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Historical Fiction of Paul Jariabek

Adventures of Francis Drake


One Raid Will Create a Legend

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Historical Fiction Short Story Retribution

How does a farm boy and son of a poor country preacher become one of the world’s greatest naval commanders, a hero to one nation, and a pirate scourge of the Spanish Main?

July 1557. One month after England’s entry into the Anglo-French war. A world where kinship and patronage are as important as national identity.

Follow the 17-year-old Francis Drake into a cutlass-slashing, cannon-blasting sea raid as he joins his cousin John Hawkins in cutting out one of the Hawkins’ ships, and rescuing its crew from French captivity.

Cover of Adventures of Francis Drake - Retribution (Short Story)

Update of my Naval Historical Fiction Novel Sic Parvis Magna

I am very excited to announce that the manuscript of my historical fiction novel Sic Parvis Magna is in the hands of my editor!

Read the description of the historical fiction book and the updated first scene here.

Much like in my historical fiction short story Retribution, I am also working on the supporting art for the novel.

Please be sure to subscribe to my updates to get notified of my progress, get the first full chapter once it is finalized, and get involved in the release! 

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Historical Fiction Book Reviews

Explore some of the historical fiction books I have enjoyed.

cover of the historical fiction novel Trust and Treason by JR Tomlin

Historical Fiction Book Review: Trust and Treason by JR Tomlin

In JR Tomlin’s historical fiction novel Trust and Treason, Sir Archibald “The Grim” Douglas returns home following the disastrous battle at Neville’s Cross. He finds his land overran by the English and fights a personal guerrilla war to to rid Scotland of her invaders. However, he soon finds a deeper treachery, one that forces him to choose where his loyalty lies.

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Image of the Alchemy Thief by R. A. Denny, a historical fantasy novel

Historical Fantasy Book Review: Alchemy Thief by R. A. Denny

Be careful of what you ask of God … as you just might get it.

“…The vastness of the ocean that stretched to meet the sky filled her with a longing to reconnect with the God of the universe. She wanted to feel that closeness and security again. ‘Here I am, God, she prayed. ‘But what am I here for?’”

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The cover of historical fiction novel The Heretic Wind by Judith Arnopp

Historical Fiction Book Review: The Heretic Wind By Judith Arnopp

In The Heretic Wind, author Judith Arnopp introduces us to Mary Tudor, the daughter of Henry the VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon, and the first English Queen in her own right. The book is a fictionalized biography of Mary I (Mary Tudor, whom John Foxe dubs “Bloody” Mary). The historical character is easy to hate… which is why this book is so wonderful—as Arnopp puts us into Mary’s head, we discover…

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Interested in a Classic McKensie River Drift Boat?

Classic wooden McKenzie River Drift Boat for sale

This is not exactly historical fiction, but I am selling my hand-built, classic McKensie River Drift Boat.

Built to run rapids, she is a lot of fun – fast and very nimble. Or, she’s just as comfortable being on a lazy lake, her wide beam making her a stable fishing platform.

Check it out.