Jan Needle’s Nelson Series of Short Stoiries – 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.

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Brigantine Lexington Series – Historic Naval Fiction

Over the past few weeks author David C. Perry has released a trilogy of short stories in the Brigantine Lexington Series ahead of a proposed new novel. Set during the American Revolutionary War they are available worldwide for kindle download.

The short stories are:

– The USS Lexington and HMS Edward

– USS Lexington and the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet

– USS Lexington and the HMS Lady Susan

via Brigantine Lexington Series – Historic Naval Fiction.

Bloody Rain (K) – Historic Naval Fiction

Author Rick Spilman has a new short story which is now available worldwide for Kindle, Bloody Rain: Murder, Madness & the Monsoon.

Bloody Rain is a short story set on a sailing ship in the 1880s.

The Queen Charlotte was anchored fore and aft off the Calcutta wharves in the Hoogly River, waiting for cargo. She was a fine, three masted iron bark; trim, low and fast on a reach – in all respects, the perfection of the shipbuilder’s art. If she had a single great flaw, it was on her quarterdeck in the man that the owners had chosen as captain.

Captain John McPherson maintains absolute control over his ship and those who sail upon her. The only one that he cannot control is himself, slipping into murder and madness in the face of the relentless monsoon.

Read More Bloody Rain (K) – Historic Naval Fiction.