This is a strange and interesting book about the travels of the HMS Island Expedition. This is the second in the series and I kind of wish I had read the first one before reading this. I think I might have caught on a lot quicker then I did. This is in part a historical novel of the time of the sailing ships in the 1800's I believe, at the time when England and France were fighting. This book begins in a parallel universe--one eerily similar to the one the HMS Island Expedition left behind. You can not miss the similarities! If you or someone you know is a history buff you will absolutely love this fictional novel with more then a grain of truth in it.
About the book: (from Amazon)
The Gallician frigate had come out of the fog from windward, and had fired its first devastating broadside into the Tritonish frigate from near point blank range. They paralleled each other, mere yards apart, and made no effort to alter course or maneuver for an advantage. With more sail set now, the schooner forged ahead and rapidly closed with the frigates. “Ready the port battery!”
“Aye aye, sir!”
“Helm, steer as to pass between them!”
“Aye aye, sir!”
“Sure madness, Edward!” warned Hotchkiss.
“But a method to it, Isaac! When I give word, we must put into the wind, and as our guns bear, concentrate fire on the Toad’s starboard quarter. Let us then fall off the wind and repeat with the starboard battery.”
“Aye!” Hotchkiss nodded with understanding.
Fully awake and alert, his senses at their sharpest, Pierce watched the battling frigates grow larger. The damp night air whipped past mingled with spray thrown up by Island Expedition’s hurried dash through the sea. Despite the apprehension in his gut, Pierce felt alive.
Sailing Home From Another World
Master and Commander Edward Pierce, captain of HMS Island Expedition, languishes with his ship and crew in a world both very like and unlike his own. A voyage of exploration has led him further afield than he would ever have imagined possible. As he works to convince the Tritonish Government that he is not a rebel pirate, Pierce is offered a unique opportunity to claim citizenship in this parallel world…but in doing so, will he breach his loyalty to King George III? Not knowing whether he will be able to sail back to England, Pierce navigates the uncertain course of diplomacy that allows Stone Island to become a official Land of Vespica…and allows him to be released to sail for home. But the voyage there is fraught with peril, and his welcome is uncertain. What will the Admiralty make of his incredible tale? And will Evangeline, his heart’s joy, still be waiting for him? Richly characterized and deftly plotted, Sailing Dangerous Waters is a thrilling sequel to Beyond the Ocean’s Edge , offering the same meticulously researched nautical lore, and exquisite attention to details of period language and society. Readers will be enchanted, and eager for the forthcoming third book in the Stone Island Sea Story series.
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About the Author: (from Amazon)
Since his grade school days, D. Andrew McChesney has been fascinated with the age of sail and the great sailing navies. He served in the modern US Navy as an aviation electronics technician. After completing a twenty-two year career, he revived a naval adventure story originally written in high school. The first two Stone Island Sea Stories are complete and the first, Beyond the Ocean's Edge, has been published. Sailing Dangerous Waters is complete and scheduled to be published within the next year. Dave, as he is most generally known, is making progress on the third book, Darnahsian Pirates.
Dave is President of Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers and a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. He has also had a near life long interest in the Chevrolet Corvair and belongs to the Corvair Society of America, Corvanatics, and the Inland Northwest Corvair Club. He serves as editor for the latter organization's newsletter, the Rear Engine Review.
He lives in Spokane with his wife, daughter, a quaker parrot, and a corn snake. Dave works in janitorial services for a local private club because his book(s) have yet to become best sellers, and he still hasn't won at Lotto.
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