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This site is dedicated to the Age of Sail and the transition to steam, and in particular the time of "Nelson's Navy" when sailing ships roamed and fought throughout the oceans of the world. Probably most people have heard of Horatio Hornblower the hero created by C S Forester but over the years many more authors and their heroes have appeared and these pages will summarise them under the Authors A-Z. You can also find them via the Book Title Index. If you want to chat about them or read additional reviews and comments not on this site why not join my Historic Naval Fiction forum.
I aim to provide details of all the naval fiction novels from the age of sail that have been written, not just the Royal Navy but the US Navy, the Bombay Marine and others. Many of these books are now out of print so I have also brought links to purchase them together in the online store. Please browse the various sections for further information. Let me know if you find my pages interesting, or if you know of another author that should be included, by using the contact form available in Contact Me. If you would like to receive a monthly email notification of what's new please subscribe to my newsletter. The site also covers all other nautical literature, both fiction and non-fiction in the Other Nautical Genres section. This is where you will find news and listings of naval fiction set after the Age of Sail.
- Other Releases
- Created on Friday, 31 October 2014
- By Kerry Lynne
Kerry Lynne has just released a new pirate fiction novel, Nor Gold: The Pirate Captain. It is available for kindle download worldwide.
"Nor Gold" picks up where "The Pirate Captain" left off: Cate Mackenzie, a woman who lost everything to the Jacobite Uprising, trying to make sense out of being sold to Thomas, Nathanael Blackthorne's pirate friend. Once again, Fate has robbed her of both her heart and her home.
As Nathan sails off, Cate tries to come to terms with her new situation. Practicality tells her Thomas is not an altogether poor future: he's amiable, generous, and most of all, willing... but her heart is still with Nathan.
Nathan, in the meantime, has but two quests: to get Cate back, and to claim his revenge against Lord Breaston Creswicke and the Royal West Indies Mercantile Company. In that process, he discovers there is no outrunning his past and that there are consequences for every action.
The Caribbean Sea isn't big enough for Nathan, Thomas and Creswicke. Paths cross... and sparks fly.
- Naval Fiction Releases
- Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014
- By M. Kei
M. Kei has just released a new novel in his Pirates of the Narrow Seas series, The Sea Leopard. It is is now available worldwide for Kindle download.
Isam Rais, captain of the xebec, Sea Leopard, is on a swashbuckling adventure in the Mediterranean Sea. Battling unfriendly allies as much as his enemies, he plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with a much more powerful frigate, only to see victory snatched from his grasp by the resolution of the opposing captain. In debt and needing to repair his fortunes, he accepts a dangerous commission from the Dey of the Sallee Republic to hunt pirates—Muslim pirates—disloyal to the country that gives them refuge. Isam finds himself on the unpopular side in a battle of corsair against corsair. In the midst of storm and bloodshed, he is rescued by a mysterious veiled woman in a fateful meeting that will change his life forever.
- Naval Fiction Releases
- Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014
- By M. Howard Morgan
M. Howard Morgan has a new book available for pre-order on kindle, The Glorious First. It will be released worldwide on 28 October 2014.
War with Revolutionary France takes Lieutenant Vizzard to the coasts of France. He is to escort a government agent known to carry valuable intelligence of vital importance to Prime Minister Pitt's government. Captured by a traitor he must escape France. Can he trust the beautiful Frenchwoman who befriends him?
His work leads directly to the first fleet action of the Revolutionary War with France and to the battle known in Britain as The Glorious First of June where heroes and cowards will die together.
- Book Reviews
- Created on Tuesday, 14 October 2014
- By David Hayes
The Massacre of Innocents is the first book in a proposed new series set during the period when the Royal navy was undergoing it's rapid reduction after the Napoleonic Wars. Many authors concentrate on the anti-slavery patrols but Lawrence, in a refreshing change, has chosen the Greek struggle for independence from Turkey.
The European nations were not officially engaged in the early stages of this conflict so HMS Surprise has to act as a Letter of Marque aiding the Greek navy in it's attempts to defend it's islands from the much more powerful Turks. Ancient Greece was of course made up of individual city states, often at war, and it seems as if not much had changed by this time with little cooperation between the fleets of different islands or their civilian populations. Surprise is the only frigate facing a powerful enemy so running rather than fighting is often the only available option, but eventually some degree of cooperation between all involved leads to a decisive battle.
Lawrence's narrative had a group of well developed characters which, as you might suspect from the series title 'The Continuing Voyages of HMS Surprise', are reminiscent of O'Brian's work.
I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more. Recommended.
- Naval Fiction Releases
- Created on Sunday, 12 October 2014
- By Les Eldridge
Les Eldridge has released a new book which is now available for kindle download worldwide, The Chilean Corvette.
It is 1866. The Civil War is over, the Confederate Navy is gone, and the Union Navy is 90% smaller. Thousands of out-of-work sailors flock to the navies and merchant fleets of other nations. Former Confederate Commodore John Randolph Tucker is hired by Peru and Chile to lead their combined fleets against the might of the Spanish Navy in the War of the Chincha Islands.
After Rory's April wedding in Ireland, and Tobias' engagement, Rory is summoned by Tucker to join his Peruvian/Chilean staff. Rory becomes commander of the Chilean/Peruvian Atlantic Squadron. He recruits Tobias and a host of Irish-American sailor-members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the "Fenians," thirsting for adventure, employment and training for the forthcoming Fenian uprising against Britain in 1867.
Together, Rory and Tobias lead the squadron as it carries out Peruvian President Mariano Prado's plan to attack Spanish possessions in the Atlantic, and Spain herself. The Spanish Navy is thrown in chaos as our heroes use steam fireships to destroy the massive wooden warships of Spain, risking their lives in the process.
- Other Releases
- Created on Saturday, 11 October 2014
- By S. K. Keogh
S. K. Keogh has a new book which was recently released worldwide, The Fortune. The second book in a pirate fiction series, The Jack Mallory Chronicles, it is available in paperback and ebook versions.
A deal with the devil... Jack Mallory has vowed to abandon his nefarious seafaring life to be with the woman he loves, but his final act of piracy leaves him facing the noose. His one chance at freedom: a deal with an old enemy, Ezra Archer, a wealthy Charles Town planter. Archer has his sights set on increasing his lands and securing a seat on the Carolina Assembly—and he will destroy anyone in his way. At first, Jack's pact with the ruthless planter seems benign—sail to Virginia to fetch Archer's niece. Yet soon he discovers Archer's plans for the girl are anything but honorable and could endanger his own future, a future that seems increasingly bleak when faced with Archer's next, murderous task. With time running out and innocent lives hanging in the balance, Jack must find a way to break his deal with the devil or forever forfeit the honest life he had hoped to reclaim for himself and his family.
- Other Releases
- Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014
- By Brad Koch
Brad Koch recently released the second book in his Butler Family Chronicles series, The Privateers Riflemen. It is available for kindle download worldwide.
Book one of the Butler Family Chronicles Privateers and Kings introduced the reader to the Butler family and told of their successes as privateers and in the establishment of their entrepreneurial enterprises. The second book of the 'Chronicles', Privateers Riflemen finds the family endeavors flourishing but with danger signs on the horizon. The French in New France (Canada) are insidiously provoking their Indian allies to attack the English colonists living, or seeking land on the frontier. Family members team up with George Washington, in his formative years as a warrior, in the French and Indian War. Tidewater Company riflemen patrol the frontier and battle both Indian and French forces. With George Washington the riflemen participate in the Braddock disaster, bravely holding the line to help save Braddock's retreating army. Having now established a base in the East Indies they are now conducting business with their Chinese, comprador dodging both the English and Dutch East Indies monopolies in the area. Once again their privateering skills are called in to action taking on French shipping and the French navy with exciting results.
- Jan Needle's Nelson Series of Short Stoiries
- First Fleet (K)
- Quarterdeck (K)
- Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail 1600 - 1714 (HC)
- The Ship of the Line: A History in Ship Models (HC)
- British Expeditions to the South Atlantic 1805-1807 (HC)
- Pirate: Privateer (HC/K)
- Review: Blackwell's Paradise by V. E. Ulett