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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

May 2013

There is 1 US version naval fiction title out 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


The King's Chameleon

The latest novel in Richard Woodman's Kit Faulkner series, The King's Chameleon, is now available for pre-order in hardcover. It will be released in the UK on 25 July 2013 and in the US on 1 November 2013.


The latest novel in Julian Stockwin's Kydd series is now available for pre-order in hardcover, Caribbee. It is due for release in the UK on 24 October 2013 and in the US on 1 November 2013.

Non Fiction

Hunting the Essex

The epic chase of the Essex by HMS Phoebe during the War of 1812 inspired Patrick O'Brian and the movie Master and Commander. Aboard Phoebe was a young Midshipman Allen Gardiner who recorded the events. These have been edited by John S Rieske into a new book Hunting the Essex: A Journal of the Voyage of HMS Phoebe 1813-1814 which is now available for pre-order in hardcover worldwide. It will be released on 30 June 2013.

Featured Author

Each month I provide a short bio of one of the authors on the site. This month we will look at James Dillon White.

james dillon whiteJames Dillon White (a pseudonym of Stanley White 1913-1978) wrote this series about Roger Kelso of the Bombay Marine. Set in the Indian Ocean at the time of Clive of India. They are now out of print and sometimes difficult to obtain information on.

Books with a release date this month

First editions or first paperback releases this month


Take, Burn or Destroy

Take, Burn or Destroy by S. Thomas Russell (Hardcover - US)

It is due for release on 16 May 2013

This is a version of A ship of War retitled for the US release.

Non Fiction

The Conquest of the Ocean

The Conquest of the Ocean by Brian Lavery (Hardcover - World)

It is due for release on 1 May 2013

British Frigate Vs French Frigate: 1793 to 1814

British Frigate Vs French Frigate: 1793 to 1814 by Mark Lardas (Paperback - Worldwide)

It is due for release on 21 May 2013

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

Other News

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