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Old 01-01-2015, 05:19 PM   #1
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FREE/BARGAIN - Historical Fiction - 2015

A thread for 2015.

We point out free and bargain Historical Fiction titles to each other. Please don't post any self-published books*, and please do a search before posting to avoid duplicates.

In case no retailer is specifically mentioned in a post, it is safe to assume it's for Amazon US.

Be aware that many freebies are only free for a day, so grab them fast!

*Unless you have read them yourself, think they are excellent, and you're not connected to the author in any way.
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Books 1, 6 & 7 in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Tales series are on sale for $1.99 each.

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Cross posted from the Science Fiction & Fantasy thread because these are mostly historical novels, especially the freebie and the first combo deal.

Phoenix Pick's free book of the month for January is An Elephant for Aristotle by L. Sprague de Camp.

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"An amazing narrative vehicle for the display of ... a fairly complete composite of the life and times of which the author writes." —The Chicago Daily Tribune

"By hybridizing a Middle-Eastern travelogue with an Alexandrine comedy of manners, the author has produced a specimen only slightly less rare then [sic] elephants in Westchester—to wit, a historical novel with a sense of humor."—The New York Times

What finer way for Alexander the Great to honor his old tutor Aristotle than to send him an actual Indian elephant?

After capturing a magnificent specimen from an Indian ruler, Alexander tasks Leon of Atrax, a cavalry commander, to deliver the animal to Aristotle in Athens. Leon leads a motley crew of companions (and the elephant) from India to Greece, encountering all sorts of dangers and adventures while attempting the long and arduous journey.
Additionally there are two combo deals. The first one is $10+ and includes the above book along with the other four of de Camp's historicals.

The Bronze God of Rhodes
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The Bronze God of Rhodes is written as the memoirs of Chares of Lindos, a Greek sculptor born on the island of Rhodes. A pupil of Lysippos, Chares eventually built the Colossus of Rhodes, now considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

These memoirs present the trials and tribulations (some of them hilarious) of the sculptor as he undertakes various projects and is forced into a number of adventures, particularly in Ptolemaic Egypt.

This is the second historical novel that L. Sprague de Camp wrote, drawing upon his extensive and detailed historical knowledge of the period.

The Dragon of the Ishtar Gate
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Bessas of Zariaspa is a young officer in the Immortals regiment, sworn to protect and obey his King at all costs. The King wishes immortality and to that end tasks Bessas to find items that make an immortality potion, including the blood of a dragon and the ear of a king.

The Dragon of the Ishtar Gate is a swashbuckling historical novel with larger-than-life characters, set in a detailed historical background that only a scholar such as de Camp can create.

This is the third historical novel L. Sprague de Camp wrote, drawing upon his extensive and detailed historical knowledge of the period.

The Arrows of Hercules
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Set in the time of Dionysios I of Syracuse, at the beginning of the 4th century BC, The Arrows of Hercules tells the tale of Zopyros of Tarentum, an engineer who invents an improved type of catapult.

He is quickly drafted by Dionysios into Syracuse's war efforts against Carthage, which sets him on a series of adventures including a battle against Etruscan pirates and a kidnapping in Carthage.

L. Sprague's meticulous attention to historical accuracy makes this a remarkable read which entertains as much as it teaches us about fascinating events that shaped the course of history.

"Exciting and quite believable adventures." —Classical World

"Rousing piece of fiction ... pace is rapid and unrelenting." —The Arizona Republic

"Highly Recommended ... intriguing novel." —Library Journal

The Golden Wind
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The Golden Wind is the last of the five classic historicals de Camp wrote (both historically and chronologically). The novel tells of the early adventures of Eudoxus of Cyzicus and Hippalus in their original voyages from Egypt to India by sea.

Eudoxus was a Greek navigator who is credited with exploring and mapping the Arabian sea for Egyptian ruler Ptolemy VIII, and Hippalus is, according to legend, the captain of Eudoxus’ ship during these explorations.

Following the successful exploration of the route to India, Eudoxus decides to break the Egyptian monopoly on trade with India by sailing around Africa, and encounters a myriad of different adventures and misfortunes as their ship attempts to circumnavigate the great continent.

"A tale of high adventure, rich in historical lore and erudite in the telling. Of Mr. de Camp's ... novels, this may well be the most ambitious and quite possibly the best." —Publishers Weekly

The second deal is $15+ and includes all of the above novels, plus three more de Camp novels.

The Glory That Was
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A true tour de force for de Camp, The Glory That Was brings together many of the themes the author excelled in writing about, including time travel and alternate history.

Earth in the twenty-seventh century is ruled by a constitutional monarchy, though both the World Emperor and his Prime Minister have plans to assume greater power by neutralizing the other. In the power struggle that follows, the Emperor is ceded total control of Greece for a secret experiment that has Greece cut off from the rest of the world by a force-field and people of Greek descent being kidnapped around the whole world.

When the wife of a prominent classical scholar disappears, he vows to get her back and he and his friend plan a way inside the barrier surrounding Greece. But they are hardly prepared for what they find inside ... a Greece reverted back to ancient times.

Rogue Queen
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Rogue Queen is a ground-breaking novel by L. Sprague de Camp that was one of the first science fiction books to deal with sexual themes, paving the way for more daring works by future authors.

Part of the Viagens Interplanetarias series, the story takes place on a planet circling the star Lalande 21185, also known as Ormazd. When humans arrive on the planet they find a hive-like society with a hyper-fertile queen being serviced by male drones.

All the other females of the species are infertile, or so it is believed. However, when one of the worker females rebels she discovers that the workers' infertility is largely a result of the diet they follow.

Lest Darkness Fall & Related Stories
(Related Stories by Frederik Pohl, David Drake and S.M. Stirling.)
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Rarely do books have such a great influence on a genre as Lest Darkness Fall has had on science fiction. Frequently quoted as one of the “favorite” books of many of the masters of the field, this book by L. Sprague de Camp helped establish time-travel as a solid sub-genre of science fiction.

An indication of the influence and longevity of the book is the number of best-selling writers who have written stories in direct response to, or been influenced by, Lest Darkness Fall. This new volume includes three such stories by Frederik Pohl, David Drake and S. M. Stirling written over a period of forty-three years—a testament to the timelessness of the book.

Similar, thematically, to Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the book tells the tale of Martin Padway who, as he is walking around in modern Rome, is suddenly transported though time to 6th Century Rome.

Once in ancient Rome, Padway (now Martinus Paduei, Quaestor), embarks on an ambitious project of single-handedly changing history.

L. Sprague de Camp was a student of history (and the author of a number of popular works on the subject). In Lest Darkness Fall he combines his extensive knowledge of the workings of ancient Rome with his extraordinary imagination to create one of the best books of time travel ever written.

“Endlessly fascinating. The author knows a lot about Gothic Italy and almost as much about human nature, and he has a real gift for making the people of those days come alive.” —The New York Times

Lest Darkness Fall [is] one of the best time travel stories ever written …” —A Reader’s Guide to Science Fiction

“Good fun.” —The New Yorker

“A work of real and stimulating imagination.” —Saturday Review of Literature

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Got the freebie.

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Thanks, Manabí. I love DeCamp and have read all of the included books in the past but all are worth re-reading and I'm happy to have them in ebook form. I bought the entire package and look forward to many hours of reading pleasure.

Although off-topic as historical fiction, for fantasy fans I also highly recommend L. Sprague DeCamp and Fletcher Pratt's Harold Shea stories which have been re-printed so many times in different editions and with different titles that it's hard to find a good link to post for them. Many are out of print but Baen is in process of re-publishing them in a single collected ebook edition scheduled for release later this month: http://www.baenebooks.com/p-2557-the...enchanter.aspx

You can read about series here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Shea
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Thanks, Manabí. I love DeCamp and have read all of the included books in the past but all are worth re-reading and I'm happy to have them in ebook form. I bought the entire package and look forward to many hours of reading pleasure.

Although off-topic as historical fiction, for fantasy fans I also highly recommend L. Sprague DeCamp and Fletcher Pratt's Harold Shea stories which have been re-printed so many times in different editions and with different titles that it's hard to find a good link to post for them. Many are out of print but Baen is in process of re-publishing them in a single collected ebook edition scheduled for release later this month: http://www.baenebooks.com/p-2557-the...enchanter.aspx

You can read about series here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Shea
I did not know that Baen was publishing this. I am putting it on my To Buy List. Thank you for the information.
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This book was listed as a US Kindle Countdown deal in the "Mystery, Thriller & Suspense" category, but looks more like historical fiction to me...

A Fragile Peace by Paul Bannister is, per the blurb on the website, the fifth book in Paul Bannister’s best-selling ‘Arthur Britannicus’ series, chronicling the life of King Arthur in ancient Britain.

It is $0.99 for about 3 1/3 more days, before going up to $3.99.

link: http://www.amazon.com/Fragile-Peace-.../dp/B00LFW9UF8
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After forming a truce with Constantine, the Emperor of Rome, King Arthur of Britain feels confident in his newly established rule.

His people are united under his banner, the pagan and the Christian living together as one in his lands, and there seems to be nothing left to do but celebrate his triumph.

But a storm is brewing, both within the kingdom and outside it.

A terrible plague spreads through the land, killing thousands and weakening Arthur’s army.

And a rival warlord is gaining power, inciting those on Britain’s borders to mount an attack.

Can Arthur rally enough men to his side to stop the threat of war?

Or will his fragile peace be shattered?

A Fragile Peace’ is the fifth book in Paul Bannister’s best-selling ‘Arthur Britannicus’ series, chronicling the life of King Arthur in ancient Britain. It is perfect for fans of Conn Iggulden, Ben Kane and Simon Scarrow.

‘I enjoyed A Fragile Peace for several reasons: its ability to bring this historical period alive in all its splendour and brutality, its pace and its successful handling of the first person narrative.’ - Helen McCabe, author of ‘The Price of Beauty’.

'A thrilling story which weaves together both history and legend.' - Richard Foreman, best-selling author of the Swords of Rome series.

'A fantastic insight into Roman life.' - Tom Kasey, best-selling author of 'The Dante Conspiracy'.

Paul Bannister is a journalist and author. His other books in the series are 'Arthur Britannicus', 'Arthur Imperator', ‘Arthur Invictus’ and ‘The King’s Cavalry’.
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Thanks Sufue,

I'll try this series with " Fragile Peace " I like the legend of King Arthur. This book looks interesting.
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Trial By Fire by Richard Townsend Bickers

1939 and Roger Hallowes, an RAF sergeant pilot returns to the hangars with his comrades from B Squadron to see who else had returned from the latest attack.

The arithmetic Roger did to calculate his chances of surviving another half-dozen operations gave him no comfort.

Endeavour Press reprint, originally published as 'The Gifts of Jove'.

Richard Townsend Bickers volunteered for the RAF on the outbreak of the second world war and served, with a Permanent Commission, for eighteen years. He wrote a range of military fiction and non-fiction books, including `Torpedo Attack', `My Enemy Came Nigh', `Bombing Run' and `Summer of No Surrender'.

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Crusader by Paul Bannister - Endeavour Press

The first in a new series of historical thrillers chronicling the life of Richard the Lionheart.

1165 AD, the Third Crusade is on the horizon, and Henry II is on the throne.

"Full of action, intrigue and historical insight." Richard Foreman.

Paul Bannister is a journalist and author. His is also the author of the Lord of the Narrow Sea series, which includes 'Arthur Britannicus', 'Arthur Imperator', `Arthur Invictus', `The King's Cavalry' and `A Fragile Peace'.

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Thanks Little Egret, I got Crusader as well, by Paul Bannister .
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I got Crusader too and I am reading it now. So far it is a good read.
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Air Strike by Richard Townsend Bickers

Africa, The Second World War.
A Spitfire ground-attack squadron is fighting its way from North Africa across Sicily and up the length of Italy.
In Sicily one of its pilots is shot down, to his unquenchable indignation, by an American anti-aircraft battery.
His formidable Squadron Commander pays a dramatic call on the American Commanding Officer.

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Historical with a Boris Johnson plug.

Viking Storm
by Julian Brazier

The last English kingdom is on the brink of extinction.
Each Anglo Saxon kingdom is overwhelmed in turn by ferocious, battle-hardened Viking warriors who can strike at a time and place of their choosing thanks to their famous longships.
Viking armies have conquered Northumbria, Mercia and East Anglia.
Now they are coming for Wessex and the young king Alfred cannot even rely on his own nobles.

`Julian Brazier has shone a light on the Dark Ages and given Alfred the Great the rip-roaring yarn he deserves. This generation has all but forgotten the astonishing achievements of the Saxon King, and how he saved England from a blood-crazed enemy - and re-founded the City of London. Viking Storm is a pacy and suspenseful blockbuster. Alfred lives!' - Boris Johnson

`New recruits to the territorial army should perhaps consult a copy of Viking Storm, a racy new novel by Julian Brazier, for tips on how to behave under fire. Brazier displays an alarming flair for describing violent conquest' - Sunday Times

Educated at Wellington and Oxford, Julian Brazier is the Member of Parliament for Canterbury and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defence responsible for reserve forces. He served for thirteen years as an officer in the Territorial Army, including five years with the SAS Reserves. He is married with three children.


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Historical with a Boris Johnson plug.

Viking Storm
by Julian Brazier

The last English kingdom is on the brink of extinction.
Each Anglo Saxon kingdom is overwhelmed in turn by ferocious, battle-hardened Viking warriors who can strike at a time and place of their choosing thanks to their famous longships.
Viking armies have conquered Northumbria, Mercia and East Anglia.
Now they are coming for Wessex and the young king Alfred cannot even rely on his own nobles.

`Julian Brazier has shone a light on the Dark Ages and given Alfred the Great the rip-roaring yarn he deserves. This generation has all but forgotten the astonishing achievements of the Saxon King, and how he saved England from a blood-crazed enemy - and re-founded the City of London. Viking Storm is a pacy and suspenseful blockbuster. Alfred lives!' - Boris Johnson

`New recruits to the territorial army should perhaps consult a copy of Viking Storm, a racy new novel by Julian Brazier, for tips on how to behave under fire. Brazier displays an alarming flair for describing violent conquest' - Sunday Times

Educated at Wellington and Oxford, Julian Brazier is the Member of Parliament for Canterbury and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defence responsible for reserve forces. He served for thirteen years as an officer in the Territorial Army, including five years with the SAS Reserves. He is married with three children.


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R3EACSG/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00R3EACSG/
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00R3EACSG/
Thanks, I picked it up.
I guess Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Chronicles do not count.
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