"The Displaced is an engaging work set in one of the most intriguing locales in Canadian history." -- Kirkus Reviews
Excerpt from the Book: Chapter 1
The sound of sheep's hooves thundering against the sun-hardened road was the first sign that something was not right. The island fortress that housed the city of Louisbourg saw many interesting characters enter its port, but panicked sheep surging through the wide main street on a June afternoon was unheard of. The fortress of Louisbourg sat on the eastern edge of Île-Royale, the last vestige of the French Empire on the east coast of the continent. The guardian of the mighty Gulf of the Saint-Laurent, the massive structure was an intimidating reminder to anyone who travelled the North Atlantic to Quebec, the centre of France's power in North America.
Though cut off from the rest of the French Empire by the ocean and by British lands, the fortress's stone walls rose proudly above the stormy Atlantic. A bustling city second only to the ...
AD 1177 The threat of war sweeps across the Holy Land and the kingdom of Jerusalem is at imminent risk of invasion from the massed armies of Saladin. Reports of Saracen patrols devastating towns and villages cause panic throughout the Outremer, and Baldwin, the teenage king beset with leprosy, tries desperately to counter the threat. But nobody knows where the enemy forces are and the Christian forces are stretched thinly. With the king's army campaigning in the north and the feared Templar knights defending the border far to the south, only one man has even the slightest chance of finding out Saladin's true intentions, a Templar Sergeant named Thomas Cronin. With time running out and the odds stacked heavily against him, Cronin needs to find the Saracen army and relay the information back to the leper king in time to prevent the fall of Jerusalem, and indeed, the Holy Land itself!
A Danish warlord long past his fighting days decides that he wants to share his life story with his family and an experienced story teller, hoping that his reputation will live on after his death. The realities of his old age and his vivid memories of his violent past provide the reader with a portrait of an unexpectedly complicated man. He doesn't match the popular image of the brutal Viking warrior.
The historical Viking generally known as Thorkell the Tall was one of the most important figures involved in Viking raids and invasions of England during the period 990-1016 A.D. David Mullaly provides a narrative that offers a plausible story of Thorkell's growth from the son of a murdered jarl in the Danish holding of Skane into a brilliant leader of warriors who defies a king, and then becomes a king-maker. Blood feuds were a familiar thing for the Vikings, and Thorkell's desire for vengeance is almost as strong as his love of personal honor. Although this novel is based on the ...
Writing in the style of Louis L'Amour, Larry McMurtry and William W. Johnstone, Best-selling western author, John Spiars has created a timeless hero of the old west. The first novel in the Heck Carson Series, Riders of the Lone Star brings the wild and lawless Texas frontier to life.
When the Law ain't enough...
He brings Justice.
The year is 1852. Settlers on the Texas frontier are at the mercy of hostile Comanche and vicious outlaws, and the only ones holding the line between life and death are a few brave men, known as Texas Rangers. Outnumbered and outgunned, they bring law and order to the untamed land. They face impossible odds with nothing more than grit, determination, and a fast gun. It is this adventure and excitement that lures sixteen-year-old Jesse "Heck" Carson to leave his families ranch to join the fight. Heck quickly learns that this life comes at a price, the cost of which is hardship, danger, and possibly his own life. The bonds of friendship, loyalty, and duty ...
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Elizabeth Corrington is about to turn twenty-one, the age when she will be in control of her own affairs. She finds out that her aunt, who has also been her guardian from when she was fifteen, intends to get hold of her vast inheritance by marrying her off to a distant cousin of her husband's. Elizabeth needs to find a husband fast to escape from her aunt's despicable schemes.
Albert Ridgeway is considered the prince of scoundrels of London. His father's will stipulates that he can only take up his title when he finds and marries a young woman with a title and money. When Elizabeth approaches him with a proposal, he is only too happy to take it so as to save his estate.
Their marriage of convenience leads to something the two of them didn't expect.