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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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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 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.




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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 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 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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<font color=CC0000>FREE</font> Inferno Pre-First Edition

FREE Inferno Pre-First Edition

Julian Stockwin

Beginning Wednesday, December 12th—

All online orders for five or more books from www.mcbooks.com receive a free Pre-First Edition paperback proof of Julian Stockwin's 17th Kydd Sea Adventure Inferno. No additional charges. No further action required. Offer will be removed from site before books run out. Book orders may ship separately.

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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.


Halfhyde on Zanatu

Halfhyde on Zanatu

Philip McCutchan

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!

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Halfhyde on the Yangtze

Halfhyde on the Yangtze

Philip McCutchan

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.


Halfhyde and the Flag Captain

Halfhyde and the Flag Captain

Philip McCutchan

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.


A Dawn Like Thunder

A Dawn Like Thunder

Douglas Reeman

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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