Historically Based Fiction

Derek Haines

Joel Thimell

Joel Thimell

22 December at 04:26

Reviewers of "Long Road Out of Ur" call it "a vivid trek through that ancient world (of Sumer)" and "well-researched historically."



27 June at 11:19

A touch of modern historical fiction:

A look back. Without the rose-tinted spectacles, but with hindsight and humour, and with poignancy and affection.

1978. The North.

Phillip sees life in a simplistic if passionate way: up or down, us and them, black, white and nothing in-between. When not doing his ‘thing’ in Wigan’s Casino Club – voted ‘The Greatest Disco in the World’ by Time Magazine – Phillip hates the world. Or at least he thinks he does. He longs for the weekend, or a greater, permanent escape from the daily grind of factory life in an industrial town.

With a little imagination, he might realise things midweek aren’t that bad: there’s the loving family, the secure job amid mass unemployment, a relationship with the perfect young woman… Or maybe he realises too late. And all he’d deemed important was only ever an illusion, his reflected image included.

Coming full circle by way of loss and more loss, you would hope lessons are learned…

The book progresses through myriad dream sequences, interwoven song-themes, a father’s philosophical ramblings, ever blackening wit, leitmotif – or seemingly recurring scenes; is someone laughing at our hero? And Phillip’s own, lyrical, strut-like, black or white manner.

Dancehall adventures via train rides to Heaven, scooter cruising almost coast to coast. Beneath the pier encounters with the opposite sex, et al… set against the birth of Scargill and Thatcher feuding…

Jeffrey Perren

Jeffrey Perren

8 January at 19:14

A maritime archaeologist raises a medieval monastery span from the mud of the River Shannon, sunken for 1,200 years... and finds it perfectly preserved.

What could account for this astounding longevity? Why are his colleagues and the Church so desperate to prevent him learning the secret? And why is his consummate lover his greatest enemy?

Griffin Clonmac will go through hell to find out.

He won’t go alone. Inspired by a real discovery, Clonmac’s Bridge shifts between contemporary times and 9th century Ireland. It tells the story of two men who struggle against envy and mediocrity — a millennium apart — aided only by a loyal helpmate and an unconquerable will. http://www.amazon.com/Clonmacs-Bridge-archeological-Jeffrey-Perren-ebook/dp/B00J4NE8DE/

Todd Weyland

Todd Weyland

12 December at 19:58

FBI agent Timothy McKeene races against time to save thousands of lives after Islamic terrorists uncover a deadly Nazi secret hidden in the forests of Argentina. BEYOND ODESSA offers a fresh spin on the Nazi ODESSA conspiracy implemented in the waning days of the Second World War. It's an old-fashioned good vs. evil story with lots of action and even a little romance. The plot is woven into actual historical events. Reader feedback is very positive with many asking when the movie is coming out.

T.J. Wiltshire

T.J. Wiltshire

10 December at 19:30

'Born Broken: The Mistakes That Medicine Made'

There have always been people who are different. Whether it is their sexuality, mental health, or their way of experiencing the world. Throughout history, perceptions of abnormality have changed for the better (much like fashion, though that hasn't improved all that much so that's probably a bad comparison - horrible fashion seems to be cyclical, much like the negative attitudes towards difference).

There are still battles to be won, but on the whole, attitudes and treatment have improved. The aim of this collection is to represent the misunderstood and challenge those who hold prejudice. They are set in different decades to show improvement of treatment, however minor. In these stories, the most important message is for those who can relate to the characters and/or situations and for you to know that things have gotten better, and will continue to get better still.

DC Mahoney

DC Mahoney

28 November at 14:33

In 1939 Carl Coles, a mid twenties merchant seaman, happens across a young waitress in Nova Scotia whilst he docked and so begins a love story that will last into eternity whilst being tested by Nazi Germany, The Soviet Union, and an Intelligence community that puts one man’s loyalties to the true test. Coles joins up with the Royal Navy at the outbreak of war and shows an aptitude for leadership and espionage. As he grows so does his position within the British Services. Colonel of a secret army on black ops, agent for a fledgling MI6 and, finally, father of two daughters, one of whom rises to the head of MI5 herself.

This is historical fiction at its best, written as if the author himself had lived the story, but it spans a sixty year period of history with effortless aplomb. From the outbreak and subsequent adventures during World War II, the relative infancy of the Secret Intelligence Service that would become MI6, espionage with no technology, the training and creation of the CIA, and the Canadian equivalent, are all included to give even the most avid spy thriller fan something to get their teeth into.

The landscapes of Canada and the war torn descriptions of Dover, the way people just got on with their lives, and the feel Mahoney gives you about war are reminiscent of the stories I grew up listening to at the knee of my Grandfather, the action is exciting and edge of seats stuff yet wholly believable, but it is the characters Mahoney has created that really show this novel off as something more than a war book. I found myself rooting for Carl Coles throughout the book. I cried with him, I laughed with him, I fell in love with him. Maureen, the love of his life, and her commitment to the man she had never even been on a proper date with was romance at its best.

The entire sixty year adventure is worth a read on its own, but with the human elements that DC Mahoney has added to Ageless Spy, this really is a book that I doubt will ever beaten in its genre.

Roy A Higgins

Roy A Higgins

6 September at 15:17

Satan's Whiskers is a modern historical novel set in 1964. Although it's murder mystery the times are portrayed with real people and world events.



R.A. McCandless

R.A. McCandless

29 May at 20:34

People think they want to meet an angel, but they really don’t. The awful truth is that meeting an angel is the scariest, most life-altering moment of any mortal’s short existence. Angels have always had their voices raised in songs of praise and their wings dipped in rivers of blood. When the Throne needs a mortal slain, or an army felled, an angel is sent. When a city or nation needs to be leveled, and the ground sown with salt for a thousand years, an angel is the destroyer.


Deby Adair

Deby Adair

14 July at 07:47

Well then, the question begs - what, really, is an 'Angel'?

James Conroyd Martin

James Conroyd Martin

17 May at 18:09

Novels based on real historical personages ring true with depth and color.

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