Historical Thrillers

The Insane Train by Sheldon Russell

While researching headlines at the historical society, award-winning author Sheldon Russell discovered all the elements for a mystery. In the early 1900s, an Oklahoma mental institution burned to the ground, killing several patients. Having nowhere else to go, the survivors were moved by train to a former military post that had been given to the state. The Insane Train (St. Martin’s Minotaur), the second installment in the Hook Runyon mystery series, launches Nov. 9, 2010.
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Blood Prophecy by Stefan Petrucha

By L. Dean Murphy

In Blood Prophecy, by Stefan Petrucha, sixteenth Century Puritan farmer Jeremiah Fall is turned into a vampire-like creature when his father disturbs a burial mound. Fall wants to destroy himself, but his grandfather convinces him his mind can be his salvation. He endeavors to find a way to return to being human. Legend of a cure takes him to Napoleon-occupied Egypt. There he uncovers an ancient obsidian stone that could be a cure for himself—or final curse for mankind.
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Baker Street Irregular by Jon Lellenberg

By Michael Parker

I caught up with Jon Lellenberg one Sunday morning. He was about to enjoy an autumnal day in Chicago, while I was coming to the end of an autumnal day on the Mediterranean coast in Spain; thousands of miles apart, but sharing the same season. What we also shared was a discerning chat about Jon’s writing, his interests and just a tiny bit about his family. The reason I called Jon was to talk about his first thriller, BAKER STREET IRREGULAR.  
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The Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury

the-templar-salvation.jpgBy Aaron Brown

The first pairing of FBI Agent Sean Reilly and archaeologist Tess Chaykin in Raymond Khoury’s The Last Templar spent 11 weeks on the hardcover New York Times Bestseller list and was a Number 1 bestseller overseas.  It has been translated into thirty-eight languages, published in over forty countries, and became the basis for a television mini-series.
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The Gentleman Poet by Kathryn Johnson

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The Gentleman Poet: A Novel of Love, Danger, and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” by multi-published author Kathryn Johnson has garnered rave reviews:

“The Gentleman Poet is the best kind of historical novel–well researched, beautifully written, and wildly entertaining.” Daniel Stashower, Author of The Beautiful Cigar Girl
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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

fall-of-giants.JPGIn Thrillermaster Ken Follett’s highly anticipated new novel, Fall of Giants, thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man’s world in the Welsh mining pits…Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House…two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution…
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The De Valera Deception by Michael and Patrick McMenamin

By Keith Raffel

the-devalera-deception.jpgdebut-author.jpgRecently, I sat down with the father and son writing team of Michael and Patrick McMenamin to talk about their debut novel, The De Valera Deception.

How did you come up with the idea of The De Valera Deception?

MICHAEL: I’m a Winston Churchill biographer and scholar, and I’ve always had an interest in Irish history as well. Patrick is a Phi Beta Kappa history major who specialized in 19th and 20th century European history, so we both have an interest in the period where our thrillers occur.
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The Pericles Commission by Gary Corby

by Gary Corby

pericles-commission.jpgdebut-author.jpgBack in 461BC, in a city called Athens, the people decided that they could do a better job of running things than any group of privileged wealthy.  So they started a system where everyone got a vote.  It was the world’s first democracy, and at that moment, western civilization began.
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The Detroit Electric Scheme by D.E. Johnson

By Brett King

the-detroit-electric-scheme.JPGdebut-author.jpgCompelling from the beginning, D. E. Johnson opens his debut novel with the discovery of a grisly homicide.  Will Anderson, the protagonist of The Detroit Electric Scheme is a man haunted with a dark and vivid past who manages a department in his father’s electric car company.
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The Last Free Men by Jack Everett & David Coles

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Jack Everett and David Coles would like to dedicate their novel, The Last Free Men, to the last men who offered resistance to the might of Rome in ancient Scotland during the second century.  In their historical thriller, the hero is half-Roman, half-Briton, and used as a spy by the Romans.  He is wrongly accused of murder.  Escaping from a lead mine, he is aided by Druids to reach Scotland.  Here he plots to bring about the destruction of the Roman legions.
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The Scorpion’s Bite by Aileen G. Baron

the-scorpians-bite.jpgIn Aileen G. Baron’s The Scorpion’s Bite, it is 1943 and the world is at war. Archaeologist Lily Sampson has been sent to Trans-Jordan, to do an archaeological survey for the OSS, along with Gideon Weil, the famous director of the American School of Archeology in Jerusalem, in the beautiful, silent, Trans-Jordanian desert where the indelible presence of Lawrence of Arabia still lingers.
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The Moses Expedition by Juan Gómez-Jurado

the-moses-expedition.jpgBy J. H. Bográn

The Ten Commandments, even if not accepted as God’s word by some people, are still accepted as general guidelines for decent behavior in any society. Always one of the Sunday school favorites: Moses coming down from Mount Sinai with the Decalogue tablets, then destroying them upon finding the people of Israel worshipping a Golden Calf. The remains were gathered inside what is known as The Ark of the Covenant, since lost in the realms of History.
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People of the Longhouse by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear

people-of-the-longhouse.JPGby L. Dean Murphy

With their forty-eighth novel, titled People of the LonghouseKathleen and Michael Gear introduce the new “Iroquois series,” following New York Times bestselling People of the Thunder, of which Booklist said the “bestselling authors continue their superbly researched and rendered North America’s Forgotten Past series.” Morning River was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, and the National Book Award. Michael and Kathleen are currently writing another prehistory novel set at Moundville, Alabama in the 1300s.
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The Pharos Objective by David Sakmyster

the-pharos-objective.jpgBy Aaron Brown

In 1979, a scientific study tested whether psychics could actually “remote-view” the location of Cleopatra’s lost palace.  Amazingly, they succeeded.

Inspired by this incredible true story, David Sakmyster created The Morpheus Initiative, an exciting new team of psychic archaeologists who seek out the world’s most enduring historical mysteries and mystical artifacts.  The first book in a new series, The Pharos Objective, has the team pursuing the fabled treasure of Alexander the Great beneath the ruins of the Pharos Lighthouse, while contending with diabolical traps and an ancient society called “The Keepers”.
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The Oath by Michael Jecks

the-oath.JPGIn Michael Jecks’s The Oath, it’s 1306, and King Edward II is forced to flee London when his own wife lands with an army to oust him. He must run to Wales to escape her clutches, but as he goes, his kingdom falls apart, riven by fear of civil war. And when a squire is found murdered, his shocking story gradually comes to light. It is a dangerous time for Sir Baldwin de Furnshill to try to seek the murderer, and he must tread a dangerous path between King and Queen to uncover the killer.
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