The Sea Painter’s World: The New Marine Art of Geoff Hunt, 2003-2010 (HC)

Author and painter Geoff Hunt has a new book available for pre-order which will be released, in hardcover, on 1 September 2011, The Sea Painter’s World: The New Marine Art of Geoff Hunt, 2003-2010

This volume presents the considerable artistic output of Britain’s leading marine painter since 2003. It is heavily illustrated with images ranging from large paintings to sketchbook drawings with text written by the artist himself. The new book reflects the artist’s developing career during a time in which Geoff served a five-year term as President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, worked on large-scale paintings such as the definitive Mary Rose, and also completed numerous outdoor sketches and paintings.

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An Interview with Linda Collison

Astrodene’s Historic Naval fiction is pleased to have obtained an Interview with Linda Collison who’s new book Surgeon’s Mate is now available in paperback worldwide.

What can you tell us about Patricia’s new adventures in Surgeon’s Mate, without spoiling the plot for readers?

Let’s just say, life isn’t easy for the cross dressing surgeon’s mate — either aboard His Majesty’s frigate Richmond, or on liberty in the bustling colonial town of New York. Patricia faces death, dismemberment, disease, smugglers, and French privateers – yet the ultimate danger for the surgeon’s mate is more insidious than any of these.

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Surgeon’s Mate PB

Author Linda Collison’s latest novel Surgeon’s Mate is now available for purchase or order in paperback worldwide.Patrick MacPherson is a qualified surgeon’s mate; but she’s not the man he claims to be. It’s late October, 1762. After surviving the deadly siege of Havana, Patrick MacPherson and the rest of the ship’s company are looking forward to a well deserved liberty in New York. But what happens in that colonial town will change the surgeon’s mate’s life in ways she could never have imagined. Using a dead man’s identity, young Patricia Kelley MacPherson is making her way as Patrick MacPherson, surgeon’s mate aboard His Majesty’s frigate Richmond.

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Review: The Reaper by Michael Aye

This book is somewhat shorter than the average naval fiction book but then it sticks fairly closely to what appear to be it’s two purposes, introduce the characters for a series and tell a rip-roaring sea yarn. Both of these it does very well.

The book is fast paced and in the first few pages you have been introduced to most of the principal characters, learnt their family backgrounds and are out at sea in the thick of it. The story is set in the caribbean during the year leading up to the American fight for independence and whilst they fight pirates the growing concern in the fleet about a looming conflict is evident.

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Astrodene Review: The Mountain of Gold by J. D. Davies

I have been eagerly awaiting this second instalment in the ‘Journals of Matthew Quinton’, a sequel to Gentleman Captain, and I wasn’t disappointed. As well as being an excellent naval fiction read, the book continues to educate you about the Restoration period in England. Not all Parliamentarians were happy with the return of the King and whilst the Dutch and French were seen as potential enemies, they had given the King and his court a home during their exile leading to many individual friendships. These insights into the social mores and shipboard life from an earlier period than the many Nelsonian books are very refreshing.

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