Author Alaric Bond has released his new stand alone novel Turn a Blind Eye. It is now available in ebook formats worldwide and will be released in paperback in the next few days.
The South Coast of England, and smuggling is rife…
Autumn, 1801. Newly appointed to the local revenue cutter, Commander Griffin is determined to make his mark, and defeat a major gang of smugglers. But the country is still at war with France and it is an unequal struggle; can he depend on support from the local community, or are they yet another enemy for him to fight?
via Turn a Blind Eye (PB/K) – Historic Naval Fiction.
Michael Winston has just released a new novel in his Jonathan Kincaid series, The Treasure Ship: Kinkaid and the Alliance. It is is now available worldwide in paperback and for Kindle download.
In this fifth volume of the Jonathan Kinkaid series, our intrepid captain is given command of America’s premier warship, one of the finest ships ever produced during the Revolutionary War, the large and powerful 40-gun frigate Alliance, her mission to deliver 100,000 Spanish milled dollars from the Caribbean port of Havana, Cuba to the coffers of Congress.
Needless to say there are many forces that hope to grab this fortune for themselves and others would be just as happy to ensure it never reaches American shores. From the wind in the rigging to the roar of broadsides; with colorful characters, both old and new, as well as unexpected guests and surprising events, The Treasure Ship has everything one expects in a Kinkaid adventure, and more.
via The Treasure Ship (PB/K) – Historic Naval Fiction.
William H. White’s new Edward Ballantyne adventure, Gun Bay, was published on 2 July 2013 and is now available in the UK and the US.
In February 1794 ten ships, nine merchants and a Royal Navy frigate, wrecked on the reef at the east end of Grand Cayman Island. They were part of a convoy of fifty-eight ships that had left Jamaica only a few days prior and were bound for North America and England.
Edward Ballantyne, White’s fictitious narrator from When Fortune Frowns, returns to tell the story of this disastrous event, still well-known in Cayman lore and, while the bones of the wrecked ships are no longer visible, several cannon from the Royal Navy frigate, HMS Convert can be found in the front yards of homes along the bluff above Gun Bay. There is naturally a great deal of “folk lore” associated with the event, but the Cayman Archives hold part of the story; the rest can be found in archives in England, Jamaica, and France.
via Gun Bay (PB) – Historic Naval Fiction.
Historic Naval Fiction is pleased to have obtained an Interview with Matthew Willis whose new novel, Daedalus and The Deep, was recently released.
What can you tell us about Daedalus and The Deep without spoiling the plot for readers?
It’s based on the historical sighting of a ‘sea serpent’ by officers from HMS Daedalus while sailing in the Atlantic in 1848. The novel is a fictionalised account of what might have happened next. It’s the story of a Midshipman with a secret, a Captain with an obsession and Lieutenant with ideals as they go up against a sea serpent with a mission.
The 1840s was a period of rapid change – steam was starting to challenge sail, the Navy was starting to become more professional and ‘modern’, and was struggling to adjust to being a peacetime force. The Navy’s officers – as with the landed classes in England – were starting to become a lot more interested in science, and doing their jobs scientifically. For me, the notion of a ship in the midst of that cauldron of upheaval stumbling across a hitherto-unclassified creature was a fascinating thing to explore. Not to mention a really good basis for an adventure story, pitting a fantastic creature against one of the last Napoleonic-era frigates. At its heart, this is a novel about modernity versus tradition, man versus nature, and growing up.
via An Interview with Matthew Willis – Historic Naval Fiction.