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A collection of notes about the WWI legend of spirits saving the British soldiers. Completely forgettable.
This is a bit better than the usual Henty fare. Set during and after Boudiccia's revolt in the first century AD in Roman occupied Britain, Beric is a young tribal chieftain, raised by Romans. He gets captured and brought to Rome to be trained as a gladiator.

I read this one in concert with "Wulf the Saxon" and this one is better. Probably because A. the Britons are not his golden-boy (Aryan) Saxons and B. he has a healthy respect for the Romans, so they arent the cartoonish bad guys that the Welsh and Normans were in "Wulf".

I'd recommend it, but remember its Henty so be prepared for lots of talk and descriptions of nothing and little plot. As always, you don't really LEARN anything.
Probably one of the better Solomon Kane novels, as it takes the Puritan hero out of Europe and into Africa, against a murderous African queen of a lost tribe. A mix of magic and sword and rapier action.
No event inspires as much English nationalism and a pity party as the Norman invasion. So of course this event inspires what might be Henty's absolutely WORST book ever. I can sum it up as: English=good, Normans, Welsh, Bretons=evil.
It is so bigoted in its depiction of anyone not English (Saxon) as to be laughable. At one point, he states "the Saxons never harm women or children." Ahem, how about the St Brice's day massacre to start with.
The saddest thing is that Henty really believed his Saxon/English racial superiority to an extent that would make any rational person uncomfortable.
This is one of the better Conan stories, with a cannibal cult, a magician, a strangler-killer and a topless damsel in distress. All one needs for an adventure.
Top literature. Much better than the more famous King Arthur. Orlando and the peers of Charlemagne is a truly epic work which should be more known in the English speaking world. (Translated from Italian).
REH's attempt at writing a Fu Manchu, yellow peril adventure (although the title villain is actually Egyptian), is serviceble enough, but Howard was never his best when he tried to imitate his contemporaries. It's a decent if unmemorable read. You can find better REH on this site.
And the usual blah, blah, blah, complaints about racism whenever the villain isn't German.
This is the first piece of fiction I've found on this obscure conflict, the Russo-Japanese war. It involves an unnamed American-Polish spy working for the UK and as a double agent for both the Russian Czar and the Japanese Mikado. It involves spy ships, trans-siberian railway and beautiful, seductive princesses.
It does have an annoying characteristic of not fully naming characters, calling them Princes Y____ and Prince Z____.
A spy novel set during WWI, but really more of a look at upper-class, rural British society. The mystery is fairly interesting.