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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

New Books



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. See Details

$22.95 Hardcover or Ebook


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 See Details

$19.95 Paperback


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. . . . See Details

$19.95 Paperback


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


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 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



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