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Swords from the Sea [Paperback]

Harold Lamb , Howard Andrew Jones , S. M. Stirling

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May 1 2010
Vikings, pirates, heroes, rogues, and explorers . . . all have heard the siren call of the sea, and master storyteller Harold Lamb chronicled some of their most daring exploits. This single volume contains all of Lamb’s historical seafaring stories, drawn from rare and fragile pulp magazines. Never before collected, these short stories and novels are a treasure trove of adventure. Best known for his stirring tales of Cossacks and crusaders, Lamb was no stranger to swashbuckling, and his sea stories deliver it in buckets.
 
Sail with John Paul Jones as he fights to save the crippled Russian fleet from the Turks, one eye always alert for the knives of his czarist rivals. Venture across the desert with a lone American on a desperate venture against the Barbary corsairs. Seek the Northeast Passage, beset by ice, storms, and traitors from within, at the side of explorer Ralph Thorne. Ride the whale road with the Vikings, plying their swords from Iceland to Byzantium. Introduced by best-selling author S. M. Stirling, this volume concludes with a rare behind-the-scenes look at Harold Lamb’s writing secrets, penned by the editor who made him famous.

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"Like a burial mound's hidden hoard of treasure [Lamb's stories] lay undisturbed, awaiting their rediscovery by Mr. Jonesoand now a growing band of admirers." John J. Miller, Wall Street Journal

About the Author

Harold Lamb (1892–1962), who wrote biographies and screenplays as well as historical fiction, is best remembered for his tales of Cossacks and crusaders. Howard Andrew Jones is the managing editor of Black Gate magazine and the editor of Harold Lamb’s Swords from the Desert and Swords from the West, both available in Bison Books editions. S. M. Stirling is the author of many science fiction novels, including most recently The Scourge of God and The Sunrise Lands.

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5.0 out of 5 stars More greatness from Harold Lamb Jan. 14 2012
By Daniel Durr, Jr - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot say enough good things about Harold Lamb. He is one of my favorite authors. I discovered his non-fiction books on the Crusades when I was younger, and often thought that I wished he had written fiction since I enjoyed his writing style so much. Later I learned that he was in fact a prolific fiction writer. A million thanks to Howard Jones for helping make these available once again. I intend to buy all the Lamb collections, and hope many others do the same.

Lamb not only writes a rollicking good story, but his historical accuracy is spot on. He chooses exotic locations and historical situations that I suspect that 99% of people are not familiar with these days. Serious study of history sometimes seems to be dying out, but hopefully the short fiction stories of Harold Lamb will awaken a love for history in the hearts of even today's youngster, and prompt them to put down the XBOX controller, and pick up a good book.

If you like exciting well-written short stories in a historical setting, you owe it to yourself to pick up any of the new Harold Lamb collections.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless historical fiction! Dec 26 2011
By Stephen A. North - Published on Amazon.com
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Harold Lamb inspired the likes of S.M. Stirling and Robert E. Howard. Need I mention that he inspires me, too? This collection of short stories is packed with well-told, well-researched tales that will appeal to diverse people. Timeless is a word that comes to mind. I've read this book twice since receiving it as a gift last year. Be transported and leave today behind in these adventures from long ago.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Collection of short stories Sept. 12 2013
By FilAmfighter1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book was good but a collection of short stories only two connected. The book was good reading for short stories. Not worth the amount though. He wrote better stories in his other books. Should have worked the stories of John Paul into a whole book.

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