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December, 2017
Halfhyde on the Yangtze, book no.8 The Halfhyde Adventures, by Philip McCutchan



The King's Own
Our young hero, William Seymour, grows up on a Royal Navy ship, later becoming part of the crew of a smuggler. See Details

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Newton Forster OR The Merchant Service
Newton Forster is pressed into the Navy and serves on a merchant vessel bound for Asia, experiencing adventures involving murder, pirates, treachery, and romance. See Details

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Mr Midshipman Easy
Set sail with Midshipman Jack Easy, the original nautical hero, as he embarks on a career in the Royal Navy, full of spine-tingling danger, outrageous adventure and humorous goings on. See Details

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Snarleyyow or The Dog Fiend
The "indestructible" dog, Snarleyyow, helps his master, Lt. Cornelius Vanslyperken, hunt smugglers in the English Channel. See Details

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The Privateersman
Follow the compelling exploits of Alexander Musgrave, a privateer-turned-adventurer, as he sails around the world,finding danger and excitement—and, in the end, romance. See Details

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Halfhyde at the Bight of Benin
Halfhyde is sent to West Africa to spy on the Russians when he is recognized by his arch-enemy Prince Gorsinski. Can he foil Gorsinski and seize the day for Britain? See Details

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Halfhyde's Island
Halfhyde investigates a mysterious island and faces Britain’s foes—including the vengeful Prince Gorsinski. See Details

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Halfhyde and the Guns of Arrest
In Africa, Halfhyde assists in the capture of a British traitor and matches wits with the Germans. See Details

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Halfhyde to the Narrows
Halfhyde rescues a British sailing ship in the Dardanelles and faces Prince Gorsinski’s wrath! See Details

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Halfhyde for the Queen
Only one man can save the Queen. After he discovers a plot to kill Queen Victoria, Halfhyde must face down the Spanish Navy and get the Queen's Messenger back to Britain in time to foil the terrible plot. See Details

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Halfhyde Ordered South
Halfhyde must track down a traitorous civil servant in South America before the Germans get him. See Details

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Halfhyde and the Flag Captain
Lieutenant Halfhyde, Captain Watkiss, and Admiral Daintree are under orders to round Cape Horn on a voyage from Chile to Britain to deliver traitor Sir Russell Savory to his fate. With them and the crew, on the flagship Halcyon, are a motley group of passengers. Their old enemy, Vice-Admiral von Merkatz is on their trail in hopes of freeing Savory. See Details

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Halfhyde on the Yangtze
Far up the Yangtze River, the European presence in Chungking is threatened with rebellion and massacre by the Chinese. With the Russians and Germans poised to take advantage of lapsing British treaties, tactful intervention in rescuing the terrified civilians while keeping trade with the mandarins is essential.

This is hardly a suitable task for the bombastic Captain Watkiss, whose wildly aggressive tactics require skillful subversion by his long-suffering Lieutenant Halfhyde. See Details

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Halfhyde on Zanatu
The idyllic island of Zanatu is in rebellion. The natives have sworn allegiance to the mysterious god, John Frumm, who has appeared among them promising great wealth. Now Halfhyde must find Frumm before the Russians crush the islanders—and seize the trade routes of the British Empire for themselves! See Details

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A Fine Boy for Killing
Iron-fisted Captain Daniel Swift is determined to forge a crew from the old men, criminals, and young boys under his command--no matter what it takes. His nephew, Midshipman William Bentley, is torn between loyalty to his uncle and his sense of justice for the men. See Details

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The Wicked Trade
The "wicked trade" is smuggling--customs men and smugglers battling over piles of booty. Surrounded by corruption and greed, Bentley confronts ever-more-ruthless companions and crew, while the shadow of his brutal uncle, Captain Swift, looms over him once more. See Details

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The Spithead Nymph
Needle delivers an unflinching look at the cruelty of slavery. The novel explores the repercussions of this degrading institution for all members of society: those who traffic in human lives, those who try to stop it, and those who stand by and simply watch the depravity unfold. See Details

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The Only Life That Mattered
Based on the true story of two female pirates and the man who accepted them as equals. Jack, Anne, and Mary cut a bold swath through the West Indies, living a life of freedoom--the only life that mattered. See Details

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Cornell Then & Now
Cornell University-a much-beloved alma mater and one of the nation’s most beautiful universities-makes for a fascinating subject in this showpiece volume. See Details

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The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower
Drawn from the Hornblower series as well as from Parkinson's knowledge of the Royal Navy, this classic biography of the popular fictional hero is a tribute to Forester's character. See Details

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