Brad Koch recently released the second book in his Butler Family Chronicles series, The Privateers Riflemen. It is available for kindle download worldwide.
Book one of the Butler Family Chronicles Privateers and Kings introduced the reader to the Butler family and told of their successes as privateers and in the establishment of their entrepreneurial enterprises. The second book of the ‘Chronicles’, Privateers Riflemen finds the family endeavors flourishing but with danger signs on the horizon. The French in New France Canada are insidiously provoking their Indian allies to attack the English colonists living, or seeking land on the frontier. Family members team up with George Washington, in his formative years as a warrior, in the French and Indian War. Tidewater Company riflemen patrol the frontier and battle both Indian and French forces. With George Washington the riflemen participate in the Braddock disaster, bravely holding the line to help save Braddock’s retreating army. Having now established a base in the East Indies they are now conducting business with their Chinese, comprador dodging both the English and Dutch East Indies monopolies in the area. Once again their privateering skills are called in to action taking on French shipping and the French navy with exciting results.
via The Privateers Riflemen K – Historic Naval Fiction.
Jan Needle is releasing a fictionalised history of Horation Nelson’s career in a series of short stories. The second, Nelson: The Dreadful Havoc, was released in ebook format on 13 August 2014.
By the time he was invalided back from the disastrous expedition up the Rio San Juan in an attempt to destroy Spain’s hold on central America, Nelson – at the age of only 22 – was ‘a dead man walking.’ He was carried ashore at Port Royal in a cot, and saved from certain death only by the intervention of Captain ‘Coachee’ Cornwallis, who was determined he would get well again.The brother of the would-be scourge of the rebels of the Thirteen Colonies, Cornwallis put him in the care of a handsome black woman – Mrs Cuba – who had taken his own surname. Steeped in voodoo, her methods were frowned on by the medical establishment. With his faithful companion Tim Hastie, Nelson spent many weeks with Cuba and her young nurses, often delirious and racked by fever and by pain.By the time he was appointed captain of the Janus, Nelson was too sick to take up the command. Not long afterwards – not for the first time in his short life – he was sent back to England as a wreck.It was touch and go if he would survive the voyage…’ Nelson: The Dreadful Havoc’ is the second of a series about the life and times of Horatio Nelson, which looks at some of his lesser known exploits, as well as the ones which made him the country’s most iconic hero.
via Jan Needle’s Nelson Series of Short Stoiries – Historic Naval Fiction.
Rob Mundle has a new book available for pre-order on Kindle, First Fleet. It will be released worldwide on 22 September 2014.
Bestselling Maritime Biographer, Rob Mundle, is back on the ocean with a blockbuster for Christmas. Rob’s First Fleet tells the extraordinary story of the eighteenth century convoy of eleven ships that left England on 13 May 1787 for the ‘lands beyond the seas’. Aboard were seafarers, convicts, marines, and a few good citizens -some 1300 in all – who had been consigned to a virtually unknown land on the opposite side of the world where they would establish a penal colony, and a nation. The fleet stopped at Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town before sailing across the notorious and challenging Southern Ocean, bound for Botany Bay. Somehow, all 11 ships arrived safely between 18 and 20 January, 1788. But, it’s what happened during 252 days at sea while sailing half way around the world, and subsequently on land, that is almost beyond belief. No nation has ever been founded in such a courageous and dangerous manner. It’s the basis for one hell of an adventure.
via First Fleet K – Historic Naval Fiction.