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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

September 2013

There is 1 brand new 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


Admiralty Orders

Author M. C. Muir's new novel, Admiralty Orders, can now be downloaded worldwide for Kindle and will be available in paperback within the next few weeks.

Honors Rendered

Author Robert N Macomber has a new novel, Honors Rendered, which will be released worldwide in hardcover on 1 Septemnber 2013. It is now available for pre-order.

Non Fiction

The Birth of the Royal Marines: 1664-1802

A new book by Britt Zerbe, The Birth of the Royal Marines: 1664-1802, was recently released in hardcover in the UK. It is also available for pre-order in the US where it will be released on 15 October 2013.

Other Nautical Fiction

The Corsair

Abdul Aziz al Mahmoud's Arabic book Al Qursan about Piracy in the Gulf in the early part of the nineteenth century has already become a best seller in the Arab world as it re-examines England's attempts to quash the pirates from an Arab perspective. Now translated into English it was recently released as The Corsair in paperback worldwide.

Featured Author

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

James SpurrJames Spurr was educated at Wayne State University Law School and the University of Michigan. He works as an attorney in Kalamazoo, Michigan Area.

He also currently (2012) serves as Board President of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, a Board Member of the American Sail Training Associationand Board Secretary of the Michigan Maritime Museum.

James wrote the Great Lakes, Great Guns Historical Series set in the War of 1812.

Books with a release date this month

First editions or first paperback releases this month


Honors Rendered

Honors Rendered by Robert N Macomber (Hardcover - Worldwide)

It is due for release on 1 September 2013

Non Fiction

London and the Georgian Navy

London and the Georgian Navy by Philip MacDougall (Paperback - US)

It is due for release on 1 September 2013

Light Upon the Waters

Light Upon the Waters:The History of Trinity House 1514-2014 by Andrew Adams & Richard Woodman (Hardcover - Worldwide)

It is due for release on 1 September 2013

The Price of Victory: A Naval History of Britain 1815 - 2002

The Price of Victory: A Naval History of Britain 1815 - 2002 by N. A. M. Rodger (Hardcover - UK)

It is due for release on 26 September 2013

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

Book Reviews

Gun Bay

David Hayes reviews Gun Bay by William H. White

Read the review.

Turn A Blind Eye

Richard Spilman reviews Turn a Blind Eye by Alaric Bond

Read the review

Originally published on The Old Salt Blog

Modern Era

For those interested in nautical literature set in a later period - What's new on the web site this month
A Home on the Rolling Main There are regular releases of naval non-fiction works particularly about the ships and men of the Second World War. Read more about some recent titles.

Other News

The Royal Bounty Hunter There are a lot of independently published books coming out and I don't get to hear about them all. Helen Hollick has announced a Nautical Blog Hop for September which had the added benefit of pointing out some nautical authors I had not added to the site. Quite a few of these write about pirates. Read a summary of some of the recently released pirate books

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