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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/August 2015

Although there are no new releases scheduled for August there is news on a lot of recent 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


The Scent of Corruption

For his latest book Alaric Bond has returned to his popular Fighting Sail series. The Scent of Corruption is now available in ebook formats and will be released in paperback shortly.

In Hostile Waters

William H. White has just released his latest novel, In Hostile Waters: The Cruise of USS Argus, which brings together characters from two of his series. It is now available in for kindle download worldwide and will be released in paperback shortly.

The French Prize

Author James L. Nelson's new novel, The French Prize, was released in hardcover worldwide on 14 July 2015.

Raid on Port Royal

Perry Comer recently released the next installment of the Donland series, Raid on Port Royal: Donland and The Hornet. It is available worldwide for Kindle download.

Sword of State: The Tempering

The second book in Richard Woodmans new Sword of State Trilogy, Sword of State: The Tempering, sees the story of George Monck's life heading out to Sea. It is now available for kindle download worldwide.

Featured Author

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

Linda CollisonLinda Collison is writing as series of naval fiction novels about Patricia Kelley which are aimed at young female readers, however all will enjoy the rarity of a series that explores the role of women disguised as men serving in the 18th century navy.

She was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1953, moved with her family to a small farm in Carroll County when she was eight, and graduated from Westminster High School in 1971. Linda then moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and earned an associate degree in nursing from Laramie County Community College in 1982. She attended Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado, while working as a registered nurse for 12 years. She specialized in Emergency Nursing.

Linda's composite career has allowed her to follow her various interests. Besides a registered nurse and a mother of three, she has also been a professional skydiving instructor, a volunteer firefighter, and a first aid/CPR instructor. She enjoys many outdoor sports and activities, especially sailing. Her interest in the past has led her to become a self-taught historian, specializing in maritime history.
Linda's love for creative writing inspired her to become a freelance writer while raising children and working for a living. She has published guidebooks, essays, short stories, articles and poetry in an assortment of publications and has received awards from Johnson & Johnson and the National Student Nurses Association, Honolulu Magazine, and Southwest Writers Workshop. In 1996 she was awarded grand prize from the Maui Writers Conference.

Linda loves to travel and lives with her husband Bob Russell in Hawaii and Colorado.

Books with a release date this month

I am not aware of any new books with an August release date.

A listing of books to be released in the future is available via the Releases Calendar
Book Reviews
The Pirate Captain

David Hayes reviews The Pirate Captain by Kerry Lynne

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By the Knife

David Hayes reviews By the Knife by Steve Partridge

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The French Prize

Richard Spilman reviews The French Prize by James L. Nelson (Originally published on the The Old Salt Blog).

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Modern Era
For those interested in nautical literature set in a later period - What's new on the web site this month
Enemy in Sight

The third book in Richard Freeman's new naval fiction series, Enemy In Sight, is now available for kindle download worldwide.

Other Books and Authors
I often find authors and books to be added to the site and whilst I try and include books in latest releases I do not always spot them in time. This section includes books and authors that have recently been found and may be of interest.
A Question of Duty

A Question of Duty by Martin McDowell was released last year

Naval Resistance to Britain's Growing Power in India 1660-1800

Naval Resistance to Britain's Growing Power in India 1660-1800: The Saffron Banner and the Tiger of Mysore by Philip MacDougall was released last year.

Most books on the colonisation of India view the subject in Eurocentric imperial terms, focusing on the ways in which European powers competed with each other on land and at sea and defeated Indian states on land, and viewing Indian states as having little interest in naval matters. This book, in contrast, reveals that there was substantial naval activity on the part of some Indian states and that this activity represented a serious threat to Britain's naval power.

HMS Trincomalee: Frigate 1817

HMS Trincomalee: Frigate 1817, An informative and well illustrated guide to the famous ship now beautifully restored at Hartlepool

Six Points of Light: Hook's Origin

If you wondered how Captain Hook and Peter Pan first met Six Points of Light: Hook's Origin by Kalynn Bayron explores their story

Blockade Runner

As the title implies a novel about running the Union blockade during the American Civil War. Blockade Runner by David Kent-Lemon

Other News
Fletcher and the Mutineers

Back in 1992 the first book of an intended series by J. C. Edwards, Fletcher's Fortune, was published. Now over 20 years later the Jacob Fletcher series has been completed with the publication of Fletcher and the Mutineers.

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Robber Crabs

If you have yet to try Joan Druett's Wiki Coffin Mysteries, a free sample is now available in the form of a short story Robber Crabs

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