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November, 2017
Halfhyde and the Flag Captain, book no.7 The Halfhyde Adventures, by Philip McCutchan

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

A Sailor of Austria: In which, without really intending to, Otto Prohaska becomes Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire Book 1:The Otto Prohaska Novels

"A retro techno-adventure story that falls somewhere between Tom Clancy and Patrick O'Brian... top notch military fiction with a literary flair." (Publishers Weekly)

In the spring of 1915, a young Austro-Czech naval lieutenant Ottokar Prohaska finds himself posted to the minuscule Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Submarine Service in the Adriatic port of Pola. In some trepidation at first, because he has no experience whatever of submarines, his fears are soon set at rest when he discovers that nobody else has either: least of all his superiors. There follow three and a half years of desperate World War One adventures fighting for the House of Habsburg aboard primitive, ill-equipped vessels, contending not just with exploding lavatories and the transport of Libyan racing camels but with a crew drawn from a dozen different nationalities--and a decaying imperial bureaucracy which often seems to be even more of an enemy than the British, the French, the Italians and the sea itself.


After surmounting all this to become--accidentally--Austria Hungary's leading U-boat commander and a holder of its highest military decoration, the closing months of 1918 see him and his crew returning aboard a damaged boat from the shores of Palestine, only to find that the homeland they have fought for so doggedly over the previous four years is now in the final stages of collapse, and that they are effectively stateless persons; sailors without a navy returning to a country which no longer has a coastline.

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ISBN-13: 9781590131077


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"Stark realism and finely crafted humor... use of narration, his thorough knowledge, and good technical details make this novel compelling reading." --Library Journal

“Biggins writes with a fine sense of the sea and a truly marvelous wit.” --Booklist

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