“Gong Ji, Mister President!” cried Holcombe —
The full-text versions of eight stories featuring teens at turning points in history.
Ulysses S. Grant’s little-heralded trip around the world is the setting for the title story in Tom Durwood’s collection of old-fashioned adventure fiction.
Young protagonists take on all manner of treachery and obstacles in a wide range of historical eras. In these pages, you will take part in a violent battle over succession in the Benin kingdoms, meet a young clerk who gets pulled into a murderous plot in 17th century Amsterdam, witness revenge in a cowboy saloon, and much more.
In the novella “The Boatman’s Daughter,” we meet Salima, daughter of the Nile, a determined young woman who fights for her people during the colossal construction of the Suez Canal. The collection’s title story shows a different side to the gruff 18th American President, as he joins forces with a group of Chinese teens to thwart assassins.
Readers of Louis L’Amour and Robert E. Howard will find themselves in familiar territory.
Length: 389 pages
Dimensions: 7 inches tall x 4.75 inches wide
Graphics: black and white interior, full-color cover with illustrations, endpaper map
Publication date: October 2017
… their pursuers closing in .. Song Li drew back the last arrow on his bow the horde was almost on top of them
Suddenly a horseman carrying a lantern emerged from the trees at the center of the grove.
For a long moment, the horseman dominated the scene without speaking. He raised a lantern; the light helped the commotion to quiet down. All parties stopped and looked: the rider was dramatically framed by the trees and limned in the light from torches carried by riders who now emerged from the forest behind him.
Now the riders spread out, surrounding the grove.
“My name is Ulysses S. Grant,” said the figure holding the lantern.
About Tom Durwood
Tom Durwood is a teacher, writer and editor with an interest in history. Tom most recently taught English Composition and Empire and Literature at Valley Forge Military College, where he won the Teacher of the Year Award five times. Tom has taught Public Speaking and Basic Communications as guest lecturer for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group at the Dam’s Neck Annex of the Naval War College.
Tom edits an open-access scholarly journal, The Journal of Empire Studies (www.empirestudies.org).
“Tom Durwood is the real thing.”
Joe Weber, Honorable Enemies, Rules of Engagement
“A wonderful, wonderful read.”
Sara Ridley, Life of a Storyteller blog
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