Jason Vail is a writer of historical fiction and a martial artist who blends rich historical detail with realistic martial action. His martial arts career includes training in karate, jujutsu, judo, boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts. Since 2001, he has been a student of historical European martial arts and is an avid longsword and backsword/broadsword fencer. However, his primary focus has been in reviving the dagger combat techniques found in the European fighting manuals dating back to 1409 not only because of their historical interest but also because of their usefulness in modern self-defense. The result of this study is his book Medieval and Renaissance Dagger Combat, published by Paladin Press.
In addition to Lone Star Rising: Voyage of the Wasp, Mr. Vail is the author of the Stephen Attebrook action/mystery series set in 13th century England, whose titles include The Wayward Apprentice, Baynard’s List and A Dreadful Penance.
Lone Star, The Voyage of the Wasp
: October 11, 1776. The
American rebellion has failed. George Washington
is dead. The few surviving revolutionaries, led by Andrew Jackson, have
fled to Spanish territories and the wasteland called Texas. But Jackson
is not content to be a Spanish subject. He dreams large. Texas must be
free and independent from the corrupt old empires of Europe. But with no
army other than the Texas Rangers, and no navy, Texas has no hope of
opposing the mighty forces of Spain. No hope, that is, until David
Crockett meets an unemployed, sardonic naval officer named John Paul
Jones II on the wharves at Baltimore. Together they buy and refit a
broken down warship to become the first ship of the Texas Navy. With a
handful of Crockett's men, the blessing of a voodoo queen, and a dubious
crew of French pirates, they set sail to seize Spanish treasure and
remake history in a ship called the Wasp.