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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

Dcember 2014

Last month I was privileged to get an interview with Alan Lawrence to mark the launch of his new novel The Massacre of Innocents .

There are no new naval fiction titles out this month.

Brief information is given below of recent news 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


The Devil to Pay

Author David Donachie's new novel, The Devil to Pay, was released in hardcover and for kindle download worldwide on 20 November 2015.

Non Fiction

The British Navy in the Baltic

John D. Grainger has just released a new book, The British Navy in the Baltic. It is available worldwide in Hardcover.

Featured Author

Each month I provide a short bio of one of the authors on the site. This month we will look at Joseph L. O'Steen.

osteenJoseph Lewis O'Steen (1950-2012) was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He started life as the son of a commercial fisherman who first took him to sea at age four. Having spent his early youth on the shrimping grounds of St. Augustine, Cape Canaveral and Key West, Florida, he was abandonedat age eleven and was adopted by the O'Steens and settled into a life ashore, but his love of the sea never died. He visited the local docks talking to the fishermen almost every day. Joseph read every nautical book he could get his hands on and watched every movie about the sea, from pirates and age of sail to the modern stories of World War 2. His heroes were the great ships and the men who sailed them. Eventually the call of the sea was too strong and he ran away in his senior year of high school to join the U. S. Navy.

He spent two enlistments in the Navy working his way up to First Class Petty Officer and spent two cruises on the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy that took him to the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the Mediterranean and Caribbean Sea. He visited ports steeped in nautical history in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Scotland, and Jamaica. When he returned home to St. Augustine, with his growing family, he found a changed and dwindling fishing industry with no need for an 27 year old man with family responsibilities and too long out of the business.

Joseph used his Navy training and went to work at the local aircraft factory and soon discovered a knack for writing. He never lost his love of the sea and sea stories reading so many, so fast that they could not be published fast enough. He would wait for months for the latest book to be published.

His wife persuaded him to write his own sea stories while waiting for Alexander Kent's Second to None to be published. He started writing as a naval officer at the Heart of Oaks role playing site on line, where he created Nathan (Nate) Beauchamp, a British Naval officer in 1803. Soon the role playing was not enough. Joseph researched British naval histories and started to write the Nathan Beauchamp series. The books appear to be an attempt to unite works about the Georgian Navy with swashbuckling pirate novels. The series was planned with eight titles but only two were published.

Books with a release date this month

I am not aware of any titles scheduled for release in December 2014

A listing of books to be released in the future is available via the Releases Calendar

Author Interviews Last Month

 The Massacre of Innocents

Alan Lawrence, author of The Massacre of Innocents

Among the questions asked were:

What do you have planned for the future of the series?

What led you to choose the Greek struggle for Independence as the setting for your series?

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Book Reviews


David Hayes reviews Trident by Michael Aye

Read the review.

The Glorious First

David Hayes reviews The Glorious First by M. Howard Morgan

Read the review.

Modern Era

For those interested in nautical literature set in a later period - What's new on the web site this month
 Britannia's Shark Antoine Vanner has just released the third book in The Dawlish Chronicles, Britannia's Shark. It is now available in paperback worldwide and will be released for kindle shortly.

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