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The Duke of Wellington, That General of the stern jaw and unwavering eye that had already smashed the Great Armee of Napoleon in Spain, said that his disciplined troops could rout any American army he ever heard of.

One American Army of volunteers was racing to find where the invasion would begin.  It was a smaller army, composed of rough, rebellious frontiersmen, who had never fought together before.  They had never seen the face of a civilized foe in their lives and they were already fatigued by hard marches over the rough terrain.

800 of those American troops had just slogged 120 vicious miles through marsh and bog in just 2 days so they could be at the battle's front. They were tired, hungry, and sick. 

Sections of the American troops had 9 out of 10 men that didn't even have a rifle, some of them were so poor they didn't even own a toothpick.  Was there any hope this American army could withstand that same army that Wellington had used to butcher the Grand Armee of Napoleon?

In December of 1814 the invasion began.  When the British army was completely disembarked on Louisiana soil it numbered seven thousand tough, well-trained British soldiers, seamen, and marines, plus a thousand West Indian blacks.  To back up the army's advance the British had the massive fire power of 25 heavy guns, while the Americans would only have fourteen guns that were lighter, had less range, and could use only smaller shot.

Wellington's army had already marched to smashing victories in Talavera, Salamanca, and Vitoria. Its commanding officer was General Pakenham, Wellington's own brother-in-law.  He was a distinguished pupil of his illustrious kinsman.

Christmas came, and went as the two armies moved into position. Wellington's well-trained soldiers were fresh, well-fed, well armed and spoiling for a chance to slaughter the enemy when they came face to face with the Americans.

As night fell, the British drums were beating ominously and British soldiers were marching forward in fierce, determined steps when one American soldier stepped forward, raised his sword and brandished it at the solid ranks of the approaching British invaders. 

"They shall not sleep on American soil!" he declared, and the stage was set for The Battle of New Orleans.

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The Variable Man, by Philip K. Dick.. Updated and newly illustrated. 

VICTORY by Lester del Rey 

Alexander The Great No introduction is needed. Alexander was often less than noble by our standards today, but he was indubitably one of the great ones.

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The Skull:  Conger had agreed to kill a stranger he had never seen.  But he would make no mistakes because he carried the stranger's skull under his arm.  It is science that claims we can only live once, and it is science too that says we can't change anything when we go back in time.  Conger knew that science proves itself wrong 140 times a year. Therefore he wrapped the skull up in a towel and thrust it into a bag for safe keeping. The skull was all he had for identification; but it didn't matter, he always got his man when a contract came his way.

The Power of Love by Joseph Conrad. It started out with a simple mistake, made in the throes of darkness. A simple farm boy is thrust into the role of a fighting rogue and either he assumes the character or his life is forfeit. The longer he lives the darker it gets. At last, only the power of love can save John Kemp.

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The Cossacks No introduction is needed here either -- except you might want to whisper your name out loud just before you enter their camp for the first time.

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Westward, ever westward the tide of "civilization" pushed in 1846. Indians had been pushed off their ancestral homes east of the mighty river and now they were being shoved around again. Mormons had been kicked to death, raped and murdered in Missouri and then in Illinois. Fate would throw them on the very same Oregon Trail that the Missourians and Illinois ruffian bands were on. Those two elements demanded protection of their lives from the Army to keep the Mormons from attacking them. Fear rode on every side as our two innocents seek a little innocent excitement by riding across the broad prairie all by themselves. British soldiers, French traders and troubles by the dozen with horses and camps make this novel a tautly told tale of the west as it really was -- before "civilization" had tamed it.

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Betty Zane, by Zane Grey.  There are no better words to introduce this production than those of the author.. For a hundred years the stories of Betty and Isaac Zane have been familiar, oft-repeated tales in my family--tales told with that pardonable ancestral pride which seems inherent in every one. My grandmother loved to cluster the children round her and tell them that when she was a little girl she had knelt at the feet of Betty Zane, and listened to the old lady as she told of her brother's capture by the Indian Princess, of the burning of the Fort, and of her own race for life. I knew these stories by heart when a child.

People live for the dream in their hearts. And I have yet to know anyone who has not some secret dream, some hope, however dim, some storied wall to look at in the dusk, some painted window leading to the soul. How strange indeed to find that the realists have ideals and dreams! To read them one would think their lives held nothing significant. But they love, they hope, they dream, they sacrifice, they struggle on with that dream in their hearts just the same as others. We all are dreamers, if not in the heavy-lidded wasting of time, then in the meaning of life that makes us work on. It was Wordsworth who wrote, "The world is too much with us"; and if I could give the secret of my ambition as a novelist in a few words it would be contained in that quotation. My inspiration to write has always come from nature. Character and action are subordinated to setting. In all that I have done I have tried to make people see how the world is too much with them. Getting and spending they lay waste their powers, with never a breath of the free and wonderful life of the open! Zane Grey 

Incidentally, Zane Grey's most famous book was wildly anti-Mormon to the point of being science fiction in several places.  I especially liked Zane Grey's choice scene in "Riders of the Purple Sage.. "I believe Mormon women are the best and noblest, the most long-sufferin', and the blindest, unhappiest women on earth." and our boy Lassiter is gunna fix it, one or two bullets at a time.

has been published.  The pages will turn, and every time you reopen the book it will find the very page you left off at. 

You may not know that Sir Doyle grew to hate Holmes with a truly purple-potted passion, and at last killed him off, glad to be rid of the blundering brute.  His Majesty begged Doyle to bring Sherlock Holmes back to life, and reluctantly the great detective was allowed to come limping back, and shall yet live forever.

Like Zane Grey, Holmes lay reason aside and carefully boosted some of the myth's of Mormonism as established fact.  Thus we have 3 great authors -- Doyle, Grey, and Jack London -- striking an easy shot at Mormonism at nearly the same time in history.  

Together these 3 authors set the red-eyed standard for journalists to follow over the next 70 years: "If it sounds good, the public will leap to believe it.  Charles Dickens yearned to strike a similar blow, but had the misfortune of seeking live examples of "this weird religion." He came back to his editor with a refusal to write anything so baseless and far from the truth.

As it was with Mormonism, so was it with the Pilgrims, and right on down the line to the Salvation Army, and then the Scientologists -- rumors masquerading as facts make far better copy than the actual truth.

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The Adventures of Daniel Boone.

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The classic A YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT by Mark Twain has been published again by Tale Wins.  It is available for your immediate download. 

The Red Badge of Courage -- the Civil War classic by Stephen Crane is ready for your immediate download.

David Crockett is now available in pdf format.  Right Click HERE to download your copy.  Select, SAVE TARGET AS and save it to your computer for easy reading.

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Buffalo Bill, one of the enduring heroes of the old west.

This book reveals the many conquests he did make, as a frontiersman, a Pony Express Rider, a Scout, a business owner, a showman, a guide, and as a human being.

 

Black Heart, White Heart, an adventure novel set in Africa at the end of the 19th century.

Treasure Island  -- Across the Prairie

I Married A Ranger is the fascinating story of the first woman to work for the National Park Service at the Grand Canyon in the old Wild West.  This is a book of rare humor, western adventure, touching romance, and packed with historical fact.

Tarzan Adventures

Riders of the Purple Sage, by Zane Grey