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Kidnapped

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

David Balfour, a lad of seventeen and newly orphaned, is directed to go and live with his rich uncle, the master of the estate of Shaws in the lowlands of Scotland near Edinburgh. His uncle, Ebenezer (as close a miser as Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge), is shocked to suddenly have his young relative descend on him and tries to rid himself of David with an arranged accident. Failing that, he pays the captain of a brig to kidnap David and sell him into slavery in Carolina.

A collision in the fog brings onboard the brig a survivor, Alan Breck Stewart, who is carrying a dangerous amount of gold on his person. David warns him of a plan by the brig’s captain and crew to overpower him and seize the money, and then finds himself fighting alongside Alan in a battle royale. By good fortune, Alan is handy with a sword and they have access to the firearms locker, and the pair so completely defeat the crew that barely enough hands remain to sail her. Limping to port, she is holed by rocks, and David finds himself a castaway.

Being in Alan’s presence continues to be a chancy business. David is talking to Colin Roy Campbell, the King’s Factor who has been oppressing Alan’s people, when the man is shot to death, and David is chased as an accomplice. The two “take to the heather” and barely survive near brushes with redcoats as they thread through the Trossachs and other highland ranges of Scotland. Only after an arduous weeks-long trek through territory where they are actively hunted do they emerge in the more settled districts around the river Forth, only to find guards upon the bridge. With no money remaining, they must somehow cross to Queensferry, find Ebenezer’s lawyer, and lay claim to David’s inheritance in order to send Alan safely on to France

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The Lone Wolf

The Lone Wolf by Michel Poulin

The Lone Wolf by Michel Poulin

February, 1941 : German submarines are squeezing the vital maritime lifelines that allow Great Britain to stay in the war. In France, Otto Kretschmer, the top German submarine ace, is on leave but is suddenly recalled on duty by Admiral Dönitz, Commander of the German submarine arm, and given command of the prototype of a new class of diesel submarine, the U-800. Adding his tactical genius as a submarine commander to the fantastic capabilities of the U-800, Otto Kretschmer soon returns to sea, leaving a trail of sunken Allied ships behind him. He will also sow mayhem on American soil, thanks to a team of elite German Army soldiers embarked on his U-800. The ultimate goal of Otto Kretschmer: to force a quick end to the war and thus cut the loss of life on both sides.

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Mr. Munchausen 

Mr. Munchausen  by John Kendrick Bangs

Mr. Munchausen  by John Kendrick Bangs

The author has discovered for us in this volume the present stopping place of that famous raconteur of dear comic memory, the late Hieronymous Carl Friederich, sometime Baron Munchausen, and he transmits to us some further adventures of this traveler and veracious relator of merry tales. There are about a dozen of these tales, and, judging by Mr. Bangs’ recital of them, the Baron’s adventures on this mundane sphere were no more exciting than those he has encountered since taking the ferry across the Styx. Mr. Bangs proves himself well worthy of the task of reintroducing this merry old wag to modern fun-lovers, and in selecting from the tales the Baron has related to him he has chosen with an eye to the humorous which is unfailing in its clearness and keenness of perception.

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Micah Clarke

Micah Clarke by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Micah Clarke by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This book tells the story of Micah Clarke’s adventures. As a boy he follows his rather romantic notions of what it means to be a soldier and how to find adventure. But over the course of his career, adventure finds him, and it is not always quite as fun as Micah had pictured it to be – especially as he finds himself involved in a rebellion.

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Keeping Watch

Keeping Watch by W. W. Jacobs

Keeping Watch by W. W. Jacobs

A girl and boy want to get married. However, her father, a ship’s captain, is not ready to give up his little girl. The girl is confined to the ship and a guard is set up to keep her on, and the boy off the boat.

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Timeline Twin

Timeline Twin by Michel Poulin

Timeline Twin by Michel Poulin

This is the sixth novel in the Time Patrol series on the adventures through time of Nancy Laplante. The original Nancy Laplante ‘A’ is dead, killed while covering the civil war in Syria for CNN in 2019 ‘A’. Her young timeline twin, Nancy Laplante ‘B’, is however ready to continue her work with the Time Patrol as a field agent and soon starts going on missions through time, notably in the 17th and 19th Centuries. She will find adventure, danger but also romance and love in the past. Meanwhile, the timeline twin of the adopted daughter of Nancy ‘A’, Ingrid Dows ‘C’, continues to serve in the United States Air Force in 1953 ‘C’, fighting wars against communist forces while climbing the senior ranks ladder. She will then open Space for the United States through her vision and daring.

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By Right of Conquest

By Right of Conquest by G. A. Henty

By Right of Conquest by G. A. Henty

In perhaps the most audacious military enterprise in the history of human conquest, Cortez, with only a few hundred men, conquered a civilization of tens of thousands. This is the story of an Englishman who boards a merchant ship destined for the New World, but a shipwreck strands him in Pre-Columbian Mexico, and Roger must find a way to avoid becoming one of the many human sacrifices offered to the Aztec gods.

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The Dash for Khartoum

The Dash for Khartoum by G. A. Henty

The Dash for Khartoum by G. A. Henty

When a nursemaid mixes up her baby boy and the baby of the family she works for, the family decides to keep both. Years later, the nursemaid returns, intent on using the boys to get money. When the boy she chooses first refuses to help and instead runs away, his adopted family is willing to do everything they can to rescue him. But will it be enough when war threatens in the Sudan–the runaway’s destination?

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Ride Proud, Rebel!

Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Norton

Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Norton

Drew Rennie, served as a cavalry scout in Confederate general John Hunt Morgan’s command. He had left home in 1862 after a final break with his harsh grandfather, who despised him since his birth because of his mother’s runaway marriage to a Texan. During the final year of conflict Drew has the additional responsibility of looking out for his headstrong fifteen-year-old cousin Boyd, who has run away from home to join Morgan’s command and has a lot to learn in the school of hard knocks the army provides. The story follows the two of them and a new friend, Anson Kirby, through campaigns in Kentucky, Tennessee and later on deeper into the South, first with Morgan and later under Forrest.

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Fearsome Island

Fearsome Island by Albert Kinross

Fearsome Island by Albert Kinross

No ordinary sailor’s tale, this. Based allegedly on the real experiences of Silas Fordred, Master Mariner of Hythe, this is a story of shipwreck on an uncharted island and his supernatural adventures there with a witch, a hairy man, and various devilish devices and traps. The author, Kinross, adds an appendix purporting to explain the marvels which Fordred encountered.

Kinross claims to have stolen the sailor’s original account from Hythe Town Hall while helping the Town Clerk to sort newly discovered old papers. This is credible, as it is well-known that there were many such documents rescued from destruction in the late nineteenth century. The names of Fordred and his shipmate Snoad are also old-established Hythe families. However, even if Fordred’s account is mentioned in the annals of Hythe Borough, it is impossible to know how much was invented by Kinross. “Believe or doubt!” the author says. Much as I would like to believe, I know which way I incline.

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