Angus Konstam has a new book available for pre-order in paperback, Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship: 630-1000 AD.It will be released worldwide on 20th January 2015.
This engaging study pits the the Byzantine dromōn against the Arabic shalandī in the prolonged struggle for mastery in the Mediterranean in the four centuries after 630 AD.For four hundred years the Byzantine Empire’s naval forces vied with the warships of the Islamic world for mastery of the Mediterranean. At the heart of this confrontation were the fighting vessels of the two powers, the Byzantine dromōn and the Arabic shalandī, both oared warships. In those four centuries of warfare between two major maritime powers, both the Byzantines and the Arabs left us records of their doctrine and tactics, as well as of how their ships were built. Featuring full-colour artwork and rigorous analysis from an authority on naval warfare, this enthralling book offers a glimpse of the long-lost world of war at sea in the age of Byzantium.
via Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship: 630-1000 AD (PB).
M. C. Muir has just released a new book in Under Admiralty Orders – The Oliver Quintrell Series, The Unfortunate Isles. It is available for Kindle download worldwide and will be available in paperback soon.
December 1804. A sheltered cove in the idyllic Western Islands offers an ideal location to careen His Majesty’s frigate, Perpetual. But what Captain Quintrell discovers on the beach, and in a nearby village, is shocking. Despite his orders, he promises he will not rest until he has brought the piratical scoundrel responsible for these barbaric acts to justice.
The Unfortunate Isles is Book 4 in the Oliver Quintrell Series and follows on immediately from Admiralty Orders.
via The Unfortunate Isles (K) – Historic Naval Fiction.
David Healey recently released the second book of The Sea Lord Chronicles, Ship of Spies. It is available for Kindle download worldwide.
Three weeks after Alexander single-handedly sinks three attacking Napoleonist ships, he awakens in a strange room to find that an assassin is about to stab him. He narrowly escapes by gryphon to the vast estate of his friend, Lord Parkington. Together, the boys return to HMS Resolution, but Alexander does not get a warm welcome. The crew and even some of the officers are suspicious and jealous of his new powers as an elemental who can command the sea.Instead of resuming his duties as a Royal Navy ensign, Alexander is assigned to catch the thief who stole something mysterious from the American diplomat aboard the ship. He finds himself dodging more assassins, storms, lies and spies in a mission every bit as dangerous as what he encountered in “First Voyage.” A climactic battle with the Napoleonist ship that seems just as interested in the diplomat’s mission as the thief aboard HMS Resolution will test all of Alexander’s abilities and bring him to the attention of a dangerous new enemy.
via Ship of Spies (K) – Historic Naval Fiction.