“At War with Mars” by Jim Fuxa is a historical fiction novel that takes place in 17th Century Europe around the time of the Thirty Years War. The story is narrated for the most part by Giovanni Battista Senno, a strappy servant boy who uses his quick wit and determination to not only survive this tumultuous time period, but to rise high above his station.
“Nuclear Option” by Dorothy Van Soest is an exciting suspense thriller wrapped around historical events surrounding early testing of nuclear bombs, the nuclear disarmament movement of the 1980s and the ongoing issues surrounding nuclear technology in today’s volatile atmosphere.
The Last Settlement” by E.W. Bonadio is a fantastic story set during the tenth century in England. This was a period when religions were clashing as Christianity tried to take over the area. A pagan village is forced to flee their land when Viking marauders attack.
“In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow” is set in Hiroshima during WWII before and leading up to the deployment of the first atomic bomb. It’s a bittersweet tale of love, loss, and the ultimate sacrifice as unimaginable devastation alters Japan, and the world forever.
A captivating adventure story set at the end of the civil war that partially uncovers the anguish, sorrow, hatred, and futility of that period.
If you liked Downton Abby, “Browning House” by Lucia Cascioli will appeal to you because of the lovely English tone; however, the reality of life in those years is a harsh background. Beginning in London in 1553, the Browning’s first child, a son, is born. The closeness of the family brings a measure of safety and comfort to the home, as well as friends and the surrounding community. I believe it is an important point in “Browning House” that such a dedicated family makes a difference for many people in hard times.
In this novel, Leonide Martin sets out to tell the story of a young woman whose clairvoyant abilities have shown promise to a future calling for the Priestess she admires. Soon she learns that there is more to her calling than what she has envisioned. Readers are brought along for a journey filled with every imaginable emotion in the course of a heroine’s lifetime. As a result, a world that is stunningly beautiful and complete without ours—but intractably connected—surges through the pages of the book.
From the George Orwell quote in the beginning of the book, through the last chapter and post script, “The White Death” by Arthur Penn is a novel has hold of the reader’s attention. Stories of individuals who are preparing for war and others who are denying that war is upon them thread through historical descriptions of impending disaster. Increasing tension from the Germans at every level makes life more and more difficult, until the Nazi army threat can no longer be denied, while the Russian government is mired in politics and appears cowardly and badly run.
In “City of Stones” by Christopher Valen and Dan Cohen, American troops have just been deployed to fight a communist regime in Korea in the 1950's. Organized crime and the evils associated with it are so terrible that the United States Government has convened a special commission dedicated to neutralizing or halting its deadly grip. Wild spread political corruption, blackmail, and crime has saturated the country, but particularly in the mid-Western city of Minneapolis; currently the most anti-Semitic city in the country! These are bad times!