of the Great Rebellion, whose effects we still feel in our days and helps us to understand contemporary developments in the Middle East.

“The War of the Jews” is a novel that everyone interested in knowing better the history of the Jewish people will enjoy.



The Winds of Avignon

by Mary Alexandra Watt

Set in fourteenth century France and Italy, against the backdrop of the Albigensian Crusade, the Templar trials, and the Black Death, The Winds of Avignon is a sensuous and often violent tale of dreams pitted against desire, the struggle between survival and sacrifice and the never-ending conflict between ambition and integrity. Based on historical events, this is the story of Italian poet Francesco Petrarca’s troubled friendship with the Roman revolutionary Cola di Rienzo, and the disastrous consequences of Cola’s infatuation with Francesco’s muse, Laura.

Synopsis:
When his best friend, Cola di Rienzo, proposes revolution in fourteenth century Rome, the poet Francesco Petrarca must choose between loyalty to his powerful patron, the Roman Cardinal Giovanni Colonna, and his lifelong dream of an Eternal City free from tyranny. Francesco’s choice is further complicated by the revelation that supporting Cola’s rebellion not only threatens his own social status but also means risking the life of his muse and object of his unrequited love, Laure de Sade (whom he calls “Laura”). When Francesco learns, however, that Cola has betrayed their friendship by sleeping with Laure, the poet’s fury leads him down a path of destruction that has disastrous consequences for Cola, Laura, the Colonna family and, most significantly, for Francesco’s tortured soul.

Historical Context:
In the early fourteenth century, civil unrest in Rome compels the papacy to transfer to the safety of Avignon in the south of France. In the absence of a central authority, Rome is plunged into full blown civil war as the great baronial families, most notably, the Orsini and the Colonna, fight each other for control of the Eternal City. When neither the Holy Roman Emperor, Henry VII, nor Pope Clement VI are able to resolve the conflict, the city continues its slide into even deeper decay.

The Principal Characters:
Cola di Rienzo: Roman notary and illegitimate son of Emperor Henry VII. Appalled by the decadence and violence of fourteenth century Rome, Cola formulates a plan for reform. Opposed by the Roman baronial families who see him as a threat to their power, Cola goes to Avignon to seek papal support for his plans. When Pope Clement refuses Cola’s request, the notary finds support for his revolution amongst the Cathars, a heretical sect, long hunted by the papacy.

Francesco Petrarca:An Italian émigré raised in Avignon, Francesco eventually becomes a famous lyric poet. Like Cola, Francesco laments Rome’s state of decay and yearns for its resurgence. He meets Cola when the notary comes to Avignon seeking the Pope’s support for his program of reform. They become great friends and rivals in love.
Cardinal Giovanni Colonna: Cardinal and advisor to Pope Clement in Avignon, Giovanni is also Francesco’s patron. As a member of the powerful Colonna family, Giovanni opposes Cola’s reforms and will use whatever means necessary to destroy him.

Laure de Sade: Called “Laura” by Francesco, she is both his muse and the object of his unrequited love. When Laure, a Cathar, meets Cola in Avignon, they secretly become lovers. Giovanni learns of the affair from his spies and reveals it to Francesco in an effort to have the poet publicly denounce Cola. Francesco, in his rage, not only denounces Cola, but also reveals the affair to Laure’s abusive husband, Hugues de Sade.



The Bootlegger’s Friend: The captivating story of a friendship that lasted through Prohibition until succumbing to the corruption and violence that changed Kansas City forever.

by Clare Blando

At the dawn of Prohibition, two ambitious friends embark on different, but equally hazardous, professions and for thirteen years enjoy profit and prosperity until one falls into a dangerous spiral of corruption and violence which ends his life in a shocking crime that changes Kansas City forever but is never solved.



His Christmas Treasure

by Audra Rose Lacey

Free With Kindle Unlimited

When Laura Fitzwilliam is told, by her grandmother, of a lost treasure belonging to her family, she is most intrigued. When she takes the position of companion to the cantankerous Roberta Montague, whose home the gems are suspected to be hidden, she did not plan on becoming attached to the old lady. Nor did she expect to be attracted to the Earl of Somerton, Roberta’s grandson. As things become more difficult and Laura begins to feel guilty, she is determined to find the jewels as soon as possible before she can no longer deny her attraction to the only man she has ever wanted.

Nathan Montague, the Earl of Somerton, is summoned home by his grandmother on the pretence of a problem with the estate. Before he even arrives home, he knows he is going to be pressured into marriage by the old lady. However, when he meets his grandmother’s new companion, he is immediately attracted to her. He finds himself spending more and more time on his estate and less in London.

As time goes on, Nathan becomes suspicious of just why Laura Fitzwilliam is really here, and he is determined to find out what she is hiding. As the young woman takes over the running of the household he begins to think that it might be time he took a wife after all, and the only one who will do for that role is the woman that has stolen his heart.

An old fashioned Regency Christmas Romance novella.



Remnants

by Stan Poel

It is 1940 in the Netherlands, and nineteen-year-old Jenny DeHaan is determined to live her life outside the confines of the family farm. When accepted to a prominent university, she sets out on the road to independence. While in school, she develops a bond with Marten Demeester, a Jewish student who shares her goal of becoming a pediatrician.

When Hitler breaks his promise and invades their country, everything changes. The peaceful land becomes a battlefield, and the Netherlands quickly falls to the overwhelming German forces. The Nazis, aided by local collaborators, begin a process of arrest, deportation, and extermination of Dutch Jews, with Marten’s family targeted by a powerful Gestapo colonel.

The race to save their Jewish neighbors puts Jenny and Marten, now members of the Dutch Resistance, squarely in the crosshairs of the cunning and ruthless Gestapo. Failure could mean death for them and for their families and friends. As the Nazis close in, the pair is forced to make fateful choices. What price are they willing to pay to save others?

Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations or strong language. May also contain content of an inspirational nature. Amazon customers who purchase the print version have the option to purchase the Kindle eBook at no charge.



The Christmas Furlough

by Loy Ray Clemons

The Christmas Furlough follows Robert “Bob” Macklin on his four-week Christmas furlough back to his hometown of Renwood after WWII is over. He is due for a promotion and a great job in Europe if he decides to re-enlist after his furlough.

His best friend Norman “Norm” Schraff is a thirty-year man without a family and has been discharged from the Army. Bob asks him to come home with him, and on the train they inherit three homeless children.

When they arrive in Renwood, Bob finds his small hometown has changed. The stores and businesses are boarded up around the courthouse square due to a giant corporation building a big box One-Stop Store on the outskirts of town. It has lured all the businesses away from downtown Renwood and the town is dying.

Bob tries to help the town regain its downtown Christmas spirit. In the process, his friend Norm falls in love with the three homeless children and Aunt Lou, the woman who is leading the people in decorating downtown Renwood.

Bob, on the other hand, loses Joyce, his beautiful high school sweetheart, when he finds she doesn’t like small town Renwood. She is a big city girl at heart, and longs for the excitement of New York City.
In the process, he gains the love and admiration of another classmate, Hope. He comes to realize he loves Hope and wants to stay in Renwood with her instead of returning to the Army.



An Ignorance of Means

by Jennifer Oakley Denslow

In 18th century France, women had few choices and little chance to shape their destiny.

Within these limits, Catherine Drummond dreams of a marriage as supportive and tender as that of her parents, but on her wedding night her new husband relates his own vision.

Catherine’s desire for sweet domesticity is crushed when Robert Picard reveals himself to be a man of his time, and assumes he will have the freedom to cavort without censure among the pantheon of women he has always kept.

She is trapped in the gilded cage of the chateau Lac d’Or.

Catherine attempts to escape only to be cast into a fresh hell from which release means being sent on a treacherous journey she could never imagine.



Voice Across: The Legend of the Incarnate King

by OKO INNOCENT AMADI

Voice Across is a work of fiction, and an epic story about a kingdom with leadership challenge. Suspended by the gods from having a ruler for over 40 years. After the then king, made a slip-up due to power intoxication. The kingdom is set to have a new king. If anybody can tell exactly why the kingdom was suspended from having a king, he will be crowned the king.
The events that followed to the emergence of a king. Were characterized by violence, greed, power play, love, betrayal, naivety and intelligence. All blended in a trilling storyline that highlights to the reader, the lessons logically obtainable from life decisions, in a motivational setting.
Voice across is entertaining as well as educative. It passes across to the reader life lessons curled from psychological analysis of human predisposition, to life in a storytelling approach.



Given Away, A Sicilian Upbringing: Winner of The Sons of Italy Literary Award, 2016

by Marianna Randazzo

In Sicily, 1935 a four-year child walks away from her loving family, her mother, her sister and an infant brother, with a great-aunt for a vacation. She spends the next eight years of her life absent from their lives. It was not an abduction nor was it an adoption. Tina lives in a one-room house in one of the poorest regions of Sicily. She sleeps between a loving aunt and a deranged uncle. She shares her breakfast with goats and chickens while living in the shadow of fascism. The child grows up while WW II ravages the town. Her school is taken over by German soldiers and the things like bread and eggs that were once plentiful, no longer exist. Less than 25 kilometers away her family leads a very different life. After eight years, she returns home to find her childhood interrupted again. This time sickness, warfare and destruction are her enemies. In wartime Europe, childhood does not exist. The child witnesses and experiences many disturbing things from her uncouth, unsanitary living conditions to the failed paratroopers dangling from trees during the allied invasion.
Tina is a survivor. She is able to forgive those who took so much away from her. Her spirit trumps over adversity during the war times within and around her. As she grows older, she struggles to keep the harsh realities of World War II and abandonment at a distance through her sense of humor, imagination and determination.
By the age of 15, her fate is sealed, again, without her permission. To gain passage to America she must accept the role as a war bride. A tyrannical, overbearing, bootlegging aunt in America arranges the match. Tina must live under her roof and her rules until her citizenship is secure.
Tina has earned the right to complain, yet at no point does she play the victim. At times, her nonjudgmental stance is disquieting. Despite circumstances that could be categorized as abusive and undeniably negligent. Tina respects her parent’s decisions and sacrifices herself for the greater goodâ??even when it is not apparent to her.
Despite a raging war, Tina thinks about her family and her friends more than about the horrors of the battle fought across the continents, even when she is a victim of the German soldiers’ mockery and the American soldier’s unusual ways. She is remarkably clever and insightful. The plot and setting are true to life in the period of the past. It will bring the history of war torn Europe to life, providing us a lens upon our collective past that define our unique lives.
Tina triumphs against all odds with an unconditional love for a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fortitude to carve out a successful life on her own terms. Given Away,A Sicilian Upbringing, demonstrates that even in the midst of the most horrendous conditions of war, without trivializing the historical tragedy, perseverance prevails as Tina declares what is rightfully hers.

Praise for Given Away:

A must-read! Compelling! Riveting! Courageous! Though time heals most anything, there are unfathomable stories of the human experience that must be told and retold again so that history can find its peace. Given Away is a novel inspired by true events that will capture the hearts and minds of readers everywhere. It is a dramatic work that retells the story of a young Italian girl, fraught with personal trials and tribulations – overcoming a life of challenges presented during World War II; and her ultimate journey to self discovery and her passageway to America. Given Away is a truly inspiring and stirring story that will touch the core soul of your very being! It is a novel that is sure to become a best-selling book and potential Hollywood blockbuster!
C.A. Bailey-Lloyd, Senior Social Media Specialist



Death in the Beginning (The God Tools Book 1)

by Gary Williams

“This novel is an excellent read. Mixing scientific fact with religious history and the supernatural, it moves readers relentlessly through a suspenseful tapestry of action. Its images are vivid, the characters lively, and their control of the story line makes for a real page turner. I’m anxious to see their next book.”
– Lloyd H. Muller, author of Family Tales and Letters and Old Ghosts.

“Science, spirituality and the supernatural collide in this break-out debut thriller, with an action-packed storyline so tightly woven, you won’t be able to catch your breath until the very end. It’s a delicious, twisting journey unlike any I have read.”
– CK Webb, co-author of “Cruelty To Innocents” & “Collecting Innocents”

It has been an extraordinary summer for archaeologist Curt Lohan. First, he discovers a manmade cave in the Canary Islands off the African coast. The austere walls hold artwork which dates to the dawn of mankind. Then, while exploring a newly found gunpowder magazine inside a 300-year-old Spanish fort in St. Augustine, Florida, a man emerges. When Curt uncovers a link between the Canary Island cave and the unidentified man, he realizes that he has stumbled upon a secret lost in history. But the revelation holds terrifying consequences, and there are those willing to murder to guard the truth. As Northeast Florida braces for a deadly hurricane, Curt and his friends are drawn into a monumental conspiracy which could forever alter the worldâ?¦and destroy humanity.



Ein Stein für Fritz Bauer: Roman (German Edition)

by Sylvain Treperman

Vor fünfzig Jahren wurde Fritz Bauer tot in seiner Wohnung aufgefunden. Bis heute ist nicht geklärt, ob es sich um einen Unfall, einen Suizid oder einen Mord handelte. Fakt ist, dass er einsam und verbittert starb, verraten von einer Republik, welche die Mehrheit der Nazi-Verbrecher unbehelligt lie�, statt sie konsequent zu verfolgen.
Dieser Roman versteht sich als Chronik seiner Niederlage und schildert eine mögliche letzte Schlacht, die er kurz vor seinem Tod, in verzweifeltem Kampf um das Recht, geführt haben könnte.
Die Geschichte, in welcher Realität, Tatsachen und Fiktion eng miteinander verknüpft sind, folgt der Laufbahn einer angehenden Frankfurter Staatsanwältin in der zweiten Hälfte der sechziger Jahre.
�ber einen zunächst harmlos scheinenden Fall gerät sie an ein Netz von Altnazis und Kollaborateuren in immer höheren Positionen von Politik und Wirtschaft. Das treibt sie an die Seite von Fritz Bauer. Nachdem sie von den Verbrechen ihrer eigenen Familie erfahren hat, muss sie empört feststellen, dass sich sowohl die Polizei als auch die Justiz ihres Landes noch immer in den Händen der Täter befinden. Der Rechtsstaat ist nicht wiederhergestellt worden; die Mehrheit der Naziverbrecher des letzten Krieges konnte ihrer gerechten Strafe entkommen.
Wir erleben so aus der Nähe, wie sich der Kampf des berühmten Generalstaatsanwalts und seiner Mitstreiter in jener Zeit darstellt: als aussichtslos.
Der Roman ist weit gespannt, vervollständigt das, was wir über Fritz Bauer schon wussten und spricht aus, was wir insgeheim befürchteten, nämlich dass er eines unnatürlichen Todes gestorben sein könnte. Er beschreibt das Frankfurt im Wiederaufbau, spielt in dem Milieu von Fassbinders Müll, Stadt und Tod und breitet immer wieder die damaligen Verstrickungen der Gesellschaft mit der Nazi-Vergangenheit aus.
Deshalb ist der Roman nicht einfach eine Fortsetzung der Fritz Bauer-Filme, die in letzter Zeit erschienen sind, sondern eher eine notwendige Ergänzung. Die damaligen Verhältnisse werden ungleich härter, dramatischer und politischer geschildert.



The Gift of Christmas: The Final Winter

by Jim Bob Striplin

James and family speed through the dark alleyways of Victorian London, offering the Gift of Christmas to anyone willing to accept. Their mission, as the spirits of Christmas, has taken them to the four corners of the earth and beyond, back and forth in time; yet a strange burden for the town that raised them continues to drive the three to its aid.
With only days remaining until Christmas, they double their efforts to ensure that all is perfect in the final hours. Decorations of red and green are strung throughout the city, white candles are all set into their places and every weary soul within the ancient square mile is mended. All is well until the devil himself, sensing that the planet is ripe for his taking, makes one final push to bring his evil plan to fruition.
During this eleventh hour, James and his family find themselves fighting for their lives. Will the evil one’s final winter be menacing enough to overcome the forces of Christmas and bring civilization, as we know it, to a bitter end?



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