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Publishing Schedule

March, 2018
The Halfhyde Line, book no.11 The Halfhyde Adventures, by Philip McCutchan

April, 2018
Halfhyde and the Chain Gangs, book no.12 The Halfhyde Adventures, by Philip McCutchan

May, 2018
Halfhyde Goes to War, book no.13 The Halfhyde Adventures, by Philip McCutchan

June, 2018
The King's Coat, book no.1 The Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures, by Dewey Lambdin

July, 2018
Halfhyde on the Amazon, book no.14 The Halfhyde Adventures, by Philip McCutchan

August, 2018
Halfhyde and the Admiral, book no.15 The Halfhyde Adventures, by Philip McCutchan

September, 2018
The King's Commission, book no.3 The Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures, by Dewey Lambdin

October, 2018
The King's Privateer, book no.4 The Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures, by Dewey Lambdin

November, 2018
The Black Ring, book no.2 The Nicholas Fallon Sea Novels, by William Westbrook

November, 2018
The Bermuda Privateer (PB), book no.1 The Nicholas Fallon Sea Novels, by William Westbrook

December, 2018
Halfhyde and the Fleet Review, book no.16 The Halfhyde Adventures, by Philip McCutchan

Halfhyde and the Fleet Review
Halfhyde and the Fleet Review Book 16:The Halfhyde Adventures

"McCutchan's dashing 19th-century naval hero St. Vincent Halfhyde anchors in Portsmouth for the Queen's diamond jubilee—but Chilean terrorists threaten the parade. Halfhyde's many loyal and admiring readers will not be surprised to know that even in middle age and on half pay their hero has not mellowed. With no terribly hot imperial spots in need of his military skills, Halfhyde has turned commercial, steaming about the Atlantic on cargo runs in his own ship Taronga Park with his bawdy Australian mistress, Victoria Penn.

Since he's still in the reserves, he and his ship are still available to their Lords of the Admiralty, who decide he is just the man to protect Admiral Watkiss, Command-in-Chief of the Chilean Navy, from death at the hands of disgruntled Chilean politicians. Watkiss, the loosest cannon ever to roll across a deck, is a retired Royal Navy captain hired by Chile's newly elected government to oversee the most inept sailors in the hemisphere, and he is bringing his flagship Almirante Smith to join the international naval salute to Her Majesty as she celebrates 60 years on the throne.

Halfhyde quickly deduces that he will have to protect the madly blustering admiral from his own crew as well as from the bomb-throwing terrorists.

Subplots include Watkiss's plan for a Salvation Navy, the assault of the admiral's grim, widowed sister on a bachelor clergyman, and Victoria Penn's assault on anyone who crosses her path. Less action than usual for Halfhyde, but quite a lot of Victorian amusement for genteel armchair sailors. The Queen, of course, is not amused."—Kirkus Reviews

To be published in December 2018

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