THE GODLESS LAND: Mescalero Way by Matt Cutugno

The saga begins in 1858 in New Mexico Territory, ten years before the events recorded in Matt Cutugno’s first Western, The Godless Men. Two boys, one from Kansas and one from Missouri, make their way through the wild country as pony riders for the mail service. At the same time, a young woman from China holds a powerful man responsible for the death of her father. Law and order was slow to come to the Territory. Justice slower still. There were settlers and squatters, commerce and industry, sheriffs and outlaws amidst unfolding Manifest Destiny.Few knew that a Civil War was coming. Matt Cutugno is the author of four novels and eleven plays that have been produced in New York, Los Angeles and across the country. He has been a frequent contributor to Stay Thirsty Magazine for the past eight years. He is from New York and currently lives in California.

Author: Matt Cutugno

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

The Hand of a Merciful God by David Ballenger

150 years after the Civil War, stories and tales survive. Libraries are filled with historical documents, manuscripts and photographic images that cover all aspects of the American Civil War. There are thousands of history books and documentaries giving us facts that have been recorded but countless stories have never been recorded—personal stories of men who fought and died, stories of men who survived. We don’t know all of their stories; we don’t know the whole story. Yet this is our history and these are our ancestors. To truly understand what drove these men to look into the face of death on a daily basis we must listen to them. But, the time is far past where we could speak to those who knew the truth, who experienced the war. Now we only have the stories from our ancestors as passed down through generations. As decades pass, generations fade, the chances to hear these stories are lost. We are fortunate, however, that many soldiers documented their experiences in letters written to family and friends.
This is one man’s account of the years he spent fighting for the Confederacy. No one better to tell the story than the man who lived it. If we remove our preconceived notions and bias as we read, we can comprehend the struggles that the soldiers went through: the hardships they faced, the missing of family, the loss of friends and the devastation that they saw.

Author: David Ballenger

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Hidden Figures Teaching Guide: Teaching Guide and Sample Chapter by Margot Lee Shetterly

The #1 New York Times bestsellerThe phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens. Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future. 

Author: Margot Lee Shetterly

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
5 reviews

The American Whaler: An Ennin Mystery #41 by Ben Stevens

Accused of being spies in feudal-era Japan, the shipwrecked crew of an American whaling vessel face being decapitated…And yet, one of the crew members was once Japanese…Ennin investigates…This is the 41st Ennin Mystery.From the bestselling author of BIG SOUND TEMPLEAmazon reviews for ENNIN (various titles)’This Japanese detective is a fine addition to the burgeoning field of Asian historical detectives which began with Judge Dee (China) and runs through I.P. Parker’s Akitada…’ Mcb.’I can’t stop reading this series! If you love historical mysteries, you will love the period and cultural detail…’ Pauline’Delightful short story… Enjoy!…’ PeaTee (TOP 500 REVIEWER)'(The) Ennin series is intriguing… Recommend these stories to all…’ Chris’Stevens has created an interesting character and placed him in a colorful place and time in history. Stevens is cranking out stories with a certain rapidity now. That’s great news to those of us who enjoy his stories….’ AN’Atmospheric, intriguing and entertaining… feels as if it is both contemporary and traditional. A rare achievement…’ Kenny51’An excellent Japanese detective series… I enjoy each and every story…’ R. Russell’Stevens keeps on delivering… This is a great series. Anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes will enjoy the similarities in Stevens’ characters and Doyle’s. Fresh plots, exotic locale, who-done-its, and a unique set of protagonists. I’ve read all the Ennin series and look forward to each new adventure. Highly recommended…’ Abby Normal’Entertaining read with Holmesian overtones, but very different setting…’ Gerry H’Once you start this, I’m betting you won’t be able to set it down until you finish it…’ Judy’The author weaves intrigue, subterfuge and cunning into a very enjoyable story…’ J. Cepeda’Historical setting and cultural background are excellently researched…’ D. Werdin’Wonderful… Like a Japanese room arrangement with clean lines keeping clutter to a minimum…’ AcerAcer’Ben Stevens is masterful. I can’t wait to read his next set of stories…’ Kindle Customer’If you like the Akitada books, you will enjoy this….’ Mamakile’Something out of the ordinary… Well worth the read…’ Amazon Customer’The Sensei is a brilliant detective. Ben Stevens, as always rocks. He’s one heck of a storyteller…’ Lisa’Atmosphere, poetry and menace…’ ThisandThat’A feudal Japanese Sherlock Holmes… This ever-evolving excellent series… Vivid imagery and graphic detail which are a trademark of this writer…’ Deborah Chaytor’Try it… and like it… I don’t look for mysteries from the middle ages, even ones set in Japan, but for some reason I love this series… Well-written…’ Amazon Customer’The story develops wonderfully…’ Dave. N’Loved it!… Simply amazed… I thoroughly enjoyed this read…’ Edwina Callan’Cleverly written and filled with facts regarding old Japan…. Very similar to Holmes and Watson…’ Eileen Sedgwick’Good job. Very enjoyable…’ Sid’Great…’ Doug Grey’If you like the Akitada books, you will enjoy this…’ Mamakile’I loved this…’ MaidenStull’A prime example of deductive reasoning, set within feudal Japan…’ Jennifer’Ennin and his faithful servant are the Holmes and Watson of the East. The mysteries are well plotted. Sesshu is the Moriarty of the piece. If you are a Sherlock fan you should like Ennin…’ Amazon Customer, NJ United States’Five stars… Entertained throughout…’ Austerity’The mysteries are intriguing and unusual… Couldn’t put the stories down… Well worth the price…’ Jay Gold’Mystery from historic Japan… like Holmes and Watson, but in an Asian setting…’ Nysaa’Good book… the story takes you back in time…’ Santex’Very powerful…’ Bill

Author: Ben Stevens

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
5 reviews

Theodore Roosevelt: A Life From Beginning to End (Biographies of US Presidents Book 26) by Hourly History

Theodore Roosevelt
There was truly no one like Theodore Roosevelt. From a sickly boy, Teddy (as the world came to know him) would transform himself into the apex of vigor and energy. From husband, father and rancher to hunter, governor and president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt led a most extraordinary life.

Inside you will read about…
✓ Early Life & Education
✓ Early Political Career and Marriage
✓ The Old West and a New Beginning
✓ Early Public Life
✓ Becoming a National Figure
✓ Governor and Vice President
✓ Presidency
✓ Post-Presidency
✓ Election of 1912 and Final Years

This was a man who did many things and did them outstandingly well. Roosevelt’s willingness to go the extra mile, to put fear in the back seat, were qualities that he saw in his beloved country as well. America is a better place for having known Theodore Roosevelt.

Author: Hourly History

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
83 reviews

Abraham Lincoln: A Concise History of the Man Who Transformed the World (Biographies of US Presidents Book 16) by Hourly History

Abraham Lincoln
As president, Abraham Lincoln had one goal and that was to preserve the Union at all costs. His determination to hold the North and South together would ultimately lead to the bloodiest war in American history, the abolition of slavery, and his own untimely death from an assassin’s bullet. But to see Lincoln solely as a tragic figure consumed with the strife of mid-nineteenth century America is to miss meeting him as a man who never allowed himself to be defeated by adversity or grief or turmoil. From his earliest days on the frontier, he endured the loss of his beloved mother and the demanding physical challenges of a rough-and-ready land where death came easily and education was rare; where ambition was rewarded if a man proved himself willing to work hard; where love was attainable, even for a man whose physical appearance was most charitably described as homely.

Inside you will read about…
✓ Born on the Frontier
✓ Lincoln’s Life in New Salem
✓ The Election of 1860
✓ The House Divides
✓ The Tide Turns
✓ The End
✓ The Legacy of Lincoln

Lincoln arose from poverty and ignorance to become a man of influence and eloquence whose speeches continue to resonate with a nation that aspires to meet his ideals. Lincoln had his detractors and enemies but throughout his years, he had a remarkable ability to remain unpoisoned by his foes and to retain compassion for those who opposed him. Meet Abraham Lincoln, the frontier president whose death made him a martyr but whose life made him a hero.

Author: Hourly History

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
157 reviews

Everlasting Light – A Civil War Romance by Andrea Boeshaar

When loss lingers … love – even beyond death.

The American Civil War has ended, but Alaina McKenna still awaits news about her husband, Braeden. Did he die in a Yankee prison? Was he buried in a shallow grave on a Virginia battlefield? Or has he turned his back on the specter of death and loss around him and sought solitude west of the Mississippi River, never to return home, again?

As Christmas nears, Alaina deflects the advances of a suitor in the neighboring county, choosing to cling instead to hope and her belief that Braeden will return. As winter’s chill settles upon her farm, Alaina cries out to God in one final Christmas Prayer.

When loss lingers … love – even beyond death. For it is through heartbreak that God opens doorways to hope.

Author: Andrea Boeshaar

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
94 reviews