James Keffer has just released the first book in a proposed new series about an officer under the patronage of Admiral Hornblower, Brewer's Luck: Hornblower's Legacy. It is now available for kindle download worldwide and will be available in paperback shortly.
After gaining valuable experience as an aide to Governor Lord Horatio Hornblower, William Brewer is rewarded with a posting as first lieutenant on the frigate HMS Defiant, bound for American waters. Early in their travels, it seems as though Brewer’s greatest challenge will be evading the wrath of a tyrannical captain who has taken an active dislike to him. But when a hurricane sweeps away the captain, the young lieutenant is forced to assume command of the damaged ship, and a crew suffering from low morale.
Brewer reports their condition to Admiral Hornblower, who orders them into the Caribbean to destroy a nest of pirates hidden among the numerous islands. Luring the pirates out of their coastal lairs will be difficult enough; fighting them at sea could bring disaster to the entire operation. For the Defiant to succeed, Brewer must rely on his wits, his training, and his ability to shape a once-ragged crew into a coherent fighting force.
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The second book in Richard Woodmans new Sword of State Trilogy, Sword of State: The Tempering, sees the story of George Monck's life heading out to Sea. It is now available for kindle download worldwide.
The year is 1652. General George Monck has been through an awful lot since he sat as a prisoner in the Tower of London eight years before. He had led his men admirably through campaigns in Ireland and Scotland, but still storm clouds surround his future. Six months ago Monck’s life had been put in peril as he underwent the agonies of the spotted-fever. He had been away from his beloved Anne for many months and had come to London to find whether Ratsford – who had abandoned Anne some four years earlier after robbing her of her life’s savings – was alive and still proving to be an obstacle to their proposed marriage or dead.
Now rumours were surfacing that the increasing difficulties with the Dutch were most likely to lead to war, thus creating a further obstacle to Monck’s matrimonial intentions. But the soldier in Monck would never stand down from the call of duty. His life with Anne will have to wait as Parliament and the Army Council require the general’s artillery expertise as naval conflict with the Dutch becomes inevitable.
Will the great general find his sea legs and overcome his greatest challenge yet?
In ‘The Tempering’, the second book in the ‘Sword of the State’ trilogy, award-winning author Richard Woodman recreates the true story of George Monck, a giant of the 17th Century. Monck is all but forgotten today, yet his legacy is nothing less than the British monarchy and a famous regiment – the Coldstream Guards.
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Author James L. Nelson's new novel, The French Prize, will be released in hardcover worldwide on 14 July 2015. It is now available for pre-order.
Acclaimed, award-winning author James L. Nelson - praised as "a master of both his period and the English language" by Patrick O'Brian - returns to the world of sea and sail in this page-turning historical novel.
Jack Biddlecomb has much to live up to, being as he is the eldest son of the esteemed Captain Isaac Biddlecomb, wealthy merchant captain, leading light of the War for American Independence, and newly-minted congressman. Jack finds himself off to a promising start, however, when he's given command of the merchant vessel Abigail bound from Philadelphia for Barbados.
But even before the docklines are cast off, the voyage, which should have been routine, begins to look like a stormy passage indeed. Jack is saddled with two passengers, one as unpleasant as he is highborn, the other a confidant of the Abigail's owner who cannot help but meddle in the running of the ship. What's more, with the French making prizes of American merchantmen, Abigail's owner has armed the ship and instructed Jack to fight if need be, thrusting the first-time captain and his small crew into a naval war for which they are totally unprepared.
What Jack does not know, but soon begins to suspect, is that he is being used as part of a bigger plot, one that will have repercussions on an international scale.
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William H. White has just released his latest novel, In Hostile Waters: The Cruise of USS Argus, which brings together characters from two of his series. It is now available in for kindle download worldwide and will be released in paperback shortly.
It’s 1813 and Navy Lieutenant William Henry Allen takes the United States brig of war Argus to France to deliver the new United States minister to France. Oliver Baldwin, from The Greater the Honor and In Pursuit of Glory sails as first lieutenant for the commission. The Royal Navy, being at war with France in addition to the United States, has blockaded the coast, of course, but Allen’s orders preclude hostile contact until after he has delivered the minister.
Once that chore is completed, his orders send him on a commerce-raiding cruise to British waters. In a bit over 3 weeks, they sink or burn 21 British merchant ships. And then the English Brig Pelican is sent out to find the marauders and stop the disastrous attacks. Pelican is commanded by Edward Ballantyne, recently seen in Gun Bay and previously, in When Fortune Frowns. There would be no story if the English had been unsuccessful in finding Argus. All we’ll tell you now is that Henry Allen is mortally wounded in the ensuing battle.
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Perry Comer recently released the next installment of the Donland series, Raid on Port Royal: Donland and The Hornet. It is available worldwide for Kindle download.
Three sloops does not a squadron make nor a commodore. Sailing from English Harbor, Donland is in command of the sloops Hornet, Stinger and Jacket. His destination is Fort Royal in Carolina to deliver munitions and soldiers. Sumerford has his secrets, Major Ellington of the army has his bluster and Donland has a captain afraid of his first lieutenant. The mix is explosive and Donland is challenged to stay in command.
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In freezing weather the munitions and soldiers are landed. A fort has to be subdued and Major Ellington is determined to have his glorious battle. The stage is set for one of the strangest battles of the Revolution. History records the Colonials as the victors but Donland would argue the point.