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



The Kydd Sea Adventures
In 1793 twenty-year-old Thomas Kydd earns his living as a wig-maker in England, only dimly aware of the war breaking out across Europe. But then he is seized by a Royal Navy press-gang and forced to be part of the crew of the 98-gun man-o’-war Duke William. Aboard ship he meets the mysterious Nicholas Renzi, a man with a past who is destined to become Kydd’s greatest friend through many dangers and adventures. For Kydd soon finds that he is a born sailor and a natural leader; he has no wish to return to his old life on land. And as Renzi knows only too well, times are changing: for the first time, a man like Kydd has the chance to rise all the way to the top.

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Kydd
Kydd
Europe is ablaze with war. Young Thomas Kydd, a wig-maker from Guildford, is pressed aboard the Duke William. Kydd learns the harsh realities of shipboard life fast, becoming a true sailor and defender of Britain. See Details

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Artemis
Artemis
Kydd and shipmate Nicholas Renzi sail to the Far East. Together they face shipwreck, mutiny, and a confrontation with a mighty French frigate. See Details

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Seaflower
Seaflower
Kydd has returned with evidence for the court-martial of the sole surviving officer of the Artemis, but soon finds himself shipped to the Caribbean instead. There, he and Renzi face the fury of sea and battle one more time! See Details

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Mutiny
Mutiny
The Nore mutiny--as a loyal servant of the King, Kydd is expected to turn against his friends. He must find a way to save himself and his fellow sailors. See Details

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Quarterdeck
Quarterdeck
Kydd must pass a tough exam for his lieutenancy. Then, in Colonial waters, he becomes emeshed in the birth of the American Navy and must use all his seamanship to thwart the enemy. See Details

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Tenacious
Tenacious
Lieutenant Thomas Kydd takes his place upon the quarterdeck, as part of a squadron commanded by Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson. Their mission is to scour the Mediterranean and locate Napoleon and his army. See Details

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Command
Command
Thomas Kydd takes command of the brig-sloop Teazer and races to make her battle-ready. When peace is declared the young captain agrees to transport convicts to Australia to make ends meet. At the ends of the earth, he must prove his seamanship and humanity against the odds. See Details

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The Admiral's Daughter
The Admiral's Daughter
Kydd is back in command of his beloved Teazer. After a mission to the cost of France, he takes on smugglers, privateers and treacherous seas in home waters, while a growing attachment to the admiral's daughter promises to bring him everything he desires. See Details

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The Privateer's Revenge
The Privateer's Revenge
Facing a grim future, Thomas Kydd has been framed and unfairly dismissed from his ship. He and Renzi struggle to survive in Guernsey while they attempt to clear Kydd's name.

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Invasion
Invasion
Rumors fly of Napoleon's planned invasion of England, and Kydd must help American Robert Fulton with his latest creations. Fulton has invented the submarine and the torpedo--weapons of mass destruction that will change the way war is waged on the seas forever. See Details

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Victory
Victory
Napoleon Bonaparte continues planning for the invasion of England as Admiral Horatio Nelson and the Royal Navy patrol the seas, seeking out their elusive enemy. See Details

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Conquest
Conquest
Newly victorious at the Battle of Trafalgar, England now rules the seas and is free to colonize the furthest reaches of the world. Captain Thomas Kydd joins an expedition to take Dutch-held Cape Town, a strategic harbor that will give England a rich trade route to India. See Details

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Betrayal
Betrayal
Cape Colony is proving a tiresome assignment for Thomas Kydd’s daring commander-in-chief Commodore Popham: South America’s Spanish colonies are in a ferment of popular unrest. Rumors of a treasure hoard of Spanish silver spur him to assemble a makeshift invasion fleet and launch a bold attack on the capital of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate in Buenos Aires. See Details

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Caribbee
Caribbee
Commanding a useful frigate, Kydd is claimed by the Leeward Islands station, exchanging the harsh situation in South America for the warmth and delights of the Caribbean. It’s a sea change for Kydd, who revisits places and people that figured in his time as a young seaman. Some are nostalgic and pleasing, while others bring challenges of a personal nature. See Details

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Book 15
Pasha
Pasha
Kydd returns to sea and has just pulled off a daring reconnaissance into the inner harbour of Cadiz when he is summoned to urgently carry despatches to Admiral Louis in Malta. Word has come from the British ambassador Arbuthnot that the neutral Turks are being wooed by the French; if the ancient city of Constantinople falls into their hands Napoleon’s route to India will be completely unfettered and his plans for world domination a reality. See Details

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Tyger
Tyger
Kydd confides in friends his true feelings about the way his old commander was treated in a court-martial, and when his opinions become public, finds himself in hot water with the Admiralty. Kydd is punished for his indiscretion by being given a very difficult command. This turns out to be a mutiny ship, Tyger. On board he faces numerous challenges from a hostile and dejected crew, still under a malign influence. It will take all of Kydd’s seamanship and leadership in voyages to the Far North and in Baltic waters to turn the ship around. See Details

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Book 17
Inferno
Inferno
McBooks Press will publish the trade paperback edition of Inferno on October 1, 2017.


1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd resumes command of Tyger and is ordered to join a great armada on a desperate mission to pressure the Danish Crown Prince to turn his fleet over to Britain before Napoleon can seize it. See Details

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