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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.

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

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.

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 18:54:22 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
Len Deighton's "SS-GB" also envisages a war in which Germany defeated the U.K.

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

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 recent.ly as it was the Kindle deal of the day...briefly started but haven't got into this one quite yet

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 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.

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
SteveP says:
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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.

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

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

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 00:38:29 GMT
Anita says:
It's an alternative history book, *some* time travel included (so goes for science fiction, I suppose), but a really good one:

The Proteus Operation

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 00:38:38 GMT
Does World War II count as "historical," or is it its own category? Or would we call Atonement historical and The Guns of Navarone a war novel?

Another great historical novel: I Claudius by Robert Graves. Spellbinding.

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 08:22:35 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
I don't see why "World War II" shouldn't be regarded as historical, although historical fiction as a genre tends to cover earlier times. Quite interesting actually to compare the two books you mentioned. "Atonement" is written by someone writing about a past generation; most of the events covered occurring before the author (and certainly most of the readers) were born. "Navarone" was written in the 1950s, barely a decade after the fictional events occurred, when the author and most of the readers would have had personal experience of the period in which the book is set. I think that may be one of the aspects in determining what makes an "historical" novel. To me, it's someone writing about a period of which they have no personal experience.
Agree with you wholeheartedly about "I Claudius" - one of the greatest historical novels ever written.

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 08:40:22 GMT
B J Burton says:
This one isn't fiction; it's William Craig's account of the German struggle to take Stalingrad in WWII. It includes a description of the duel between two snipers on which the Jude Law film was based.
Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad (Penguin Classic Military History)

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 11:36:52 GMT
SteveP says:
Hi Dale, maybeI should explain a bit more and then perhaps I won't be 'ignored'! I was a sniper instructor in the British Army and also completed a US Army sniper course. There is a description of the courses in my book 'One Heartbeat a Minute' and a few scenes where sniping takes place in the story. As you asked for books with snipers in, here you go!

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 16:21:32 GMT
S Riaz says:
It was the self promotion that was objected to Craig, not your book as such (self promotion of kindle books has been banned by Amazon unless on the Meet Our Authors forum). At least it was relevant to the discussion, most are not!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 18:15:38 GMT
And the TV series was brilliant too.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 18:17:58 GMT
I think, but can't be sure, that there is a period after which the term historical can apply. But I don't know how long - perhaps 50 years?

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 09:30:41 GMT
Anyone know of any books set in WW1?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2012 10:14:08 GMT
sam75 says:
M C Scott, Simon Scarrow, Conn Iggulden and Anthony Riches are just a few

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 11:32:21 GMT
S Riaz says:
@ lovereading, I really enjoyed The Blasphemer which is set in WWI and the modern day. Pat Barker is an author who has set many books in that period. My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You is another one I really liked. The first in Ken Follett's trilogy Fall of Giants is set around and during that time period. Non fiction The Great Silence: 1918-1920 Living in the Shadow of the Great War is a great book, about the aftermath of the great war. Singled Out: is a look at the impact the war had on women at home.

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 14:56:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2012 15:01:05 GMT
"The Rites Of Spring" by Modris Eckstein may be the best book on WWI I have ever read. Non-fiction, but superb.
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