a while ago I discovered the naval fiction series Dawlish Chronicles by Antoine Vanner.
Of course this is not the one and only naval fiction series.
That leads inescapably to the question "What does make the series so special?
The first argument is the period the series is set in.
The Dawlish Chronicles cover the years from 1859 to 1918. Do you remember history lessons at school? The period is characterised by a rapid political and technological development which culminated in World War I.
From naval point of view it was the transition from "sail and wood" to "steam and steel".
The second argument is the main character: Nicholas Dawlish (1845 - 1918)
There is no dictionary entry for person with this name and the reason is simple:
Nicholas Dawlish is a completely fictional character invented by Antoine Vanner but with an own biography which you can read by following THIS LINK.
Nicholas Dawlish's life it is a great , entertaining, emotional and informative adventure which started with Britannia's Wolf (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00CLHET9S] and covers the period September 1877 to February 1878.
The following Britannia's Reach (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00I9I8DWC] covers the period November 1879 to April 1880.
So far I read and enjoyed Britannia's Wolf.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"There are still many untold stories of British naval history from Victorian times. Especially when it comes to the change from wooden and wind driven to steel made and stream driven war ships.
Fortunately there are authors like Antoine Vanner who did an excellent job in telling an excellent historical naval fiction from a lesser known conflict.
Nicholas Dawlish is a tough main character with a deeply hidden soft spot.
Sometimes I felt a little bit over strained by the the level of sea battle details.
A more than promising start of the Dawlish Chronicles.
Recommended to everyone who likes strong and detailed naval historical fiction."
Now the third chapter is on the way. Due to information from Antoine Vanner Britannia's Shark should be available in early December 2014.
(digital and paperback, Decmber 2014)
"It’s 1881 and a daring act of piracy draws the ambitious British naval officer, Nicholas Dawlish, into a deadly maelstrom of intrigue and revolution. Drawn in too is his wife Florence, for whom the glimpse of a half-forgotten face evokes memories of earlier tragedy. For both a nightmare lies ahead, amid the wealth and squalor of America’s Gilded Age and on a fever-ridden island ruled by savage tyranny. Manipulated ruthlessly from London by the shadowy Admiral Topcliffe, Nicholas and Florence Dawlish must make some very strange alliances if they are to survive – and prevail."
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