BookPick: Hornblower’s Historical Shipmates

BookPick: Hornblower’s Historical Shipmates

by BigJules

Among the many larger-than-life naval officers who strode the quarterdeck in the period I write about (1793-1815) Edward Pellew ranks among the most memorable. Not far from where I live in Devon is the site of his heroic action in saving the lives of some 500 men, women and children from certain death aboard the troopship Dutton that had come to grief just off Plymouth Hoe. He was ashore at the time, heading to a social function in full evening dress. Seeing Dutton‘s plight he stopped his carriage, divested himself of his finery and swam out to the ship and at the point of a sword took matters in hand in the panic that had ensued. Pellew served the Royal Navy with great distinction for 50 years. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest fighting captains of the Napoleonic wars but has somewhat been overshadowed by Horatio Nelson. He died in 1833, a vice-admiral of the United Kingdom, peer of the realm and holder of many foreign honours. As well as great seamanship skills, indomitable courage and sheer grit, Pellew excelled in man management and mentoring. He has been criticised by some as an over-partial father to his own sons but he nevertheless earned the lasting devotion of his men.

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Standalones Sail Stateside!

Standalones Sail Stateside!

by BigJules

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The GameChangers : Moments of History

I’m delighted to announce that my two historical standalones, The Silk Tree and The Powder of Death have been released in ebook and audiobook formats in the States and Canada. These books are the first two of my standalone series: The Gamechangers: Moments of History. Physical books of the titles will be released a little later in the year in these markets.

 

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Inferno

B2353

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The seventeenth episode of the Kydd and Renzi Saga is about to reach the bookshops and forward orders are running well. You know an author has arrived when his or her name appears on the jacket ahead of the title and in equal size font. This is another cracking yarn that will keep readers turning the pages to the end. It is as fresh as the first episode, “Kydd”. An exciting tale from the premier author of naval fiction. If you haven’t read an earlier book don’t delay, you won’t regret it. If you have read earlier episodes you don’t need me to tell you how good the story is. Most Highly Recommended.

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The Fatal Fortress, the Guns & Fortifications of Singapore 1819-1956

B2352

Most of the coverage of the of Singapore’s defences has concentrated on the brief battle when a larger British and Commonwealth force surrendered to the Japanese generals who had been surprised by the surrender. Coverage of the defensive guns and fortifications has been relatively modest and usually confined to comments that the guns pointed seaward and were of little use against an attacker coming out of the jungle. The author has made a fine job of describing the history of Singapore’s defensive artillery from the founding of the city, to the demise of Coastal Artillery in the British Army in 1953. A very interesting read that is recommended.

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Churchill’s Army 1939-1945, The Men, Machines and Organisation

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This is the most comprehensive coverage of the British Army from 1939 to 1945 ever undertaken in a single volume. It is lavishly illustrated and works carefully through each of the organizations that made up the British Army, including the Home Guard, the secret Resistance organization, and Special Forces. Strongly Recommended.

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