Set in the grim valleys of the Welsh iron country during the turbulent times of the Industrial Revolution, this unforgettable novel begins the saga of the Mortymer family - a family of hard men and beautiful women, all forced into a bitter struggle with their harsh environment, as they slave and starve for the cruel English ironmasters.
But adversity could never still the free spirit of Wales, or quiet its soaring voice, and the Mortymers struggle on even as the iron foundries ravish their homeland and cripple their people.
Rape of the Fair Country launched the bestselling career of Alexander Cordell in 1959 and went on to sell millions of copies in seventeen languages throughout the world.
the communities of south Wales in dire poverty with many on the brink of starvation. A
time when young men ride through the night smashing and burning the symbols
of their oppression.
The Mortymer family have left their home in the iron-making country of Blaenafon to seek
work in the coal mines of the south. Young Jethro Mortymer decides that he must join the
rioters in their bitter struggle even as he is tortured by his own struggle to conceal the love
he has for the beautiful Mari, his brother's wife.
THE HOSTS OF REBECCA is a brilliant continuation of Alexander Cordell's classic
story of mid-nineteenth century Wales which began with THE RAPE OF THE FAIR
and his high-spirited sister, Karen, flee their impoverished homeland to seek
a new life in America.
Exhausted after a nine-week crossing in an overcrowded, disease-ridden 'coffin
ship', they arrive in Pittsburgh - the tumultuous steel capital of the United States.
Surrounded by smoke and fire-belching chimneys, they struggle to adapt to this
At first resisting the tug of easy wealth, Jess forsakes his fellow immigrants and
bulldozes his way to fame and fortune, exploiting the love of two women to become
a financial tiger in a city where only the strong and ruthless prevail.
doctor newly recruited into the Red Army, is caught up in the breakout of the followers
of Mao and their ensuing flight.
The marchers struggle on through pain and suffering, under continual harrassment
from the enormously superior Kuomintang forces. Through the blistering heat of the
Grasslands to the icy-zub-zero temperatures of the Great Snow Mountain, they march.
Over a hundred thousand men begin the march. Only five thousand will survive.
and charismatic leader of the South Wales Chartists leads his dispossessed
followers to Newport. Similar risings are planned throughout the land. these will
signal a new dawn: one that heralds the end of opression by a tyrannical ruling
But the tide of history is not turning the rebels' way. And in the depths of his struggle
against a power that will severly punish him, John Frost finds succour in his
passionate and enduring love for his wife.
aristocrat she claims to be. But she is nothing of the sort. She is Moll
Walbee, and she has left her reputation as a notorious pickpocket far
behind her in the slums of Paris.
The handsome higwayman who waylays the stagecoach is also not what
he seems. He is Richard Carling, recently dismissed from his regiment
and now a Gentleman of the Road. But all he steals from Moll is a kiss...
And so on the road a partnership is born that will be refined in trust and
betrayal, that will lead to danger and high adventure in England, on the
ocean wave, and to a dramatic climax in the wilds of Australia.
who fights his way through every pub in Tiger Bay to become a bouncer
in Toulouse-Lautrec's Montmartre.
Yet despite his restless nature and his wild adventures, he still longs of a
girl he left behind Wales, the beautful Miss Ellie Kendall.
people of Ireland. The year is 1798 and seventeen year old John Regan
faces danger and even death as he struggles alongside the leaders of the
rebellion as they attempt to capture a valuable English hostage.
The second in a trilogy of books set in 18th century Ireland, from the bestselling
author of Rape of the Fair Country.
There is rioting in the streets, cold-blood massacres by extremist political
groups, attempted coups by liberating forces based on the continent.
Mak Seaton is a senior civil servant whose strengths and weaknesses are
bound up in the view that his duty is to the ruling faction.
But when Seaton uncovers evidence of corruption at the highest levels of power,
even his wealth and position cannot protect him from the Triumvirate.
have engraved their personalities on the very air of Bute Street and, under
Alexander Cordell's vivid pen, the streets are crammed again with every
creed and nationality; from priests and nuns to dockers and drunks; boxers,
rugby fanatics, concubines and Bute Street ladies. The place comes alive in
all its bawdy strength and colour.
still find the little people, as they are called.
On the Island lived a Chinese boy, Hu, with his father and his dog
Kau Kau. One day Hu's father said that he was going to Liverpool to
bring home a new wife, and a new mother for Hu. But Hu did not want
a new mother. So he too his father's dinghy and sailed away with Kau
Kau to the tiny island called the Calf of Man.
Nobody knew where he had gone. But the birds and animals came to
his aid. With Basking Shark speeding though the waves, the prow rope
of the dinghy in his jaws, and with Don Dolphin racing alongside, while
the birds flew in clouds overhead, Hu was taken to the Little People.
Surely they would help him...
SEA URCHIN is a wonderful fable for younger readers from the bestselling
author of the Mortymer Trilogy.
story of Dic Penderyn who in 1831 became the first Welsh Martyr of
the working class.
Hanged for a crime that he did not commit, his story is told in this
powerful novel which describes the events which took place during
the famous Merthyr Tydfil riots of 1831.
important than any one man's life.
John Regan has a secret mission crucial to the success of the infamous
United Irishmen's Rebellion of 1798.
A thrilling historical adventure for younger readers from the bestselling author
of Rape of the Fair Country, first published in 1971 and now available as an eBook
for the first time.
As the stromclouds gather in the passionate fight against the Fascists, a young Spanish
countess and a trained american assassin join forces with the partisans in a desperate
attempt on the life of General Franco.
TO SLAY THE DREAMER is a rich and compelling story of a group of patriots ready to
die for their country - a moving novel of dangerous loyalty amidst the ultimate futility of
worldly commercialism, moral corruption and Eastern tradition.
Into this strange and exciting world, on board the S.S. Mongolia comes
Milly Smith, daughter of a Hong Kong tycoon, destined for a marriage of
convenience to a greedy financier. But during the course of her journey
Milly has attracted the attentions of fellow passanger, the wild and dashing
pirate, Eli boggs.
Set against a turbulent historical backdrop of Hong Kong's piracy, the slave
trade and the infamous Opium War, The Dreams of Fair Women is a classic
historical adventure from the author of The Rape of the Fair Country.
Monmouth Assizes and sentenced to twenty-one years transportation
for crimes against Her Imperial Majesty Queen Victoria. Torn from his
young wife Mari, he is exiled to Afghanistan - a country as violated and
outraged as his native Wales.
On all sides Iestyn witnesses signs of increasing hostility towards the
English, and of the crumbling edifice of the Empire. Involved in the appalling
'Afghan Promenade' that cost the British army 17,000 lives, caught up by
intrigue, murder and deadly deception, he cannot escape the fact that this
is a time when every white face in the country is dubbed an Unbeliever, every
redcoat a potential target of violence. Yet, despite everything, there is another
escape that he is determined to make. Back to Wales...
An epic blend of history and fiction, a swirling canvas of politics, war, servitude
and passion, BELOVED EXILE marks the glorious culmination of Alexander
Cordell's Welsh sagas.
for his part in the Chartist Rebellion of 1839. But three years on, he escaped during
the massacre of the British Army in Afghanistan, and returned to Wales under a false
His beautiful Afghan lover Durrani, granddaughter of Dost Mahommed, the King of Kabul,
having been banished from her country because of her relationship with Iestyn, joins him
with their son, Suresh, to begin a new life in West Wales, farming at Cae White, near Carmarthen.
However, Durrani's grandfather has other ideas. His kingship is under threat from Akbar Khan,
his traitorous warrior son. To prevent Akbar from seizing the throne, Dost Mahommed changes
his mind about his granddaughter's banishment and now seeks to have young Suresh returned
to Kabul, in order for the child to take the throne, with his mother as Queen regent.
The Dost's insistent command finds little welcome among the residents of Cae White Farm,
however, and Iestyn prepares for battle...
underpaid lives; as a boy Toby Davies joined them. The quarries taught him
precious truths about poverty and exploitation, but Toby also learned of love
from the two beautiful women in his life - Bron and Nanwen O'Hara.
Toby moved south to seek work in the coal mines, but found no easier future.
He was there at the notorious Tonypany riots of 1910 and the police occupation
of the Rhondda, and would never forget the savagery of the battles fought between
the workers and the bosses.
his is the most nerve-racking job of them all - face to face with the possibility of a
sudden and violent death. But in times of war new weapons must be tested.
Macmasters' job is dangerous enough but he has something else to battle against
too. His love for Loetia has made him intensely vulnerable. Suddenly he finds himself
exposed to the ravages of fear, the enemy within.
First published in 1954, A Thought of Honour was the first book in Alexander Cordell's
highly prolific and successful career.
Ming Pei Sha is at the mercy of a world of human squalor and degradation.
Destitute, she sells her body in a loveless match with an old businessman
desperate for a son.
Pei Sha witnesses first-hand the savage contrasts of the teeming city of
Hong Kong, where the affluence and extravagance of the financiers' palaces
cannot hide the appalling poverty of the slums. A city where and ancient and
proud civilisation struggles against the corruption and greed of the modern age.
counterplot during the ill-fated United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798.
When seventeen-year-old John Regan takes on a mission entrusted
to him by his dying father, he rides through an Ireland seething with
danger with more than just his own life in his hands.
The first in a trilogy of books set in 18th century Ireland, from the bestselling
author of Rape of the Fair Country.
and the French aristocracy run for their lives. Even the Pope deserts the Vatican.
Europe is in turmoil.
Fearing economic and social collapse, the French provisonal government distracts
world attention by recruiting a Queen voctoria 'look alike', one madame Alicia Bernard,
and then claiming that they have succeeded in abducting Victoria for a trial in Paris for
'crimes against the poor'.
Alicia Bernard stands alone before the howling mobs, until barrister Andre Pelon is
appointed to defend her...
And under them 10,000 laboured, blasting, shovelling and digging, changing
the contours of Britain for a new age of railways.
Among them is Nick Wortley, whose love for the daughter of the local mill owner
is cruelly thwarted. Taking flight he is drawn by the irresistable clamour of the great
Sheffield to Manchester, a railway which is preparing to drive a path of steel under the
Pennines. Stephenson said it was impossible; Nick and his companions will prove
him wrong, but at a terrible price...
is a heartfelt evocation of the greatest iron town in the world, Merthyr, and of the
people who made it so: foundry-owners and workers, immigrants, fortune-hunters,
idealists, prostitutes and wastrels.
It is also the story of one man, Taliesin Roberts, robust, determined, passionate -
and of a three-sided love that will never die.
change in fortune leads him, innocent and inexperienced, to a brutal and
dangerous life working in the coal mines.
In the mines children can be horribly maimed in devastating gas explosions,
or grow deformed with the burden of their labours and babies are born
Wales is in turmoil. A tragic divide between rich and poor, the workers powerless,
penniless, starving and diseased sparks growing unrest as the newly founded
Unions move inexorably towards the Chartist Rebellion.
This Proud and Savage Land is a brilliantly detailed chronicle of early nineteenth-
century Wales and a prelude to the bestselling Rape of the Fair Country.
son of rich industrialist Iestyn Mortymer, has turned his back on his inheritance,
exchanging the bell-clang and fire of his Upper Forest Tinplate Works in Morriston
for the simplicity and wanderlust of a gypsy existence with his young Romany wife,
In time they come to settle on Flatholm Island where they become a refuge for the
animals. Self-sufficiency is their ultimate goal; the substantial income from tinplate
But their simple idyll does not last. They are aware of a strange malevolence towards
One frightening incident follows another until it is clear to tom and Jen that they will
have to abandon their home and return to Cefn-Ydfa, their mansion in Maesteg. Their
decision coincides with the arrival in Cardiff of Jethro Mortymer, Tom's uncle - whom
he had long believed dead. Would Jethro be able to shed any light on Tom and Jen's
but hopeless struggle against rapacious coalmasters, Irish navvies,
the ravages of cholera, and the bullying illegal Unions.
As they ply their trade between the furnaces of Cyfarthfa and the lush
beauty of the Neath Valley, they pray and fight, sing and love, and face
each obstacle undaunted with all the stubbornness and exuberance
of Wales itself.
This is the third instalment in Alexander Cordell's magnificent saga of
nineteenth century Wales that began with classic bestseller The Rape
of the Fair Country.
In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it “a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries].” Now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.
1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington’s troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie’s wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.
The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family’s secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy . . . never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other.
Praise for Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
“[Written in My Own Heart’s Blood] features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect.”—People
“Another breakneck, rip-roaring, oh-so-addictive page-turner from Gabaldon . . . Take a deep breath, jump aboard, and enjoy the ride.”—Library Journal
“With her Outlander series, Gabaldon . . . successfully [juggles] a sizable and captivating cast of characters; developing thrilling plotlines that borrow equally from adventure, history, and romance; and meticulously integrating a wealth of fascinating period details into the story without slowing down the pace. The result is a sprawling and enthralling saga that is guaranteed to keep readers up long past their bedtimes.”—Booklist (starred review)
From the Hardcover edition.
The magnificent saga continues....
It began in Scotland, at an ancient stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past—or the grave. Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once but twice. Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became legend—a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child. Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in frontier America. But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century. Their daughter, Brianna....
Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the stone circle and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history...and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past...or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong....
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).
With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.
Goodreads Best Historical Novel of the Year • People's Choice Favorite Fiction Winner • #1 Indie Next Selection • A Buzzfeed and The Week Best Book of the Year
Praise for The Nightingale:
"Haunting, action-packed, and compelling." —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Absolutely riveting!...Read this book." —Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute
"Beautifully written and richly evocative." —Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A hauntingly rich WWII novel about courage, brutality, love, survival—and the essence of what makes us human.” —Family Circle
“A heart-pounding story.” —USA Today
"An enormous story. Richly satisfying. I loved it." —Anne Rice
"A respectful and absorbing page-turner." —Kirkus Reviews
"Tender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France." —Jewish Book Council
“Expect to devour The Nightingale in as few sittings as possible; the high-stakes plot and lovable characters won’t allow any rest until all of their fates are known.” —Shelf Awareness
"I loved The Nightingale." —Lisa See, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Powerful...an unforgettable portrait of love and war." —People
This sixth novel in Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander saga is a masterpiece of historical fiction from one of the most popular authors of our time. A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife, Claire.
The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.
With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence—with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.
One of the most famous and beloved mysteries from the queen of suspense, Agatha Christie! More than 100 million copies sold and now a Lifetime TV movie.
Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a isolated mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they die…
Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?
Jamie Fraser, former Jacobite and reluctant rebel, is already certain of three things about the American rebellion: The Americans will win, fighting on the side of victory is no guarantee of survival, and he’d rather die than have to face his illegitimate son—a young lieutenant in the British army—across the barrel of a gun.
Claire Randall knows that the Americans will win, too, but not what the ultimate price may be. That price won’t include Jamie’s life or his happiness, though—not if she has anything to say about it.
Meanwhile, in the relative safety of the twentieth century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter, Brianna, and her husband, Roger MacKenzie, have resettled in a historic Scottish home where, across a chasm of two centuries, the unfolding drama of Brianna’s parents’ story comes to life through Claire’s letters. The fragile pages reveal Claire’s love for battle-scarred Jamie Fraser and their flight from North Carolina to the high seas, where they encounter privateers and ocean battles—as Brianna and Roger search for clues not only to Claire’s fate but to their own. Because the future of the MacKenzie family in the Highlands is mysteriously, irrevocably, and intimately entwined with life and death in war-torn colonial America.
With stunning cameos of historical characters from Benedict Arnold to Benjamin Franklin, An Echo in the Bone is a soaring masterpiece of imagination, insight, character, and adventure—a novel that echoes in the mind long after the last page is turned.
BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Diana Gabaldon's Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
The dazzling fifth volume of Diana Gabaldon’s extraordinary Outlander saga, featuring 18th-century Scotsman James Fraser and his 20th-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall.
The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’s certain knowledge.
Born in the year of Our Lord 1918, Claire Randall served England as a nurse on the battlefields of World War II, and in the aftermath of peace found fresh conflicts when she walked through a cleftstone on the Scottish Highlands and found herself an outlander, an English lady in a place where no lady should be, in a time—1743—when the only English in Scotland were the officers and men of King George’s army.
Now wife, mother, and surgeon, Claire is still an outlander, out of place, and out of time, but now, by choice, linked by love to her only anchor—Jamie Fraser. Her unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes....
Grand, sweeping, utterly unforgettable, The Fiery Cross is riveting entertainment, a vibrant tapestry of history and human drama.
The national bestseller!
At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army.
Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history--one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale....
Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• An excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, the second novel in the Outlander series
• An interview with Diana Gabaldon
• An Outlander reader’s guide
Praise for Outlander
“Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“History comes deliciously alive on the page.”—New York Daily News
A thirteen-year-old Welsh boy enters a man’s world in the mining pits. . . . An American law student rejected in love finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House. . . . A housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with a German spy. . . . And two orphaned Russian brothers embark on radically different paths when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution.
From the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty, Fall of Giants takes us into the inextricably entangled fates of five families—and into a century that we thought we knew, but that now will never seem the same again. . . .
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Praise for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series
“All you’ve come to expect from Gabaldon . . . adventure, history, romance, fantasy.”—The Arizona Republic, on An Echo in the Bone
“A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across ten generations.”—CNN, on The Fiery Cross
“Escapist historical fiction at its best.”—San Antonio Express-News, on Drums of Autumn
“A feast for ravenous readers of eighteenth-century Scottish history, heroism and romance.”—Kirkus Reviews, on Outlander
In this compilation of the five books in the best-selling Lineage of Grace series by Francine Rivers, we meet the five women whom God chose—Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary—even scandalous—challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
“For sheer adventure L’Amour is in top form.”—Kirkus Reviews
Here is the kind of authentically detailed epic novel that has become Louis L’Amour’s hallmark. It is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker, the Yakut native Alekhin, who knows every square foot of the icy frontier—and who knows that to trap his quarry he must think like a Sioux.
In The Sackett Brand, Louis L’Amour spins the story of a courageous man who must face overwhelming odds to track down a killer.
Tell Sackett and his bride, Ange, came to Arizona to build a home and start a family. But on Black Mesa something goes terribly wrong. Tell is ambushed and badly injured. When he finally manages to drag himself back to where he left Ange, she is gone. Desperate, cold, hungry, and with no way to defend himself, Tell is stalked like a wounded animal. Hiding from his attackers, his rage and frustration mounting, he tries to figure out who the men are, why they are trying to kill him, and what has happened to his wife. Discovering the truth will be risky. And when he finally does, it will be their turn to run.
I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. . . .
This is the testament of Paul Bäumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army during World War I. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of duty, culture, and progress they had been taught breaks in pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches.
Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another . . . if only he can come out of the war alive.
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“The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”—The New York Times Book Review
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Here is the world-famous novel of Japan that is the earliest book in James Clavell’s masterly Asian saga. Set in the year 1600, it tells the story of a bold English pilot whose ship was blown ashore in Japan, where he encountered two people who were to change his life: a warlord with his own quest for power, and a beautiful interpreter torn between two ways of life and two ways of love.
The principal figures are John Blackthorne, whose dream it is to be the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe, to wrest control of the trade between Japan and China from Portuguese, and to return home a man of wealth and position; Toranaga, the most powerful feudal lord in Japan, who strives and schemes to seize ultimate power by becoming Shogun—the Supreme Military Dictator—and to unite the warring samurai fiefdoms under his own masterly and farsighted leadership; and the Lady Mariko, a Catholic convert whose conflicting loyalties to the Church and her country are compounded when she falls in love with Blackthorne, the barbarian intruder.
In dramatizing how a Westerner, the representative man of his time, comes to be altered by his exposure to an alien culture, Mr. Clavell provides a spellbinding depiction of a nation seething with violence and intrigue as it moves from the medieval world to the modern.
Praise for Shogun
“I can’t remember when a novel has seized my mind like this one. . . . It’s not only something you read—you live it.”—New York Times Book Review
“Adventure and action, the suspense of danger, shocking touching human relationships . . . a climactic human story.”—Los Angeles Times
“A tale surging with action, intrigue and love . . . a huge cast . . . vast and dramatic . . . stunning . . . savage . . . beautiful . . . an extraordinary performance.”—Publishers Weekly
“Exciting, totally absorbing...be prepared for late nights, meals unlasting, buisness unattended.”—Philadelphia Inquirer
Picking up where Fall of Giants, the first novel in the extraordinary Century Trilogy, left off, Winter of the World follows its five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—through a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the great dramas of World War II, and into the beginning of the long Cold War.
Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until daring to commit a deed of great courage and heartbreak . . . . American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific . . . . English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism . . . . Daisy Peshkov, a driven social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set until war transforms her life, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war but also the war to come.
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Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her... and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.
Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite--or forever doom--her timeless love.
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A thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge set against the nineteenth-century American frontier, the astonishing story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass
The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company’s finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out, crawling at first, across hundreds of miles of uncharted American frontier. Based on a true story, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.
In Fall of Giants and Winter of the World, Ken Follett followed the fortunes of five international families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they made their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements, and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution—and rock and roll.
East German teacher Rebecca Hoffmann discovers she’s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for the rest of their lives. . . . George Jakes, the child of a mixed-race couple, bypasses a corporate law career to join Robert F. Kennedy's Justice Department and finds himself in the middle of not only the seminal events of the civil rights battle but a much more personal battle of his own. . . . Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a senator, jumps at the chance to do some official and unofficial espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is a much more dangerous place than he'd imagined. . . . Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Nikita Khrushchev, becomes an agent both for good and for ill as the United States and the Soviet Union race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister, Tanya, carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw—and into history.
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Features a preview of the much-anticipated new Outlander novel, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood!
Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations . . . or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the death of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge. But when the time-traveling Comte St. Germain learns of Joan’s presence in Paris, and of her link to Claire Fraser—La Dame Blanche—Murray is drawn into a battle whose stakes are not merely the life but the very soul of the Scotswoman who, without even trying, has won his heart.
Praise for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series
“A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries].”—CNN, on The Fiery Cross
“History comes deliciously alive on the page.”—New York Daily News, on Outlander
“Abounds with Gabaldon’s sexy combination of humor, wild adventure and, underlying it all, the redemptive power of true love.”—The Dallas Morning News, on The Fiery Cross
“Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves.”—The Arizona Republic, on Dragonfly in Amber
“Wonderful . . . This is escapist historical fiction at its best.”—San Antonio Express-News, on Drums of Autumn
At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward, his son, reigns as king. Wessex survives, but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will not rest until the emerald crown is theirs.
Uhtred, once Alfred’s great warrior but now out of favor with the new king, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home, that great Northumbrian fortress, Bebbanburg.
In The Pagan Lord, loyalties will be divided and men will fall, as every Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle yet with the Danes: a war that will decide the fate of every king, and the entire British nation.
Someone would see Ilsabeth Murray Armstrong hang for murder.
When her dagger is found buried in the body of one of the king's men, there is little room for doubt--the perpetrator must pay with her life. But Ilsabeth is no killer, and only one person can help clear her name: Sir Simon Innes, a man so steely and cool that no danger can rattle him. . .and no woman in distress can sway his heart.
Until now. Simon has spent his life searching for truth in a world fraught with deception. But the hauntingly beautiful fugitive seeking his aid affects him so deeply, he wonders if he can trust the flawless judgment he has always relied on. For all signs point to Ilsabeth's guilt, except one--the unparalleled desire he feels at her slightest touch. . .
Praise for Hannah Howell and her Highland novels. . .
"Few authors portray the Scottish highlands as lovingly or colorfully as Hannah Howell." --Publishers Weekly
"Expert storyteller Howell pens another Highland winner." --Romantic Times
For twenty years, Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the mysteries of Scotland’s mist-shrouded Highlands.
Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as shocking as the events that gave it birth: the secret of an ancient circle of standing stones, the secret of a love that transcends centuries, and the truth of a man named Jamie Fraser—a Highland warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.
Claire’s spellbinding journey continues through the intrigue-ridden French court and the menace of Jacobite plots, to the Highlands of Scotland, through war and death in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s Voyager.
Praise for Dragonfly in Amber
“Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves.”—The Arizona Republic
“A triumph! A powerful tale layered in history and myth. I loved every page.”—Nora Roberts
“Compulsively readable.”—Publishers Weekly
In Sackett, Louis L’Amour introduces readers to a wandering man with a desire to settle down and build a good life.
Hard circumstances have made William Tell Sackett a drifter, but now he hungers for a place he can’t name yet knows he has to find. South of the Tetons he comes upon a ghost of a trail that leads him through a keyhole pass into a lonely, alien, yet beautiful valley—a valley that holds a fortune in gold.
Then he finds an even greater treasure: beautiful Ange Kerry, a courageous and resourceful woman. Yet the harsh ways it takes to preserve his claim and his life could be the one thing that drives Ange away forever.
The Good Earth is Buck’s classic story of Wang Lung, a Chinese peasant farmer, and his wife, O-lan, a former slave. With luck and hard work, the couple’s fortunes improve over the years: They are blessed with sons, and save steadily until one day they can afford to buy property in the House of Wang—the very house in which O-lan used to work. But success brings with it a new set of problems. Wang soon finds himself the target of jealousy, and as good harvests come and go, so does the social order. Will Wang’s family cherish the estate after he’s gone? And can his material success, the bedrock of his life, guarantee anything about his soul? Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the William Dean Howells Award, The Good Earth was an Oprah’s Book Club choice in 2004. A readers’ favorite for generations, this powerful and beautifully written fable resonates with universal themes of hope and family unity. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author’s estate.
He left the West at the age of seventeen, leaving behind a rootless past and a bloody trail of violence. In the East he became one of the wealthiest financiers in America—and one of the most feared and hated.
Now, suffering from incurable cancer, he has come back to New Mexico to die alone. But when an all-out range war erupts, Flint chooses to help Nancy Kerrigan, a local rancher. A cold-eyed speculator is setting up the land swindle of a lifetime, and Buckdun, a notorious assassin, is there to back his play.
Flint alone can help Nancy save her ranch…with his cash, his connections—and his gun. He still has his legendary will to fight. All he needs is time, and that’s fast running out….
A captivating return to the world Diana Gabaldon created in her Outlander and Lord John series, The Scottish Prisoner is a masterpiece of epic history, wicked deceit, and scores that can only be settled in blood.
London, 1760. For Jamie Fraser, paroled prisoner-of-war, life is coming apart at the seams. In the remote Lake District, where he’s close enough to the son he cannot claim as his own, Jamie’s quiet existence is interrupted first by dreams of his lost wife, then by the appearance of an erstwhile comrade still fighting to rally the Irish. But Jamie has sworn off politics, fighting, and war. Until Lord John Grey shows up with a summons that will take him away from everything he loves—again. Lord John is in possession of explosive documents that expose a damning case of corruption against a British officer. But they also hint at a more insidious danger. Soon Lord John and Jamie are unwilling companions on the road to Ireland, a country whose dark castles hold dreadful secrets, and whose bogs hide the bones of the dead.
Praise for The Scottish Prisoner
“Call it what you will—historical adventure, conspiracy thriller—it’s an engrossing story, masterfully paced, with exciting plot twists, swift reversals, and robust characterizations.”—The Globe and Mail
“As always, Gabaldon goes above and beyond. . . . If you love historical fiction, this book could be a good entrance point into the Outlander world.”—Bookreporter
This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms.
The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex (Alfred’s kingdom and the last territory in English hands) Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane. He certainly has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery, yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred, he is finally forced to choose sides. By now he is a young man, in love, trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall. Above all, though, he wishes to recover his father’s land, the enchanting fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea.
This thrilling adventure—based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell’s ancestors—depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England, an assault that came very close to destroying England.