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Publishing Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Books



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. See Details

Available only as Ebook

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. See Details

$19.95 Paperback


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. See Details

$9.99 Available only as Ebook


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. See Details

Available only as Ebook

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. See Details

Available only as Ebook

The Bermuda Privateer (HC)

The Bermuda Privateer (HC)

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 second-in-comand, 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. See Details

$22.95 Hardcover or Ebook



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