· David Gaughran
25 reviews

About this ebook

Lee Christmas gets drunk and falls asleep at the throttle of his locomotive, plowing straight into an oncoming train. Blacklisted from the railroad and his marriage in tatters, he flees New Orleans on a steamer bound for the tropics.

In Honduras, he begins a quiet new life. But trouble has a way of finding Christmas. With unrest sweeping the countryside, he’s kidnapped by bandits. Soon, he finds himself taking sides in an all-out civil war–as leader of the rebellion.

MERCENARY is the story of the USA’s most famous soldier of fortune: the hard-drinking drifter who changed the fate of a nation.

Praise for MERCENARY:

“Highly recommended to readers of adventure fiction and history, as well as anyone interested in American adventurism and meddling in Latin America.” - Michael Wallace, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author.

“Lee Christmas led a roaring life on and off the battlefield. Gaughran's great, fast-paced read keeps you right alongside all his exploits.” - Richard Sutton, author of The Red Gate.

Keywords: Historical fiction | Literary fiction |  Biographical fiction | Adventure novel | Central America | Latin America | Honduras | New Orleans | Lee Christmas | History

Ratings and reviews

25 reviews
Michael Multerer
August 17, 2020
Not too often you read about a real rouser. Christmas is such a character. A man of many talents yet common as any neer-do-well. A realistic portrait brought to life by an excellent story teller.
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Karen Stephens
June 10, 2020
It didn't have me spellbound but I really enjoyed the book. I learnt about countries I hardly knew of. I now know where they are and some history concerning them. Well worth reading.
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June 26, 2020
History is fascinating for its twists and turns and the life described in this book does not lack any of them. I praise the choice of narration style, which is more historical novel than biography. It gives a fuller picture of a man certainly larger than life without diminishing the biographical value of this work. I recommend reading this story to those interested in history of the Americas.
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About the author

David M. Gaughran is Irish but lives in Portugal these days, somewhere north of Lisbon in a little fishing village. He is the author of several historical adventures like Liberty Boy, Mercenary, and A Storm Hits Valparaiso, as well as a number of books for authors and science fiction stories under another name. Visit to get a free book.

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