"Written by E. Jefferson Clay
From the back cover: Adios, Bandido: During the Civil War they'd fought on opposite sides - Hank Brazos for the Confederacy and Duke Benedict for the Union. Now the iron-fisted ex-Confederate sergeant and the hansome, gun-quick ex-Union captain were battling side by side against a drink-crazed mob, a trio of killers, and an outlaw leader, to gain a fortune in stolen gold.
Desperados on the Loose: When Hank Brazos and Duke Benedict run afoul of ex-convict Coe Chiplin, they let themselves in for a peck of trouble. They landed right in the middle of an all-out war between the Fortitude Valley Cattleman's Association and the jailbird lumbermen led by Chiplin and his gang. Niether side would go down without a fight, and the weapons ranged form hot lead to dynamite!"
"My husband read this book. He said it was a little disappointing, because much of what was covered in the book, he already knew, because it was covered either in the news or in previous books he had read. (Note: he is a news junkie, and has read many books on military history, the CIA, FBI, etc.)"
"My husband said this book was not his type of history book, because it contained so much information on sailors. (He is not particularly interested in ships or sailors, military or otherwise.) I placed this on my American History list because the Canadian history in this book is so intertwined with American history."
"My husband and I have read many books about WWII. This book introduced us to many more that we were not aware existed. However, the proofreading done on the book was abominable. The books Keegan mentioned in the text were cited in the notes at the end of the book, with information as to name, author, etc. However, the citation numbers in the text did not always align with the numbers attached to the books cited. In at least one case, there was no book listed in the notes, despite its citation in the text. At least one book listed in the notes had an incorrect name for the author. This book opened the door for us to find books that we have not read before, but was very frustrating because of the errors in it."
"My husband read this book. He said he was unable to assign a rating to it. He said that the author's uncle, who served as a prison guard of American prisoners in Occupied Japan, claimed that many American soldiers imprisoned there, the majority of them black, were shot without being tried. He said the author purports that the book is true, but, after much research, was unable to provide substantive proof of this, stating records were missing, etc. He said the book also was about PTSD, from which her uncle suffered. Since he has PTSD, my husband did not like that part of the book. He said he just couldn't rate the book."
"From the back cover: Bound by blackmail, betrayed by passion!
A Knight in Waiting by Juliet Landon
Lady Aleta Markenfield relished the freedom of widowhood - she could not regret the death of her brutal husband - until Sir Geraunt de Paine cut up her peace. Darkly handsome Geraunt could see the passion she barely kept controlled. He would be the one to release it, even if he had to turn to blackmail...
Betrayed Hearts by Elizabeth Henshall
Lady Ghislane would enter a convent rather than wed him. Still, Guy de Courcy needed her help to clear his name. The lady might be a reluctant bride, but Guy swore the red-headed beauty would come willingly to his bed!"
"From the back cover: Cawnpor, June 1857. As mutiny spreads among the Indian sepoys, the European population of this sweltering outpost of th Raj takes refuge in a delapidated ill-fortified hospital building. Men, women, children - a few soldiers, many civilians - more than a thousand in all - crowd into the improvised stronghold, convinced that the 'inconvenience' will be merely temporary, that help will soon be on the way. But in a few weeks all save five of them will be dead - killed in battle, wasted by disease, butchered as a result of ruthless, callous treachery.
William Clive's searingly vivid, authentic novel grants n quarter in telling the horrific - and true - story of one of the cruellest episodes in the violent history of British India."
"My husband read this book, which is historical military fiction. He said it was very, very similar to Obdurman by Philip Ziegler, a history book about the revenge that the British took 13 years after Gordon was killed in Africa. My husband felt that the similarity was too close to be coincidence, so he rated this book as a 2."
"From the back of the book: Two tales of love and chivalry in a time of war.
Gentle Conqueror by Julia Byrne
Lisette knew there was little she could do to resist her Norman overlord - but she was determined to try. Her delicate beauty belied her strength of character, and her refusal to yield won Alain of Raverre's respect. Now the courageous Norman knight would have to battle for Lisette's heart!
Madselin's Choice by Elizabeth Henshall
Travelling through war-torn England, she needed a protector. To her horror, the haughty Lady Madselin was escorted by an arrogant, rebellious Saxon! Edwin Elwardson's bravery and strength soon captivated her. Yet could Madselin defy her Norman upbringing and follwer her true desire?"
"From the back cover: From 1964-1966 Department D, the special arm of the Soviet-controlled Czechoslovakian intelligence service, engaged in dirty tricks against their public enemy #1 - the United States. In this amazing eyewitness account, Ladislav Bittman, who headed the operations before defecting the to U.S. in 1968, tells the fascinating and frightening story of the lengths to which the Soviets would go to discredit America, using techniques of DISINFORMATION - the deliberate leaking of false information to mislead American government and intelligence - BLACK PROPAGANDA - operations that concealed Communist sources as the initiator - but which had devastating effects nonetheless - INFLUENCE OPERATIONS - actions focused on weakening American's establishment from within."
The all-powerful Suleiman bought and paid for the English rose. But Eleanor is adamant that she will not become his concubine. Glimpsing the passionate man behind the mighty ruler, Eleanor is drawn to him - but can she ever hope to become his one true love?
Pearl Beyond Price by Claire Delacroix
The handsome warrior had taken her from all that she knew - to a place of passion beyond her wildest dreams! Their worlds were so different, yet Kira could not fight her powerful attraction to the mysterious prince!"
"The complete title of this book is From Conquest to Collapse, European Empires from 1815 - 1960. The book synopsis reads:
The history of 19th and 20th century Europe can be seen as the history of empires. Almost every facet of European life was inexorably linked to the establishment and growth of its nations' far-flung possessions. For the Western countries, bitter colonial wars wrought changes of unparalleled historical scope. From distant battlefields came the stimulus and support for the furious expansion of Edropean industry and commerce; out of new colonial relationships emerged the national identities of both governing and governed; and from initial successful conquests rose tensions that would propel much of the world into successive conflicts of escalating destruction.
Now the highly respected British historian V.G. Kiernan presents the wide-ranging, yet fully comprehensible study needed to illuminate this turbulent and complex chapter of Europe's military history. Beginning with the post-Napoleanic era and continuing right up to recent conflicts in Southeast Asia and Africa, Kiernan provides a persuasive analysis of the complex web of colonial politics. With the British in Imperial India and rebellious South Africa, the French in war-torn Algeria and Indochina, the Russians in a perennially volatile Afghanistan, we come to understand not only the military hows and whys but the deeper, more troubling, human questions involved in these epic clashes of peoples and cultures.
From Conquest to Collapse is a comprehensive, cogent account of the dramatic rise of European empries, their impact on both conquerers and conquered, and the wars of liberation that signaled the end of an epoch. V. G. Kiernan combines the trenchant understanding of a military scholar with the keenly modern insights of a social historian to chronicle anew the rise and fall of an age whose tumultuous legacy we still witness today."
"The author recalls her childhood and growing up in southwest Texas. The book is informative about every day life on the edge of the Texas frontier in the 1870's and 1880's. Very interesting from that perspective."
Midnight raids, blazing six-shooters, and dangling ropes played frequent and vital roles in the taming of the West. And in this true account of justice - and sometimes vengeance - on the fronter, Wayne Gard ably relates how determined frontiersmen and heroic women achieved order before they had formal law.
Colorful Roy Bean, most famous of the frontier oracles, who dispensed liquor with one hand and justice with the other, stalks through the pages, along with Sam Houston, Walt Moorman, Judge Almond (who would not tolerate long speeches by lawyers because they cut down his his fines), the feuding Grahams and Tewksburys, and Jacksons and Goodbreads with their violent outbreaks of killing.
Frontier Justice was among the books chosen by a committee of distinguished scholars for inclusion in the permanent White House Library of important American books on the nation's history."