The Blast That Tears the Skies Hardcover now available for pre-order – Historic Naval Fiction

The Hardcover version of The Blast That Tears the Skies by J. D. Davies previously only in paperback is now available for pre-order worldwide.It will be released on 19 March 2013.

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‘For King or Commonwealth’ Paperback now available for pre-order – Historic Naval Fiction

The Paperback version of For King or Commonwealth by Richard Woodman is now available for pre-order worldwide.

It will be released on 1 February 2013.

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Flashman comes to Naval Fiction – Historic Naval Fiction

Harry Flashman, a creation of the late George MacDonald Fraser, is a popular fictional character. In the first book of a proposed new series Robert Brightwell introduces us to his uncle, Thomas Flashman whose career covers the Napoleonic and Georgian era.

Whether the whole series will be nautical remains to be seen, but the first book, Flashman and the Seawolf, finds him aboard ship in the Mediterranean with Thomas Cochrane.

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Review: Admiral Insubordinate by Richard Freeman – Historic Naval Fiction

This is a biography of Lord Charles Beresford who served in the Royal Navy from the 1860’s through to just before the start of the First World War. As such it is not only an interesting insight into the man himself but includes a wealth of information on the Navy and its administration in a period that gets little attention, sandwiched as it is between the triumphs of the Age of Sail in Nelson’s time and the global conflicts of the World Wars.

I have spent some time thinking about this review as Freeman’s work establishes Beresford as a very complex individual and I am still undecided as whether I like him. During his career the Navy saw drastic (and expensive) changes as the relatively new innovation of steam driven ships saw constant updates to design and size culminating in the giant ‘Dreadnought’ battleships. It must have been a difficult time to serve, in the shadow of the great Nelson and with tactics constantly changing to take account of new weaponry.

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An Interview with Rick Spilman – Historic Naval Fiction

Historic Naval Fiction is pleased to have obtained an Interview with Rick Spilman of the Old Salt Blog whose first novel Hell Around the Horn was recently released.

What can you tell us about Hell Around the Horn without spoiling the plot for readers?

In 1905, a young ship’s captain and his family set sail on the windjammer, Lady Rebecca, from Cardiff, Wales with a cargo of coal bound for Chile, by way of Cape Horn. Before they reach the Southern Ocean, the cargo catches fire, the mate threatens mutiny and one of the crew may be going mad. The greatest challenge, however, will be surviving the vicious westerly winds and mountainous seas of the worst Cape Horn winter in memory. Told from the perspective of the captain, his wife, a first year apprentice and an American sailor before the mast, Hell Around the Horn is a story of survival and the human spirit in the last days of the great age of sail.

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