Historical Fiction

Killing Rommel

  Steven Pressfield
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881 killing rommelSteven Pressfield's quintet of acclaimed, bestselling novels of ancient warfare— Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, The Virtues of War, and The Afghan Campaign— have earned him a reputation as a master chronicler of military history, a supremely literate and engaging storyteller, and an author with acute insight into the minds of men in battle. In Killing Rommel Pressfield extends his talents to the modern world with a WWII tale based on the real-life exploits of the Long Range Desert Group, an elite British special forces unit that took on the German Afrika Korps and its legendary commander, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, "the Desert Fox."

Pompei

  Robert Harris
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653 pompeiAll along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. The world's largest navy lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum. The tourists are spending their money in the seaside resorts of Baiae, Herculaneum, and Pompeii.

Gates of fire

  Steven Pressfield
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655 gates fire"Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie".

Thus reads an ancient stone at Thermopylae in central Greece, the site of one of the world's greatest battles for freedom.

Grail Quest series

  Bernard Cornwell
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668 grail mainA trilogy that deals with a mid-14th century search for the Holy Grail during the Hundred Years' War. An English archer, Thomas of Hookton, becomes drawn into the quest by the actions of a mercenary soldier called "The Harlequin," who murders Thomas's family in his own obsessive search for the Grail.

Heretic

  Bernard Cornwell
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667 hereticFor years, English archer Thomas of Hookton has been searching for the Holy Grail. Thomas is not certain it ever existed, but obscure clues link his family to the mysterious vessel. In 1347, driven by his desire to plumb the truth of the Grail as well as to earn money from the plunder of French lands and property, Thomas and a small group of soldiers capture a castle in Gascony, the homeland of Thomas's father.

Vagabond

  Bernard Cornwell
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666 vagabondThomas has managed to survive the battle of Crécy. Still nursing his wounds, he is dispatched by the king on a mission to look into the matter of his father's inheritance, which is obscurely connected to the Holy Grail. This most precious relic of the Christian faith is a much sought-after object, offering the power of total victory in war to its owner.

Last Legion

  Valerio Massimo Manfredi
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660 last legionAs the Western Roman Empire begins to collapses in 470AD, a small band of British Roman soldiers, make a long and arduous journey to Rome. They arrive to find the city on the edge of chaos, over-run with rebellion, not far from destruction.

The Shadow of God

  Anthony A. Goodman
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654 shadow godA tremendously vivid historical encounter becomes a larger-than-life canvas for this brilliant saga. The year is 1522. Two great leaders, twenty-five-year-old Suleiman the Magnificent, the absolute ruler of the mighty Ottoman Empire, and Philippe de L'Isle Adam, the grisly, fifty-eight-year-old Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, come to war on the Greek island of Rhodes.

The archer's tale

  Bernard Cornwell
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661 archers taleThe young Thomas of Hookton survives the pillaging of his village to become an archer. He joins the forces of King Edward III to fight against France in the mid-14th century at the beginning of the Hundred Years War. A brutal raid on the quiet coastal English village of Hookton in 1342 leaves but one survivor: Thomas.

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