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Astrodene's Historic Naval Fiction Log Book - Your regular update of what's new in nautical literature set in the Age of Sail

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April 2012

There are 4 brand new naval fiction titles out this month together with some paperback edition releases and there is also news of some titles released last month without prior notice.

Brief information is given below with links to the full website articles.

Recent Latest Release Articles

This month articles have appeared about the following books which have been published or are available for pre-order

Fiction

Honorable Lies

Author Robert N Macomber has a new novel, Honorable Lies, which will be released worldwide in hardcover on 15 Septemnber 2012. It is now available for pre-order.

 The Flag of Freedom

Author Seth Hunter has a new novel which is now available for pre-order in hardcover, The Flag of Freedom, due for release on 5 July 2012 in the UK.

For King or Commonwealth

Author Richard Woodman's latest novel For King or Commonwealth is now available for pre-order in hardcover. It will be released in the UK on 26 April 2012 and in the US on 1 August 2012

Peregrine

Author Michael Aye's latest novel in the Fighting Anthony's series, Peregrine, is now available worldwide on Kindle. It will be released in paperback next month, April 2012.

Non Fiction

The Privateering Stroke: Salem's Privateers in the War of 1812

Author Capt. Michael H. Rutstein has a new book, The Privateering Stroke: Salem's Privateers in the War of 1812, which has been released today, 25 March 2012, in the US in Paperback.

Pirate Fiction

The Prodigal S. K. Keogh has a new book which has just been released worldwide, The Prodigal. The first book in a pirate fiction series, it is available in paperback and ebook versions.

Featured Author

Each month I provide a short bio of one of the authors on the site. This month we will look at F. Van Wyck Mason.

F. Van Wyck MasonFrancis Van Wyck Mason (1901–1978) was an American historian and novelist with 65 published novels. He was born in Boston, and during his first eight years he lived in Berlin and then Paris where his grandfather served as U.S. Consul General. During World War I he was an ambulance driver for a while and then enlisted in the French Army where he became a decorated artillery officer before rising to the rank of Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After the war he attended Harvard during which period he was mistakenly arrested for murder. Having borrowed a dinner jacket, he was wrongly identified for a waiter who at the time had committed a murder.

He travelled extensively before becoming a writer selling stories to the pulp magazines and then moving on to novels. During World War II he worked as Chief Historian serving on General Eisenhower's staff. He spent the later years of his life in Bermuda, writing historical fiction for both the adult and youth market. His historical stories nearly always involve some kind of warfare and frequently include naval battles or long sea voyages. As well as stand alone naval novels, two of his series American Revolution and Civil War include some.

Books with a release date this month

First editions or first paperback releases this month

Fiction

Enemies at Every Turn

Enemies at Every Turn by David Donachie (Hardcover - US)

It is due for release on 15 April 2012

Blown Off Course

Blown Off Course by David Donachie (Paperback - US)

It is due for release on 15 April 2012

Seahawk Burning: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea

Seahawk Burning: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea by Randall Peffer (Hardcover - Worldwide)

It is due for release on 15 April 2012

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The Blast that Tears the Skies by J. D. Davies (Paperback - UK)

It is due for release on 17 April 2012

For King or Commonwealth

For King or Commonwealth by Richard Woodman (Hardcover - UK)

It is due for release on 26 April 2012

Peregrine

Peregrine by Michael Aye (Paperback - Worldwide)

The author advises paperback versions will be available April 2012

Non Fiction

HMS Victory Owners' Workshop Manual: An Insight Into Owning, Operating and Maintaining the Royal Navy's Oldest and Most Famous Warship

HMS Victory Owners' Workshop Manual: An Insight Into Owning, Operating and Maintaining the Royal Navy's Oldest and Most Famous Warship by Peter Goodwin (Hardcover - Worldwide)

It is due for release on 1 April 2012

The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812

The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812 by Andrew D. Lambert (Paperback - Worldwide)

It is due for release on 5 April 2012

Book Reviews

 A Ship for the King

A review of Richard Woodman's A Ship for the King by David Hayes

Read the review.

Napoleon's Gold

A review of Mark M. McMillin's Napoleon's Gold by David Hayes

Read the review.

The Sea Painter's World: The New Marine Art of Geoff Hunt, 2003-2010

A review of Geoff Hunt's The Sea Painter's World: The New Marine Art of Geoff Hunt, 2003-2010 by Roger Marsh

Read the review.

W HMS Warrior - Ironclad

A review of Wynford Davies's HMS Warrior - Ironclad by Roger Marsh

Read the review.

 

Other News

HNSconf2012logo The 2012 conference of the Historical Novel Society will be held at the University of Westminster, London, on 29-30 September. More information is available from the conference web site

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