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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

July 2014

There is news of several brand new naval fiction titles this month together with some non-fiction releases.

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



Author Julian Stockwin's new novel, Pasha, will be released in hardcover in the UK on 9 October 2014 and in the US on 1 November 2014. It is now available for pre-order.

The Marvellous Sea

A new book in Peter Smalley's popular 'HMS Expedient' series has been long awaited. The Marvellous Sea which continues the adventured of Captain William Rennie and Lieutenant, James Hayter was recently released and is now available in ebook format only.

 The Massacre of Innocents

Alan Lawrence recently released the first book in a new series 'The Continuing Voyages of HMS Surprise'. The Massacre of Innocents is now available worldwide in Hardcover.

Non Fiction

 Attack of the HMS Nimrod

J. North Conway & Jesse Dubuc recently released a new book about the Attack of the HMS Nimrod: Wareham and the War of 1812. It is now available worldwide in Paperback and for Kindle download.

Featured Author

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

John StackJohn Stack was born in 1972 in a town not far from the city of Cork, on the south coast of Ireland. After college he went to work for an American company out of Cork, managing a team of computer aided design technicians, a job that led to lots of travel and the opportunity to continue his education in business. After ten years he was made redundantso he decided to fulfil an ambition and began to write an historical fiction novel. He still lives in County Cork.

His Masters of the Sea series is set much earlier than the usual naval fiction series as it is based around the Roman conflict with Carthage. The first book in the series, Ship of Rome, went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller charts. He has also written a novel about the Spanish Armada.

Books with a release date this month

First editions or first paperback releases this month


Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead

Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead by S. Thomas Russell (Hardcover - UK)

It is due for release on 17 July 2014

Non Fiction

The Sloop of War: 1650-1763

The Sloop of War: 1650-1763 by Ian Mclaughlan (Hardcover - US)

It is due for release on 15 July 2014

HMS Bellerophon

HMS Bellerophon by Colin A. Pengelly (Hardcover - US)

It is due for release on 19 July 2014

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

Book Reviews

The Battle of All the Ages

David Hayes reviews The Battle of All the Ages by J. D. Davies

Read the review.

The Torrid Zone

Richard Spilman reviews The Torrid Zone by Alaric Bond

Read the review.

Originally published on the The Old Salt Blog

The Wrath of Brotherhood

David Hayes reviews The Wrath of Brotherhood by Ozgur K. Sahin

Read the review.

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