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!
‘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.
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.
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:
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!
Available 19 June 2018.
Follow this link: Audiobook
The second in the Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventures series is now available.
Follow these links:
Amazon UK: The Leeward Islands Squadron
Amazon USA: 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.
Captain Edward Carlisle, a native of Virginia, and his first lieutenant George Holbrooke are fresh from the Mediterranean and their capture of a powerful French man-of-war. Their new frigate Medina has orders to join a squadron commanded by a terminally ill commodore. Their mission: a near-suicidal assault on a strong Caribbean island fortress.
Carlisle must confront the challenges of higher command as he leads the squadron back into battle to accomplish the Admiralty’s orders.
Join Carlisle and Holbrooke as they attack shore fortifications, engage in ship-on-ship duels and deal with mutiny in the West Indies.
The Leeward Islands Squadron follows The Colonial Post-Captain as the second of the Carlisle and Holbrooke novels. The series will record the exploits of the two men through the Seven Years War and into the period of turbulent relations between Britain and her American colonies in the 1760s.
See the Glossary page for a list of mid-eighteenth century sailing terms.
‘If you like Hornblower and Aubrey/Maturin, you’ll like Captain Carlisle/ Holbrooke.’
‘Seven Years War British naval fiction excellently done.’
‘The main character is unusual in being a colonial (or as he describes himself, an American) serving as a Post Captain in the Royal Navy; a nice twist that hopefully will be developed as the timeline grows closer to the Revolutionary War. Good stuff !
‘An excellent novel of the wooden ships and iron men genre. The Seven Years War naval campaign is not well covered in historical fiction. Most recommended.’
See the bibliography page for a concise reading list for the Seven Years War.