Latest Releases

This Section contains articles about new Age of Sail books released or due to be released. For a list of upcoming books please view the Releases Calendar

The Battle of All the Ages (PB/K)

The Battle of All the AgesThe latest book in J. D. Davies's Journals of Matthew Quinton, The Battle of All the Ages, is now available for pre-order in paperback and kindle. It will be released worldwide on 16 June 2014.

1666. The Four Days' Battle.

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.

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.

It is an unenviable role -- especially when all the evidence seems to point towards an old friend and boon companion.

Then Quinton receives an urgent message from his wife, the usually level-headed Cornelia, begging him to come home to London at once...

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The Threat in the West Indies (K/PB)

The Threat in the West IndiesIf you can not wait for the next instalment of a series this seems to be the one to try as Roger Burnage has just released the fourth book of The Merriman Chronicles just 3 months after the previous one. The Threat in the West Indies is available worldwide for Kindle download and in paperback.

The year is 1793 and James Abel Merriman has been sent to the West Indies as Captain of his Majesty's sloop Aphrodite.

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.

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.

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HMS Bellerophon (HC)

HMS BellerophonHMS Bellerophon was an iconic '74' and it's story is told in a new book by Colin A. Pengelly. It is now available in the UK in Hardcover and will be released in the US on 19 July 2014.

The story of HMS Bellerophon 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.

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British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817 - 1863 (HC)

British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817 - 1863The final instalment of Rif Winfield's epic series on the Design Construction, Careers and Fates of British warships will be released on 17 April 2014. British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817 - 1863 is now available for pre-order in Hardcover.

The publication of this book sees the completion of a monumental work listing the technical details and career histories of every significant British warship between 1603 and 1863. Following three earlier volumes, this one carries forward the story from the post-Napoleonic War reorganisation of the Royal Navy's rating system to the end of sail as the principal mode of propulsion. Although apparently well documented, this is a period of great complexity in the procurement and naval architecture of ships. The introduction of steam radically altered the design of vessels under construction and was later retro-fitted to others, while many 'names' lived a ghostly existence on the Navy List: ships ordered but not started, and in some cases having their intended draughts altered more than once before being cancelled entirely. This book meticulously sorts out and clarifies these confusions - a major contribution in itself - but for the first time it also provides outline service histories for an era that is largely neglected. Like its companion volumes, the book is organised by Rate, classification and class, with significant technical and building data, followed by a concise summary of the careers of each ship in every class. With its unique depth of information, this is a work of the utmost importance to every naval historian and general reader interested in the navy of the sailing era and the formative years of the steam navy that supplanted it.

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A History of the Royal Navy: The Royal Marines (HC)

A History of the Royal Navy: The Royal MarinesA new book by Britt Zerbe, A History of the Royal Navy: The Royal Marines, is now available for pre-order in Hardcover. It will be released worldwide on 30 August 2014.

The Royal Marines are the elite force of the Royal Navy. Founded in 1755, but tracing their origins as far back as 1664, the Marines are an iconic amphibious infantry force, combining military and naval skills and operations. During World War I, the Marines were key players in the amphibious landings at Gallipoli and in World War II the Marines were active in a number of theatres including the capture of Madagascar and the defence of Crete. In the post-war world, the Marines were active in the ill-fated Suez crisis. Today's Marines are highly-skilled maritime-focused commandoes who have played a pivotal role in recent conflicts in the Falklands, Afghanistan and Iraq. This book provides a complete history of the force from formation to the present day. As well as covering the campaigns fought by the Marines - from the Napoleonic Wars to the twenty-first century - the book also looks aspects of change and continuity in marine identity over the 300 years of their existence. As the first complete history of the Royal Marines, this book will be essential reading for all military and naval history enthusiasts.

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Commodore Levy (PB)

Commodore LevyA fictionalised account of the life of Uriah Phillips Levy USN by Irving Litvag, Commodore Levy: A Novel of Early America in the Age of Sail, is available for pre-order. It will be available in Paperback on 30 March 2014 in the UK and 15 April 2014 in the US. EDIT: I am advised by the publisher that there has been a change of plans and the book will now be released in Hardcover on 15 May 2014

By all accounts, Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jewish commodore in the U.S. Navy, was both a principled and pugnacious man. On his way to becoming a flag officer, he was subjected to six courts-martial and engaged in a duel, all in response to antisemitic taunts and harassment from his fellow officers. Yet he never lost his love of country or desire to serve in its navy. When the navy tried to boot him out, he took his case to the highest court and won.

This richly detailed historical novel closely follows the actual events of Levy's life: running away from his Philadelphia home to serve as a cabin boy at age ten; his service during the War of 1812 aboard the Argus and internment at the notorious British prison at Dartmoor; his campaign for the abolition of flogging in the Navy; and his purchase and restoration of Monticello as a tribute to his personal hero, Thomas Jefferson. Set against a broad panorama of U.S. history, Commodore Levy describes the American Jewish community from 1790 to 1860, the beginnings of the U.S. Navy, and the great nautical traditions of the Age of Sail before its surrender to the age of steam.

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Scotland and the Sea (HC)

Scotland and the SeaNick Robins new book, Scotland and the Sea: The Scottish Dimension in Maritime History, is now available in hardcover in the UK. It will be released on 15 April 2014 in the US.

Scotland's maritime heritage is a highly significant one, embracing as it does a quite outstanding contribution to Britain's development both as an empire and as the world's leading maritime power in the nineteenth century. Scottish engineering, ship-owning and operating, as well as business and entrepreneurial skills, played a major part in the success of the Merchant Navy, while Scottish emigrants took skills to every corner of the world, creating trade and wealth both abroad and at home. In terms of engineering, 'Clyde-built' was the Kite Mark for the shipbuilding industry the world over. Scottish shipowners included household names such as Allan, Anchor, Donaldson and Henderson, while Scotsmen were instrumental in founding and, for much of the time, managing Cunard, British India, P & O, Orient, Glen and many other 'English' companies. The author tells an exhilarating story of energy and inventiveness, describing the remarkable navigational skills of the highlanders and the technological and business skills of the lowlanders, and relates the early development of the steamship, the impact of emigration, the involvement with exploration and the development of trade routes, and the final flowering of the world's last great iron sailing ships. And the evidence is still here, in the Cutty Sark, the Denny test tank at Helensburgh, and the Burrel Collection at Pollock, all reminders of a remarkable story.

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The Wrath of Brotherhood (K)

The Wrath of BrotherhoodOzgur K. Sahin recently released the first book in a new pirate fiction series Brethren of the Spanish Main. The Wrath of Brotherhood it is available in ebook versions.

After learning of his sister's death at the hands of pirates, successful merchant Captain Roy Toppings sails to the Caribbean on a misguided mission of vengeance against the man who failed to protect her: her Spanish widower, Pablo Francisco.

In the climate of the Restoration-era Caribbean colonies, where scheming and stealth could yield a prize as readily as boldness and firepower, Roy's vendetta lands him and his small but talented privateer crew in the middle of political intrigue and a deadly invasion in the West Indies as the nations of Europe struggle to consolidate power in anticipation of new monarchs in England and France.

When Spain prepares a strike that could jeopardize all other commercial interests in the Caribbean, Roy must risk losing his chance at vengeance to fight for his nation and his fellow Brethren of the Coast.

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