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

Swift Pride (PB)

Swift PrideAlec Merrill recently released the second book in his Jon Swift series, Swift Pride. It is available worldwide in paperback.

Summer 1746. Louisbourg has fallen. HMS Mermaid, a forty gun ship of the line, escorts a convoy containing surrendered Frenchmen across the Atlantic to Brest, France. Pressed sailor, Jon Swift, struggles with personal demons. Torn from his family by the press gang, their welfare still haunts him. The inequities and injustices onboard a Royal Navy ship of the line add fuel to the fire. Swift seriously contemplates desertion. Events on the Mermaid continually place Swift in harm's way further swaying him. On the other side of the coin, Swift is proud of his achievements, and with no other skills except sailing, a sea life beckons. Will his pride and fortitude see him through this dilemma, or will punishment and arrogance tip the scales the other way?

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Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship: 630-1000 AD (PB)

Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship: 630-1000 AD has a new book available for pre-order in paperback, Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship: 630-1000 AD. It will be released worldwide on 20th January 2015.

This engaging study pits the the Byzantine dromōn against the Arabic shalandī in the prolonged struggle for mastery in the Mediterranean in the four centuries after 630 AD.

For four hundred years the Byzantine Empire's naval forces vied with the warships of the Islamic world for mastery of the Mediterranean. At the heart of this confrontation were the fighting vessels of the two powers, the Byzantine dromōn and the Arabic shalandī, both oared warships. In those four centuries of warfare between two major maritime powers, both the Byzantines and the Arabs left us records of their doctrine and tactics, as well as of how their ships were built. Featuring full-colour artwork and rigorous analysis from an authority on naval warfare, this enthralling book offers a glimpse of the long-lost world of war at sea in the age of Byzantium.

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The Unfortunate Isles (K)

The Unfortunate IslesM. C. Muir has just released a new book in Under Admiralty Orders - The Oliver Quintrell Series, The Unfortunate Isles. It is available for Kindle download worldwide and will be available in paperback soon.

December 1804. A sheltered cove in the idyllic Western Islands offers an ideal location to careen His Majesty's frigate, Perpetual. But what Captain Quintrell discovers on the beach, and in a nearby village, is shocking. Despite his orders, he promises he will not rest until he has brought the piratical scoundrel responsible for these barbaric acts to justice.

The Unfortunate Isles is Book 4 in the Oliver Quintrell Series and follows on immediately from Admiralty Orders.

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Eleanor's Odyssey (PB)

Eleanor's Odyssey: Journal of the Captain's Wife on the East Indiaman Friendship, 1799-1801Joan Druett has a new book which was recently released, Eleanor's Odyssey: Journal of the Captain's Wife on the East Indiaman Friendship, 1799-1801. It is available worldwide  in paperback.

It was 1799, and French privateers lurked in the Atlantic and the Bay of Bengal. Yet Eleanor Reid, newly married and just twenty-one years old, made up her mind to sail with her husband, Captain Hugh Reid, to the Pacific, the Spice Islands and India. Danger threatened not just from the barely charted seas they would be sailing, but from the lowest deck of Captain Reid's East Indiaman Friendship, too—from the cages of Irish rebels he was carrying to the penal colony of New South Wales. Yet, confident in her love and her husband's seamanship, Eleanor insisted on going along.

Joan Druett, writer of many books about the sea, including the bestseller Island of the Lost, and the groundbreaking story of women under sail, Hen Frigates, embellishes Eleanor's journal with a commentary that illuminates the strange story of a remarkable young woman.

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Ship of Spies (K)

Ship of SpiesDavid Healey recently released the second book of The Sea Lord Chronicles, Ship of Spies. It is available for Kindle download worldwide.

Three weeks after Alexander single-handedly sinks three attacking Napoleonist ships, he awakens in a strange room to find that an assassin is about to stab him. He narrowly escapes by gryphon to the vast estate of his friend, Lord Parkington. Together, the boys return to HMS Resolution, but Alexander does not get a warm welcome. The crew and even some of the officers are suspicious and jealous of his new powers as an elemental who can command the sea.

Instead of resuming his duties as a Royal Navy ensign, Alexander is assigned to catch the thief who stole something mysterious from the American diplomat aboard the ship. He finds himself dodging more assassins, storms, lies and spies in a mission every bit as dangerous as what he encountered in "First Voyage." A climactic battle with the Napoleonist ship that seems just as interested in the diplomat's mission as the thief aboard HMS Resolution will test all of Alexander's abilities and bring him to the attention of a dangerous new enemy.

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The British Navy in the Baltic (HC)

The British Navy in the BalticJohn D. Grainger has just released a new book, The British Navy in the Baltic. It is available worldwide in Hardcover.

This book presents a comprehensive overview of the activities of the British navy in the Baltic Sea from the earliest times until the twentieth century. It traces developments from Anglo-Saxon times, through the medieval period when there were frequent disputes between English kings and the Hanseatic League, the seventeenth-century wars with the Dutch, and Britain's involvement in the Northern Wars in the early years of the eighteenth century. It considers in detail the major period of British involvement in the Baltic during the Napoleonic Wars, when the British navy fought the Danes, Napoleon's allies, and was highly effective in ensuring Sweden's neutrality and Russia's change of allegiance. It goes on to discuss British naval actions in the Baltic during the Crimean War and in the First World War and its aftermath. Throughout, the book relates naval actions to patterns of trade, to wider international politics, and to geographical factors such as winter sea ice and the shallow nature of the Baltic Sea.

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The Devil to Pay (HC/K)

The Devil to PayAuthor David Donachie's new novel, The Devil to Pay, will be released in hardcover and for kindle download worldwide on 20 November 2015.

Faced with a ship in need of repair, enemy attacks and the threat of wily Admiral Hotham, John Pearce is sailing into danger.

Meanwhile Ralph Barclay is on his way to the Mediterranean. Thinking his wife still with Pearce and that he can repair his marriage by rescuing her, he sails in pursuit, Hotham half-hoping he suffers the same fate as the admiral has in store for Pearce. Can John Pearce fight to first save himself and his charges from captivity and then to be free from the enemy? It is a battle that will require all of his wits.

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Nor Gold: The Pirate Captain (K)

Nor Gold: The Pirate CaptainKerry Lynne has just released a new pirate fiction novel, Nor Gold: The Pirate Captain. It is available for kindle download worldwide.

"Nor Gold" picks up where "The Pirate Captain" left off: Cate Mackenzie, a woman who lost everything to the Jacobite Uprising, trying to make sense out of being sold to Thomas, Nathanael Blackthorne's pirate friend. Once again, Fate has robbed her of both her heart and her home.

As Nathan sails off, Cate tries to come to terms with her new situation. Practicality tells her Thomas is not an altogether poor future: he's amiable, generous, and most of all, willing... but her heart is still with Nathan.

Nathan, in the meantime, has but two quests: to get Cate back, and to claim his revenge against Lord Breaston Creswicke and the Royal West Indies Mercantile Company. In that process, he discovers there is no outrunning his past and that there are consequences for every action.

The Caribbean Sea isn't big enough for Nathan, Thomas and Creswicke. Paths cross... and sparks fly.

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