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Posted on 2 Dec 2012 00:29:26 GMT
Roma says:
cj sansom,s novels are well written and very enjoyable.

Posted on 1 Dec 2012 20:41:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Dec 2012 20:46:38 GMT
S Riaz says:
I found this one The Master Sniper which is also set in WWII. The author has a whole series of sniper books, although The Master Sniper is a stand alone. Point Of Impact is the first in his series.
Bit of a stretch, but I really enjoyed 11.22.63, about a man who goes back in time to try to stop the assassination of JFK

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2012 17:35:43 GMT
LEP says:
The only "sniper" book I know of is Frederick Forsyth's Day of the Jackel.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2012 19:30:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Nov 2012 19:31:16 GMT
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Posted on 28 Nov 2012 15:07:23 GMT
I can't think of better historical novels than Spartacus by Arthur Koestler, And The Egyptian by Mika Waltari.

Also see The Gripping Beast by Torgeir Hansson, my own Norse novel about the Medieval slave trade.

Posted on 28 Nov 2012 12:46:24 GMT
S Riaz says:
Dominion is also an alternative WWII novel. If you do like books set in that period, I would recommend The Warsaw Anagrams, Berlin Noir ('March Violets', 'The Pale Criminal' and 'A German Requiem') (Penguin Crime/Mystery), Zoo Station, Lumen (Captain Martin Bora Mysteries), The Quiet Twin, Mayhem, Black Out (Frederick Troy 1).

Posted on 28 Nov 2012 12:07:26 GMT
pargypu says:
I really enjoyed The Paris Wife - about Earnest Hemmingway's first wife, it's so so well written and researched. I will re-read this very soon.

Also, I bought VIII as it was the Kindle deal of the day...briefly started but haven't got into this one quite yet

Posted on 26 Nov 2012 20:32:01 GMT
The Smoke by Tony Broadbent 1947 cockney cat burglar enlisted by MI5 to catch a Russian spy

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2012 18:54:22 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
Len Deighton's "SS-GB" also envisages a war in which Germany defeated the U.K.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2012 17:57:09 GMT
LEP says:
If you like 2nd war-set books try:
Alistair MacLean's books
Claire Francis - Night Sky; Wolf Winter

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2012 17:43:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Nov 2012 17:50:34 GMT
LEP says:
Do you only want alternative history? Or will you settle for more 'normal' historical fiction i.e. fiction set in an historical period.

If your willing to have a go at the latter, try the Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell set in the Napolean Wars period (roughly 1795 - 1815). Sharpe is an ordinary enlisted soldier who rises to officer rank and is in charge a small group of elite soldiers of the 95th Rifles. Apart from this series, Cornwell has written loads of other historical novels.

Posted on 26 Nov 2012 10:41:25 GMT
Fiona Hurley says:
There are a number of "alternative history" books where the Nazis won WW2, the most famous being:
The Man in the High Castle (Penguin Modern Classics) by Philip K. Dick
Fatherland by Robert Harris

Initial post: 26 Nov 2012 09:20:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Nov 2012 09:20:42 GMT
J. Dale says:
I've just finishing reading The Reichsbank Robbery on kindle, which i really enjoyed. It provided an exciting alternative history to what could have happened to all of the Nazi's riches at the end of the war. This is the first time i've read historical fiction, as the two words combined sounded slightly dubious, but am already on to my next one, Coming Home. It's too early to comment on that one!

Does anybody have any other recommendations for historical fiction? I'm open to anything, but would love a good read about a sniper, as I always find them quite fascinating.
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