Historic Naval Fiction - Historic Naval Fiction Historic Naval Fiction, the home of naval fiction set in the age of sail, contains information on the authors and novels with useful information and links for people interested in books set in the Age of Sail http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/ 2014-04-16T20:13:29+01:00 AstroCMS British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817 - 1863 (HC) 2014-04-07T01:00:00+01:00 2014-04-07T01:00:00+01:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3470-british-warships-in-the-age-of-sail-1817-1863-hc Rif Winfield webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/W/winfield6.jpg" alt="British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817 - 1863" width="120" height="142" />The final instalment of Rif Winfield's epic series on the&nbsp;Design Construction, Careers and Fates of British warships will be released on 17 April 2014.&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3469:british-warships-in-the-age-of-sail-1817-1863-design-construction-careers-and-fates&amp;catid=113:aos-naval-non-fiction-ships-a-design&amp;Itemid=674"><em>British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817 - 1863</em></a>&nbsp;is now available for pre-order in Hardcover.</p> <p>The publication of this book sees the completion of a monumental work listing the technical details and career histories of every significant British warship between 1603 and 1863. Following three earlier volumes, this one carries forward the story from the post-Napoleonic War reorganisation of the Royal Navy's rating system to the end of sail as the principal mode of propulsion. Although apparently well documented, this is a period of great complexity in the procurement and naval architecture of ships. The introduction of steam radically altered the design of vessels under construction and was later retro-fitted to others, while many 'names' lived a ghostly existence on the Navy List: ships ordered but not started, and in some cases having their intended draughts altered more than once before being cancelled entirely. This book meticulously sorts out and clarifies these confusions - a major contribution in itself - but for the first time it also provides outline service histories for an era that is largely neglected. Like its companion volumes, the book is organised by Rate, classification and class, with significant technical and building data, followed by a concise summary of the careers of each ship in every class. With its unique depth of information, this is a work of the utmost importance to every naval historian and general reader interested in the navy of the sailing era and the formative years of the steam navy that supplanted it.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/W/winfield6.jpg" alt="British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817 - 1863" width="120" height="142" />The final instalment of Rif Winfield's epic series on the&nbsp;Design Construction, Careers and Fates of British warships will be released on 17 April 2014.&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3469:british-warships-in-the-age-of-sail-1817-1863-design-construction-careers-and-fates&amp;catid=113:aos-naval-non-fiction-ships-a-design&amp;Itemid=674"><em>British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817 - 1863</em></a>&nbsp;is now available for pre-order in Hardcover.</p> <p>The publication of this book sees the completion of a monumental work listing the technical details and career histories of every significant British warship between 1603 and 1863. Following three earlier volumes, this one carries forward the story from the post-Napoleonic War reorganisation of the Royal Navy's rating system to the end of sail as the principal mode of propulsion. Although apparently well documented, this is a period of great complexity in the procurement and naval architecture of ships. The introduction of steam radically altered the design of vessels under construction and was later retro-fitted to others, while many 'names' lived a ghostly existence on the Navy List: ships ordered but not started, and in some cases having their intended draughts altered more than once before being cancelled entirely. This book meticulously sorts out and clarifies these confusions - a major contribution in itself - but for the first time it also provides outline service histories for an era that is largely neglected. Like its companion volumes, the book is organised by Rate, classification and class, with significant technical and building data, followed by a concise summary of the careers of each ship in every class. With its unique depth of information, this is a work of the utmost importance to every naval historian and general reader interested in the navy of the sailing era and the formative years of the steam navy that supplanted it.</p> </div> A History of the Royal Navy: The Royal Marines (HC) 2014-04-04T01:00:00+01:00 2014-04-04T01:00:00+01:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3466-a-history-of-the-royal-navy-the-royal-marines-hc Britt Zerbe webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/XYZ/zerbe2.jpg" alt="A History of the Royal Navy: The Royal Marines" width="120" height="192" />A new book by Britt Zerbe, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3465:a-history-of-the-royal-navy-the-royal-marines&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98"><em>A History of the Royal Navy: The Royal Marines</em></a>,&nbsp;is now available for pre-order in Hardcover. It will be released worldwide on 30 August 2014.</p> <p>The Royal Marines are the elite force of the Royal Navy. Founded in 1755, but tracing their origins as far back as 1664, the Marines are an iconic amphibious infantry force, combining military and naval skills and operations. During World War I, the Marines were key players in the amphibious landings at Gallipoli and in World War II the Marines were active in a number of theatres including the capture of Madagascar and the defence of Crete. In the post-war world, the Marines were active in the ill-fated Suez crisis. Today's Marines are highly-skilled maritime-focused commandoes who have played a pivotal role in recent conflicts in the Falklands, Afghanistan and Iraq. This book provides a complete history of the force from formation to the present day. As well as covering the campaigns fought by the Marines - from the Napoleonic Wars to the twenty-first century - the book also looks aspects of change and continuity in marine identity over the 300 years of their existence. As the first complete history of the Royal Marines, this book will be essential reading for all military and naval history enthusiasts.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/XYZ/zerbe2.jpg" alt="A History of the Royal Navy: The Royal Marines" width="120" height="192" />A new book by Britt Zerbe, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3465:a-history-of-the-royal-navy-the-royal-marines&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98"><em>A History of the Royal Navy: The Royal Marines</em></a>,&nbsp;is now available for pre-order in Hardcover. It will be released worldwide on 30 August 2014.</p> <p>The Royal Marines are the elite force of the Royal Navy. Founded in 1755, but tracing their origins as far back as 1664, the Marines are an iconic amphibious infantry force, combining military and naval skills and operations. During World War I, the Marines were key players in the amphibious landings at Gallipoli and in World War II the Marines were active in a number of theatres including the capture of Madagascar and the defence of Crete. In the post-war world, the Marines were active in the ill-fated Suez crisis. Today's Marines are highly-skilled maritime-focused commandoes who have played a pivotal role in recent conflicts in the Falklands, Afghanistan and Iraq. This book provides a complete history of the force from formation to the present day. As well as covering the campaigns fought by the Marines - from the Napoleonic Wars to the twenty-first century - the book also looks aspects of change and continuity in marine identity over the 300 years of their existence. As the first complete history of the Royal Marines, this book will be essential reading for all military and naval history enthusiasts.</p> </div> Review: Mean Sun by Gerry Garibaldi 2014-03-31T00:00:00+01:00 2014-03-31T00:00:00+01:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/general-hnf-info/book-reviews/list/3461-review-mean-sun-by-gerry-garibaldi David Hayes webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/G/garibaldi1.jpg" alt="Mean Sun" width="120" height="180" /><em><a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3301:mean-sun&amp;catid=42:m&amp;Itemid=67">Mean Sun</a>&nbsp;</em>is the first book in a new series by Gerry Garibaldi that follows the adventures of Daniel Wren. After he is caught by the press and taken aboard a navy vessel destined for a voyage to the far east he soon finds himself under the watchful eye of the master who takes an interest in his advancement.&nbsp;</p> <p>The book has a well written and fast paced plot which was hard to put down. The depictions of life at sea and the action were well written and I will certainly look out for the sequel. On a slight negative note the book could do with some editing. There are some obvious errors such as the name of the principal vessel changing at one stage which should have been picked up and officianados of the genre will also spot some more technical instances however on balance they did not affect my enjoyment of the story.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">Recommended</span></p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/G/garibaldi1.jpg" alt="Mean Sun" width="120" height="180" /><em><a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3301:mean-sun&amp;catid=42:m&amp;Itemid=67">Mean Sun</a>&nbsp;</em>is the first book in a new series by Gerry Garibaldi that follows the adventures of Daniel Wren. After he is caught by the press and taken aboard a navy vessel destined for a voyage to the far east he soon finds himself under the watchful eye of the master who takes an interest in his advancement.&nbsp;</p> <p>The book has a well written and fast paced plot which was hard to put down. The depictions of life at sea and the action were well written and I will certainly look out for the sequel. On a slight negative note the book could do with some editing. There are some obvious errors such as the name of the principal vessel changing at one stage which should have been picked up and officianados of the genre will also spot some more technical instances however on balance they did not affect my enjoyment of the story.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">Recommended</span></p> </div> Review: Song of the Mokihana by T. D. Matzenik 2014-03-30T00:00:00+00:00 2014-03-30T00:00:00+00:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/general-hnf-info/book-reviews/list/3460-review-song-of-the-mokihana-by-t-d-matzenik David Hayes webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/M/matzenik1.jpg" alt="Song of the Mokihana" width="120" height="192" /><a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3333:song-of-the-mokihana&amp;catid=29:merchantman-fiction&amp;Itemid=104"><em>Song of the Mokihana</em></a>&nbsp;is one of those interesting books that, whilst about sailing ships, are set in a different time period to the majority. In this case 1914.&nbsp;Set in the Pacific islands of French Polynesia the book is a romantic thriller that explores the tensions in an area which whilst remote from the conflict of the Great War is affected by it.</p> <p>The schooner <em>Mokihana</em> is captained by Henry Keenan, who is half american half Polynesian, with an american mate and a native crew. It visits the French islands where if finds some shipwrecked germans, including Matildhe Kolbe who also has some Polynesian ancestry. In the dying days of both the age of sail and the war the author has weaved an intricate and gripping plot in which all the characters seem to have their own conflicting agendas from their ancestral and national loyalties.</p> <p>For those not familiiar with the Islands, Matzenik's narrative gives you a real feeling for them at this time icluding the social attitudes and mores that existed between the natives, half castes and the various European powers. The author's descriptions of life aboard the <em>Mokihana</em>&nbsp;will be enjoyed by age of sail enthusiasts but it will also appeal to fans of many genres or those who just enjoy a thoroughly good read.</p> <p>Recommended</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/M/matzenik1.jpg" alt="Song of the Mokihana" width="120" height="192" /><a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3333:song-of-the-mokihana&amp;catid=29:merchantman-fiction&amp;Itemid=104"><em>Song of the Mokihana</em></a>&nbsp;is one of those interesting books that, whilst about sailing ships, are set in a different time period to the majority. In this case 1914.&nbsp;Set in the Pacific islands of French Polynesia the book is a romantic thriller that explores the tensions in an area which whilst remote from the conflict of the Great War is affected by it.</p> <p>The schooner <em>Mokihana</em> is captained by Henry Keenan, who is half american half Polynesian, with an american mate and a native crew. It visits the French islands where if finds some shipwrecked germans, including Matildhe Kolbe who also has some Polynesian ancestry. In the dying days of both the age of sail and the war the author has weaved an intricate and gripping plot in which all the characters seem to have their own conflicting agendas from their ancestral and national loyalties.</p> <p>For those not familiiar with the Islands, Matzenik's narrative gives you a real feeling for them at this time icluding the social attitudes and mores that existed between the natives, half castes and the various European powers. The author's descriptions of life aboard the <em>Mokihana</em>&nbsp;will be enjoyed by age of sail enthusiasts but it will also appeal to fans of many genres or those who just enjoy a thoroughly good read.</p> <p>Recommended</p> </div> Commodore Levy (PB) 2014-03-29T00:00:00+00:00 2014-03-29T00:00:00+00:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3459-commodore-levy-pb Irving Litvag webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/L/litvag1.jpg" alt="Commodore Levy" width="120" height="181" />A fictionalised account of the life of Uriah Phillips Levy USN by Irving Litvag,&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3457:commodore-levy&amp;catid=2:c&amp;Itemid=6"><em>Commodore Levy: A Novel of Early America in the Age of Sail</em></a>, is available for pre-order. It will be available in Paperback on 30 March 2014 in the UK and 15 April 2014 in the US. EDIT: I am advised by the publisher that there has been a change of plans and the book will now be released in Hardcover on 15 May 2014</p> <p>By all accounts, Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jewish commodore in the U.S. Navy, was both a principled and pugnacious man. On his way to becoming a flag officer, he was subjected to six courts-martial and engaged in a duel, all in response to antisemitic taunts and harassment from his fellow officers. Yet he never lost his love of country or desire to serve in its navy. When the navy tried to boot him out, he took his case to the highest court and won.</p> <p>This richly detailed historical novel closely follows the actual events of Levy's life: running away from his Philadelphia home to serve as a cabin boy at age ten; his service during the War of 1812 aboard the <em>Argus</em> and internment at the notorious British prison at Dartmoor; his campaign for the abolition of flogging in the Navy; and his purchase and restoration of Monticello as a tribute to his personal hero, Thomas Jefferson. Set against a broad panorama of U.S. history, Commodore Levy describes the American Jewish community from 1790 to 1860, the beginnings of the U.S. Navy, and the great nautical traditions of the Age of Sail before its surrender to the age of steam.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/L/litvag1.jpg" alt="Commodore Levy" width="120" height="181" />A fictionalised account of the life of Uriah Phillips Levy USN by Irving Litvag,&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3457:commodore-levy&amp;catid=2:c&amp;Itemid=6"><em>Commodore Levy: A Novel of Early America in the Age of Sail</em></a>, is available for pre-order. It will be available in Paperback on 30 March 2014 in the UK and 15 April 2014 in the US. EDIT: I am advised by the publisher that there has been a change of plans and the book will now be released in Hardcover on 15 May 2014</p> <p>By all accounts, Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jewish commodore in the U.S. Navy, was both a principled and pugnacious man. On his way to becoming a flag officer, he was subjected to six courts-martial and engaged in a duel, all in response to antisemitic taunts and harassment from his fellow officers. Yet he never lost his love of country or desire to serve in its navy. When the navy tried to boot him out, he took his case to the highest court and won.</p> <p>This richly detailed historical novel closely follows the actual events of Levy's life: running away from his Philadelphia home to serve as a cabin boy at age ten; his service during the War of 1812 aboard the <em>Argus</em> and internment at the notorious British prison at Dartmoor; his campaign for the abolition of flogging in the Navy; and his purchase and restoration of Monticello as a tribute to his personal hero, Thomas Jefferson. Set against a broad panorama of U.S. history, Commodore Levy describes the American Jewish community from 1790 to 1860, the beginnings of the U.S. Navy, and the great nautical traditions of the Age of Sail before its surrender to the age of steam.</p> </div> Scotland and the Sea (HC) 2014-03-28T01:00:00+00:00 2014-03-28T01:00:00+00:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3455-scotland-and-the-sea-hc Nick Robins webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/R/robins2.jpg" alt="Scotland and the Sea" width="120" height="172" />Nick Robins&nbsp;new&nbsp;book, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3269:scotland-and-the-sea-the-scottish-dimension-in-maritime-history&amp;catid=108:aos-other-non-fiction&amp;Itemid=201"><em>Scotland and the Sea: The Scottish Dimension in Maritime History</em></a>, is now available in hardcover in the UK. It will be released on 15 April 2014 in the US.</p> <p>Scotland's maritime heritage is a highly significant one, embracing as it does a quite outstanding contribution to Britain's development both as an empire and as the world's leading maritime power in the nineteenth century. Scottish engineering, ship-owning and operating, as well as business and entrepreneurial skills, played a major part in the success of the Merchant Navy, while Scottish emigrants took skills to every corner of the world, creating trade and wealth both abroad and at home. In terms of engineering, 'Clyde-built' was the Kite Mark for the shipbuilding industry the world over. Scottish shipowners included household names such as Allan, Anchor, Donaldson and Henderson, while Scotsmen were instrumental in founding and, for much of the time, managing Cunard, British India, P &amp; O, Orient, Glen and many other 'English' companies. The author tells an exhilarating story of energy and inventiveness, describing the remarkable navigational skills of the highlanders and the technological and business skills of the lowlanders, and relates the early development of the steamship, the impact of emigration, the involvement with exploration and the development of trade routes, and the final flowering of the world's last great iron sailing ships. And the evidence is still here, in the<em> Cutty Sark</em>, the Denny test tank at Helensburgh, and the Burrel Collection at Pollock, all reminders of a remarkable story.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/R/robins2.jpg" alt="Scotland and the Sea" width="120" height="172" />Nick Robins&nbsp;new&nbsp;book, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3269:scotland-and-the-sea-the-scottish-dimension-in-maritime-history&amp;catid=108:aos-other-non-fiction&amp;Itemid=201"><em>Scotland and the Sea: The Scottish Dimension in Maritime History</em></a>, is now available in hardcover in the UK. It will be released on 15 April 2014 in the US.</p> <p>Scotland's maritime heritage is a highly significant one, embracing as it does a quite outstanding contribution to Britain's development both as an empire and as the world's leading maritime power in the nineteenth century. Scottish engineering, ship-owning and operating, as well as business and entrepreneurial skills, played a major part in the success of the Merchant Navy, while Scottish emigrants took skills to every corner of the world, creating trade and wealth both abroad and at home. In terms of engineering, 'Clyde-built' was the Kite Mark for the shipbuilding industry the world over. Scottish shipowners included household names such as Allan, Anchor, Donaldson and Henderson, while Scotsmen were instrumental in founding and, for much of the time, managing Cunard, British India, P &amp; O, Orient, Glen and many other 'English' companies. The author tells an exhilarating story of energy and inventiveness, describing the remarkable navigational skills of the highlanders and the technological and business skills of the lowlanders, and relates the early development of the steamship, the impact of emigration, the involvement with exploration and the development of trade routes, and the final flowering of the world's last great iron sailing ships. And the evidence is still here, in the<em> Cutty Sark</em>, the Denny test tank at Helensburgh, and the Burrel Collection at Pollock, all reminders of a remarkable story.</p> </div> The Wrath of Brotherhood (K) 2014-03-27T15:11:00+00:00 2014-03-27T15:11:00+00:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/other-releases/3454-the-wrath-of-brotherhood-k Ozgur K. Sahin webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/S/sahin1.jpg" alt="The Wrath of Brotherhood" width="120" height="180" />Ozgur K. Sahin&nbsp;recently released the first book in a new pirate fiction series Brethren of the Spanish Main.&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3452:the-wrath-of-brotherhood&amp;catid=30:pirate-fiction&amp;Itemid=105"><em>The Wrath of Brotherhood</em></a>&nbsp;it is available in ebook versions.</p> <p>After learning of his sister's death at the hands of pirates, successful merchant Captain Roy Toppings sails to the Caribbean on a misguided mission of vengeance against the man who failed to protect her: her Spanish widower, Pablo Francisco.</p> <p>In the climate of the Restoration-era Caribbean colonies, where scheming and stealth could yield a prize as readily as boldness and firepower, Roy's vendetta lands him and his small but talented privateer crew in the middle of political intrigue and a deadly invasion in the West Indies as the nations of Europe struggle to consolidate power in anticipation of new monarchs in England and France.</p> <p>When Spain prepares a strike that could jeopardize all other commercial interests in the Caribbean, Roy must risk losing his chance at vengeance to fight for his nation and his fellow Brethren of the Coast.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/S/sahin1.jpg" alt="The Wrath of Brotherhood" width="120" height="180" />Ozgur K. Sahin&nbsp;recently released the first book in a new pirate fiction series Brethren of the Spanish Main.&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3452:the-wrath-of-brotherhood&amp;catid=30:pirate-fiction&amp;Itemid=105"><em>The Wrath of Brotherhood</em></a>&nbsp;it is available in ebook versions.</p> <p>After learning of his sister's death at the hands of pirates, successful merchant Captain Roy Toppings sails to the Caribbean on a misguided mission of vengeance against the man who failed to protect her: her Spanish widower, Pablo Francisco.</p> <p>In the climate of the Restoration-era Caribbean colonies, where scheming and stealth could yield a prize as readily as boldness and firepower, Roy's vendetta lands him and his small but talented privateer crew in the middle of political intrigue and a deadly invasion in the West Indies as the nations of Europe struggle to consolidate power in anticipation of new monarchs in England and France.</p> <p>When Spain prepares a strike that could jeopardize all other commercial interests in the Caribbean, Roy must risk losing his chance at vengeance to fight for his nation and his fellow Brethren of the Coast.</p> </div> The King's Marauder (HC) 2014-02-27T00:00:00+00:00 2014-02-27T00:00:00+00:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3445-the-king-s-marauder-hc Dewey Lambdin webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/L/lewrie21.jpg" alt="The King's Marauder" width="120" height="182" />The latest&nbsp;Alan Lewrie&nbsp;novel by Dewey Lambdin titled <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3178:the-king-s-marauder&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The King's Marauder</em></a>, is now available in&nbsp;hardcover worldwide.</p> <p>The year 1807 starts out badly for Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy. His frigate HMS Reliant has a new captain, he's living at his father's estate at Anglesgreen, among spiteful neighbors and family, and he's recovering from a wound suffered in the South Atlantic. At last, there's a bright spot. When fit, Admiralty awards him a new commission; not a frigate but a clumsy, slow two-decker Fourth Rate 50. Are his frigate days over for good?</p> <p>Lewrie's ordered to Gibraltar, but Foreign Office Secret Branch's spies and manipulators have use for him, again! HMS Sapphire is the wrong ship for the task, raising chaos and mayhem along the Spanish coasts, and servicing agents and informers. And, what he's ordered to do needs soldiers, landing craft, and a transport ship, all of which he doesn't have, and must find a way to finagle it all.</p> <p>He could beg off and say that it's asking too much, but . . . Alan Lewrie is not a man to admit failure and defeat, and his quest might prove the most daunting of his long naval career.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/L/lewrie21.jpg" alt="The King's Marauder" width="120" height="182" />The latest&nbsp;Alan Lewrie&nbsp;novel by Dewey Lambdin titled <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3178:the-king-s-marauder&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The King's Marauder</em></a>, is now available in&nbsp;hardcover worldwide.</p> <p>The year 1807 starts out badly for Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy. His frigate HMS Reliant has a new captain, he's living at his father's estate at Anglesgreen, among spiteful neighbors and family, and he's recovering from a wound suffered in the South Atlantic. At last, there's a bright spot. When fit, Admiralty awards him a new commission; not a frigate but a clumsy, slow two-decker Fourth Rate 50. Are his frigate days over for good?</p> <p>Lewrie's ordered to Gibraltar, but Foreign Office Secret Branch's spies and manipulators have use for him, again! HMS Sapphire is the wrong ship for the task, raising chaos and mayhem along the Spanish coasts, and servicing agents and informers. And, what he's ordered to do needs soldiers, landing craft, and a transport ship, all of which he doesn't have, and must find a way to finagle it all.</p> <p>He could beg off and say that it's asking too much, but . . . Alan Lewrie is not a man to admit failure and defeat, and his quest might prove the most daunting of his long naval career.</p> </div> The Threat in the East (K) 2014-01-31T00:00:00+00:00 2014-01-31T00:00:00+00:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3444-the-threat-in-the-east-k Roger Burnage webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/B/burnage3.jpg" alt="The Threat in the East" width="120" height="194" />Author Roger Burnage&nbsp;has just released the third book of The Merriman Chronicles, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3443:the-threat-in-the-east&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Threat in the East</em></a>.&nbsp;It is available for Kindle download worldwide.</p> <p>The year is 1798 and it is known that Napoleon is putting a fleet and army together to attack Egypt, from where he might be able to threaten and even attack India to join with Tipu Sahib the ruler of Mysore, a known ally of the French. A British fleet under Admiral Nelson is hoping to intercept him but there is no word of their progress.</p> <p>Merriman has been ordered to take the Treasury Agent Mr Grahame to Bombay where their orders are to help The East India Company protect their shipping from pirates and also to find out how far Tipu’s naval building has progressed.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/B/burnage3.jpg" alt="The Threat in the East" width="120" height="194" />Author Roger Burnage&nbsp;has just released the third book of The Merriman Chronicles, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3443:the-threat-in-the-east&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Threat in the East</em></a>.&nbsp;It is available for Kindle download worldwide.</p> <p>The year is 1798 and it is known that Napoleon is putting a fleet and army together to attack Egypt, from where he might be able to threaten and even attack India to join with Tipu Sahib the ruler of Mysore, a known ally of the French. A British fleet under Admiral Nelson is hoping to intercept him but there is no word of their progress.</p> <p>Merriman has been ordered to take the Treasury Agent Mr Grahame to Bombay where their orders are to help The East India Company protect their shipping from pirates and also to find out how far Tipu’s naval building has progressed.</p> </div> Not Self but Country (K) 2014-01-23T00:00:00+00:00 2014-01-23T00:00:00+00:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3440-not-self-but-country-k David Perry webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/PQ/perry4.jpg" alt="Not Self but Country" width="120" height="178" />David Perry has just released his first full length novel <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3439:not-self-but-country&amp;catid=43:n&amp;Itemid=68"><em>Not Self but Country: A New Nation Forges a New Navy</em></a>. It is now available for kindle download worldwide.</p> <p>This is a story of the men who sailed into battle against the mighty British Navy in their smaller, often obsolete vessels converted from merchant ships of the day — men with names such as John Barry, Richard Dale, and John Paul Jones.</p> <p>Now you can experience the exploits of these men. At sea aboard a fragile wooden sailing ship of the Continental Navy, you find yourself fighting desperate battles against the world’s largest and most powerful Navy, Great Britain. Cover your ears! Cannons are firing everywhere — you cough on the pungent smoke, dodging and ducking as jagged oak splinters cartwheel past your eyes.</p> <p>There is nonstop action in this exciting new book by a new author on the scene — David C. Perry. “Not Self but Country” is the first book in a planned new series telling the story of the infant US Navy.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/PQ/perry4.jpg" alt="Not Self but Country" width="120" height="178" />David Perry has just released his first full length novel <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3439:not-self-but-country&amp;catid=43:n&amp;Itemid=68"><em>Not Self but Country: A New Nation Forges a New Navy</em></a>. It is now available for kindle download worldwide.</p> <p>This is a story of the men who sailed into battle against the mighty British Navy in their smaller, often obsolete vessels converted from merchant ships of the day — men with names such as John Barry, Richard Dale, and John Paul Jones.</p> <p>Now you can experience the exploits of these men. At sea aboard a fragile wooden sailing ship of the Continental Navy, you find yourself fighting desperate battles against the world’s largest and most powerful Navy, Great Britain. Cover your ears! Cannons are firing everywhere — you cough on the pungent smoke, dodging and ducking as jagged oak splinters cartwheel past your eyes.</p> <p>There is nonstop action in this exciting new book by a new author on the scene — David C. Perry. “Not Self but Country” is the first book in a planned new series telling the story of the infant US Navy.</p> </div> Blackwell's Paradise (K) 2013-12-18T00:00:00+00:00 2013-12-18T00:00:00+00:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3436-blackwell-s-paradise-k V. E. Ulett webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/UV/ulett2.jpg" alt="Blackwell's Paradise" width="120" height="180" />V. E. Ulett&nbsp;has just released a new novel, a sequel to <em>Captain Blackwell's Prize</em>, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3435:blackwell-s-paradise&amp;catid=4:b&amp;Itemid=7"><em>Blackwell's Paradise</em></a>. It&nbsp;is now available for kindle download worldwide.</p> <p>The repercussions of a court martial and the ill-will of powerful men at the Admiralty pursue Royal Navy captain James Blackwell into the Pacific, where danger lurks around every coral reef. Even if Captain Blackwell and Mercedes survive the venture into the world of early nineteenth century exploration, can they emerge unchanged with their love intact. The mission to the Great South Sea will test their loyalties and strength, and define the characters of Captain Blackwell and his lady in Blackwell's Paradise.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/UV/ulett2.jpg" alt="Blackwell's Paradise" width="120" height="180" />V. E. Ulett&nbsp;has just released a new novel, a sequel to <em>Captain Blackwell's Prize</em>, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3435:blackwell-s-paradise&amp;catid=4:b&amp;Itemid=7"><em>Blackwell's Paradise</em></a>. It&nbsp;is now available for kindle download worldwide.</p> <p>The repercussions of a court martial and the ill-will of powerful men at the Admiralty pursue Royal Navy captain James Blackwell into the Pacific, where danger lurks around every coral reef. Even if Captain Blackwell and Mercedes survive the venture into the world of early nineteenth century exploration, can they emerge unchanged with their love intact. The mission to the Great South Sea will test their loyalties and strength, and define the characters of Captain Blackwell and his lady in Blackwell's Paradise.</p> </div> The Alliance (PB/K) 2013-12-09T15:11:49+00:00 2013-12-09T15:11:49+00:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/other-releases/3430-the-alliance-pb-k S. K. Keogh webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/K/keogh2.jpg" alt="The Alliance" width="120" height="180" />S. K. Keogh&nbsp;has a new book which has just been released worldwide, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3429:the-alliance&amp;catid=30:pirate-fiction&amp;Itemid=105"><em>The Alliance</em></a>. The second book in a pirate fiction series, <em>The Jack Mallory Chronicles</em>,&nbsp;it is available in paperback and ebook versions.</p> <p>Two pirates; sworn enemies. An alliance forged by blood... Jack Mallory sailed into Carolina waters seeking vengeance upon fellow pirate James Logan, the man responsible for his father's murder and his mother's kidnapping. But Jack never expected his well-laid plans to be foiled by a mere child: Logan's precocious six-year-old daughter...and half-sister to Jack. A deathbed promise to their mother inexorably binds Jack to the child and robs him—at least temporarily—of his revenge against her father. But the two pirates' tenuous truce will be tested when a mysterious privateer sets sail to end Logan's devastation of Carolina's lucrative sea trade. Will Jack choose to save his half-sister's father or will he ally with the privateer to at last see justice served for Logan's crimes against his own parents?</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/K/keogh2.jpg" alt="The Alliance" width="120" height="180" />S. K. Keogh&nbsp;has a new book which has just been released worldwide, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3429:the-alliance&amp;catid=30:pirate-fiction&amp;Itemid=105"><em>The Alliance</em></a>. The second book in a pirate fiction series, <em>The Jack Mallory Chronicles</em>,&nbsp;it is available in paperback and ebook versions.</p> <p>Two pirates; sworn enemies. An alliance forged by blood... Jack Mallory sailed into Carolina waters seeking vengeance upon fellow pirate James Logan, the man responsible for his father's murder and his mother's kidnapping. But Jack never expected his well-laid plans to be foiled by a mere child: Logan's precocious six-year-old daughter...and half-sister to Jack. A deathbed promise to their mother inexorably binds Jack to the child and robs him—at least temporarily—of his revenge against her father. But the two pirates' tenuous truce will be tested when a mysterious privateer sets sail to end Logan's devastation of Carolina's lucrative sea trade. Will Jack choose to save his half-sister's father or will he ally with the privateer to at last see justice served for Logan's crimes against his own parents?</p> </div> With Commodore Perry to Japan (PB/K} 2013-11-11T01:00:00+00:00 2013-11-11T01:00:00+00:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3400-with-commodore-perry-to-japan-pb-k John A Wolter, David A Ranzan, & John J McDonough (Editors) webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/R/ranzan1.jpg" alt="With Commodore Perry to Japan" width="120" height="186" />A new book, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3399:with-commodore-perry-to-japan&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98"><em>With Commodore Perry to Japan: The Journal of William Speiden Jr., 1852-1855</em></a>, edited by&nbsp;John A Wolter, David A Ranzan, &amp; John J McDonough&nbsp;is now available for pre-order in paperback or for kindle. It will be released on 15 November 2013 in the US and on 30 November 2013 in the UK.</p> <p>With Commodore Perry to Japan offers a personal account of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry's expedition to Japan through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old purser's clerk of the USS Mississippi. The documentary edition, endorsed by the National Historic Publications &amp; Records Commission, provides excellent coverage of both the political mission of the Perry expedition, the opening of relations with Japan, and of the social history of a naval warship as well. Also included are fifty-five illustrations ranging from hand drawn, pen-and-ink scenes of everyday life sketched by Speiden and other members of the crew to exquisitely detailed pith paintings by Chinese artists.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/R/ranzan1.jpg" alt="With Commodore Perry to Japan" width="120" height="186" />A new book, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3399:with-commodore-perry-to-japan&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98"><em>With Commodore Perry to Japan: The Journal of William Speiden Jr., 1852-1855</em></a>, edited by&nbsp;John A Wolter, David A Ranzan, &amp; John J McDonough&nbsp;is now available for pre-order in paperback or for kindle. It will be released on 15 November 2013 in the US and on 30 November 2013 in the UK.</p> <p>With Commodore Perry to Japan offers a personal account of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry's expedition to Japan through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old purser's clerk of the USS Mississippi. The documentary edition, endorsed by the National Historic Publications &amp; Records Commission, provides excellent coverage of both the political mission of the Perry expedition, the opening of relations with Japan, and of the social history of a naval warship as well. Also included are fifty-five illustrations ranging from hand drawn, pen-and-ink scenes of everyday life sketched by Speiden and other members of the crew to exquisitely detailed pith paintings by Chinese artists.</p> </div> The Lake War (PB/K) 2013-11-10T01:00:00+00:00 2013-11-10T01:00:00+00:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3397-the-lake-war-pb-k Michael Winston webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/W/winston6.jpg" alt="The Lake War: Kinkaid with the Inland Fleet" width="120" height="180" />Michael Winston&nbsp;recently released a new novel in his Jonathan Kincaid series,&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3396:the-lake-war-kinkaid-with-the-inland-fleet&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Lake War: Kinkaid with the Inland Fleet</em></a>. It is is now available worldwide in paperback and for Kindle download.</p> <p>It is 1776. The first battles of the American Revolution have just been fought and a large British army has just landed at Montreal and means to push down the chain of lakes to split the colonies. The only thing standing in their way is General Benedict Arnold's ragtag bunch of Continentals, militia and seaman at the bottom of Lake Champlain. This is the story of Kinkaid's first assignment, when he is sent up to the New York woods to advise Arnold in the building and fighting of an inland fleet to stop the British advance.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/W/winston6.jpg" alt="The Lake War: Kinkaid with the Inland Fleet" width="120" height="180" />Michael Winston&nbsp;recently released a new novel in his Jonathan Kincaid series,&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3396:the-lake-war-kinkaid-with-the-inland-fleet&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Lake War: Kinkaid with the Inland Fleet</em></a>. It is is now available worldwide in paperback and for Kindle download.</p> <p>It is 1776. The first battles of the American Revolution have just been fought and a large British army has just landed at Montreal and means to push down the chain of lakes to split the colonies. The only thing standing in their way is General Benedict Arnold's ragtag bunch of Continentals, militia and seaman at the bottom of Lake Champlain. This is the story of Kinkaid's first assignment, when he is sent up to the New York woods to advise Arnold in the building and fighting of an inland fleet to stop the British advance.</p> </div> The Sloop of War: 1650-1763 (HC) 2013-11-06T01:00:00+00:00 2013-11-06T01:00:00+00:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3393-the-sloop-of-war-1650-1763-hc Ian Mclaughlan webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/M/mclaughlan1.jpg" alt="The Sloop of War: 1650-1763" width="120" height="142" />Ian Mclaughlan's new&nbsp;book, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3392:the-sloop-of-war-1650-1763&amp;catid=113:aos-naval-non-fiction-ships-a-design&amp;Itemid=674"><em>The Sloop of War: 1650-1763</em></a>, is now available for pre-order in hardcover. It will be released on 30 November 2013 in the UK and on 15 July 2014 in the US.</p> <p>This is the first study in depth of the Royal Navy's vital, but largely ignored small craft. In the age of sail they were built in huge numbers and in far greater variety than the more regulated major warships, so they present a particular challenge to any historian attempting a coherent design history. However, for the first time this book charts the development of the ancillary types, variously described in the 17th century as sloops, ketches, brigantines, advice boats and even yachts, as they coalesce into the single 18th-century category of Sloop of War.</p> <p>In this era they were generally two-masted, although they set a bewildering variety of sail plans from them. The author traces their origins to open boats, like those carried by Basque whalers, shows how developments in Europe influenced English craft, and homes in on the relationship between rigs, hull-form and the duties they were designed to undertake. Visual documentation is scanty, but this book draws together a unique collection of rare and unseen images, coupled with the author's own reconstructions in line drawings and watercolour sketches to provide the most convincing depictions of the appearance of these vessels. By tackling some of the most obscure questions about the early history of small-boat rigs, the book adds a dimension that will be of interest to historians of coastal sail and practical yachtsman, as well as warship enthusiasts.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/M/mclaughlan1.jpg" alt="The Sloop of War: 1650-1763" width="120" height="142" />Ian Mclaughlan's new&nbsp;book, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3392:the-sloop-of-war-1650-1763&amp;catid=113:aos-naval-non-fiction-ships-a-design&amp;Itemid=674"><em>The Sloop of War: 1650-1763</em></a>, is now available for pre-order in hardcover. It will be released on 30 November 2013 in the UK and on 15 July 2014 in the US.</p> <p>This is the first study in depth of the Royal Navy's vital, but largely ignored small craft. In the age of sail they were built in huge numbers and in far greater variety than the more regulated major warships, so they present a particular challenge to any historian attempting a coherent design history. However, for the first time this book charts the development of the ancillary types, variously described in the 17th century as sloops, ketches, brigantines, advice boats and even yachts, as they coalesce into the single 18th-century category of Sloop of War.</p> <p>In this era they were generally two-masted, although they set a bewildering variety of sail plans from them. The author traces their origins to open boats, like those carried by Basque whalers, shows how developments in Europe influenced English craft, and homes in on the relationship between rigs, hull-form and the duties they were designed to undertake. Visual documentation is scanty, but this book draws together a unique collection of rare and unseen images, coupled with the author's own reconstructions in line drawings and watercolour sketches to provide the most convincing depictions of the appearance of these vessels. By tackling some of the most obscure questions about the early history of small-boat rigs, the book adds a dimension that will be of interest to historians of coastal sail and practical yachtsman, as well as warship enthusiasts.</p> </div>