C.T. Marshall, Surfmen: As lightning cracks over a roiling sea, a young boy clings to life amidst the waves. His family, his friends, all that he’s ever known have been taken by the storm. Drifting in the sea, the boy is unexpectedly rescued and given a new chance at life on the sands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Thirty years later, thirteen years after the Civil War, on that same spit of sand at Cape Hatteras, seven men of courage face the sea and its storms as men of the United States Lifesaving Service. Recruited and trained by that same boy grown to manhood, the men of Cape Hatteras Station are the only hope for sailors in distress at the treacherous Diamond Shoals. As Thomas Hooper readies his men to fight the sea and tries to keep them from fighting each other, he realizes that the souls he’s there to save may very well be those of his men.
Art McGrath, The Emperor's American: Pierre Burns of Baltimore, Maryland was brought up to hate the English but never thought he would be able to do anything about it. In early 1804, stranded on a French shore in the midst of Napoleon’s Army as it prepares to invade England, Burns is given his chance when Marshal Michel Ney offers him a commission. Now in the uniform of a French officer but still an outsider, Burns stands ready to battle his way to London, but it remains to be seen who his real enemies are—the English, his fellow soldiers who resent his presence, or even his American countrymen.
Jay Worrall, A Sea Unto Itself: 1799, the year after Napoleon Bonaparte led an expeditionary force across the Mediterranean to conquer Egypt, where he remains. Could it be that Egypt is intended only as a stepping stone for an invasion of Britain’s troubled colonies in India? Incredible though it seems, such a threat could deprive England of the great source of its wealth and devastate her ability to continue the war against her revolutionary enemy. Charles Edgemont, newly appointed Captain of the Frigate Cassandra, 32, is ordered on what he initially considers a fool’s errand to the foot of the Red Sea. He finds an under-strength crew on the point of mutiny, and an unresolved murder. Near the entrance to the Red Sea, Charles reports to Admiral Sir John Blankett. Blankett is openly contemptuous of any notion that the French would make any other attempt to invade the subcontinent. Admiral Blankett is wrong.
Alaric Bond, The Patriot's Fate: The acclaimed fifth novel in Bond's popular "Fighting Sail" series. It is 1798
and Ireland rises up against years of repression and injustice. Rebels,
supported by a mighty French invasion fleet, prepare to claim their land
but find themselves countered by a powerful British battle squadron.
Two friends and former allies, separated by chance and circumstance,
witness developments from opposing sides while storms, political
intrigue and personal dynamics abound. In The Patriot's Fate Bond
maintains a relentless pace that climaxes in thrilling naval action and
Alaric Bond, Cut and Run: The Fourth Book in Alaric Bond's Fighting Sail Series. Disillusioned by the lack of opportunity in the Royal Navy, Lieutenant King opts for a spell with the Honorable East India Company. But, a trip in an Indiaman is anything but the easy option when his captain is revealed to be an old enemy. With the added perils of privateers, storms, and the might of the French Navy, he finds there is just as much excitement in the merchant service, and wonders why he ever chose to cut and run. "Alaric Bond has stepped into the first rank of writers of historic naval fiction." "Alaric Bond has laid the groundwork for a great series of Age of Fighting Sail novels and I can only hope that the next one comes soon."
Linda Collison, Barbados Bound, Book One of the Patricia McPherson Nautical Adventures: Portsmouth, England,1760. Patricia Kelley, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy Barbadian sugarcane planter, falls from her imagined place in the world when her absent father unexpectedly dies. Raised in a Wiltshire boarding school, sixteen-year-old Patricia embarks on a desperate crossing on a merchantman bound for Barbados, where she was born, in a brash attempt to claim an unlikely inheritance. Aboard a merchantman under contract with the British Navy to deliver gunpowder to the West Indian forts, young Patricia finds herself pulled between two worlds -- and two identities -- as she charts her own course for survival in the war-torn 18th century.
S. K.Keogh, Prodigal: A story of relentless pursuit, betrayal, and revenge. As a young boy Jack Mallory knows horror and desolation when James Logan and his pirates murder his father and abduct his mother. Falsely accused of piracy himself, Jack is thrown into jail. He survives seven years in London's notorious Newgate prison and emerges a hardened man seeking revenge.His obsession with finding his mother's kidnapper drives him to the West Indies where he becomes entangled with a fiery young woman named Maria Cordero. With a score of her own to settle with James Logan, she disguises her gender and blackmails Jack into taking her aboard his pirate brig, Prodigal , in his desperate search for Logan. Their tumultuous relationship simmers while Jack formulates a daring plan to rescue his mother and exact revenge upon Logan for destroying his family.
Steven Maffeo, The Perfect Wreck-- Old Ironsides and HMS Java: A Story of 1812: December 29, 1812 - The date of one of the most dramatic sea battles in naval history. HMS "Java" and the USS "Constitution" (the famous "Old Ironsides") face off in the War of 1812's most spectacular blue-water frigate action. Their separate stories begin in August 1812 -- one in England and the other in New England. Then, the tension and suspense rise, week-by-week, as the ships cruise the Atlantic, slowly and inevitably coming together for the final life-and-death climax.
B.N. Peacock, The Tainted Dawn: The Great War: August 1789 --1815, Book I. The Rights of Man. Liberty. Equality. Idealism. Patriotism. A new age dawns. And yet, old hostilities persist: England and Spain are on the brink of war. France, allied by treaty with Spain, readies her warships. Three youths - the son of an English carpenter, the son of a naval captain, and the son of a French court tailor - meet in London, a chance encounter that entwines their lives ever after. The English boys find themselves on the same frigate bound for the Caribbean. The Frenchman sails to Trinidad, where he meets an even more zealous Spanish revolutionary. As diplomats in Europe race to avoid conflict, war threatens to explode in the Caribbean, with the three youths pitted against each other. Will the dawn of the boys' young manhood remain bright with hope? Or will it become tainted with their countrymen's spilled blood?