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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

December 2013

Not much news this month as there are no new naval fiction titles scheduled for release in December. There is however detail of some recent releases which were not pre-announced.

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


How Dark the Night

It will not be released until 15 April next year (2014) but William C. Hammond's next offering in the Cutler Family Chronicles, How Dark the Night, is already available for pre-order in hardcover worldwide.

 The Lake War: Kinkaid with the Inland Fleet

Michael Winston recently released a new novel in his Jonathan Kincaid series, The Lake War: Kinkaid with the Inland Fleet. It is is now available worldwide in paperback and for Kindle download.

Non Fiction

 The Sloop of War: 1650-1763

Ian Mclaughlan's new book, The Sloop of War: 1650-1763, is now available in hardcover in the UK and will be released on 15 July 2014 in the US.

 England's Medieval Navy

Susan Rose recently released a new book, England's Medieval Navy 1066-1509: Ships, Men & Warfare. It is now available in hardback worldwide.

With Commodore Perry to Japan: The Journal of William Speiden Jr., 1852-1855

A new book, With Commodore Perry to Japan: The Journal of William Speiden Jr., 1852-1855, edited by John A Wolter, David A Ranzan, & John J McDonough is now available in paperback or for kindle.

Featured Author

Each month I provide a short bio of one of the authors on the site. This month we will look at Jason Vail.

Jason VailJason Vail is a writer of historical fiction and a martial artist who blends rich historical detail with realistic martial action. His martial arts career includes training in karate, jujutsu, judo, boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts. Since 2001, he has been a student of historical European martial arts and is an avid longsword and backsword/broadsword fencer. However, his primary focus has been in reviving the dagger combat techniques found in the European fighting manuals dating back to 1409 not only because of their historical interest but also because of their usefulness in modern self-defense. The result of this study is his book Medieval and Renaissance Dagger Combat.

He is writing the naval fiction series Lone Star Rising

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