Naval Fiction Releases
Created: 25 April 2015
By David Perry
David Perry recently released a sequel to Not Self but Country. The Crucible of Tradition: A Sea of Heroes and Traitors is now available worldwide in paperback and for kindle download.
You read about John Paul Jones' famous battle with HMS Serapis in Not Self but Country; now read The Crucible of Tradition and empathize with his internal struggles and external battles after the victory. Treason, treachery, and infidelity plague him at every turn.
Get reacquainted with Captain John Barry. Discover his humble peasant beginnings in Ireland. Experience the warm kinship in his loving family in the oppressive poverty of the eighteenth century. Accompany him on his rise to prominence and his personal struggle through two marriages.
Meticulously researched, this novel, the second in the series, will introduce you to the men who secured America's independence while others framed her government. You will walk the streets of colonial America in scenes that were pulled from period maps and newspapers. Fight, grieve, and exult alongside the men and women who were the actual flesh and blood heroes of their day.
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Created: 07 April 2015
By Brian Lavery
Brian Lavery has a new book available for pre-order in Hardcover, Nelson's Victory: 250 Years of War and Peace. It will be released in the US on 15 April 2015 and in the UK on 30 April 2015.
May 2015 sees the 250th anniversary of the launch of HMS Victory, the ship that is so closely associated with Nelson and his great victory at Trafalgar and which, still extant, has today become the embodiment of the great Age of Sail. Many books have been written about Victory but none like this, which tells the full story of the ship since she first took to the waters in May 1765. It contains many surprises that she was almost wrecked on her launch; that diplomacy conducted onboard her played a crucial role in provoking Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812; and that in 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm set the First World War in motion at a desk made from her timbers. The book also tells the story of Horatio Nelson, who was born a few weeks before his most famous ship was ordered, and whose career paralleled hers in many ways.
It does not ignore the battle of Trafalgar, and indeed it offers new insights into the campaign which led up to it. But it says much more about the other lives of the ship, which at different times was a flagship, a fighting ship, a prison hospital ship, a training ship for officers and boys, a floating courtroom, a signal school in the early days of radio, tourist attraction and national icon. It looks at her through many eyes, including Queen Victoria, admirals, midshipmen and ordinary seamen, and Beatrix Potter who visited as a girl. It is simply a must-have work for historians and enthusiasts, and a compelling new narrative for the general reader.
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