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The Halfhyde Line
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. See Details

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Halfhyde and the Chain Gangs
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. See Details

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Halfhyde Goes to War
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. See Details

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Halfhyde on the Amazon
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. See Details

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Halfhyde and the Admiral
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. See Details

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Halfhyde and the Fleet Review
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 See Details

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A Fine Boy for Killing
Iron-fisted Captain Daniel Swift is determined to forge a crew from the old men, criminals, and young boys under his command--no matter what it takes. His nephew, Midshipman William Bentley, is torn between loyalty to his uncle and his sense of justice for the men. See Details

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The Wicked Trade
The "wicked trade" is smuggling--customs men and smugglers battling over piles of booty. Surrounded by corruption and greed, Bentley confronts ever-more-ruthless companions and crew, while the shadow of his brutal uncle, Captain Swift, looms over him once more. See Details

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The Spithead Nymph
Needle delivers an unflinching look at the cruelty of slavery. The novel explores the repercussions of this degrading institution for all members of society: those who traffic in human lives, those who try to stop it, and those who stand by and simply watch the depravity unfold. See Details

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The Only Life That Mattered
Based on the true story of two female pirates and the man who accepted them as equals. Jack, Anne, and Mary cut a bold swath through the West Indies, living a life of freedoom--the only life that mattered. See Details

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Cornell Then & Now
Cornell University-a much-beloved alma mater and one of the nation’s most beautiful universities-makes for a fascinating subject in this showpiece volume. See Details

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The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower
Drawn from the Hornblower series as well as from Parkinson's knowledge of the Royal Navy, this classic biography of the popular fictional hero is a tribute to Forester's character. See Details

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The Guernseyman
Richard Delancey, ranked a midshipman, sails for New York, but the American Revolution and hostilities between England and France send him back across the sea. See Details

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Devil to Pay
Delancey lands a secret mission that goes awry, but his success thwarting the high-stakes smugglers lands him in command of a private man-of-war. See Details

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The Fireship
Passed over for promotion after Camperdown, Delancey is mollified by command of the antiquated fireship Spitfire. See Details

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Touch and Go
With his Royal Navy commission in hand, Richard Delancey is posted to Gibraltar to command the sloop Merlin for convoy protection in the Mediterranean. See Details

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So Near So Far
Disturbing rumors circulate about Napoleon’s new weapons of war: steam-driven vessels, new explosive devices, and a secret weapon which can travel underwater. Delancey’s wildly unorthodox tactics defeat them all. See Details

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Dead Reckoning
The exciting conclusion to the Delancey series finds Captain Richard Delancey heading for the East Indies and a rendezvous with “Fabius”—the sadistic enemy agent who has eluded him for years. See Details

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The Battle of the River Plate
In 1939, three lightly armored cruisers opened fire on the powerful Graf Spee, whose mission was to disrupt vital British commerce. Pope gives an enthralling account of the men, ships, and tactics which culminated in this great action. See Details

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The Devil Himself: The Mutiny of 1800
The British crew of the Danae--a captured French corvette--mutinied, sailed the ship back to France, turned her over to Napoleon and received a cash reward! From contemporary British documents and the dusty French naval archives in Brest, Pope brings to vivid life the whole curious story. See Details

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