Tim McGrath has just released a new book Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America’s Revolution at Sea. It is now available worldwide in Hardcover and for Kindle download.
Five ships against hundreds—the fledgling American Navy versus the greatest naval force the world had ever seen…
America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution—or, more likely, disastrous defeat. After the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, England’s King George sent hundreds of ships westward to bottle up American harbors and prey on American shipping. Colonists had no force to defend their coastline and waterways until John Adams of Massachusetts proposed a bold solution: The Continental Congress should raise a navy.
The idea was mad. The Royal Navy was the mightiest floating arsenal in history, with a seemingly endless supply of vessels. More than a hundred of these were massive “ships of the line,” bristling with up to a hundred high-powered cannon that could level a city. The British were confident that His Majesty’s warships would quickly bring the rebellious colonials to their knees.
via Give Me a Fast Ship HC/K – Historic Naval Fiction.
The next installment of Maritime adventures of Charles Hayden, Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead, is now available for pre-order in Hardcover. It will be released in the UK on 17 July 2014 and in the US on 16 October 2014.
Under the command of the steadfast Captain Charles Hayden, Royal Navy frigate HMS Themis is sent across the Atlantic to counter the threat of the French forces in the West Indies. But before she strikes port in Barbados, the Themis intercepts a single boat adrift in the middle of the ocean – its sole occupants, two young Spanish noblemen. But not is all as it seems with Hayden’s unexpected guests.
The mystery only deepens as Hayden’s ship reaches Barbados, where he must take new orders from the Admiral. Hayden finds his ship in a squadron under the command of the conceited Sir William Jones, who involves Hayden on a course of action so foolhardy that he is faced with losing many of his men. Once again, the Themis is thrown into the most violent of action against the enemy – and Hayden must make the hardest choice of all, life or death?
via Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead HC – Historic Naval Fiction.