Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Genghis Khan and the Mongol Horde

On August 18, 1227, Genghis Khan, the Mongol leader who forged an empire stretching from the east coast of China west to the Aral Sea, died in camp during a campaign against the Chinese kingdom of Xi Xia. 
The great Khan, who was over 60 and in failing health, may have succumbed to injuries incurred during a fall from a horse in the previous year.

Try some of the following fiction books based on this legendary leader and warrior:

Treasure of Khan by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

Genghis Khan ruled an empire that stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea. His conquests are the stuff of legend. When Dirk Pitt is nearly killed rescuing an oil survey team, it appears a simple act of nature. When the team is abducted and Pitt's vessel nearly sunk, however, all trails lead to Mongolia, and a mysterious tycoon that harbors a dream of restoring the conquests of his ancestors.

The Mongoliad. Book One by Erick Bear ...

As the Mongols swept across Asia and were poised to invade Europe in 1241, a small band of warriors conceived a desperate plan to stop the attack. In the late 19th century a mysterious group of English martial arts enthusiasts gave Sir Richard F. Burton, expert on languages and swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate--the lost chronicles of this desperate fight to save Europe.

The Mongoliad. Book Two by Erick Bear ...  

In the aftermath of the Mongolian invasion of 1241, beleaguered Christians struggle with the presence of a violent horde and a world turned upside down. An order of warrior monks, the Shield-Brethren, refuses to yield, plotting to overthrow the invaders despite insurmountable odds.

The Mongoliad. Book Three by Neal Stephenson … 

This book includes “Seer: A Prequel to the Mongoliad”. This short story was previously available only digitally and sets up characters and events in The Mongoliad. The warrior-monks, both in the East and the West, sharpen their swords for a final battle. The Khan of Khans must be slain if Christendom is to survive. A sweeping historical interpretation of the battle for Europe against the invading Mongols and their ruthless Khan.

Genghis : Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden

He was born Temujin, the son of a khan and raised in a clan of hunters.  Even though his young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts, he endured.  From that moment on, he was driven by a singular passion: to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies who could come without warning from beyond the horizon. 

Genghis : Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden

Through a series of courageous raids against the Tartars, Temujin’s legend grew. Blessed with fierce courage, it was the young warrior's ability to learn, to imagine, and to judge the hearts of others that propelled him to greater and greater power. Until he was chasing an idea: to unite many tribes into one, to make the earth tremble under a thousand horses, and to bend nations to his will. 

Genghis : Bones of the Hills by Conn Iggulden

Genghis Khan, stalked by enemies seen and unseen and plagued by a divided family, leads a sprawling force of horsemen beyond the realm of their known world. He will bring a storm to Arab lands and face the armies of the shah. But as Genghis enters a strange new land of towering mountains and arid desert, he confronts an enemy greater than any he has met before.

Khan : Empire of Silver : a Novel of the Khan Empire by Conn Iggulden

The Great Khan is dead. His vast empire hangs in the balance, an empire he forged with raw courage, tactical brilliance, unswerving dedication to his people, and the force of his own indomitable will. Now the very qualities that united the fierce Mongol tribes threaten to tear them apart, as the heirs of Genghis maneuver for dominance. In the end, only one can command.

The Six Directions of Space by Alastair Reynolds

The Mongols, led by Genghis Khan, conquered Earth a thousand years ago and now rule an interstellar civilization. Yellow Dog, a spy for the current khan, is sent on a mission to a distant part of the empire where phantom star-ships have been glimpsed. Taken prisoner by the sadistic local commander, Yellow Dog discovers that the commander has collected artifacts from these phantoms, and she soon finds herself in charge of interpreting them.

The Tiger Queens : the Women of Genghis Khan by Stephanie Thornton

In the late twelfth century, across the sweeping Mongolian grasslands, brilliant, charismatic Temujin ascends to power, declaring himself Genghis Khan. But it is the women who stand beside him who ensure his triumph: Borte his queen, their fierce daughter, Alaqai, Fatima, a Persian captive, and Sorkhokhtani, a demure widow.  The tiger queens come to depend on one another as they fight, love, and sacrifice, all for the good of their family...and the greatness of their People. 

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