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By John Biggins -
Years ago, after seeing a revival of a certain musical involving an Austrian naval captain and his children’s governess, I remember a ...Read Review
By C. Northcote Parkinson -
This “biography” of C.S. Forester’s famous fictional naval hero, written in 1970, is back in print in this new, handsome trade paper ...Read Review
By Alexander Fullerton -
The Royal Navy’s record in the 1939-1942 period of the Second World War was one of admirable heroism and sacrifice in the ...Read Review
By James L. Nelson -
The Only Life That Mattered is a faithful retelling of the lives of three eighteenth century Caribbean pirates, and Mr. Nelson couldn’t ...Read Review
By David Donachie -
Published 2001Published 2004
As the third and final novel of this trilogy begins, Nelson returns to England following his rescue of the Neapolitan royal family. Accompanied ...Read Review
By Jan Needle -
Instead of finding himself before a court-martial for smuggling, Midshipman William Bentley is promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the Biter. Although Captain ...Read Review
Second of a “trilogy-in-the-making,” this novel delves deeper into the lives of Horatio Nelson, one of England’s greatest naval heroes, and Emma ...Read Review
By Douglas Reeman -
Douglas Reeman’s naval adventures have been eagerly devoured by his numerous international followers for decades. His writings have not simply supplied readers ...Read Review
By Philip McCutchan -
Published (c1974)Published 2004
In the 1890s, England and Russia used the world as their chessboard – a “Great Game” that was played out on both land and ...Read Review
By V.A. Stuart -
The Royal Navy of the Crimean War is hardly the place where historical novels go for seaborne adventure, but V.A. Stuart’s ...Read Review
Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society's print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books.
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