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August 2010

Last month I was privileged to get an interview with William C. Hammond ahead of the launch of his new novel in the Cutler Family Chronicles series 'For Love of Country'.

There are 2 brand new naval fiction titles out this month.

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


For Love of Country

For Love of Country (Hardcover) by William C. Hammond

It is due for release on 15 October 2010 worldwide

Featured Author

Alexander FullertonEach month I will provide a short bio of one of the authors on the site. This months we will look at Alexander Fullerton who was a cadet at Dartmouth at the age of thirteen and went to sea serving first in the battleship Queen Elizabeth in the Mediterranean. During WWII he served in submarines, retiring from the navy in 1949. His novels are mainly set during WWII and the first, Surface!, sold over 500,000 copies. He then worked on the 9-volume Nicholas Everard series that made his reputation.

One of his many novels was set during the age of sail. The Thunder and the Flame is a ficionalised account of the final battle of Sir Richard Grenville's Revenge. Grenville was appointed vice-admiral of the fleet under Thomas Howard, and was charged with maintaining a squadron at the Azores to waylay the treasure fleets of the Spanish. He took command of HMS Revenge, a galleon considered to be a masterpiece of naval construction.

Books with a release date this month

First editions or first paperback releases this month



The Mountain of Gold by J. D. Davies (Paperback - UK)

It is listed for release on 1 August 2010 but no further information is available

A Battle Won

A Battle Won by S. Thomas Russell (Hardcover - US)

It is due for release on 12 August 2010

Author Interviews Last Month

For Love of Country

William C. Hammond, author of For Love of Country

Among the questions asked were:

The book was originally due to be published in Spring 2009 but is now coming out in October. Can you tell us what happened?

What’s next in the Cutler Family Chronicles series?

Read more

Book Reviews

A Ship's Tale

A review of N. Jay Young's A Ship's Tale by David Hayes

Read the review.

George Washington's Great Gamble

A review of James L. Nelson's George Washington's Great Gamble by David Hayes

Read the review.

The Sallee Rovers

A review of M. Kei's The Sallee Rovers by Richard Spilman

Read the review. Originally published in The Old Salt Blog

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