Independent Action by Michael Winston

January 15, 2013

Independent Action is the first book in a recent series of nautical fiction by American author Michael Winston. The novel, subtitled “Kinkaid in the North Atlantic,” introduces First Lieutenant Jonathan Kinkaid, who is an American and serves on the 32 gun American frigate Randolph during the American Revolution. In this book, we follow Kinkaid and […]

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William C. Hammond: For Love of Country

January 15, 2013

For Love of Country is the second novel in William C. Hammond’s nautical fiction series about the Cutler family. The first was A Matter of Honor. Currently Hammond has six books planned, he has stated in an interview – the third and fourth have already been written. The series is set during, and following, the […]

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The Tainted Prize, by M.C. Muir

January 1, 2013

In The Tainted Prize, the sequel to Floating Gold, we once again, in the year 1803, meet up with the likable Captain Oliver Quintrell. Muir’s series – subtitled “Under Admiralty Orders – The Oliver Quintrell Series” – is a recent but welcome addition to the naval historical fiction genre. The Peace of Amiens has collapsed, […]

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Reefs and Shoals, by Dewey Lambdin

March 9, 2012

Ramcat Alan Lewrie is back! Reefs and Shoals is the newest title in Dewey Lambdin’s great naval fiction series from the Napoleonic ages. In the series we follow Alan Lewrie all the way from his maiden trip as a midshipman, sent away by a father who wanted to get him out of the house, and […]

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Corsair, by Dudley Pope

February 7, 2012

Dudley Pope’s Yorke-series consists of four books: Buccaneer (1981), Admiral (1982), Galleon (1986) and Corsair (1987). While I much prefer the Lord Ramage series by Pope, I enjoy the York series as well. It is an interesting naval fiction series in that it deals with privateers – those “barely legal” ships outfitted by private owners […]

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A Flag of Truce, by David Donachie

August 22, 2011

A Flag of Truce is the fourth novel in Donachie’s John Pearce series. The story takes place in 1793, during the period of the French revolution – a period of great conflict and shifting alliances in Europe. Lieutenant John Pearce returns triumphant from a successful mission in Corsica, but receives a mixed welcome, particularly from […]

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Convoy, by Dudley Pope – book review

August 22, 2011

Dudley Pope is primarily known for his excellent and very entertaining series of navy fiction books from the Napoleonic era, featuring Lord Nicolas Ramage. However, Pope also authored a number of non-fiction books, as well as a navy fiction series known as The Yorke series. The Yorke series is not nearly as well known as […]

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Twelve Seconds to Live, by Douglas Reeman

July 31, 2011

This is a slightly different Douglas Reeman novel than the rest – it deals very little with the Royal Navy in the conventional sense, but rather with a little group of people in a special force that were assigned the task of defusing or otherwise dealing with mines in England during World War II. Defusing […]

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