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The Best Books You Never Read: Vol VIII – Fiction – Scott to Zola

A NEW Series from Fireship Press. The Best Books You Never Read Trying to decide which books to read next? This series is your answer. Hundreds of classic and quality books presented in summary form. Read a bit about each author, a summary of the book's plot or content, and then decide. Each summary reads like a short story. The series will include: Fiction, Lives and Letters, Ancient and Medieval History, Modern History, Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Economics, Science, Travel and Adventure, and more. VOLUME 8 - FICTION - Scott to Zola SCOTT, SIR WALTER (Continued) - Quentin Durward - Rob Roy - Talisman SHELLEY, MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT - Frankenstein SIDNEY, SIR PHILIP - Arcadia SMOLLET, TOBIAS - Roderick Random - Peregrine Pickle STAEL, MME. DE - Corinne STENDHAL (HENRI BEYLE) - Chartreuse of Parma STERNE, LAURENCE - Tristram Shandy STOWE, HARRIET BEECHER - Uncle Tom's Cabin SUE, EUGENE - Mysteries of Paris SWIFT, JONATHAN - Gulliver's Travels THACKERAY, WILLIAM MAKEPEACE - Newcomes - Virginians - Vanity Fair TOLSTOY, COUNT LYOF N. - Anna Karenina TROLLOPE, ANTHONY - The Warden - Barchester Towers TURGENEV, IVAN - Fathers and Sons - A Nest of Nobles - Smoke VERNE, JULES - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea WALPOLE, HORACE - Castle of Otranto ZOLA, EMILE - Drink
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The Best Books You Never Read: Vol VII – Fiction – Peacock to Scott

A NEW Series from Fireship Press. The Best Books You Never Read Trying to decide which books to read next? This series is your answer. Hundreds of classic and quality books presented in summary form. Read a bit about each author, a summary of the book's plot or content, and then decide. Each summary reads like a short story. The series will include: Fiction, Lives and Letters, Ancient and Medieval History, Modern History, Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Economics, Science, Travel and Adventure, and more. VOLUME 7 - FICTION - Peacock to Scott PEACOCK, THOMAS LOVE - Headlong Hall - Nightmare Abbey PORTER, JANE - Scottish Chiefs PUSHKIN - The Captain's Daughter RABELAIS - Gargantua and Pantagruel READE, CHARLES - Hard Cash - Never Too Late to Mend - The Cloister and the Hearth RICHARDSON, SAMUEL - Pamela - Clarissa Harlowe - Sir Charles Grandison RICHTER, JEAN PAUL - Hesperus - Titan ROSEGGER, PETER - Papers of the Forest Schoolmaster ROUSSEAU, JEAN JACQUES - New Heloise SAINT PIERRE, BERNARDIN DE - Paul and Virginia SAND, GEORGE - Consuelo - Mauprat SCOTT, MICHAEL - Tom Cringle's Log SCOTT, SIR WALTER - Antiquary - Guy Mannering - Heart of Midlothian - Ivanhoe - Kenilworth - Old Mortality - Peveril of the Peak
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The Best Books You Never Read: Vol VI – Fiction – Lefanu to Payn

A NEW Series from Fireship Press. The Best Books You Never Read Trying to decide which books to read next? This series is your answer. Hundreds of classic and quality books presented in summary form. Read a bit about each author, a summary of the book's plot or content, and then decide. Each summary reads like a short story. The series will include: Fiction, Lives and Letters, Ancient and Medieval History, Modern History, Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Economics, Science, Travel and Adventure, and more. VOLUME 6 - FICTION - Le Fanu to Payn LE FANU, SHERIDAN - Uncle Silas LESAGE, RENE - Gil Blas LEVER, CHARLES - Charles O'Malley - Tom Burke of Ours LEWIS, M.G. - Ambrosio, or the Monk LINTON, MRS. LYNN - Joshua Davidson LOVER, SAMUEL - Handy Andy LYTTON, EDWARD BULWER - Eugene Aram - Last Days of Pompeii - The Last of the Barons MACKENZIE, HENRY - Man of Feeling MAISTRE, COUNT XAVIER DE - A Journey Round my Room MALORY, SIR THOMAS - Morte d'Arthur MANNING, ANNE - Household of Sir Thomas More MANZONI, ALESSANDRO - The Betrothed MARRYAT, CAPT - Mr. Midshipman Easy - Peter Simple MATURIN, CHARLES - Melmoth the Wanderer MENDOZA, DIEGO DE - Lazarillo de Tonnes MEREJOWSKI, DMITRI - Death of the Gods MERIMEE, PROSPER - Carmen MITFORD, MARY RUSSELL - Our Village MOIR, DAVID - Mansie Wauch MORIER, JAMES - Hajji Baba MURRAY, DAVID CHRISTIE - Way of the World NORRIS, FRANK - The Pit OHNET, GEORGES - The Ironmaster OUIDA - Under Two Flags PAYN, JAMES - Lost Sir Massingberd
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The Best Books You Never Read: Vol V – Fiction – Gray to Kingsley

A NEW Series from Fireship Press. The Best Books You Never Read Trying to decide which books to read next? This series is your answer. Hundreds of classic and quality books presented in summary form. Read a bit about each author, a summary of the book's plot or content, and then decide. Each summary reads like a short story. The series will include: Fiction, Lives and Letters, Ancient and Medieval History, Modern History, Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Economics, Science, Travel and Adventure, and more. VOLUME 5 - FICTION - Gray to Kingsley GRAY, MAXWELL - Silence of Dean Maitland GRIFFIN, GERALD - The Collegians HABBERTON, JOHN - Helen's Babies HALEVY, LUDOVIC - Abbe Constantin HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL - The Scarlet Letter - House of the Seven Gables HICHENS, ROBERT - The Garden of Allah HOLMES, OLIVER WENDELL - Elsie Venner HUGHES, THOMAS - Tom Brown's Schooldays - Tom Brown at Oxford HUGO, VICTOR - Les Miserables - Notre Dame de Paris - The Toilers of the Sea - The Man Who Laughs INCHBALD, ELIZABETH - A Simple Story JAMES, G.P.R. - Henry Masterton JOHNSON, SAMUEL - Rasselas JOKAI, MAURICE - Timar's Two Worlds KERNAHAN, COULSON - A Dead Man's Diary KINGSLEY, CHARLES - Alton Locke - Hereward the Wake - Hypatia - Two Years Ago - Water-Babies - Westward Ho! KINGSLEY, HENRY - Geoffry Hamlyn - Ravenshoe
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The Best Books You Never Read: Vol IV – Fiction – Ebers to Grant

A NEW Series from Fireship Press. The Best Books You Never Read Trying to decide which books to read next? This series is your answer. Hundreds of classic and quality books presented in summary form. Read a bit about each author, a summary of the book's plot or content, and then decide. Each summary reads like a short story. The series will include: Fiction, Lives and Letters, Ancient and Medieval History, Modern History, Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Economics, Science, Travel and Adventure, and more. VOLUME IV - FICTION - Ebers to Grant EBERS, GEORG - An Egyptian Princess EDGEWORTH, MARIE - Belinda - Castle Rackrent ELIOT, GEORGE - Adam Bede - Felix Holt - Romola - Silas Marner - The Mill on the Floss ERCKMANN-CHATRIAN - Waterloo FEUILLET, OCTAVE - Romance of a Poor Young Man FIELDING, HENRY - Amelia - Jonathan Wild - Joseph Andrews - Tom Jones FLAMMARION, CAMILLE - Urania FOUQUE, DE LA MOTTE - Undine GABORIAU, EMILE - File No. 113 GALT, JOHN - Annals of the Parish GASKELL, MRS. - Cranford - Mary Barton GODWIN, WILLIAM - Caleb Williams GOETHE - Sorrows of Young Werther - Wilhelm Meister GOLDSMITH, OLIVER - Vicar of Wakefield GONCOURT, EDMOND AND JULES - Renee Mauperin GRANT, JAMES - Bothwell
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Wings Over Cairo

When Jack McClelland joins the Advanced Flying Unit at RAF Ramsey in early 1941, he is one of a group of patriots who take to the air to defend Britain in the new Bristol Beaufighter. But he finds out the hard way that a thwarted senior officer can carry a
grudge, especially when a beautiful woman is at the heart of their rivalry. McClelland is sent to Egypt, and as love and war collide, he finds himself in an impossible situation: follow orders on a suicide mission, or disobey his commanding officer to accomplish the objective. Set in the early, desperate days of World War II, here is a tale of courage, romance, and the struggle to win over adversity, based on the actual exploits and misadventures of the men of the RAF's 272 Squadron.
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Wilderness Road (An American Trilogy Book 2)


A Road Opens Westward and a Frightening Past is Left Behind.

A handsome patent medicine peddler steals the heart of Lizzie Mueller, Heinrich Mueller’s daughter, who is intent on breaking 19th century constraints that anchor women to home and hearth. But when a diamond and pearl ring links him to two violent crimes, sending him to jail, the devastated Lizzie leaves Baltimore and returns to her family.

She marries a steady man for whom the Ohio frontier beckons. They leave a comfortable Maryland home to travel over the new National Road, funded in 1806 by the Federal Government, to encourage trade and settlement in the west.

With hard work and terrible losses they finally establish a backwoods homestead in the new state. But when her first love reappears, Lizzie is conflicted in ways she could never have imagined or anticipated.

Wilderness Road is a re-publication of an earlier work by Ms. Butler called: The Good Wife.
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WHY IS A COLONEL CALLED A “KERNAL”? The Origin of American Ranks and Insignia


“Short. Quick. Entertaining. A marvelously fun read!”

Raymond Oliver, then the Curator for the McClellan Aviation Museum (now the Aerospace Museum of California), was once asked by a colonel why her title was pronounced “kernal” and where her eagle insignia originated? That simple question began a quest to trace the development of various categories of rank. What began as a paper, however, soon developed into a booklet, which eventually wound up as this book.

Have you ever asked yourself questions like:

Why is Colonel pronounced “kernal”?
Why does a Lieutenant General outrank a Major General?
Why is Navy Captain a higher rank than Army-Air Force-Marine Captain?
Why do Sergeants wear chevrons?

If you are in the military, this book will give you a deeper appreciation for your rank and insignia—and you might find yourself wearing it with even more pride.

If you have not been in the service, or are a family member of one who is, this book might help to put an historical perspective on the often confusing layers of rank.

Either way: military, ex-military, soon-to-be military, friend or family... it’s a delight!
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Wellington’s Men


Wellington's Peninsula Campaign as told by
four soldiers who lived through it:
John Kincaid - Adventures in the Rifle Brigade
Benjamin Harris - Rifleman Harris
James Anton - Military Life
Cavalie Mercer - Waterloo

Wellington’s Men is perhaps best summarized by the words of the author in the opening sentence of the book.

“This volume is an attempt to rescue from undeserved oblivion a cluster of soldierly autobiographies; and to give to the general reader some pictures of famous battles, not as described by the historian or analysed by the philosopher, but as seen by the eyes of men who fought in them.”

Fitchett attempts that rescue with a brilliant rendering and analysis of parts of four biographies—written by two junior officers, a sergeant, and a private soldier. Each of these men were eye-witnesses to the major events of Wellington's Peninsula Campaign, and write about both what they saw, and what they thought about what they saw. They are the “...actual human documents, with the salt of truth, of sincerity, and of reality in every syllable.”

Each of these books are presented and discussed by one of the finest historians of his day: William Henry Fitchett.
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Washington’s Wolfpack: The Navy Before There Was A Navy


Historians tell us that the United States Navy was founded on October 13, 1775. But was it?

In the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, the government employed a total 70 warships, carrying 1,800 guns and swivels. In those same two wars there were 1,300 privateers operating with almost 16,000 guns and swivels So, which was the real U.S. Navy?

In both wars the British didn't strategically fear our warships; they feared our privateers—a swarming collection of privately-owned armed ships who were, in effect, legalized pirates.

Yet everyone knows about the USS Constitution, the Constellation and the United States. But how many have heard of the Argo, the Chasseur and the True Blooded Yankee?

We honor the courage and daring of naval officers such as Truxtun, Decatur, Barney, Preble, and so on. But how many know that each of them were also once privateers?

Do you know about the audacious American privateer who posted a notice in Lloyd's Coffee House in London stating that, because he was now in their waters, all of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland should consider themselves under blockade?

Based on Maclay's 1899 edition of A History of American Privateers, Washington's Wolfpack is an exhaustive yet entertaining treatment of this little known chapter in American History.
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