The Threat in the BalticRoger Burnage recently released the next installment of The Merriman Chronicles, The Threat in the Baltic. It is available worldwide for Kindle download.

In the Spring of the year 1800, Captain Merriman and his frigate Lord Stevenage return home from India after being involved with the East India Company in the destruction of a pirate fleet. A treaty between Russia, Norway and Denmark threatens to cut the supply of timber and other supplies desperately needed by the navy so on Admiralty orders he is now to prepare for a voyage to the Baltic, to Copenhagen to try and find out about the defences of that town and harbour. So once again he is involved with Mr Grahame the treasury agent in secret, spying activities against England's enemies.

Back at the Admiralty in London to report his findings about Copenhagen's defences and depths of water in the main channels, he meets Admiral Horatio Nelson who asks the Admiralty to send Merriman with him as part of his fleet to the Baltic. With his

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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?

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

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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.

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

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