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Combined for the First Time John Kendrick Bang’s Hilarious Books A House-Boat on the Styx and The Pursuit of the House-Boat.

Where do the “immortal” poets, writers, generals and scientists go to spend eternity? It turns out they gather in a gentleman’s club, on a houseboat, on the River Styx—the dividing line between earth and hell.

There they can discuss poetry, social theory, and the arts. Bacon can argue with Shakespeare over who wrote Hamlet; Darwin can gain new insights into evolution from Baron Münchhausen; and P.T. Barnum can question Noah over his selection of animals for the ark.

But a cloud soon passes over this idyllic scene. What do you do when Captain Kidd and his crew highjacks the houseboat while it is filled with the immortal women? The answer should be obvious—you call in Sherlock Holmes.

High Praise for A Houseboat in Hell: William Thackeray: “Worthy of Dickens.” Charles Dickens: “Worthy of Thackeray.” Henry VIII: “I have sent copies to all my wives.”

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The Ultimate Dance Between Love and War

When his superiors ignore his warnings of an impending Afghan insurrection in 1841, British army captain Reeve Waterton vows never to return to Kabul. But then he rescues strong-willed Sarah Kane from an ambush and his plans for civilian life and self-preservation unravel around him.

At first, Reeve dislikes Sarah as much as she loathes him. She’s as impudent and disdainful of authority as he, plus she’s betrothed to his bitterest rival. It’s only after Reeve’s closest friend is brutally murdered and the Afghan tribes explode in revolt that he and Sarah discover their desperate need for each other. When the retreating British army is caught between the jaws of Afghanistan’s blizzard-wracked mountain passes and hordes of vengeful tribesmen, Sarah and Reeve must rely on their skills, courage, and blossoming love just to survive.

“Reeve Waterton, a dashing rogue, is a true hero who stands among the most valiant officers of British fiction. Sarah Kane is an assertive woman assured of her own mind yet vulnerable in her heart. Together they spark the blaze that energizes Last Dance in Kabul.” —Rex Griffin, historical writer

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