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Welcome to the Carlisle and Holbrooke naval adventures.  The series follows Edward Carlisle, a native of Williamsburg, Virginia, and his protégé George Holbrooke of Wickham, Hampshire, as they navigate the political and professional storms of the Seven Years War through to the War of American Independence.  

There are currently five books in the series.  Click on the link included after the brief description of each book for a deeper look in, and how to get your own copy.

The Colonial Post-Captain

Captain Carlisle of His Britannic Majesty’s frigate Fury hails from Virginia, a loyal colony of the British Crown. In 1756, as the clouds of war gather in Europe, Fury is ordered to Toulon to investigate a French naval and military build-up…

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The Leeward Islands Squadron

In late 1756, as the British government collapses in the aftermath of the loss of Minorca and the country and navy are thrown into political chaos, a small force of ships is sent to the West Indies to reinforce the Leeward Islands Squadron…

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The Jamaica Station

It is 1757, and the British navy is regrouping from a slow start to the Seven Years War. A Spanish colonial governor and his family are pursued through the Caribbean by a pair of mysterious ships from the Dutch island of St. Eustatius. The British frigate Medina rescues the governor from his hurricane-wrecked ship, leading Captain Edward Carlisle and his first lieutenant George Holbrook into a web of intrigue and half-truths….

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Holbrooke's Tide

It is 1758 and the Seven Years War is at its height. The Duke of Cumberland’s Hanoverian army has been pushed back to the river Elbe while the French are using the medieval fortified city of Emden to resupply their army and to anchor its left flank. George Holbrooke, in command of a sloop-of-war is underorders to survey and blockade the approached to Emden in advance of the arrival of a British squadron.

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The Cursed Fortress

The French called it La Fortresse Maudite, the Cursed Fortress. Louisbourg stood at the mouthe of the Gulf of St Lawrence, massive and impregnable, a permanent provocation to the British colonies. It was Canada’s first line of defence. It had to fall before a British fleet could be sent up the St Lawrence river. Otherwise, there would be no resupply and no line of retreat; Canada would become the graveyard of George II’s navy.

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