Imagine for a moment that legend and fact are two living and breathing entities. In legends, Atlantis was destroyed by a great flood due to greed. For a civilization to be gluttonous, they have to be imperialistic. A great war would have taken place to destroy such a powerful civilization. In fact, mankind has learned of civilizations older than the Egyptians and Sumerians. Within the last five decades, archeologists have learned about the Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, and the City of Lord Krishna submerged under the Gulf of Cambay. Both cities can date back twelve thousand years ago. Right after the Ice Age, the world looked different. The oceans and seas started to rise four hundred feet due to climate change. After the glaciers started to melt, Mankind was ready to strive to the next level of its existence. Societies and cultures started to expand. If a person fuses fact and legend together, the result would be the civilization of the Atlantian Empire.
By August 1918, the outcome of the Great War was not in doubt: the Allies would win. But what was unclear was how this defeat would play out - would the Germans hold on, prolonging the fighting deep into 1919, with the loss of hundreds of thousands more young lives, or could the war be won in 1918? In The Last Battle, Peter Hart, author of Gallipoli and The Great War, and oral historian at the Imperial War Museum, brings to life the dramatic final weeks of the war, as men fought to secure victory, with survival seemingly only days, or hours away. Drawing on the experience of both generals and ordinary soldiers, and dwelling with equal weight on strategy, tactics and individual experience, this is a powerful and detailed account of history's greatest endgame.
The Battle for Berlin was the final struggle of World War II in the European theatre, the last offensive against Hitler's Third Reich, which devastated one of Europe's historic capitals and brought an end to the Nazi regime. It lasted more than two weeks across April -- May 1945, and was one of the bloodiest and most pivotal episodes of the war, one which would play a part in determining the shape of international politics for decades to come. THE LAST BATTLE is a story of brutal extremes, of stunning military triumph alongside the stark conditions that the civilians of Berlin experienced in the face of the Allied assault. It is history at its best, a masterful illumination of the effects of war on the lives of individuals, and one of the enduring works on World War II.
The sheen of Hollywood's Rome is blasted away for this gritty, unflinching tale of an unsung commander in Caesar's Legions. In 52 BCE Gaul, Caesar's forces lay siege to the barbarian stronghold of Alesia in one of the biggest battles in history; nearby, another barbarian army prepares to attack the Romans from behind, led by the rebel Cammius, who once fought for Rome. Caesar dispatches his greatest general, Caius Rodius, to track through the untamed countryside, and bring back the rebel's head. Who better to hunt Cammius, than the man who taught him the very skills he now uses to defy Rome? Torn between duty and friendship, Rodius questions whether the Roman 'road of stone and blood' is a path he still wants to follow. Story by TITO FARACI (Diabolik, Spider-Man: The Secret of Glass, The Devil and Captain America), art by DAN BRERETON (NOCTURNALS, The Punisher, God-Sized Thor, Red Sonja).
Don't miss this epic tale of magic and warriors in a desperate race against superior forces to save the center of all civilization. The vastness of the deep desert holds the secret of the thousand year old temple of the forgotten Goddess Narine. Young Crystal Warrior Darian discovers the temple but the Crystal, center of civilization, is under magical attack by unknown forces. Darian vows to return to finish their quest for a third hidden obelisk, which will allow them entry into the chamber of the Twelve Tablets. Recalled from the fartherest lands Crystal warriors gather together to battle a force four times their number. But time is short. It may be that their only choice is a horrendous, devastating weapon band long ago. They may be forced to use it! Tarina - known as Awiel of the Dance, is a sexy and talented Veil Dancer and Crystal Seeress. Born of the desert, her physical and crystal magic abilities belie her youth. Rowan - captain of the Crystal Warrior Elite. His task is to organize an army from few resources to battle four times their number. The horrors he must use to save the Crystal are devastating Darian - a young Crystal Warrior who explores the vastness of the deep desert and discovers an ancient temple. The ways he learns from his deep desert friends serve him well. Rashid - a rich mercenary of the deep desert and fellow explorer who leads the group that discovers the ancient temple. Many others play important roles in this tale of villans and heroes. Don't miss this tale of magic and warriors and daring deeds! Reviews: ***** This story held my interest. I'd recommend it. ·· Constant @Amazon ***** More of the same characters I loved in the first book and more. I loved the story. I'd recommend it. ·· JD King ***** The power of the Crystal and the power of the crystal warriors makes for a great battle scene. Tarina is one tough and beautiful young lady. ·· W.R. Masters ***** Excellent story. I devoured this book in a day and a half... Overall, I enjoyed the banter between the various characters, the insight into the hierarchy of the Crystal City, and, of course, the intrigue behind the battle between the forces of good and evil. Well done!. ·· Patricia Hamill on Goodreads
“A vast and intricate tapestry woven by a writer who knows both history and war.”—David Drake, author of the Lord of the Isles series The Great War has ended—but there is no peace for battle-hardened Hal Kailas amidst the ruins of his homeland. In this bleak, ravaged world, even his marriage to Lady Khiri no longer brings solace. And Hal’s worst fears are coming to pass as the dragonmasters—and the magnificent beasts they once flew—are cast off like relics of a misbegotten age. Old enemies have returned to strike a savage blow. With his loyal comrades, Hal must turn back this terrible scourge that threatens man and beast alike in one last, ultimate battle—whose outcome is far from certain… Praise for the Dragonmaster Trilogy: “Bunch does an excellent job of grabbing the reader from the word go.”—SF Crowsnest “A tale of epic war and sorcery with a strong appeal to dragon lovers of all ages.”—Library Journal
More than two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865, the New York Times reported a most surprising piece of news. On May 12-13, the last battle of the Civil War had been fought at the southernmost tip of Texas—resulting in a Confederate victory. Although Palmetto Ranch did nothing to change the war's outcome, it added the final irony to a conflict replete with ironies, unexpected successes, and lost opportunities. For these reasons, it has become both one of the most forgotten and most mythologized battles of the Civil War. In this book, Jeffrey Hunt draws on previously unstudied letters and court martial records to offer a full and accurate account of the battle of Palmetto Ranch. As he recreates the events of the fighting that pitted the United States' 62nd Colored Troops and the 34th Indiana Veteran Volunteer Infantry against Texas cavalry and artillery battalions commanded by Colonel John S. "Rip" Ford, Hunt lays to rest many misconceptions about the battle. In particular, he reveals that the Texans were fully aware of events in the East—and still willing to fight for Southern independence. He also demonstrates that, far from fleeing the battle in a panic as some have asserted, the African American troops played a vital role in preventing the Union defeat from becoming a rout.