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A Prophet Without Honor: A Novel of Alternative History

By Joseph Wurtenbaugh

Independently published
Paperback (423 pages)

A Prophet Without Honor: A Novel of Alternative History
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In the first months of 1936, Adolph Hitler risked everything by ordering his small, raw military to reoccupy the Rhineland. It was a colossal bluff. German forces would have been forced to retreat if the French or British had offered the slightest opposition. But the bluff succeeded. History changed decisively. Hitler quieted the restless oppositon at home, and marched the world relentlessly on, to the edge of destruction and beyond. In this immersive, compulsively readable, epistolary novel, Joseph Wurtenbaugh examines in fascinating detail the alternative course history might have taken had the Western powers been more alert. A Prophet Without Honor is a rich, compelling story full of suspense, intrigue, romance, and action, ending with the grim reckoning that Adolph Hitler might have faced, had actual events taken a different course. It is a ringing endorsement of the importance of honor and the enduring power of simple good will - even when the personal cost of honor seems appallingly high and the good will ignored and forgotten. Meticulously researched and documented, the story blends fact and conjecture so seamlessly and realistically. that it takes an effort of will at the end to recall that it recounts an alternative history. A Prophet Without Honor is an experience that no reader will ever forget.

The United States Of Vinland: The Landing (The Markland Settlement Saga Book 1)

By Colin Taber

Thought Stream Creative Services
Released: 2013-03-08
Kindle Edition (306 pages)

The United States Of Vinland: The Landing (The Markland Settlement Saga Book 1)
 
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What if?

What if the descendants of the Vikings who settled Greenland and went on to reach North America around the end of the first millennium had stayed?

Five hundred years later, would Christopher Columbus have arrived to the south of an eastern seaboard dotted with centuries old settlements and towns hosting devotees to Thor and Odin?

Might the Norse have gone on to build a nation as dominant as the United States of our own world?

A thousand years after reaching Greenland, Vinland and Markland, would we still have had two world wars? What might the world look like? Where might the political and religious divides be drawn?

Welcome to Norse America.

***

At the turn of the first millennium:

Eskil, orphaned in war, but now a man, is leading his followers to found a settlement dedicated to Asgard’s gods in the newly discovered lands in the west. There, after tests, adventures and challenges, he will leave a legacy that will grow to become the strongest nation the world has ever seen.

The Landing is the first book in The United States of Vinland series and is an alternate history that begins the saga with the establishment of the first Markland halls.

Join us as we rewrite 1000 years of history.

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The Markland Settlement Trilogy (including separately published short stories) reading order:

The United States Of Vinland (USV#1): The Landing
A Short Tale From Norse America (ASTFNA#1): Young Ravens & Hidden Blades
The United States Of Vinland (USV#2): Red Winter
A Short Tale From Norse America (ASTFNA#2): Old Gods (written with permission by L.E. Sheppard)
The United States Of Vinland (USV#3): Loki's Rage (2015)

Black Chamber (A Novel of an Alternate World War)

By S. M. Stirling

Ace
Released: 2018-07-03
Paperback (400 pages)

Black Chamber (A Novel of an Alternate World War)
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The first novel in a brand-new alternate history series where Teddy Roosevelt is president for a second time right before WWI breaks out, and on his side is the Black Chamber, a secret spy network watching America's back.

1916. The Great War rages overseas, and the whole of Europe, Africa, and western Asia is falling to the Central Powers. To win a war that must be won, Teddy Roosevelt, once again the American president, turns to his top secret Black Chamber organization--and its cunning and deadly spy, Luz O'Malley Aróstegui.

On a transatlantic airship voyage, Luz poses as an anti-American Mexican revolutionary to get close--very close--to a German agent code-named Imperial Sword. She'll need every skill at her disposal to get him to trust her and lead her deep into enemy territory. In the mountains of Saxony, concealed from allied eyes, the German Reich's plans for keeping the U.S. from entering the conflict are revealed: the deployment of a new diabolical weapon upon the shores of America...

THE KNIGHT'S GAMBIT: The Alternate History Novel of the Battleship TIRPITZ and Convoy PQ17. (The Malta Fulcrum WW2 Alternate History Series)

By Scott Ward

Independently published
Paperback (449 pages)

THE KNIGHT S GAMBIT: The Alternate History Novel of the Battleship TIRPITZ and Convoy PQ17. (The Malta Fulcrum WW2 Alternate History Series)
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"THE KNIGHT'S GAMBIT" is the alternate history novel of the German battleship Tirpitz, Allied convoy PQ17 and the Battle of Bear Island. In Book 1 of the Malta Fulcrum Alternate History Series, "OPERATION HERKULES", the Axis powers have seized the Mediterranean island of Malta in a daring airborne operation, mauling the British Royal Navy in the process. With his supply lines secured, Field Marshall Rommel and his famed Afrika Korp set their sights on Cairo and the Suez Canal in Egypt. Now the western Allies are determined to avenge the Malta defeat and recapture the strategic initiative by delivering desperately needed Lend-Lease supplies to the Soviet Union with convoy PQ17. The Germans are just as determined to stop them. Tirpitz sails to destroy the convoy. But the Allied battleships HMS Duke of York and USS Washington have set a trap for Tirpitz, and the men and ships of PQ17 are the bait! The chessboard is set for the largest fleet action of the European war!

THE GATES OF VICTORY: The Alternate History Novel of The Battle of El Alamein (The Malta Fulcrum WW2 Alternate History Series)

By Scott Ward

Independently published
Paperback (753 pages)

THE GATES OF VICTORY: The Alternate History Novel of The Battle of El Alamein (The Malta Fulcrum WW2 Alternate History Series)
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The Battle for Egypt is on! Rommel and his Afrika Korps are closing in on Cairo, the Nile River and Suez Canal. With Malta in Axis hands, supplies cross the Mediterranean from Italy with no interference from the British Royal Navy or Air Force. In "THE GATES OF VICTORY" we see how the battle for Egypt turns out! In Book I "OPERATION HERKULES", the Germans and Italians have seized Malta from the British in a daring air and sea invasion. In Book II, "THE KNIGHT'S GAMBIT" the German navy has given the British Royal navy a black eye and a bloody nose in the Battle of Bear Island and mauled Convoy PQ17 in the process. Can the Axis follow-up these successes with Victory in the desert? "THE GATES OF VICTORY" is The Alternate History Novel of the Battle of El Alamein.

We the States: An Alternate History Novel

By Adam Sivitz

Palmetto Publishing Group
Paperback (292 pages)

We the States: An Alternate History Novel
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Imagine if the United States Constitution had never been ratified and George Washington had never become President. In We the States, author Adam Sivitz creates an alternative narrative acted out by the founding fathers of the United States. As the story unfolds, readers find George Washington at home in Virginia impatiently awaiting news of each state’s response to the constitution. Patrick Henry will persuade Virginia to reject the constitution, which will lead to the formation of three independent countries, and Alexander Hamilton will become the leader of one of the newly formed countries.
Within the tumultuous and divisive chain of events, Sivitz weaves the tale of two slaves owned by Washington. Their story displays the darker side of U.S. history and underscores the struggle for freedom for so many, while also reminding readers of the ongoing fight for equality and justice.

Red Delta: A Novel of Alternate History

By Mark Anthony Ciccone

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (330 pages)

Red Delta: A Novel of Alternate History
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In July of 1863, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia scored a narrow victory over the Union Army of the Potomac in the Battle of Gettysburg. Soon after, President Abraham Lincoln was killed during a Confederate raid on the outskirts of Washington. With the war at an effective stalemate, rising opposition at home, and the growing threat of European intervention, the United States was forced to recognize the CSA as an independent nation. This victory, however, carried the seeds of disaster. Within a decade of their independence, the Confederate States began to tear themselves apart over many of the same divisive issues that had led to their breaking from the Union. By the 1970s, the former CSA is a patchwork of minor countries, often clashing with one another over resources, territory and ideology. Many blacks in these nations, seeking to escape the discrimination and subjugation they have endured since slavery’s grudging end in the 1880s, have turned to guerrilla warfare, under the banner of the Brotherhood Liberation Army. The United States has largely avoided becoming involved in this and other Southern conflicts, preferring to prop up or engineer the fall of this regime or that, seeking to maintain its influence and dominance over these former states without provoking another war against the entire South. Nation reporter Terry Garrison—descendant of discredited abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison—knows this history all too well, and what it has done to him and his family. Sent to cover a momentous peace accord between the Republic of Mississippi and the BLA, he views the assignment as pointless: one more doomed attempt to bring peace to the fractious South. Then he stumbles across a soldier with an earth-shaking secret—one that could not only destroy the fragile peace in Mississippi and the Delta region, but potentially set off a new conflagration across the entire continent. But there is more to this secret than even Terry can guess. And there are those—South and North—who will stop at nothing to keep it buried… Mark Ciccone is a writer from the American Midwest, specifically Wisconsin. He writes alternate history, soft science fiction, and historical fiction. This is his first novel-length work.

Storm and Steel (Tales of World War III: 1985)

By Brad Smith

Released: 2018-03-29
Kindle Edition

Storm and Steel (Tales of World War III: 1985)
 
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May, 1985: A panzer company commander faces his first harrowing day of war against the Warsaw Pact. Against the relentless onslaught of Russian and Czechoslovakian divisions pouring into West Germany, Captain Kurt Mohr and his tank crews wage a desperate battle to delay the enemy advance. As a brand new company commander, he must also prove his metal to the men who serve under him. Amid the breakneck speed of mechanized warfare, Mohr battles his own self-doubt and fear in order to quickly adapt to the fast-paced battlefield environment. Fighting in Lower Bavaria also poses unique challenges to his command abilities as the close-in nature of the terrain forces him to deal with threats at point blank range. As the war's first day progresses, the brutal reality of war hits home. With the future of their nation at stake, Mohr and his men become the storm and steel that avenge the countrymen whose lives they are sworn to protect.

Exodus 1815 (The Machine Gun Revolt Series)

By Jeffrey D. Gaines

Released: 2018-04-29
Kindle Edition (173 pages)

Exodus 1815 (The Machine Gun Revolt Series)
 
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What if a slave had a machine gun?


An advanced weapon 100 years from the future. A firearm far superior to the cumbersome, slow-loading black powder muskets of the early 1800s.


Jarvis was a generational field slave on a North Georgia cotton plantation. He didn't know what the thing in the hole in the field was at first. Will he give it to his master, Mr. Purvis, a broken, mean-spirited man?


Or will he keep it?


But what could one man do against a system where every cultural norm, every law, was designed to keep him in his place at the bottom? What could one man, even with a machine gun, do against the militia? Against the Army?


No slave revolt ever succeeded in American history. But no slave ever had a gun like this...


If you like alternative history novels set in early 1800s America get this today!

Maid of Baikal: A Novel of the Russian Civil War

By Preston Fleming

PF Publishing
Released: 2017-10-15
Kindle Edition (645 pages)

Maid of Baikal: A Novel of the Russian Civil War
 
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As Russian Civil War Rages, An Unexpected Heroine Emerges

What if a Siberian Joan of Arc had rescued the White Armies at a critical point of the Russian Civil War in 1919?

In a quiet town near Siberia’s Lake Baikal, Zhanna Dorokhina turns eighteen as the Russian Civil War rages. She is a bright, headstrong girl, with normal hopes and dreams, but for years, she has heard inner voices. The voices tell her to be virtuous, study well, and nurture her faith, for a great task lies ahead.

˃˃˃ Prophetic Voices Foretell of Russia’s Doom

Lately, however, the voices have turned ominous, foretelling Russia’s doom if the White Armies fail to crush the Bolshevik usurpers in Moscow. They direct Zhanna to travel to Omsk to alert the Siberian dictator, Admiral Kolchak, and to seek command of an army to besiege Moscow.

When Zhanna informs her father, he thinks her mad. But a young American intelligence officer and his Russian counterpart help win her an audience with the Admiral, and the two young men become her wartime companions.

˃˃˃ In The Face Of Death, Will The Prophecies Be Fulfilled?

Though Zhanna and the American officer harbor tender feelings for one another, Zhanna must put those feelings aside, because her voices demand that she remain pure. During the coming months, Zhanna persists despite relentless opposition. Displaying remarkable charisma and military aptitude, she leads her army across vast expanses of untamed forest and steppe, where suffering, violence and treachery await at every turn. But over time, Zhanna’s obsession with victory arouses powerful enemies. Defying a ceasefire, Zhanna wins her greatest battle, only to ride into a Bolshevik ambush soon after. Held captive, she must endure a vengeful show trial and face the verdict alone, without knowing whether her prophecies will be fulfilled.

˃˃˃ “A Russian war story that lives and breathes from a writer at the peak of his powers.” KIRKUS REVIEWS

MAID OF BAIKAL is a richly imagined speculation on the Russian Civil War that vividly portrays its violence, bitterness, and hardship, while telling the inspirational story of a determined young woman who perseveres in the face of overwhelming obstacles and who dies for her beliefs, not knowing whether her dreams will be realized.

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