SEAL Team One, by Dick Couch

February 13, 2013

SEAL Team One is a classic fiction novel of the Vietnam War. There are several novels about the war in Vietnam, and this is, in my opinion, one of the better ones. However, to my mind it is not the best. For the moment, I believe it is Karl Marlantes’ Matterhorn: A Novel of the […]

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Uprising: Jonathan Kinkaid in the West Indies, by Michael Winston

February 7, 2013

Uprising is the second book in Winston’s naval fiction series featuring Jonathan Kinkaid. In the first novel, Independent Action, we followed Lt. Kinkaid on a very successful mission in the North Atlantic and through a difficult period in captivity. Now Jonathan Kinkaid is promoted to Captain in the United States Navy and given his own […]

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The Aden Effect: A Connor Stark Novel, by Claude Berube

February 4, 2013

The Aden Effect is Lt. Commander Claude Berube’s first fiction book—he has previously authored three non-fiction books. Berube has a background in Naval Intelligence and seems to have both first-hand experience and solid knowledge of the subject matter of this novel. The key story in The Aden Effect revolves around relatively familiar themes: Piracy and […]

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His Majesty’s Ship, by Alaric Bond

January 30, 2013

The year is 1795. England is at war with revolutionary French Republic. The French fleet is under blockade in several French harbors, prevented from running to sea by the might of the Royal Navy. His Majesty’s Ship – the one the title of this book refers to— the powerful but relatively small 64 gun ship-of-the-line […]

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Kydd is back: Betrayal, by Julian Stockwin

January 28, 2013

Betrayal, the thirteenth book in Julian Stockwin’s series about Thomas Kydd (A Kydd Sea Adventure), is set in 1806. Captain Kydd, with his beloved frigate L’Aurore, is stationed in Cape Town, which he took part in the capture of as chronicled in Conquest. For the moment there is little for Kydd and his crew to […]

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A Call to Arms, by William C. Hammond

January 28, 2013

This is the fourth book in Hammond’s historical navy fiction series about Richard Cutler and the Cutler family. In A Call to Arms we meet the newly minted US Navy Captain Richard Cutler, now in command of his own fast and powerful frigate, USS Portsmouth. The series has broadened its scope gradually, and in this […]

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Hell Around the Horn, by Rick Spilman

January 25, 2013

Hell Around the Horn is a nautical thriller more than a navy fiction book, which is what this blog is about. However, even though it doesn’t fit perfectly with the focus of this blog, I wanted to review this book. Partly because Rick Spilman is known among nautical fiction afficionados as the host of Old […]

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The Power and the Glory by William C. Hammond

January 18, 2013

The Power and the Glory is the third book in American author William C. Hammond’s nautical fiction series about Lt. Richard Cutler and the Cutler family of Hingham, Massachusetts. The first two books, A Matter of Honor and For Love of Country, were very interesting. They covered the period of the American Revolution. This third […]

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