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Historic Naval Fiction Log Book - Your regular update of what's new in nautical literature set in the Age of Sail

November 2016

This month there is new of new titles from David Donachie, M. C. Muir, Robert N. Macomber and others. Some non-fiction books are also due for release.

There is also a review of Alan Lawrence's latest book, The Fireships of Gerontas.

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:


The Seventy-Four

M. C. Muir has just released a new book in Under Admiralty Orders - The Oliver Quintrell Series, The Seventy-Four. It is available for Kindle download worldwide and will be available in paperback soon.

A Treacherous Coast

The latest book in David Donachie's 'John Pearce' series, A Treacherous Coast, is now available for pre-order in hardcover. It is due for release in the UK on 17 November 2016 but currently is not scheduled for US release until 14 April 2017.

An Honorable War

The latest book in Robert N. Macomber's 'Honor' series, An Honorable War, is now available for pre-order in hardcover. It is due for release worldwide on 15 February 2017.

The Bond of Duty

Perry Comer recently released the next instalment of the Donland series, The Bond of Duty: Donland and The Hornet. It is available worldwide 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 Raymond J. Toner

Raymond J Toner

Captain Raymond John Toner USN (1908-1986) was born in Chicago. He joined the US Navy and during World War II he served as commander of ships on escort duty in the Atlantic and later transferred to the Pacific, where he commanded ships at Tarawa, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, the Phillipines and other areas. During a typhoon in 1944 his ship rescued survivors from three destroyers. While on peacetime duty, Toner, who passed a special examination to qualify for a Tilden Tech diploma, earned bachelor and masters degrees from Northwestern University, where he later taught. He also served in the Korean War retiring in 1965 after 39 years in the Navy.

Toner then spent 10 years as Asst. Director of Central Latin American Studies at the University of Florida.

He has written naval fiction books set during the War of 1812.

Books with a release date this month

First editions or first paperback releases this month


A Treacherous Coast

Title: A Treacherous Coast

Author: David Donachie

Regions: UK

Format(s): Hardcover

Release Date: 17 November 2016

The Shores of Tripoli: Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates

Title: The Shores of Tripoli: Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates

Author: James L. Haley

Regions: Worldwide

Format(s): Hardcover, Kindle, Audio

Release Date: 1 November 2016

Non Fiction

The Burning of His Majesty's Schooner Gaspee

Title: The Burning of His Majesty's Schooner Gaspee: An Attack on Crown Rule Before the American Revolution

Author: Steven Park

Regions: US

Format(s): Hardcover

Release Date: 4 November 2016

13 Sharks

Title: 13 Sharks: The Careers of a Series of Small Royal Navy Ships, from the Glorious Revolution to D-Day

Author: John D. Grainger

Regions: US

Format(s): Hardcover

Release Date: 2 November 2016

The Golden Age of Piracy

Title: The Golden Age of Piracy: The Truth Behind Pirate Myths

Author: Benerson Little

Regions: UK

Format(s): Hardcover

Release Date: 10 November 2016

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

David Hayes reviews The Fireships of Gerontas by Alan Lawrence

Read the Review

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