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/ 2014-07-26T16:00:47+01:00 AstroCMS Give Me a Fast Ship (HC/K) 2014-07-18T01:00:00+01:00 2014-07-18T01:00:00+01:00 http://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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> The Torrid Zone (K) 2014-05-30T00:00:00+01:00 2014-05-30T00:00:00+01:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3503-the-torrid-zone-k Alaric Bond 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/A/Alaric7.jpg" alt="The Torrid Zone" width="120" height="173" />For his latest book Alaric Bond has returned to his popular Fighting Sail series. <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3477:the-torrid-zone&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Torrid Zone</em></a> is now available in ebook formats and will be released in paperback shortly.</p> <p>A tired ship with a worn out crew, but HMS Scylla has one more trip to make before her much-postponed re-fit. Bound for St Helena, she is to deliver the island's next governor; a simple enough mission and, as peace looks likely to be declared, no one is expecting difficulties. Except, perhaps, the commander of a powerful French battle squadron, who has other ideas...</p> <p>With conflict and intrigue at sea and ashore, The Torrid Zone is filled to the gunnels with action, excitement and fascinating historical detail; a truly engaging read.</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/A/Alaric7.jpg" alt="The Torrid Zone" width="120" height="173" />For his latest book Alaric Bond has returned to his popular Fighting Sail series. <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3477:the-torrid-zone&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Torrid Zone</em></a> is now available in ebook formats and will be released in paperback shortly.</p> <p>A tired ship with a worn out crew, but HMS Scylla has one more trip to make before her much-postponed re-fit. Bound for St Helena, she is to deliver the island's next governor; a simple enough mission and, as peace looks likely to be declared, no one is expecting difficulties. Except, perhaps, the commander of a powerful French battle squadron, who has other ideas...</p> <p>With conflict and intrigue at sea and ashore, The Torrid Zone is filled to the gunnels with action, excitement and fascinating historical detail; a truly engaging read.</p> </div> Trident (PB/K) 2014-05-29T23:00:00+01:00 2014-05-29T23:00:00+01:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3501-trident-pb-k Michael Aye 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/A/aye6.jpg" alt="Trident" width="120" height="190" />Author&nbsp;Michael Aye's&nbsp;recently released the latest novel in the Fighting Anthony's series, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3500:trident&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>Trident</em></a>. It&nbsp;is now available worldwide in paperback and for Kindle.</p> <p>Recently promoted to Rear Admiral, Rupert Buck's flag flies aloft HMS Trident as his squadron is formed. Captain Sir Gabriel Anthony, England's latest hero, has been chosen as flag captain. What was to have been a routine mission has suddenly been changed by the Foreign Services Office.</p> <p>American privateers have joined with the French to raid British convoys returning from the Indian Ocean. Buck's squadron has to immediately weigh anchor and rush to meet this new threat. A sudden crisis develops and Gabe finds himself thrust into command of the squadron. Follow the ships and men under Rear Admiral Buck's flag as they raid a neutral fort, battle the elements and face a powerful enemy with cannons blazing.</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/A/aye6.jpg" alt="Trident" width="120" height="190" />Author&nbsp;Michael Aye's&nbsp;recently released the latest novel in the Fighting Anthony's series, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3500:trident&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>Trident</em></a>. It&nbsp;is now available worldwide in paperback and for Kindle.</p> <p>Recently promoted to Rear Admiral, Rupert Buck's flag flies aloft HMS Trident as his squadron is formed. Captain Sir Gabriel Anthony, England's latest hero, has been chosen as flag captain. What was to have been a routine mission has suddenly been changed by the Foreign Services Office.</p> <p>American privateers have joined with the French to raid British convoys returning from the Indian Ocean. Buck's squadron has to immediately weigh anchor and rush to meet this new threat. A sudden crisis develops and Gabe finds himself thrust into command of the squadron. Follow the ships and men under Rear Admiral Buck's flag as they raid a neutral fort, battle the elements and face a powerful enemy with cannons blazing.</p> </div> The Battle of All the Ages (PB/K) 2014-05-29T00:00:00+01:00 2014-05-29T00:00:00+01:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3496-the-battle-of-all-the-ages-pb-k J. D. Davies 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" />The latest book in J. D. Davies's Journals of Matthew Quinton,&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>, is now available for pre-order in paperback and kindle. It will be released worldwide on 16 June 2014.</p> <p>1666. The Four Days' Battle.</p> <p>Once again Captain Quinton finds himself in the thick of the action, fighting the Dutch in one of the epic encounters of the age of sail. But the battle is a disaster: the fleet is mysteriously divided, with part of it sent to meet a French threat that never materialises, while thousands are slaughtered by the Dutch.</p> <p>As popular fury turns violent, the King decides heads must roll, and Quinton is sent to rebellious, pirate-infested Plymouth to root out the source of the false intelligence that cost so many British lives.</p> <p>It is an unenviable role -- especially when all the evidence seems to point towards an old friend and boon companion.</p> <p>Then Quinton receives an urgent message from his wife, the usually level-headed Cornelia, begging him to come home to London at once...</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" />The latest book in J. D. Davies's Journals of Matthew Quinton,&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>, is now available for pre-order in paperback and kindle. It will be released worldwide on 16 June 2014.</p> <p>1666. The Four Days' Battle.</p> <p>Once again Captain Quinton finds himself in the thick of the action, fighting the Dutch in one of the epic encounters of the age of sail. But the battle is a disaster: the fleet is mysteriously divided, with part of it sent to meet a French threat that never materialises, while thousands are slaughtered by the Dutch.</p> <p>As popular fury turns violent, the King decides heads must roll, and Quinton is sent to rebellious, pirate-infested Plymouth to root out the source of the false intelligence that cost so many British lives.</p> <p>It is an unenviable role -- especially when all the evidence seems to point towards an old friend and boon companion.</p> <p>Then Quinton receives an urgent message from his wife, the usually level-headed Cornelia, begging him to come home to London at once...</p> </div> The Threat in the West Indies (K/PB) 2014-05-29T00:00:00+01:00 2014-05-29T00:00:00+01:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3495-the-threat-in-the-west-indies-k-pb 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/burnage4.jpg" alt="The Threat in the West Indies" width="120" height="192" />If you can not wait for the next instalment of a series this seems to be the one to try as Roger Burnage&nbsp;has just released the fourth book of The Merriman Chronicles just 3 months after the previous one.&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3479:the-threat-in-the-west-indies&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Threat in the West Indies</em></a> is&nbsp;available worldwide for Kindle download and in paperback.</p> <p>The year is 1793 and James Abel Merriman has been sent to the West Indies as Captain of his Majesty's sloop <em>Aphrodite</em>.</p> <p>England's oldest enemy France, now under the control of Napoleon Bonaparte is in the throes of the revolution and also is at war with Austria and the Netherlands. At this point in history, February 1793, France declares war on England.</p> <p>In the West Indies many of the islands have been fought over by the British, the French and the Spanish and at the time of this book, the principal islands of St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe are still in French hands although in 1794 many French claimed islands had been retaken by British Forces.</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/burnage4.jpg" alt="The Threat in the West Indies" width="120" height="192" />If you can not wait for the next instalment of a series this seems to be the one to try as Roger Burnage&nbsp;has just released the fourth book of The Merriman Chronicles just 3 months after the previous one.&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3479:the-threat-in-the-west-indies&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Threat in the West Indies</em></a> is&nbsp;available worldwide for Kindle download and in paperback.</p> <p>The year is 1793 and James Abel Merriman has been sent to the West Indies as Captain of his Majesty's sloop <em>Aphrodite</em>.</p> <p>England's oldest enemy France, now under the control of Napoleon Bonaparte is in the throes of the revolution and also is at war with Austria and the Netherlands. At this point in history, February 1793, France declares war on England.</p> <p>In the West Indies many of the islands have been fought over by the British, the French and the Spanish and at the time of this book, the principal islands of St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe are still in French hands although in 1794 many French claimed islands had been retaken by British Forces.</p> </div> HMS Bellerophon (HC) 2014-05-28T01:00:00+01:00 2014-05-28T01:00:00+01:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3493-hms-bellerophon-hc Colin A. Pengelly webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/PQ/pengelly2.jpg" alt="HMS Bellerophon" width="120" height="173" /><a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3492:hms-bellerophon&amp;catid=111:aos-naval-non-fiction-famous-ships&amp;Itemid=310">HMS<em> Bellerophon</em></a> was an iconic '74' and it's story is told in a new book by&nbsp;Colin A. Pengelly. It is now available in the UK in Hardcover and will be released in the US&nbsp;on 19 July 2014.</p> <p>The story of HMS <em>Bellerophon</em> is a record of the many and varied duties which the Royal Navy had to carry out in the period 1793 - 1815. It was involved in the first great fleet action of the War and was involved in the last moments of the struggle with the surrender of Napoleon. The 74-gun ship was the standard unit in the line of battle, Bellerophon was one of the most distinguished with a fine fighting record. Having fought at 'The Glorious First of June'; the battle of the Nile and at Trafalgar the ship saw more than her share of fierce ship-to-ship encounters. In between there were the varying duties of blockade and escort carried out with service in the Channel, the Mediterranean, the North Sea, the Baltic and the West Indies. The ship saw every type of service which fell to the Navy in that period. All the many and various aspects of the ship's life are covered from construction through maintenance and refits to final disposal. Sadly the ship could not be been saved like Victory and the ship and her fine record were confined to the history books.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/PQ/pengelly2.jpg" alt="HMS Bellerophon" width="120" height="173" /><a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3492:hms-bellerophon&amp;catid=111:aos-naval-non-fiction-famous-ships&amp;Itemid=310">HMS<em> Bellerophon</em></a> was an iconic '74' and it's story is told in a new book by&nbsp;Colin A. Pengelly. It is now available in the UK in Hardcover and will be released in the US&nbsp;on 19 July 2014.</p> <p>The story of HMS <em>Bellerophon</em> is a record of the many and varied duties which the Royal Navy had to carry out in the period 1793 - 1815. It was involved in the first great fleet action of the War and was involved in the last moments of the struggle with the surrender of Napoleon. The 74-gun ship was the standard unit in the line of battle, Bellerophon was one of the most distinguished with a fine fighting record. Having fought at 'The Glorious First of June'; the battle of the Nile and at Trafalgar the ship saw more than her share of fierce ship-to-ship encounters. In between there were the varying duties of blockade and escort carried out with service in the Channel, the Mediterranean, the North Sea, the Baltic and the West Indies. The ship saw every type of service which fell to the Navy in that period. All the many and various aspects of the ship's life are covered from construction through maintenance and refits to final disposal. Sadly the ship could not be been saved like Victory and the ship and her fine record were confined to the history books.</p> </div> Review: Commodore Levy by Irving Litvag 2014-05-27T00:00:00+01:00 2014-05-27T00:00:00+01:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/general-hnf-info/book-reviews/list/3482-review-commodore-levy-by-irving-litvag David Hayes webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/L/litvag1.jpg" alt="Commodore Levy" width="120" height="181" />On the European side of the Atlantic Uriah Phillips Levy is not a name that springs to mind when thinking of famous American naval officers, in deed I had never heard of him. That is a deficiency I have now rectified by reading&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>, a fictionalised biography of his life.</p> <p>Brought up in the Jewish faith Levy went to sea as a cabin boy aged ten and quickly rose to be an officer. A patriot he joined the Navy during the War of 1812 as a Master on the <em>Argus</em> until he was captured. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1817 which saw the start of his problems. As a 'tarpaulin' officer and a Jew many officers took it upon themselves to try and end his career, a thread that was to continue as he rose through the ranks. He fought many court martial's but eventually achieved an appointment commanding the Mediterranean squadron.</p> <p>As a respected member of the New York Jewish community he also invested in property amassing a personal fortune and becoming a noted philanthropist.</p> <p>At over 600 pages this is a large book for a novel but I found it very engaging and hard to put down. The standard is such that it could easily be used as a scholarly work for those interested in Levy's life and career and his story was so interesting that the book is highly r<span style="line-height: 1.3em;">ecommended reading.</span></p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/L/litvag1.jpg" alt="Commodore Levy" width="120" height="181" />On the European side of the Atlantic Uriah Phillips Levy is not a name that springs to mind when thinking of famous American naval officers, in deed I had never heard of him. That is a deficiency I have now rectified by reading&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>, a fictionalised biography of his life.</p> <p>Brought up in the Jewish faith Levy went to sea as a cabin boy aged ten and quickly rose to be an officer. A patriot he joined the Navy during the War of 1812 as a Master on the <em>Argus</em> until he was captured. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1817 which saw the start of his problems. As a 'tarpaulin' officer and a Jew many officers took it upon themselves to try and end his career, a thread that was to continue as he rose through the ranks. He fought many court martial's but eventually achieved an appointment commanding the Mediterranean squadron.</p> <p>As a respected member of the New York Jewish community he also invested in property amassing a personal fortune and becoming a noted philanthropist.</p> <p>At over 600 pages this is a large book for a novel but I found it very engaging and hard to put down. The standard is such that it could easily be used as a scholarly work for those interested in Levy's life and career and his story was so interesting that the book is highly r<span style="line-height: 1.3em;">ecommended reading.</span></p> </div> Review: The Threat in the East by Roger Burnage 2014-05-26T00:00:00+01:00 2014-05-26T00:00:00+01:00 http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/general-hnf-info/book-reviews/list/3478-review-the-threat-in-the-east-by-roger-burnage David Hayes webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/B/burnage3.jpg" alt="The Threat in the East" width="120" height="194" /><em>The Threat in the East</em>,&nbsp;the third book in the 'The Merriman Chronicles', sees Merriman and his ship Lord Stevenage heading for Bombay and India where local potentates are building ships to threaten British interests and possibly link up with Napoleon's invasion of Egypt.</p> <p>The novel spends less time ashore than previous offerings as Merriman takes the ships of the Honorable East India Company's Marine under his command and sets out on a series of raids to destroy the enemies forces.</p> <p>The now familiar mix of naval action and espionage is as always brought together in a fast paced well written &nbsp;narrative.</p> <p>This book and the series as a whole is recommended.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/B/burnage3.jpg" alt="The Threat in the East" width="120" height="194" /><em>The Threat in the East</em>,&nbsp;the third book in the 'The Merriman Chronicles', sees Merriman and his ship Lord Stevenage heading for Bombay and India where local potentates are building ships to threaten British interests and possibly link up with Napoleon's invasion of Egypt.</p> <p>The novel spends less time ashore than previous offerings as Merriman takes the ships of the Honorable East India Company's Marine under his command and sets out on a series of raids to destroy the enemies forces.</p> <p>The now familiar mix of naval action and espionage is as always brought together in a fast paced well written &nbsp;narrative.</p> <p>This book and the series as a whole is recommended.</p> </div>