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://historicnavalfiction.com/ 2014-09-18T00:32:29+01:00 AstroCMS Life experienced by Jack Aubrey in Podcasts 2014-08-30T11:54:17+01:00 2014-08-30T11:54:17+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/general-hnf-info/astrodenes-blog/3619-life-experienced-by-jack-aubrey-in-podcasts David Hayes webmaster@historicnavalfiction.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img src="images/stories/images/whiteensignsite.jpg" width="120" height="83" alt="whiteensignsite" style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left;" />When you read naval fiction set in the Ages of Sail you often want to know more about life at sea during the period. You can not put everything in a book and it is helpful to have sources to expand your knowledge. You can of course buy a non-fiction book or look up the <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=2796:naval-fiction-glossary&amp;catid=76:other&amp;Itemid=802">glossary</a> but if you would like to widen your knowledge in a more relaxed way you could try a Podcast.</p> <p>The site&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_weblinks&amp;view=weblink&amp;id=147:republicandempire-com-white-ensign&amp;catid=31:general&amp;Itemid=55&amp;task=weblink.go" target="_blank">republicandempire.com/white-ensign</a> has a series of Podcasts which use the books of Patrick O'Brian as a route to discuss various aspects of naval life. Some recent examples include Puddings, Portsmouth, Privateers and Ships &amp; Boats of the Mediterranean, which shows the variety of subjects covered.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img src="images/stories/images/whiteensignsite.jpg" width="120" height="83" alt="whiteensignsite" style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left;" />When you read naval fiction set in the Ages of Sail you often want to know more about life at sea during the period. You can not put everything in a book and it is helpful to have sources to expand your knowledge. You can of course buy a non-fiction book or look up the <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=2796:naval-fiction-glossary&amp;catid=76:other&amp;Itemid=802">glossary</a> but if you would like to widen your knowledge in a more relaxed way you could try a Podcast.</p> <p>The site&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_weblinks&amp;view=weblink&amp;id=147:republicandempire-com-white-ensign&amp;catid=31:general&amp;Itemid=55&amp;task=weblink.go" target="_blank">republicandempire.com/white-ensign</a> has a series of Podcasts which use the books of Patrick O'Brian as a route to discuss various aspects of naval life. Some recent examples include Puddings, Portsmouth, Privateers and Ships &amp; Boats of the Mediterranean, which shows the variety of subjects covered.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> Quarterdeck (K) 2014-08-27T00:00:00+01:00 2014-08-27T00:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3618-quarterdeck-k David O'Neil 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/O/oneil3.jpg" alt="Quarterdeck" width="120" height="191" />David O'Neil has released a new book which is now available for kindle download worldwide, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3617:quarterdeck2&amp;catid=45:p&amp;Itemid=70"><em>Quarterdeck</em></a>.</p> <p>Fresh from the best-selling sagas of sea adventure, O'Neil brings us <em>Quarterdeck</em>, the sequel to best-seller <em>Sailing Orders</em> as once again Captain Sir Martin Forest-Bowers KB faces almost insurmountable odds as he and his valiant crew take to ship on behalf of Her Royal Majesty and the United Kingdom.</p> <p>As a homeless boy, abandoned to look after himself at the age of thirteen, Martin encountered Captain Bowers RN and his family. Adopted by the Captain he entered the Navy as a Midshipman. Now married and a decorated Captain himself. He returns home to find his wife Jennifer at death's door. Prompted by his safe return, her recovery is assured and is followed by a return to work for 'plain Mr. Smith' with clandestine excursions and undercover trips to France. At sea once more, he is involved not only with preventing treasure ships from falling into French hands, but also with events on the east coast of America in the run-up to the war of 1812.</p> <p>Action, battle, romance, adventure and thrills abound in O'Neil's latest venture into the world of sea battles against the mighty navies of France and Spain as well as American pirates.</p> <p>&nbsp;</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/O/oneil3.jpg" alt="Quarterdeck" width="120" height="191" />David O'Neil has released a new book which is now available for kindle download worldwide, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3617:quarterdeck2&amp;catid=45:p&amp;Itemid=70"><em>Quarterdeck</em></a>.</p> <p>Fresh from the best-selling sagas of sea adventure, O'Neil brings us <em>Quarterdeck</em>, the sequel to best-seller <em>Sailing Orders</em> as once again Captain Sir Martin Forest-Bowers KB faces almost insurmountable odds as he and his valiant crew take to ship on behalf of Her Royal Majesty and the United Kingdom.</p> <p>As a homeless boy, abandoned to look after himself at the age of thirteen, Martin encountered Captain Bowers RN and his family. Adopted by the Captain he entered the Navy as a Midshipman. Now married and a decorated Captain himself. He returns home to find his wife Jennifer at death's door. Prompted by his safe return, her recovery is assured and is followed by a return to work for 'plain Mr. Smith' with clandestine excursions and undercover trips to France. At sea once more, he is involved not only with preventing treasure ships from falling into French hands, but also with events on the east coast of America in the run-up to the war of 1812.</p> <p>Action, battle, romance, adventure and thrills abound in O'Neil's latest venture into the world of sea battles against the mighty navies of France and Spain as well as American pirates.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail 1600 - 1714 (HC) 2014-08-25T01:00:00+01:00 2014-08-25T01:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3616-dutch-warships-in-the-age-of-sail-1600-1714-hc James Bender webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/B/bender1.jpg" alt="Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail 1600 - 1714" width="120" height="141" />James Bender has a new book available for pre-order in Hardcover, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3504:dutch-warships-in-the-age-of-sail-1600-1714&amp;catid=113:aos-naval-non-fiction-ships-a-design&amp;Itemid=674"><em>Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail 1600 - 1714: Design, Construction, Careers &amp; Fates</em></a>. It will be released in the UK on 20 September 2014 and in the US on 15 October 2014.</p> <p>For most of the seventeenth century the Netherlands constituted the most important maritime power in the world, with by far the largest merchant fleet and a dominance in seaborne trade that other countries feared and envied. Born out of an 80-year struggle against Spain for independence, the Dutch republic relied on naval power to guarantee its freedom, promote its trade and defend its overseas colonies. The Dutch navy was crucial to its survival and success, yet the ships that made up its fleets are among the least studied of any in the age of sail. The reasons for this include a decentralised administration of five separate admiralties, often producing ships of the same name at the same time, the widespread co-opting of merchantmen into naval fleets, and competing systems of measuring ships, all of which leads to confusion and error. The most significant contribution of this book is to produce the first definitive listing of all Dutch fighting ships - whether purpose-built, purchased, hired or captured - from the heyday of the United Provinces, complete with technical details and summaries of their careers. It also provides an appreciation of the administrative, economic and technical background, and outlines the many campaigns fought by one of the most successful navies in history. With its unique depth of information, this is a work of the utmost importance to every naval historian and general reader interested in the navies of the sailing era.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/B/bender1.jpg" alt="Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail 1600 - 1714" width="120" height="141" />James Bender has a new book available for pre-order in Hardcover, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3504:dutch-warships-in-the-age-of-sail-1600-1714&amp;catid=113:aos-naval-non-fiction-ships-a-design&amp;Itemid=674"><em>Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail 1600 - 1714: Design, Construction, Careers &amp; Fates</em></a>. It will be released in the UK on 20 September 2014 and in the US on 15 October 2014.</p> <p>For most of the seventeenth century the Netherlands constituted the most important maritime power in the world, with by far the largest merchant fleet and a dominance in seaborne trade that other countries feared and envied. Born out of an 80-year struggle against Spain for independence, the Dutch republic relied on naval power to guarantee its freedom, promote its trade and defend its overseas colonies. The Dutch navy was crucial to its survival and success, yet the ships that made up its fleets are among the least studied of any in the age of sail. The reasons for this include a decentralised administration of five separate admiralties, often producing ships of the same name at the same time, the widespread co-opting of merchantmen into naval fleets, and competing systems of measuring ships, all of which leads to confusion and error. The most significant contribution of this book is to produce the first definitive listing of all Dutch fighting ships - whether purpose-built, purchased, hired or captured - from the heyday of the United Provinces, complete with technical details and summaries of their careers. It also provides an appreciation of the administrative, economic and technical background, and outlines the many campaigns fought by one of the most successful navies in history. With its unique depth of information, this is a work of the utmost importance to every naval historian and general reader interested in the navies of the sailing era.</p> </div> The Ship of the Line: A History in Ship Models (HC) 2014-08-14T01:00:00+01:00 2014-08-14T01:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3615-the-ship-of-the-line-a-history-in-ship-models-hc John D. Grainger webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/L/Lavery11.jpg" alt="The Ship of the Line: A History in Ship Models" width="120" height="159" />Brian Lavery has a new book available for pre-order in Hardcover, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3614:the-ship-of-the-line-a-history-in-ship-models&amp;catid=113:aos-naval-non-fiction-ships-a-design&amp;Itemid=674"><em>The Ship of the Line: A History in Ship Models</em></a>. It will be released in the US on 15 September 2014 and in the UK on 15 October 2014.</p> <p>The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich houses the largest collection of scale ship models in the world, many of which are official, contemporary artefacts made by the craftsmen of the navy or the shipbuilders themselves, and ranging from the mid seventeenth century to the present day. As such they represent a three-dimensional archive of unique importance and authority. Treated as historical evidence, they offer more detail than even the best plans, and demonstrate exactly what the ships looked like in a way that even the finest marine painter could not achieve. The Ship of the Line is the second of a new series that takes selections of the best models to tell the story of specific ship types - in this case, the evolution of the ship of the line, the capital ship of its day, and the epitome of British seapower during its heyday from 1650-1850. This period too coincided with the golden age of ship modelling. Each volume depicts a wide range of models, all shown in full colour, including many close-up and detail views. These are captioned in depth, but many are also annotated to focus attention on interesting or unusual features, and the book weaves the pictures into an authoritative text, producing a unique form of technical history. The series is of particular interest to ship modellers, but all those with an enthusiasm for the ship design and development in the sailing era will attracted to the in-depth analysis of these beautifully presented books.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/L/Lavery11.jpg" alt="The Ship of the Line: A History in Ship Models" width="120" height="159" />Brian Lavery has a new book available for pre-order in Hardcover, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3614:the-ship-of-the-line-a-history-in-ship-models&amp;catid=113:aos-naval-non-fiction-ships-a-design&amp;Itemid=674"><em>The Ship of the Line: A History in Ship Models</em></a>. It will be released in the US on 15 September 2014 and in the UK on 15 October 2014.</p> <p>The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich houses the largest collection of scale ship models in the world, many of which are official, contemporary artefacts made by the craftsmen of the navy or the shipbuilders themselves, and ranging from the mid seventeenth century to the present day. As such they represent a three-dimensional archive of unique importance and authority. Treated as historical evidence, they offer more detail than even the best plans, and demonstrate exactly what the ships looked like in a way that even the finest marine painter could not achieve. The Ship of the Line is the second of a new series that takes selections of the best models to tell the story of specific ship types - in this case, the evolution of the ship of the line, the capital ship of its day, and the epitome of British seapower during its heyday from 1650-1850. This period too coincided with the golden age of ship modelling. Each volume depicts a wide range of models, all shown in full colour, including many close-up and detail views. These are captioned in depth, but many are also annotated to focus attention on interesting or unusual features, and the book weaves the pictures into an authoritative text, producing a unique form of technical history. The series is of particular interest to ship modellers, but all those with an enthusiasm for the ship design and development in the sailing era will attracted to the in-depth analysis of these beautifully presented books.</p> </div> British Expeditions to the South Atlantic 1805-1807 (HC) 2014-08-05T01:00:00+01:00 2014-08-05T01:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3610-british-expeditions-to-the-south-atlantic-1805-1807-hc John D. Grainger webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/G/grainger3.jpg" alt="British Expeditions to the South Atlantic 1805-1807" width="120" height="173" />John D. Grainger&nbsp;has a new book available for pre-order in Hardcover, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3609:british-expeditions-to-the-south-atlantic-1805-1807&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98"><em>British Expeditions to the South Atlantic 1805-1807</em></a>. It will be released in the US on 19 August 2014 and in the UK on 30 August 2014.</p> <p>Between 1805 and 1807 the British mounted several expeditions into the South Atlantic aimed at weakening Napoleon's Spanish and Dutch allies. The targets were the Dutch colony on South Africa's Cape of Good Hope, which potentially threatened British shipping routes to India, and the Spanish colonies in the Rio de la Plata basin (now parts of Argentina and Uruguay). In 1805 an army of around 6,000 men was dispatched for the Cape under the highly-respected General David Baird. They were escorted and assisted by a naval squadron under Home Riggs Popham. The Cape surrendered in January 1806. Popham then persuaded Baird to lend him troops for an attack on Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires was taken in July but the paltry British force (around 2,400 men) was then besieged and forced to surrender in August. Popham was later court martialled for exceeding his orders. In Feb 1807 Montevideo was taken by a new (officially sanctioned) British force of 6,000 men. Whitelocke, the British Commander then attempted to retake Buenos Aires (not least to free British prisoners from the first attempt) but was defeated by unexpectedly fierce resistance stiffened by armed creoles and slaves. After heavy losses he signed an armistice, surrendering Montevideo and withdrawing all his forces. He too was court-martialled. One of the major themes of this new account is the strong Scottish connection - Baird and Popham were both Scots, and the 71st Highlanders made up the main force in the Cape and Popham's adventure. Another is the unlooked for consequences of these actions. The arrival of Scottish Calvinist ministers in the Cape influenced the eventual development of apartheid, while successful resistance to the British, with little help from Spain, shaped and accelerated the independence movement in South America.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/G/grainger3.jpg" alt="British Expeditions to the South Atlantic 1805-1807" width="120" height="173" />John D. Grainger&nbsp;has a new book available for pre-order in Hardcover, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3609:british-expeditions-to-the-south-atlantic-1805-1807&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98"><em>British Expeditions to the South Atlantic 1805-1807</em></a>. It will be released in the US on 19 August 2014 and in the UK on 30 August 2014.</p> <p>Between 1805 and 1807 the British mounted several expeditions into the South Atlantic aimed at weakening Napoleon's Spanish and Dutch allies. The targets were the Dutch colony on South Africa's Cape of Good Hope, which potentially threatened British shipping routes to India, and the Spanish colonies in the Rio de la Plata basin (now parts of Argentina and Uruguay). In 1805 an army of around 6,000 men was dispatched for the Cape under the highly-respected General David Baird. They were escorted and assisted by a naval squadron under Home Riggs Popham. The Cape surrendered in January 1806. Popham then persuaded Baird to lend him troops for an attack on Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires was taken in July but the paltry British force (around 2,400 men) was then besieged and forced to surrender in August. Popham was later court martialled for exceeding his orders. In Feb 1807 Montevideo was taken by a new (officially sanctioned) British force of 6,000 men. Whitelocke, the British Commander then attempted to retake Buenos Aires (not least to free British prisoners from the first attempt) but was defeated by unexpectedly fierce resistance stiffened by armed creoles and slaves. After heavy losses he signed an armistice, surrendering Montevideo and withdrawing all his forces. He too was court-martialled. One of the major themes of this new account is the strong Scottish connection - Baird and Popham were both Scots, and the 71st Highlanders made up the main force in the Cape and Popham's adventure. Another is the unlooked for consequences of these actions. The arrival of Scottish Calvinist ministers in the Cape influenced the eventual development of apartheid, while successful resistance to the British, with little help from Spain, shaped and accelerated the independence movement in South America.</p> </div> Pirate: Privateer (HC/K) 2014-08-03T00:00:00+01:00 2014-08-03T00:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/other-releases/3600-pirate-privateer-hc-k Tim Severin 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/severin4.jpg" alt="Pirate: Privateer" width="120" height="183" />After a gap of several years Tim Severin is releasing a new book in The Pirate Adventures of Hector Lynch series.&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3502:privateer&amp;catid=30:pirate-fiction&amp;Itemid=105"><em>Pirate: Privateer</em></a> is available for pre-order in multiple formats and will be released worldwide on 14 August 2014.</p> <p>As Hector Lynch is diving for Spanish plunder in the sparkling waters of the Caribbean, he and his companions are captured by a French ship. Trying desperately to make their escape, they are shipwrecked on a tiny island near Jamaica. Hector's wife is waiting for him in Tortuga, and as he knows he has to somehow make his way back to her; meanwhile she decides to undertake the hazardous journey to find him. As Hector's voyages continue, he soon finds himself on the run across the high seas, accused of piracy...</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/severin4.jpg" alt="Pirate: Privateer" width="120" height="183" />After a gap of several years Tim Severin is releasing a new book in The Pirate Adventures of Hector Lynch series.&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3502:privateer&amp;catid=30:pirate-fiction&amp;Itemid=105"><em>Pirate: Privateer</em></a> is available for pre-order in multiple formats and will be released worldwide on 14 August 2014.</p> <p>As Hector Lynch is diving for Spanish plunder in the sparkling waters of the Caribbean, he and his companions are captured by a French ship. Trying desperately to make their escape, they are shipwrecked on a tiny island near Jamaica. Hector's wife is waiting for him in Tortuga, and as he knows he has to somehow make his way back to her; meanwhile she decides to undertake the hazardous journey to find him. As Hector's voyages continue, he soon finds himself on the run across the high seas, accused of piracy...</p> </div> Review: Blackwell's Paradise by V. E. Ulett 2014-07-31T08:53:00+01:00 2014-07-31T08:53:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/general-hnf-info/book-reviews/list/3598-review-blackwell-s-paradise-by-v-e-ulett David Hayes webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/UV/ulett2.jpg" alt="Blackwell's Paradise" width="120" height="180" />The Age of Sail naval fiction market is becoming a crowded one so it is hard for authors to come up with something new and unique that grabs the readers attention. V. E. Ulett achieves that in&nbsp;<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>. Our hero finds himself in a leaking ship only fit for the breakers yard. That is unlikely to impress the Admiral he is carrying as a passenger and when the ship is wrecked you might suspect that would be the end of his career.</p> <p>He is however needed for a mission to the pacific so he soon finds himself with a new command and at sea with permission to take his wife with him. Things do not go well for Blackwell who finds himself ashore and a prisoner in unusual circumstances. This is the main focus of the story as the narrative explores the interactions of Europeans and the Pacific natives through an interesting plot line that was unexpected and which I enjoyed.&nbsp;</p> <p>This was an interesting and enjoyable read and particularly if you are looking for something with a different twist recommended<span style="line-height: 1.3em;">.</span></p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/UV/ulett2.jpg" alt="Blackwell's Paradise" width="120" height="180" />The Age of Sail naval fiction market is becoming a crowded one so it is hard for authors to come up with something new and unique that grabs the readers attention. V. E. Ulett achieves that in&nbsp;<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>. Our hero finds himself in a leaking ship only fit for the breakers yard. That is unlikely to impress the Admiral he is carrying as a passenger and when the ship is wrecked you might suspect that would be the end of his career.</p> <p>He is however needed for a mission to the pacific so he soon finds himself with a new command and at sea with permission to take his wife with him. Things do not go well for Blackwell who finds himself ashore and a prisoner in unusual circumstances. This is the main focus of the story as the narrative explores the interactions of Europeans and the Pacific natives through an interesting plot line that was unexpected and which I enjoyed.&nbsp;</p> <p>This was an interesting and enjoyable read and particularly if you are looking for something with a different twist recommended<span style="line-height: 1.3em;">.</span></p> </div> Give Me a Fast Ship (HC/K) 2014-07-18T01:00:00+01:00 2014-07-18T01:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3588-give-me-a-fast-ship-hc-k Tim McGrath webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/M/mcgrath2.jpg" alt="Give Me a Fast Ship" width="120" height="180" />Tim McGrath has just released a new book<em> <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3587:give-me-a-fast-ship&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98">Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea</a></em>.&nbsp;It is now available worldwide in Hardcover and for Kindle download.</p> <p>Five ships against hundreds—the fledgling American Navy versus the greatest naval force the world had ever seen...</p> <p>America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution—or, more likely, disastrous defeat. After the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, England's King George sent hundreds of ships westward to bottle up American harbors and prey on American shipping. Colonists had no force to defend their coastline and waterways until John Adams of Massachusetts proposed a bold solution: The Continental Congress should raise a navy.</p> <p>The idea was mad. The Royal Navy was the mightiest floating arsenal in history, with a seemingly endless supply of vessels. More than a hundred of these were massive "ships of the line," bristling with up to a hundred high-powered cannon that could level a city. The British were confident that His Majesty's warships would quickly bring the rebellious colonials to their knees.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/M/mcgrath2.jpg" alt="Give Me a Fast Ship" width="120" height="180" />Tim McGrath has just released a new book<em> <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3587:give-me-a-fast-ship&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98">Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea</a></em>.&nbsp;It is now available worldwide in Hardcover and for Kindle download.</p> <p>Five ships against hundreds—the fledgling American Navy versus the greatest naval force the world had ever seen...</p> <p>America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution—or, more likely, disastrous defeat. After the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, England's King George sent hundreds of ships westward to bottle up American harbors and prey on American shipping. Colonists had no force to defend their coastline and waterways until John Adams of Massachusetts proposed a bold solution: The Continental Congress should raise a navy.</p> <p>The idea was mad. The Royal Navy was the mightiest floating arsenal in history, with a seemingly endless supply of vessels. More than a hundred of these were massive "ships of the line," bristling with up to a hundred high-powered cannon that could level a city. The British were confident that His Majesty's warships would quickly bring the rebellious colonials to their knees.</p> </div> Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead (HC) 2014-07-01T00:00:00+01:00 2014-07-01T00:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3554-until-the-sea-shall-give-up-her-dead-hc S. Thomas Russell 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/R/russell3.jpg" alt="Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead" width="120" height="183" />The next installment of Maritime adventures of Charles Hayden,&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3474:until-the-sea-shall-give-up-her-dead&amp;catid=46:u&amp;Itemid=73"><em>Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead</em></a>, is now available for pre-order in Hardcover.&nbsp;It will be released in the UK on 17 July 2014 and in the US on 16 October 2014.</p> <p>Under the command of the steadfast Captain Charles Hayden, Royal Navy frigate HMS <em>Themis</em> is sent across the Atlantic to counter the threat of the French forces in the West Indies. But before she strikes port in Barbados, the <em>Themis</em> intercepts a single boat adrift in the middle of the ocean - its sole occupants, two young Spanish noblemen. But not is all as it seems with Hayden's unexpected guests.</p> <p>The mystery only deepens as Hayden's ship reaches Barbados, where he must take new orders from the Admiral. Hayden finds his ship in a squadron under the command of the conceited Sir William Jones, who involves Hayden on a course of action so foolhardy that he is faced with losing many of his men. Once again, the <em>Themis</em> is thrown into the most violent of action against the enemy - and Hayden must make the hardest choice of all, life or death?</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/R/russell3.jpg" alt="Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead" width="120" height="183" />The next installment of Maritime adventures of Charles Hayden,&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3474:until-the-sea-shall-give-up-her-dead&amp;catid=46:u&amp;Itemid=73"><em>Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead</em></a>, is now available for pre-order in Hardcover.&nbsp;It will be released in the UK on 17 July 2014 and in the US on 16 October 2014.</p> <p>Under the command of the steadfast Captain Charles Hayden, Royal Navy frigate HMS <em>Themis</em> is sent across the Atlantic to counter the threat of the French forces in the West Indies. But before she strikes port in Barbados, the <em>Themis</em> intercepts a single boat adrift in the middle of the ocean - its sole occupants, two young Spanish noblemen. But not is all as it seems with Hayden's unexpected guests.</p> <p>The mystery only deepens as Hayden's ship reaches Barbados, where he must take new orders from the Admiral. Hayden finds his ship in a squadron under the command of the conceited Sir William Jones, who involves Hayden on a course of action so foolhardy that he is faced with losing many of his men. Once again, the <em>Themis</em> is thrown into the most violent of action against the enemy - and Hayden must make the hardest choice of all, life or death?</p> </div> Review: The Battle of All the Ages by J. D. Davies 2014-06-30T08:53:00+01:00 2014-06-30T08:53:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/general-hnf-info/book-reviews/list/3553-review-the-battle-of-all-the-ages-by-j-d-davies David Hayes webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/D/davies8.jpg" alt="The Battle of All the Ages" width="120" height="185" />I always look forward to a new instalment in the 'Journals of Matthew Quinton' by historian J. D. Davies as I always learn something new about the navies and history of the period. The latest instalment,&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3394:the-battle-of-all-the-ages&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Battle of All the Ages</em></a>, did not disappoint.</p> <p>The book gets off to an action filled start with Matthew and his crew in the thick of the fighting during the The Four Days' Battle of 1666, a drawn out and fierce action of the Anglo-Dutch wars and a defeat for the English fleet. The Captain's of the typical 'Napoleonic' novel tend to be a Nelson character from more humble beginnings yet in this earlier era Quinton is a courtier and heir to an Earldom. Even so Davies has created a very believable and likeable character who you can empathise with.&nbsp;</p> <p>As I have said before the navies of the 1660's were very different so it is not surprising that after his return from the battle at the whim of the King Matthew finds himself with a senior rank in an early incarnation of the Royal marines and on his way to Plymouth to root out the source of the false intelligence that caused the division of the English fleet before the battle and many lives.</p> <p>After the conclusion of this mission Matthew returns to his ship to find that in an astonishing feat by the standards of the time has taken place and the shattered fleet has been repaired in just seven weeks. This enables the book to finish as it started with a climactic battle, in this case the one known as the St. James's Day fight.</p> <p>As always Davies uses his historical accuracy to bring to life the events of these two great battles and the political intrigue of the period when allegiances and enmities were not as clear cut as in later periods.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/D/davies8.jpg" alt="The Battle of All the Ages" width="120" height="185" />I always look forward to a new instalment in the 'Journals of Matthew Quinton' by historian J. D. Davies as I always learn something new about the navies and history of the period. The latest instalment,&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3394:the-battle-of-all-the-ages&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Battle of All the Ages</em></a>, did not disappoint.</p> <p>The book gets off to an action filled start with Matthew and his crew in the thick of the fighting during the The Four Days' Battle of 1666, a drawn out and fierce action of the Anglo-Dutch wars and a defeat for the English fleet. The Captain's of the typical 'Napoleonic' novel tend to be a Nelson character from more humble beginnings yet in this earlier era Quinton is a courtier and heir to an Earldom. Even so Davies has created a very believable and likeable character who you can empathise with.&nbsp;</p> <p>As I have said before the navies of the 1660's were very different so it is not surprising that after his return from the battle at the whim of the King Matthew finds himself with a senior rank in an early incarnation of the Royal marines and on his way to Plymouth to root out the source of the false intelligence that caused the division of the English fleet before the battle and many lives.</p> <p>After the conclusion of this mission Matthew returns to his ship to find that in an astonishing feat by the standards of the time has taken place and the shattered fleet has been repaired in just seven weeks. This enables the book to finish as it started with a climactic battle, in this case the one known as the St. James's Day fight.</p> <p>As always Davies uses his historical accuracy to bring to life the events of these two great battles and the political intrigue of the period when allegiances and enmities were not as clear cut as in later periods.</p> </div> The Massacre of Innocents (HC) 2014-06-29T00:00:00+01:00 2014-06-29T00:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3552-the-massacre-of-innocents-hc Alan Lawrence 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/lawrence1.jpg" alt="The Massacre of Innocents" width="120" height="179" />Alan Lawrence recently released the first book in a new series 'The Continuing Voyages of HMS <em>Surprise</em>'.&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3498:the-massacre-of-innocents&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Massacre of Innocents</em></a>&nbsp;is now available worldwide in Hardcover. (EDIT: I understand from the author that the print version will only be available in the UK for the time being. Kindle version is available for overseas readers)</p> <p>Captain Pat O'Connor, Lieutenant Duncan Macleod and Doctor Simon Ferguson return from half-pay to command the frigate HMS <em>Surprise</em>, returned to service after long years 'in ordinary' at Plymouth Dock.</p> <p>HMS <em>Surprise</em> escorts Lord Byron to Cephalonia and then aids the fledgling Greek navy against the crushing Ottoman fleet superiority. Fighting for the cause of Greek independence amidst the destruction and massacres of the sackings of Kasos and Psara, this fictional tale is based on the actual historical events of 1823 and 1824.</p> <p>Struggling to retain their sanity and humanity as initial jubilation with their return to sea is replaced by doubt and anxiety as crew losses mount, O'Connor, Macleod and Ferguson bring HMS <em>Surprise</em> to action in the thrilling and climactic battle to defend Samos from Turk invasion.</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/lawrence1.jpg" alt="The Massacre of Innocents" width="120" height="179" />Alan Lawrence recently released the first book in a new series 'The Continuing Voyages of HMS <em>Surprise</em>'.&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3498:the-massacre-of-innocents&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Massacre of Innocents</em></a>&nbsp;is now available worldwide in Hardcover. (EDIT: I understand from the author that the print version will only be available in the UK for the time being. Kindle version is available for overseas readers)</p> <p>Captain Pat O'Connor, Lieutenant Duncan Macleod and Doctor Simon Ferguson return from half-pay to command the frigate HMS <em>Surprise</em>, returned to service after long years 'in ordinary' at Plymouth Dock.</p> <p>HMS <em>Surprise</em> escorts Lord Byron to Cephalonia and then aids the fledgling Greek navy against the crushing Ottoman fleet superiority. Fighting for the cause of Greek independence amidst the destruction and massacres of the sackings of Kasos and Psara, this fictional tale is based on the actual historical events of 1823 and 1824.</p> <p>Struggling to retain their sanity and humanity as initial jubilation with their return to sea is replaced by doubt and anxiety as crew losses mount, O'Connor, Macleod and Ferguson bring HMS <em>Surprise</em> to action in the thrilling and climactic battle to defend Samos from Turk invasion.</p> </div> Attack of the HMS Nimrod (PB/K) 2014-06-23T01:00:00+01:00 2014-06-23T01:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3542-attack-of-the-hms-nimrod-pb-k J. North Conway & Jesse Dubuc webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/D/dubuc1.jpg" alt="Attack of the HMS Nimrod: Wareham and the War of 1812" width="120" height="180" />J. North Conway &amp; Jesse Dubuc recently released a new book about the&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3540:attack-of-the-hms-nimrod&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98"><em>Attack of the HMS Nimrod: Wareham and the War of 1812</em></a>. It is now available worldwide in Paperback and for Kindle download.</p> <p>On the morning of June 13, 1814, the British warship HMS <em>Nimrod</em> attacked the town of Wareham, Massachusetts. As a center for shipbuilding and iron, Wareham was a perfect target for the British fleet. When the lead barge deceptively appeared with a white flag at its bow, Wareham never suspected anything but a truce and was ill prepared for the attack. A raiding party with six barges and two hundred men burned the town's cotton mill, destroyed its vessels and took its citizens as hostages. When <em>Nimrod</em> tried to flee the shores, it ran aground and had to throw its cannons and guns overboard in order to lighten its load and sail away. Wareham was left smoldering in its wake. Follow authors J. North Conway and Jesse Dubuc as they trace the attack from the initial spotting of the British fleet to the discovery of the lost <em>Nimrod</em> cannons.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/D/dubuc1.jpg" alt="Attack of the HMS Nimrod: Wareham and the War of 1812" width="120" height="180" />J. North Conway &amp; Jesse Dubuc recently released a new book about the&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3540:attack-of-the-hms-nimrod&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98"><em>Attack of the HMS Nimrod: Wareham and the War of 1812</em></a>. It is now available worldwide in Paperback and for Kindle download.</p> <p>On the morning of June 13, 1814, the British warship HMS <em>Nimrod</em> attacked the town of Wareham, Massachusetts. As a center for shipbuilding and iron, Wareham was a perfect target for the British fleet. When the lead barge deceptively appeared with a white flag at its bow, Wareham never suspected anything but a truce and was ill prepared for the attack. A raiding party with six barges and two hundred men burned the town's cotton mill, destroyed its vessels and took its citizens as hostages. When <em>Nimrod</em> tried to flee the shores, it ran aground and had to throw its cannons and guns overboard in order to lighten its load and sail away. Wareham was left smoldering in its wake. Follow authors J. North Conway and Jesse Dubuc as they trace the attack from the initial spotting of the British fleet to the discovery of the lost <em>Nimrod</em> cannons.</p> </div> The Marvellous Sea (K) 2014-06-22T00:00:00+01:00 2014-06-22T00:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3536-the-marvellous-sea-k Peter Smalley 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/R/Rennie7.jpg" alt="The Marvellous Sea" width="120" height="191" />A new book in Peter Smalley's popular 'HMS Expedient' series has been long awaited. <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3528:the-marvellous-sea&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Marvellous Sea</em></a>&nbsp;which continues the adventured of Captain William Rennie and Lieutenant, James Hayter was recently released and is now available in ebook format only.</p> <p>The year is 1793 and while England mobilises her navy and looks East across the Channel and into the Mediterranean, a mission is being planned by Mr. Brough Mappin, administrator of the Secret Service Fund.</p> <p>Once again in command of the frigate HMS <em>Expedient</em> (36) Captain William Rennie and his Lieutenant, James Hayter, find themselves under secret orders and with an independent commission steering a course deep into the South Atlantic.</p> <p>Their objective, a resource all parties to this war will need in great quantity, has fueled the dreams of men as well and William Rennie is no exception.</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/R/Rennie7.jpg" alt="The Marvellous Sea" width="120" height="191" />A new book in Peter Smalley's popular 'HMS Expedient' series has been long awaited. <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3528:the-marvellous-sea&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Marvellous Sea</em></a>&nbsp;which continues the adventured of Captain William Rennie and Lieutenant, James Hayter was recently released and is now available in ebook format only.</p> <p>The year is 1793 and while England mobilises her navy and looks East across the Channel and into the Mediterranean, a mission is being planned by Mr. Brough Mappin, administrator of the Secret Service Fund.</p> <p>Once again in command of the frigate HMS <em>Expedient</em> (36) Captain William Rennie and his Lieutenant, James Hayter, find themselves under secret orders and with an independent commission steering a course deep into the South Atlantic.</p> <p>Their objective, a resource all parties to this war will need in great quantity, has fueled the dreams of men as well and William Rennie is no exception.</p> </div> Pasha (HC) 2014-06-16T00:00:00+01:00 2014-06-16T00:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3532-pasha-hc Julian Stockwin 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/kydd15.jpg" alt="Pasha" width="120" height="185" />Author Julian Stockwin's new novel, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3467:pasha&amp;catid=45:p&amp;Itemid=70"><em>Pasha</em></a>, will be released in hardcover in the UK on 9 October 2014 and in the US on 1 November 2014. It is now available for pre-order.</p> <p>An Admiralty summons to England cuts short Thomas Kydd's service in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. While the crew of <em>L'Aurore</em> can look forward to liberty and prize money, a shadow hangs over their captain: the impending court martial of his one-time commander, Commodore Popham, who led a doomed attack on South America.</p> <p>Following Nelson's death two years earlier, England is in desperate need of heroes and Kydd's Caribbean exploits are the talk of London. Feted by the king and a grateful country, Kydd is soon on detachment in a new and dangerous sphere of interest: the Dardanelles, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Black Sea and providing a route to India. The French have long coveted this route, knowing that it could be the key to toppling the British Empire in India. When they successfully whip up such strong anti-English sentiment that the British ambassador to Constantinople has to flee to <em>L'Aurore</em>, a deadly stand-off ensues.</p> <p>Meanwhile Kydd's closest friend, Nicholas Renzi, has assumed a new role that he can never make public. Sent under alias on a mission to Constantinople, Renzi must engineer a coup that will turn the tables on the French. But when he's taken prisoner, only Kydd's superb seamanship and sheer bravado can save the day.</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/kydd15.jpg" alt="Pasha" width="120" height="185" />Author Julian Stockwin's new novel, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3467:pasha&amp;catid=45:p&amp;Itemid=70"><em>Pasha</em></a>, will be released in hardcover in the UK on 9 October 2014 and in the US on 1 November 2014. It is now available for pre-order.</p> <p>An Admiralty summons to England cuts short Thomas Kydd's service in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. While the crew of <em>L'Aurore</em> can look forward to liberty and prize money, a shadow hangs over their captain: the impending court martial of his one-time commander, Commodore Popham, who led a doomed attack on South America.</p> <p>Following Nelson's death two years earlier, England is in desperate need of heroes and Kydd's Caribbean exploits are the talk of London. Feted by the king and a grateful country, Kydd is soon on detachment in a new and dangerous sphere of interest: the Dardanelles, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Black Sea and providing a route to India. The French have long coveted this route, knowing that it could be the key to toppling the British Empire in India. When they successfully whip up such strong anti-English sentiment that the British ambassador to Constantinople has to flee to <em>L'Aurore</em>, a deadly stand-off ensues.</p> <p>Meanwhile Kydd's closest friend, Nicholas Renzi, has assumed a new role that he can never make public. Sent under alias on a mission to Constantinople, Renzi must engineer a coup that will turn the tables on the French. But when he's taken prisoner, only Kydd's superb seamanship and sheer bravado can save the day.</p> </div> Review: The Wrath of Brotherhood by Ozgur K. Sahin 2014-06-01T00:00:00+01:00 2014-06-01T00:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/general-hnf-info/book-reviews/list/3517-review-the-wrath-of-brotherhood-by-ozgur-k-sahin David Hayes webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/S/sahin1.jpg" alt="The Wrath of Brotherhood" width="120" height="180" />For fans of pirate fiction there is a worthy new addition to the genre from Ozgur K. Sahin,&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>. Set in the Caribbean at the time of the Restoration, the book, which is the first of a new series, introduces us to Captain Roy Toppings an English gentleman bent on revenge for the death of his sister for which he blames the Spanish.</p> <p>Roy and his first mate, an ex-slave, recruit a crew of local men and a native South American, later enhanced by some dutchmen, and set out to plunder Spanish possessions and shipping, but as he uncovers their invasion plot he must unite with other English ships to counter the threat.</p> <p>The book had a well written plot featuring both land and sea action and I particularly enjoyed the unusual mix of characters the author created. It held my attention well and I look forward to reading of their further adventures.</p> <p>Recommended<span style="line-height: 1.3em;">.</span></p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/S/sahin1.jpg" alt="The Wrath of Brotherhood" width="120" height="180" />For fans of pirate fiction there is a worthy new addition to the genre from Ozgur K. Sahin,&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>. Set in the Caribbean at the time of the Restoration, the book, which is the first of a new series, introduces us to Captain Roy Toppings an English gentleman bent on revenge for the death of his sister for which he blames the Spanish.</p> <p>Roy and his first mate, an ex-slave, recruit a crew of local men and a native South American, later enhanced by some dutchmen, and set out to plunder Spanish possessions and shipping, but as he uncovers their invasion plot he must unite with other English ships to counter the threat.</p> <p>The book had a well written plot featuring both land and sea action and I particularly enjoyed the unusual mix of characters the author created. It held my attention well and I look forward to reading of their further adventures.</p> <p>Recommended<span style="line-height: 1.3em;">.</span></p> </div>