Sunday 23rd April 2017
The audacious amphibious raid on Zeebrugge on St. George's Day 1918 saw the death of Sir Nicholas Dawlish in a manner he would have found wholly appropriate. Click on the "Dawlish" bar above to learn more.
Monday 10th April 2017
Click on yellow text above to find out how to get this short-story that details a critical turning point in the life of Nicholas Dawlish.
Saturday 5th November 2016
"Britannia's Amazon", the fifth book in the Dawlish Chronicles series, is now available in paperback and in Kindle versions!
Britannia's Wolf by Antoine Vanner
Amazon.com Review 25th july 2013 by "Westsail"
Ironclads and Steam Power in a Great Work of Nautical Fiction
"Britannia's Wolf" is a finely crafted sea tale that rewards the reader on many levels. First of all, it is a rip-snorting story of derring-do that features likable characters in difficult circumstances faced with tough choices. In other words, the story grabs the reader and won't let go. Second, I am a sailor, and insist on realism in sea stories. Here, Vanner excels. He explains how things work in an obsolete technology while still entertaining and getting the "shiver me timbers" parts right. Third, for those like me who are history buffs, Vanner's main character creation, Nicholas Dawlish, rings true as a contemporary of the setting in which he is found. He is more progressive than most of the period (1877-1878), but he is not a touchy-feely emo dressed up in a cute outfit from days gone by. Rather, Dawlish is a real person, the product of his times, with the inner turmoil that results when matters of the heart conflict with social mores. Antoine Vanner has gotten me involved with his characters, the time in which they live, and the fascinating details of their daily lives. I anticipate with great pleasure further books in what will hopefully be the long tale of the Dawlish Chronicles.