Nor Gold: The Pirate Captain K – Historic Naval Fiction

Kerry Lynne has just released a new pirate fiction novel, Nor Gold: The Pirate Captain. It is available for kindle download worldwide.

“Nor Gold” picks up where “The Pirate Captain” left off: Cate Mackenzie, a woman who lost everything to the Jacobite Uprising, trying to make sense out of being sold to Thomas, Nathanael Blackthorne’s pirate friend. Once again, Fate has robbed her of both her heart and her home.

As Nathan sails off, Cate tries to come to terms with her new situation. Practicality tells her Thomas is not an altogether poor future: he’s amiable, generous, and most of all, willing… but her heart is still with Nathan.

Nathan, in the meantime, has but two quests: to get Cate back, and to claim his revenge against Lord Breaston Creswicke and the Royal West Indies Mercantile Company. In that process, he discovers there is no outrunning his past and that there are consequences for every action.

The Caribbean Sea isn’t big enough for Nathan, Thomas and Creswicke. Paths cross… and sparks fly.

via Nor Gold: The Pirate Captain K – Historic Naval Fiction.

Review: HMS Wasp by Peter J. Holloway – Historic Naval Fiction

HMS Wasp by Peter J. Holloway follows Ted Harris and his period of National Service aboard a small sloop in the Caribbean. He works in the electrical department where he is mentored by a Chief Petty Officer he comes to admire. As you might expect of a young man experiencing life abroad for the first time he also has some interesting experiences during his periods of shore leave.

The book is set shortly after the end of the Korean War and just before the Navy begins to contract as the far flung parts of Empire gain their independence and it therefore reflects what might be described as the end of an era.

This is a time of peace and ‘showing the flag’ visits so don’t expect any action but it is a well written novel with believable characters that held my attention well. It gave a good insight into the life of an ordinary seaman and National Serviceman and how they were matured by the process.

I enjoyed reading HMS Wasp and the book is recommended reading.

via Review: HMS Wasp by Peter J. Holloway – Historic Naval Fiction.

The Sea Leopard K – Historic Naval Fiction

M. Kei has just released a new novel in his Pirates of the Narrow Seas series, The Sea Leopard. It is is now available worldwide for Kindle download.

Isam Rais, captain of the xebec, Sea Leopard, is on a swashbuckling adventure in the Mediterranean Sea. Battling unfriendly allies as much as his enemies, he plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with a much more powerful frigate, only to see victory snatched from his grasp by the resolution of the opposing captain. In debt and needing to repair his fortunes, he accepts a dangerous commission from the Dey of the Sallee Republic to hunt pirates—Muslim pirates—disloyal to the country that gives them refuge. Isam finds himself on the unpopular side in a battle of corsair against corsair. In the midst of storm and bloodshed, he is rescued by a mysterious veiled woman in a fateful meeting that will change his life forever.

via The Sea Leopard K – Historic Naval Fiction.

The Glorious First K – Historic Naval Fiction

M. Howard Morgan has a new book available for pre-order on kindle, The Glorious First. It will be released worldwide on 28 October 2014.

War with Revolutionary France takes Lieutenant Vizzard to the coasts of France. He is to escort a government agent known to carry valuable intelligence of vital importance to Prime Minister Pitt’s government. Captured by a traitor he must escape France. Can he trust the beautiful Frenchwoman who befriends him?

His work leads directly to the first fleet action of the Revolutionary War with France and to the battle known in Britain as The Glorious First of June where heroes and cowards will die together.

via The Glorious First K – Historic Naval Fiction.

Review: The Massacre of Innocents by Alan Lawrence – Historic Naval Fiction

The Massacre of Innocents is the first book in a proposed new series set during the period when the Royal navy was undergoing it’s rapid reduction after the Napoleonic Wars. Many authors concentrate on the anti-slavery patrols but Lawrence, in a refreshing change, has chosen the Greek struggle for independence from Turkey.

The European nations were not officially engaged in the early stages of this conflict so HMS Surprise has to act as a Letter of Marque aiding the Greek navy in it’s attempts to defend it’s islands from the much more powerful Turks. Ancient Greece was of course made up of individual city states, often at war, and it seems as if not much had changed by this time with little cooperation between the fleets of different islands or their civilian populations. Surprise is is the only frigate facing a powerful enemy so running rather than fighting is often the only available option, but eventually some degree of cooperation between all involved leads to a decisive battle.

Lawrence’s narrative had a group of well developed characters which, as you might suspect from the series title ‘The Continuing Voyages of HMS Surprise’, are reminiscent of O’Brian’s work.

I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more. Recommended.

via Review: The Massacre of Innocents by Alan Lawrence – Historic Naval Fiction.

The Chilean Corvette K – Historic Naval Fiction

Les Eldridge has released a new book which is now available for kindle download worldwide, The Chilean Corvette.

It is 1866. The Civil War is over, the Confederate Navy is gone, and the Union Navy is 90% smaller. Thousands of out-of-work sailors flock to the navies and merchant fleets of other nations. Former Confederate Commodore John Randolph Tucker is hired by Peru and Chile to lead their combined fleets against the might of the Spanish Navy in the War of the Chincha Islands.

After Rory’s April wedding in Ireland, and Tobias’ engagement, Rory is summoned by Tucker to join his Peruvian/Chilean staff. Rory becomes commander of the Chilean/Peruvian Atlantic Squadron. He recruits Tobias and a host of Irish-American sailor-members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the “Fenians,” thirsting for adventure, employment and training for the forthcoming Fenian uprising against Britain in 1867.

Together, Rory and Tobias lead the squadron as it carries out Peruvian President Mariano Prado’s plan to attack Spanish possessions in the Atlantic, and Spain herself. The Spanish Navy is thrown in chaos as our heroes use steam fireships to destroy the massive wooden warships of Spain, risking their lives in the process.

via The Chilean Corvette K – Historic Naval Fiction.

The Fortune PB/K – Historic Naval Fiction

S. K. Keogh has a new book which was recently released worldwide, The Fortune. The second book in a pirate fiction series, The Jack Mallory Chronicles, it is available in paperback and ebook versions.

A deal with the devil… Jack Mallory has vowed to abandon his nefarious seafaring life to be with the woman he loves, but his final act of piracy leaves him facing the noose. His one chance at freedom: a deal with an old enemy, Ezra Archer, a wealthy Charles Town planter. Archer has his sights set on increasing his lands and securing a seat on the Carolina Assembly—and he will destroy anyone in his way. At first, Jack’s pact with the ruthless planter seems benign—sail to Virginia to fetch Archer’s niece. Yet soon he discovers Archer’s plans for the girl are anything but honorable and could endanger his own future, a future that seems increasingly bleak when faced with Archer’s next, murderous task. With time running out and innocent lives hanging in the balance, Jack must find a way to break his deal with the devil or forever forfeit the honest life he had hoped to reclaim for himself and his family.

via The Fortune PB/K – Historic Naval Fiction.