The Cursed Fortress

The fifth book in the series is now available.

The French called it La Forteresse Maudite, the Cursed Fortress.

Louisbourg stood at the mouth of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, massive and impregnable, a permanent provocation to the British colonies. It was Canada’s first line of defence, guarding the approaches to Quebec, from where all New France lay open to invasion. It had to fall before a British fleet could be sent up the St. Lawrence. Otherwise, there would be no resupply and no line of retreat; Canada would become the graveyard of George II’s navy.

A failed attempt on Louisbourg in 1757 had only stiffened the government’s resolve; the Cursed Fortress must fall in 1758.

Captain Carlisle’s frigate joins the blockade of Louisbourg before winter’s icy grip has eased. Battling fog, hail, rain, frost and snow, suffering scurvy and fevers, and with a constant worry about the wife he left behind in Virginia, Carlisle will face his greatest test of leadership and character yet.

The Cursed Fortress is the fifth of the Carlisle & Holbrooke naval adventures. The series follows the two men through the Seven Years War and into the period of turbulent relations between Britain and her American colonies in the 1760s.

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Quarterdeck Magazine Spring 2019

The Spring edition of Quarterdeck Magazine is now available, follow the link below.

This free downloadable magazine is not to be missed by all readers of nautical and historical fiction. It’s thoroughly recommended!

Articles include a review of Holbrooke’s Tide and a thoughtful description of the Chesapeake Mill in Wickham, Hampshire, constructed from the timbers of USS Chesapeake from the war of 1812.

Wickham is the home of George Holbrooke, hero of Holbrooke’s Tide!

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Holbrooke’s Tide

The fourth in the series is now available.

Back Cover Text Box

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Happy New Year

My best wishes for the New Year.

I’m pleased to tell you that the fourth book in the Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventures is nearing completion. I plan to publish Holbrooke’s Tide towards the end of February 2019. There will be another notice as the actual publication date draws nearer.

Meanwhile, have you read the January 2019 edition of the online magazine ‘Quarterdeck?’ It has some great articles about maritime history, covering both fiction and non-fiction. This latest edition includes an interview of me by George Jepson, the editor and publisher of the magazine.

Quarterdeck is free and online; my interview is on page 11. Just click the link below:

QUARTERDECK January 2019

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Trafalgar Day Run

I had the privilege of taking part in the Great South Run on Trafalgar Day 2018 (21st October). 20,000 of us ran through Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, right past HMS Victory, as well as Warrior and Mary Rose. Victory was looking great in the bright sunshine sporting her new authentic 1805 colour scheme. She was even flying her Trafalgar signal from the lower masts until her topmasts are replaced at the end of her much-needed refit. Rest assured that Nelson’s last flagship is in good health.
Don’t forget that 21st October is also the anniversary of the 1757 Battle of Cape Francois (Read all about George Holbrooke’s part in the battle in ‘The Jamaica Station’) in which Nelson’s maternal uncle commanded Dreadnought. It’s very likely that Nelson chose the navy as a career on the strength of the family’s celebrations of this day.
Happy Trafalgar Day!


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The Jamaica Station: now available

Hi. I’m pleased to announce that the third of the Carlisle & Holbrooke Naval Adventures is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats, and through the Kindle Owners Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited.

Back Cover Art

Follow these links to purchase copies of The Jamaica Station:





The first two books in the Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventures series are still available.

For more information and to purchase copies, follow these links:

My page on

My page on

My page on Tantor Media (Audiobooks)

My website

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The Jamaica Station

‘The Jamaica Station’ – The Third Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventure

I hope you enjoyed the first two Carlisle and Holbrooke naval adventures. I’m pleased to tell you that I plan to publish the third in the series (provisionally titled ‘The Jamaica Station’) in September 2018. It will be available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions and through Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners’ Lending library. I’ll advertise on this page when I know the publication date.


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Carlisle and Holbrooke on Audiobooks

The Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventures are being published by Tantor Media as audiobooks. ‘The Colonial Post-Captain’ is available now and ‘The Leeward Islands Squadron’ will be available on 24th July.

Steven Crossley is the narrator.

They can be purchased from Amazon, Audible or directly from Tantor Media.

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Tantor Media

Audible UK

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Carlisle and Holbrooke in Quarterdeck Magazine

The editor of Quarterdeck Magazine, George Jepson, has kindly featured an essay that I wrote on the Seven Years War as a historical background to the Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventures. You can read it in the summer 2018 edition of Quarterdeck magazine. which can be downloaded here:

Quarterdeck Magazine

The essay is on page 12 of the magazine.

On page 16 you can read a review of ‘The Leeward Islands Squadron.’

Thank you, George!

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The Colonial Post-Captain Audiobook

Available 19 June 2018.

Follow this link:  Audiobook

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