Joseph O'Loughlin recently released his debut novel about the War of 1812, Gallagher's Prize. It is available worldwide for Kindle download.
At the beginning of the 19th century, British global military power oppressed, outgunned and eventually invaded the young United States of America during the War of 1812.
How did America prevail against such odds? With ships, guns and the fierce desire for freedom that lived in the hearts of American sailors. Many of these men were not even Americans yet. Some came from Ireland, including Jack Gallagher.
"Gallagher's Prize" begins in southern Ireland when English law breaks up an Irish Catholic family's farmland and a young man longs for the sea. During his many adventures, Jack visits Portsmouth (England), Dublin, Tenerife, Recife, Boston and New Orleans. He learns about square sailing, naval gunnery and ship's tactics, makes interesting new friends and acquaintances, repairs long-standing enmity with his brother, rescues his family from debt, defeats a powerful and dysfunctional adversary, and experiences sex and love.
Read more ...
Author Julian Stockwin's new novel, Tyger, will be released in hardcover in the UK on 8 October 2015 and in the US on 1 December 2015. It is now available for pre-order.
The greatest naval trial in the Georgian period is underway at Portsmouth with the court martial of Sir Home Popham, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd's commanding officer in the doomed occupation of Buenos Aires. Kydd has some sympathy for Popham's unauthorised action but his support for his former commander leaves him athwart some very influential people in the Admiralty.
With his frigate L'Aurore unfit for sea, Kydd is given a commission that some hope will destroy his career. Tyger has recently mutinied but instead of having her company dispersed around the fleet as is customary, the ship is pressed into immediate service in the North Sea. Kydd faces a crew still under some malign influence.
Enemies aboard and on the high seas are just the start of the problem. Soon he will have to take his untested and untrustworthy crew into the Baltic and there they will get entangled with Napoleon's invasion of Prussia. The stakes are desperate, the task seemingly impossible and the French implacable. But the only way for Kydd to avoid disgrace is to gamble his reputation and crew on a crazy mission to snatch a Prussian division out of the jaws of Napoleon's advancing army. Will he return home once more a hero, or himself face a court martial?
Read more ...
David Perry recently released a sequel to Not Self but Country. The Crucible of Tradition: A Sea of Heroes and Traitors is now available worldwide in paperback and for kindle download.
You read about John Paul Jones' famous battle with HMS Serapis in Not Self but Country; now read The Crucible of Tradition and empathize with his internal struggles and external battles after the victory. Treason, treachery, and infidelity plague him at every turn.
Get reacquainted with Captain John Barry. Discover his humble peasant beginnings in Ireland. Experience the warm kinship in his loving family in the oppressive poverty of the eighteenth century. Accompany him on his rise to prominence and his personal struggle through two marriages.
Meticulously researched, this novel, the second in the series, will introduce you to the men who secured America's independence while others framed her government. You will walk the streets of colonial America in scenes that were pulled from period maps and newspapers. Fight, grieve, and exult alongside the men and women who were the actual flesh and blood heroes of their day.
Read more ...
Perry Comer recently released the next installment of the Donland series, Donland's Ransom. It is available worldwide for Kindle download.
It is 1779 and the war is going badly for England. Pirates have kidnapped the Crown prince of Portugal. Donland must rescue the prince before the French or Spanish get to him and persuade him to join forces with them. The ransom to be paid is five hundred pounds sterling in gold coin.
Donland is warned, " The man who requested you has placed you in a difficult position. You are to deliver the gold and provide assistance to him. It is the latter than should concern you, for if his mission fails you will bear the brunt of that failure."
The French fleet of Comte D'Estaing is growing stronger with reinforcements. The Caribbean is becoming a French lake. From Saint Lucia to Grenada and onward to the Port of Spain, Donland and the crew of the Hornet outwit and out sail their pursuers.
Read more ...
Jack M. D. Owen recently released David Porter, Philadelphia & The Barbary Pirates: Lieutenant David Porter on the Shores of Tripoli. It is available worldwide for Kindle download.
One Halloween the US Navy would like to forget, played a terrible trick on Lieutenant David Porter, in 1803.
He, along with 306 other shipmates aboard the 38-gun frigate USS Philadelphia, including Captain William Bainbridge, were caught by pirates at Tripoli. It took guile and courage to free them from their 18-month slavery in the grip of a murderous, despotic Bashaw, and a renegade Scot-turned-Turk pirate. Plus the politicking of a President, Emperor and Pope.
It also introduced the United States Marine Corps onto the world stage of battle and bravery. A handful of leathernecks with a raggle-taggle army of camel-drivers and mercenaries, under determined leadership, routed the best the Barbary Coast Pirates could muster.
They helped free their comrades, after they marched across a desert, quelled mutinies, and meted out frontier justice.
Read more ...