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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 Tuesday, 16 December 2014
- By Joan Druett
Joan Druett has a new book which was recently released, Eleanor's Odyssey: Journal of the Captain's Wife on the East Indiaman Friendship, 1799-1801. It is available worldwide in paperback.
It was 1799, and French privateers lurked in the Atlantic and the Bay of Bengal. Yet Eleanor Reid, newly married and just twenty-one years old, made up her mind to sail with her husband, Captain Hugh Reid, to the Pacific, the Spice Islands and India. Danger threatened not just from the barely charted seas they would be sailing, but from the lowest deck of Captain Reid's East Indiaman Friendship, too—from the cages of Irish rebels he was carrying to the penal colony of New South Wales. Yet, confident in her love and her husband's seamanship, Eleanor insisted on going along.
Joan Druett, writer of many books about the sea, including the bestseller Island of the Lost, and the groundbreaking story of women under sail, Hen Frigates, embellishes Eleanor's journal with a commentary that illuminates the strange story of a remarkable young woman.
- Naval Fiction Releases
- Created on Saturday, 06 December 2014
- By David Healey
David Healey recently released the second book of The Sea Lord Chronicles, Ship of Spies. It is available for Kindle download worldwide.
Three weeks after Alexander single-handedly sinks three attacking Napoleonist ships, he awakens in a strange room to find that an assassin is about to stab him. He narrowly escapes by gryphon to the vast estate of his friend, Lord Parkington. Together, the boys return to HMS Resolution, but Alexander does not get a warm welcome. The crew and even some of the officers are suspicious and jealous of his new powers as an elemental who can command the sea.
Instead of resuming his duties as a Royal Navy ensign, Alexander is assigned to catch the thief who stole something mysterious from the American diplomat aboard the ship. He finds himself dodging more assassins, storms, lies and spies in a mission every bit as dangerous as what he encountered in "First Voyage." A climactic battle with the Napoleonist ship that seems just as interested in the diplomat's mission as the thief aboard HMS Resolution will test all of Alexander's abilities and bring him to the attention of a dangerous new enemy.
- Book Reviews
- Created on Sunday, 30 November 2014
- By David Hayes
The Glorious First is the second book in M. Howard Morgan's series about Royal Marine officer Jack Vizzard.
As war with France breaks out the government needs information and Vizzard finds himself in the murky world of espionage. Captured in enemy territory he must find a way to escape. Back iin England, for his valuable work, he is assigned to a ship in Lord Howe's fleet which plays a pivotal role in the first major battle of the war known as the Glorious First of June.
The book really has two distinct parts, the first of which is somewhat slower, but it is well written and the storyline flows well. The book picks up as the battle approaches and the action sequences are graphically written.
It is good to see a Royal Marine character taking centre stage and I look forward to further instalments of Vizzard's adventures. Recommended.
- Non-Fiction Releases
- Created on Sunday, 23 November 2014
- By John D. Grainger
John D. Grainger has just released a new book, The British Navy in the Baltic. It is available worldwide in Hardcover.
This book presents a comprehensive overview of the activities of the British navy in the Baltic Sea from the earliest times until the twentieth century. It traces developments from Anglo-Saxon times, through the medieval period when there were frequent disputes between English kings and the Hanseatic League, the seventeenth-century wars with the Dutch, and Britain's involvement in the Northern Wars in the early years of the eighteenth century. It considers in detail the major period of British involvement in the Baltic during the Napoleonic Wars, when the British navy fought the Danes, Napoleon's allies, and was highly effective in ensuring Sweden's neutrality and Russia's change of allegiance. It goes on to discuss British naval actions in the Baltic during the Crimean War and in the First World War and its aftermath. Throughout, the book relates naval actions to patterns of trade, to wider international politics, and to geographical factors such as winter sea ice and the shallow nature of the Baltic Sea.
- Astrodene's HNF Blog
- Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014
- By David Hayes
What can you tell us about The Massacre of Innocents without spoiling the plot for readers?
The plot, the historical events within which the story develops, as well as the people within the story all bring essential ingredients to the mix, but the most important one is the depth, dialogue and realistic nature of the principal characters. I have strived to add this strength and colour to my own characters, and to illustrate the thoughts, concerns and emotions affecting them within the bloody events of the story; to show how these events affect them.
- Naval Fiction Releases
- Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014
- By David Donachie
Author David Donachie's new novel, The Devil to Pay, will be released in hardcover and for kindle download worldwide on 20 November 2015.
Faced with a ship in need of repair, enemy attacks and the threat of wily Admiral Hotham, John Pearce is sailing into danger.
Meanwhile Ralph Barclay is on his way to the Mediterranean. Thinking his wife still with Pearce and that he can repair his marriage by rescuing her, he sails in pursuit, Hotham half-hoping he suffers the same fate as the admiral has in store for Pearce. Can John Pearce fight to first save himself and his charges from captivity and then to be free from the enemy? It is a battle that will require all of his wits.
- Book Reviews
- Created on Monday, 03 November 2014
- By David Hayes
This new title in Michael Aye's Fighting Anthony's series covers new ground as the author, for part of the story, moves the setting away from the Caribbean. With knowledge of an attempt by American privateers and the French to intercept the vital East India trade a squadron is despatched to the waters off Madagascar, however after his Admiral is wounded, as Flag Captain, Gabe finds himself in command and facing a superior force.
Throughout this series the author has built up quite a large cast of characters but as usual we are reintroduced to them without slowing down the pace of the story. There are no detailed descriptions of ship handling but several action sequences.
The 'Fighting Anthony's is set during the American struggle for independence but does not seek to recount specific historical events. This is another good yarn with a fresh feel and 'Trident' as well as the series as a whole is recommended.