February 28, 2023

The Prophet and the Warrior: A Fictional History of Moses and Joshua

Most people, even those who aren’t religious, are familiar with Moses and the parting of the Red Sea. Moses’ successor Joshua is known for the Battle of Jericho and how the walls came tumbling down. Richard H. Grabmeier’s curiosity about these pivotal biblical figures led him to write The Prophet and The Warrior, a work […]


February 21, 2023

The Johnson Place: A Rappahannock County Story

This strangely constructed book starts off as historical fiction based on actual events, mixes in courtroom drama, family lore and passages that hint of travel brochure. The strongest of these segments are the first two, filled with well-told tales of fierce rivalries, plots, love affairs, and deaths, all involving characters taken from real life.

Opening […]


January 24, 2023

The Caligula Curse

Author Andrei Kozyrev, who served as Foreign Minister of Russia from 1990 to 1996, brings his experience to bear in The Caligula Curse, a novel about a deep-seated conspiracy running through Russia’s past and into the story’s present.

American doctor Pat flies to Russia as part of a humanitarian effort and, in making friends, falls […]


December 13, 2022

The Hollander: Forbidden Love in Feudal Japan

Dan Westerlin’s historical novel peers into an isolated Japan and the closing years of the Dutch colony of Dejima.

In 1851, ambitious young Hendrik de Wolfe marries his boss’s daughter and is appointed overseer of Dejima, the Dutch trading post outside Nagasaki that has for two centuries been Europe’s only contact with Japan. Tensions run […]


December 6, 2022

Stormfront: Book One of the Stormsong Trilogy

The first installment in Stephen A. Reger’s Stormsong trilogy is a sweeping historical fantasy set in Central Europe in 1618, at the beginning of the Thirty Years’ War.

Although the Holy Roman Empire is ruled by an aging, childless Emperor Matthias, the real power for the last several centuries has been the influential von Stormsong […]


December 6, 2022

Roy’s Daughters in an Age of Despots

Two sisters’ lives take diverging paths in this short historical novel set in the early 1960’s.

Sarah and Rita Sanders have been brought up in San Francisco, largely by their mother, while their father, Roy, does confidential work for the State Department. When the story opens, the sisters are coming of age in a period […]


November 22, 2022

The Chronicles of Iona: Cradle of Saints

Paula de Fougerolles’s Cradle of Saints is the fourth installment to her highly ambitious The Chronicles of Iona series set in sixth-century Ireland, Scotland and England.

Fougerolles is an accomplished scholar specializing in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic history. Her expertise shines through every sentence of this story.

The book jumps right into the action previously […]


November 15, 2022

The Persian Glories

This historical novel pits its protagonists against a relentless villain out to possess a priceless jewelry set at any cost.

The book opens with the pivotal moment in 1942 when Rena Anjani, young wife of the prime minister of Iran, attends a royal ball and lays eyes on the Persian Glories, a legendary parure of […]


November 15, 2022

Leon the Warrior Dog

Beat, a shepherd, and his dog Leon join the Roman army and attempt to fight off a Goth invasion in this short historical novel set in 313 A.D.

When a soldier asks Beat to join the army, Beat challenges the soldier to attack him with his sword. If the soldier can’t hit him, Beat says […]


November 8, 2022

Where Destiny Commands: 1939-1945 A Time of Love and War

A meticulously researched chronicle of her parents’ fateful meeting and subsequent romance amid the horrors of WWII, Leila Sen’s debut novel blends memoir and historical fiction.

The story is initially set in 2002, a few months after Sen has scattered her parents’ ashes. Her visit to their home in San Francisco, the beloved house—filled with […]