Peregrine (K) – Historic Naval Fiction

Author Michael Aye’s latest novel in the Fighting Anthony’s series, Peregrine, is now available worldwide on Kindle. It will be released in paperback next month, April 2012.

July 1778. A French fleet of mighty warships under Comte d’Estaing arrives off Sandy Hook to aid the colonies. The British Navy finds itself hard pressed to fulfill the duties cast upon it.

Vice Admiral Lord Anthony has temporarily transferred his flag to the frigate, HMS Peregrine for diplomatic duty. The ship’s captain is Lord Anthony’s brother Gabe. The mission is to transport prisoners of war and their families to Norfolk, Virginia in exchange for British prisoners. Sailing under a flag of truce Peregrine is viciously attacked.

The roar of cannons and smell of gunpowder once again fills the air as Lord Anthony’s ships struggle to do their duty.

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The Prodigal (PB) – Historic Naval Fiction

S. K. Keogh has a new book which has just been released worldwide, The Prodigal. The first book in a pirate fiction series, it is available in paperback and ebook versions.

A story of relentless pursuit, betrayal, and revenge:

As a young boy Jack Mallory knows horror and desolation when James Logan and his pirates murder his father and abduct his mother. Falsely accused of piracy himself, Jack is thrown into jail. He survives seven years in London’s notorious Newgate prison and emerges a hardened man seeking revenge.

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The Privateering Stroke: Salems Privateers in the War of 1812 PB – Historic Naval Fiction

Author Capt. Michael H. Rutstein has a new book, The Privateering Stroke: Salems Privateers in the War of 1812 , which has been released today, 25 March 2012, in the US in Paperback. It will not be available in other countries and must be purchased through US vendors.High school and even college textbooks oversimplify the War of 1812 – when they dont ignore it completely. Popular histories emphasize the military as opposed to the economic and political aspects of the war. The U.S. Navys role has been written about ad nauseum. Meanwhile, we are still waiting for a definitive work on the equally important contributions of American privateers.While the Navys outstanding performance in single-ship engagements remains a source of national pride, those victories did not change the course of the war one iota. Had Constitution defeated a dozen British frigates, the thousand-ship Royal Navy would still have blockaded our coasts, strangled our commerce, bottled up our warships, and hunted down those that escaped. Even her former commander, Tyrone Martin, conceded that Constitutions victories were “no more than pin pricks” that “had no direct effect on the course of the war.”

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Review: A Ship for the King by Richard Woodman – Historic Naval Fiction

This is the first book in a new series by Richard Woodman, and for those that have read his Nathaniel Drinkwater series the style has a familiar feel particularly as the insights into the workings of Trinity House are a common factor.

The new principal character is Kit Faulkner, first introduced to us as an orphaned quayside waif in the reign of James I. This choice of period, as Kit’s career through to the English Civil War is explored, sets the series apart, as it is the first time it has been explored by a major naval fiction series.

The insights into the Navy of the period fascinating. This was the period when the foundations of the Navy that fought the Dutch during the Anglo/Dutch Wars and became familiar through the many novels about the Nelsonian period were being laid down which makes it of particular interest.

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For King or Commonwealth (HC) – Historic Naval Fiction

Author Richard Woodman’s latest novel For King or Commonwealth is now available for pre-order in hardcover. It will be released in the UK on 26 April 2012 and in the US on 1 August 2012

An exhilarating high seas adventure set during the English Civil War.

1649. England has been torn asunder by a civil war that has pitted Parliamentarians against Royalists. Captain Kit Faulkner, bound to the Royalist cause, has been living in exile for the past four years. Faulkner must now support himself with the tiny rump of the Royal Navy that remains loyal. But his loyalties are torn, partly by the desire of his old patron, Sir Henry Mainwaring, who wishes to return home, and partly by the predatory nature of Prince Charles, who has his eyes on the beautiful Katherine Villiers . . .

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Roger Marsh Review: HMS Warrior – Ironclad – Historic Naval Fiction

This is one of the first books published in Seaforth’s own ‘Historic Ships’ series, the other volume published alongside it during 2011 having been on the subject of HMS Victory. The publisher’s aim in this series is to guide the reader on a superbly illustrated tour of a ship from bow to stern, from keel to masthead and deck-by-deck.

Visually, they have certainly succeeded in no uncertain fashion. Geoff Dennison’s photography is indeed superb, both above and below decks as well as outside the ship, and the reproduction does his work justice, printed in high quality on excellent paper even though this is, nominally, a paperback. Beginning with an account of the ship’s concept, design, history and preservation, the feast of Geoff Dennison’s pictorial tour starts on page 30, after some fine introductory illustrations, and continues through to the end of the book on p. 128.

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The Flag of Freedom HC – Historic Naval Fiction

Author Seth Hunter has a new novel which is now available for pre-order in hardcover, The Flag of Freedom, due for release on 5 July 2012 in the UK.1797: Britain stands alone against the forces of Revolutionary France. A victorious French Army, led by the youthful Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised to invade Britain. And in his countrys darkest hour, Captain Nathan Peake finds himself imprisoned by his own side on the Rock of Gibraltar – charged with treason. To prove his innocence Nathan must uncover the great deception that masks the French war aims. Is the great armada being assembled in Toulon bound for the shores of Great Britain – or Egypt? His secret mission to discover the truth about Napoleons invasion plans will hurl him into two of the greatest battles of the 18th century.

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