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

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

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The King's Privateer

The King's Privateer

Dewey Lambdin

1783: "Assigned to a ship disguised as a merchant vessel to check on French activities among local pirates, Alan finds plenty of action in Canton, Calcutta, and the islands of the South China Sea. He even runs into his hated father, Sir Hugo, but the two old enemies gain mutual respect as they are compelled to work together.

Lambdin provides a well-rounded plot and fascinating, well-researched evocations of late 18th-century Oriental trade cities."—Library Journal

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The King's Commission

The King's Commission

Dewey Lambdin

1782. Midshipman Alan Lewrie passes his Lieutenant’s exam and is commissioned first officer of the brig o'war Shrike, then it's off to patrol the North American coast and an attempt to bring the First People onto the British side against the American rebels. Finally it's back to the Caribbean, to sail beside Captain Horatio Nelson in the Battle for Turks Island. . . .

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The King's Coat

The King's Coat

Dewey Lambdin

This auspicious beginning of a series has a very modern sensibility. In 1780, at the age of 17, our hero, bastard son of Sir Hugo Willoughby, is already a practicing rake in London. Caught in flagrante delicto with his [more-than-willing] half-sister, he is banished to the Navy in a nasty ploy by Sir Hugo to rob the boy of his inheritance.

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Halfhyde and the Chain Gangs

Halfhyde and the Chain Gangs

Philip McCutchan

Murder and chicanery involving a consignment of gold bullion stalk St Vincent Halfhyde as he takes the square-rigged ship Glen Hallandale on govenment service from Devonport dockyard to Cape Town. His "cargo" consists of a large draft of convicts from Dartmoor Prison, volunteers for the fight against the Boers in South Africa—volunteers who travel in chain gangs and under strong escort or armed warders in Halfhyde's hastily converted holds.


The Halfhyde Line

The Halfhyde Line

Philip McCutchan

Recently separated from the Royal Navy, Halfhyde’s maiden voyage as owner/master of the steamer Taronga Park is disrupted when his cargo turns out to be guns headed for rebels in Western Ireland rather than machine parts—and the cargo's owner boards the ship to take command. Only Halfhyde's grim determination to prevail carries the day.


Halfhyde Outward Bound

Halfhyde Outward Bound

Philip McCutchan

Halfhyde finds himself unexpectedly placed on shore on the half-pay list of the Royal Navy (following the debacle of Captain Watkiss's accidental death chronicled in Halfhyde on Zanatu) and decides to broaden his experience at sea on a merchantman bound for Sydney. His ship, the Aysgarth Falls, has an unsavory crew consisting primarily, it seems, of villians on the run from the police. Bad weather and outbreaks of fighting in the fo'c'sle herald the dangers ahead.




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The Black Ring (HC)

The Black Ring (HC)

William Westbrook

1798. Nicholas Fallon takes on the job of slipping a secret agent into Cuba, but soon becomes entangled in numerous dangers—or opportunities, as he likes to call them. There’s an escaped slave trying to burn every stalk of sugarcane in Cuba, a pirate running riot with a flotilla of “little wolves,” an admiral’s lady that needs a bit of rescuing, and a French plot that threatens Britain’s very presence in the islands.

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The Bermuda Privateer (PB)

The Bermuda Privateer (PB)

William Westbrook

In 1796, Nicholas Fallon is captain of the schooner Sea Dog, a privateer that is fast, beautiful and deadly. Together with his best friend and first mate, Beauty McFarland, Fallon sails the Caribbean on a mission to take or destroy Britain’s enemies. When the Sea Dog’s owner, Ezra Somers, asks Fallon to seek out and destroy Wicked Jak Clayton, a pirate who has been preying on his ships, Fallon agrees.

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Halfhyde on the Amazon

Halfhyde on the Amazon

Philip McCutchan

St Vincent Halfhyde, commanding the steamer Taronga Park, leaves Liverpool for the Amazon with a British diplomat on a mission to Brazil, where the German Emperor is believed to be establishing a naval base. The voyage is plagued with clashes of personalities, bad weather . . . and murder.


Halfhyde Goes to War

Halfhyde Goes to War

Philip McCutchan

The ill-fated gold bullion Halfyde inadvertently brought to South Africa in Halfhyde and the Chain Gangs is destined to play a further part in his turbulent career. The Boer War is dragging into a series of seemingly interminable sieges and the British army is floundering on unfamiliar terrain against the cunning of the Boer farmers.


Halfhyde and the Admiral

Halfhyde and the Admiral

Philip McCutchan

As the age of the sailing ship is drawing to a close, Lieutenant St. Vincent Halfhyde takes on the task of transporting to Chile a vain foreign officer, a meek Church cleric, a bombastic widow, an uptight Scotland Yard inspector, and a querulous British loudmouth Admiral in service with the Chileans.


Halfhyde and the Fleet Review

Halfhyde and the Fleet Review

Philip McCutchan

Chilean terrorists threaten the Queen's diamond jubilee.

"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


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Brand New Audiobook: The Two-Headed Eagle. An Otto Prohasks Novel, Book #3

Brand New Audiobook: The Two-Headed Eagle. An Otto Prohasks Novel, Book #3

John Biggins

by John Biggins, narrated by Nigel Patterson

In Which Otto Prohaska Takes a Break as the Habsburg Empire's Leading U-boat Ace and Does Something Even More Thanklessly Dangerous

It is the summer of 1916, and, as luck would have it, young Lieutenant Ottokar Prohaska of the Austro-Hungarian navy once again finds himself aloft in fragile aircraft, this time as an observer-bomber-navigator.

Otto's aerial chauffeur is the self-willed Feldpilot-Zugsfuhrer Zoltan Toth, with whom he can only communicate in broken Latin - although when all else fails, screaming will suffice!

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A Brief History of Fighting Ships

A Brief History of Fighting Ships

David Davies

Beginning Tuesday, April 25, 2017

All online orders for five or more books from www.mcbooks.com receive a free copy of David Davies's A Brief History of Fighting Ships: Ships of the Line and Napoleonic Sea Battles 1793–1815. No further action is required. You need not add this book to your shopping cart. Free book and paid books ship separately.

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Inferno

Inferno

Julian Stockwin

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.

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The Spoils of Conquest

The Spoils of Conquest

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The Mouth of the Nile, 9th August, 1798: Admiral Nelson has sent Captain Nathan Peake on a desperate journey across the Middle East to convey a grim warning to British India. Bonaparte’s army is poised to deliver a fatal blow to the source of Britain’s wealth and power by marching overland to India.

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Winged Escort

Winged Escort

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As the grim years of the Second World War go by, the destruction of Allied shipping mounts. Out of the terrible loss of men and ships, the escort carrier is born. They were typically half the length and a third the displacement of larger fleet carriers. While they were slower, carried fewer planes and were less well armed and armored, escort carriers were cheaper and could be built quickly, which was their principal advantage.

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Send a Gunboat

Send a Gunboat

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The orders from the Admiralty to the Captain were explicit. He was to take his ship to the small island of Santu, which lay under threat of invasion from the Communist mainland of China, and evacuate the British colony there.

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The Flag of Freedom

The Flag of Freedom

Seth Hunter

1797: Britain stands alone against the forces of Revolutionary France. A victorious French Army, led by the youthful Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised to invade Britain. And in his country's darkest hour, Captain Nathan Peake finds himself imprisoned by his own side on the Rock of Gibraltar charged with treason.

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A Dawn Like Thunder

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Burmese Coast, 1944 . . . After four years, the tide of war is turning in North Africa and Europe. The conflict in Southeast Asia, however, has reached new heights of savagery. The Special Operations mission off the Burmese coast requires volunteers. Both men with nothing to live for as well as men with everything to lose.

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