Fletcher and the MutineersBack in 1992 the first book of an intended series by J. C. Edwards, Fletcher's Fortune, was published. A rather unique character in the HNF genre Jacob Fletcher is sometimes described as a cross between Flashman and Hornblower. To quote from a review "Fletcher is larger than life - bigger, tougher and smarter than anyone else, he is a natural sailor, businessman, mathematician, gunner and leader of men. He can make maidens melt into a swoon at a single smoky glance. He is also a bit of a rogue. He cares nothing for high-falootin' notions like honor and patriotism. Still, he is (mostly) loyal to his friends and winds up doing the right thing, even if for the wrong reasons."

The second book in the series, Fletcher's Glorious First of June, was published in 1993. Unfortunately at this point, to quote the author, "I did write a third book, but unfortunately got dumped by my publisher when they were taken over by another company". So the series was incomplete and, out of print, became hard to come by. Edwards returned to publication in 2008, writing under the pseudonym John Drake, with the first of his pirate fiction series based on Treasure Island, Flint & Silver.

Now over 20 years later the Jacob Fletcher series has been completed, at least for those with an ebook reader, with the publication by Endeavour Press of that third novel. Fletcher and the Mutineers. It was released worldwide on 14 July 2015 but this time under the authors pseudonym "by John Drake". The other two in the series have also been re-released as ebooks by John Drake.

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