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Historical military & naval fiction

I have a lot of paperback historical naval fiction and historical military fiction, some of which is in my inventory, and some of which is still in boxes, as much of it is pre-ISBN and I haven't got up the energy to hand-add them. Also, for some of the older ones that do have ISBNs, like Kenneth M. Cameron's Arms series, when I put them in by their ISBN, they turn up with the author's name distorted or missing altogether.

So I was wondering whether there's much interest here in this kind of fiction, or if they can continue to stay in their boxes.

Margaret H.
2 years ago
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(2 years ago)I have books by some of those authors in my inventory. Margaret
Margaret H.
(2 years ago)I am looking for certain books from the following authors: Alexander Kent Richard Woodhouse Dewey Lambdin Patrick O'Brian Julian Stockwin Dan Parkinson Dudley Pope Bernard Cornwell C Northcote Parkinson Each of these authors have 1 or 2 books needed to complete the series for me.
Daniel
(2 years ago)Sadly, it's all become a moot question - as of yesterday, the postal system has closed the branch post office where I could just mail my books without standing in a half-hour line, leaving only the very inefficient main post office, So I've put my inventory on vacation until I can see if there's some solution that won'r cause my knees extreme pain.
Margaret H.
(2 years ago)Margaret, I was just checking out your list, and something else occurred to me. I think a lot of people on BookMooch are looking for interesting things they've not seen before.The problem is, we don't know it when we "see" it, unless we get a little assist from the person posting the book. I don't think you need to worry about covers. (John is trying to get that resolved.) but a short description of what the book is, is like, whether it's fiction or history, brief plot summary, anything to indicate why someone who can't see the book would be interested in it. One of the things I did when I started posting books here is I go to Amazon, and I just copy whatever reviews or publishers information may be posted there as "review" on my listing. I keep all the attribution information (who wrote the review, for whom, where it appeared) so that there is no copyright violation, but it's not really hard to do. You might try it on a couple of your titles that have no other information from their links.
Robin
(2 years ago)I suspect there might be some interest. What I would recommend since you have to hand-enter them is to put up a batch at a time, and then announce it in some of the forums. That way, folks with an interest (like me) will know to go look.
Robin
Judith Merkle Riley

If you're interested in medieval historical novels, you might like to try Judith Merkle Riley. She has one trilogy: A Vision of Light/In Pursuit of the Green Lion/The Water Witch, set mostly in England. She also wote two stand-alone novels, The Oracle Glass, set in France during the Affair of the Poisons, about a young woman who may or may not have psychic powers; and The Serpent Garden, set in the England of Henry VIII, about a woman painter. All are well-written and historically accurate as far as I was able to tell, with action and suspense and minimal romance, although the mass-market paperback of A Vision of Light is packaged somewhat like a historical romance. I recently learned that Ms. Riley had died, which makes me sad, as I was hoping to read more books from her.

Margaret H.
2 years ago
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(2 years ago)Sorry, there's a third stand-alone, Master of All Desires, set in the court of Louis XIV. Nostradamus plays a large part.
Margaret H.
im looking for..

anyone know any colonial period books?

shauns
3 years ago
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(2 years ago)Diana Norman (recently, alas, deceased) wrote a trilogy about a tough woman innkeeper on the Massachusetts coast who has the misfortune to save from drowning an English Lord, about the time of the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution: A Catch of Consequence/Sparks Fly Upward/Taking Liberties.
Margaret H.
(3 years ago)John Jakes Kent Family Chronicles seems to be good. (Disclaimer: I've only read the first book. lol.) Patriot Hearts by Barbara Hambly. 1776 by David McCullough.
MaryBT
(3 years ago)I definitely agree about April Morning by Howard Fast. An excellent read. It went fast too.
MaryBT
(3 years ago)Another one by Anya Seton is "The Hearth and Eagle" set in Gloucester, I believe. I just finished "April Morning" by Howard Fast. It is about the first day of the Revolutionary War.
Debbi Higginbotham
(3 years ago)Beverly Swerling wrote a trilogy about colonial NY which was very good. The first book is City of Dreams. Vanishing Point by Mary Sharrot is also well done. Finally the Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton starts in England but moves quickly to Colonial America.
Kingem 
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i recommenend robert mccammon - mathew corbet series

shauns
3 years ago
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(2 years ago)Bernard Cornwell also wrote a terrific historical detective novel, Gallows Thief, about a soldier returned from the Napoleonic War who is force to take up detection to avoid being arrested for murder. I liked the writing (as good as the early Sharpe novels) and the characters so much that I was looking forward to more with the same main characters, but apparently Mr.Cornwell wasn't interested enough to make a series of it. Too bad.
Margaret H.
(3 years ago)I'm currently reading Copperhead by Bernard Cornwell. It started slow but is pretty good. I like Jeff and Michael Shaara and James Alexander Thom.
Sarah
(3 years ago)theres also bernard cornwell , i hav'nt read him but he sounds good.
shauns
(3 years ago)I also love Fever 1793. If you like young adult historical fiction, you should also try The Devil's Arithmetic.
Mellie
(3 years ago)A good historical fiction I would recommend is "Fever 1793" by Laurie Halse Anderson. Its about how a girl named Mattie Cook survives through the hardships and dangers of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. When unexpected problems force Mattie and her grandfather to flee to the countryside, Mattie must learn how to survive in a city where disease is around every corner. A book that will bring you to the edge of your seat!!
Jessie
(3 years ago)I enjoy any type of historical fiction that has to do with early detective work -especially murder investigations. Some of my favorites are: The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness both by Caleb Carr, The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale and Manhunt by James L. Swanson. If you add in a little Victorian London, even better! I am always looking for suggestions on what to read next! Mel :)
Mellie
(3 years ago)I recommend John Jakes-- North and South Trilogy, Kent Family Chronicles, Homeland, California Gold-- great way to learn American history. I also recommend anything by James Michener-- I'm currently reading "Texas" and am learning a lot. Another great historical novelist is Edward Rutherfurd, who write huge epics-- London, Russka, Sarum, The Forest, and his latest, New York, to name a few...
Shawna
thanks

thanks for the recomendations. a couple i did'nt know about.

shauns
3 years ago
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(2 years ago)Anya Seton (anything), Winston Graham (poldark series, stick to first seven books ie up to angry tide) and susan howatch - her earlier ones ie cashelmara, penmarric, wheel of fortune and the rich are different and sins of the fathers
naentikaur
(3 years ago)Also try Jack Whyte. He writes Arthurian novels from a historical standpoint. They are VERY good and drag you in quickly. It starts prior to the forging of Excalibar in Roman England (The Skystone,) prior to the fall of Rome. They are excellent books.
Claire
The Other Bolyn Girl by Phllippa Gregory

I really enjoyed this book. There was enough historical authenticity to really engage me, while providing a fictional storyline.

Ann Snyder
3 years ago
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(3 years ago)Read Eliot Pattison's Jamestown books. He has written a series of books featured in Tibet. His newest ones are in the colonial period.
Teri