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Richard Woodman Books In Order

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Publication Order of James Dunbar Books

Publication Order of Nathaniel Drinkwater Books

An Eye of the Fleet (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
A King's Cutter (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Brig of War (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bomb Vessel (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Corvette / Arctic Treachery (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
1805 (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baltic Mission (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Distant Waters (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Private Revenge (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Under False Colours (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flying Squadron (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beneath the Aurora (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow of the Eagle (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ebb Tide (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of William Kite Books

The Guineaman (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Privateersman (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The East Indianman (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Kit Faulkner Books

A Ship for The King (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
For King or Commonwealth (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King's Chameleon (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sword of the State Books

Publication Order of Tales of the Sea Books

Cold Truth (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Absence of Imagination: A Tale of the China coast (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Judgement of his Peers (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magnetic Anomaly (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unintended Consequences (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Petrel's Cry (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of William Marshal Books

The Knight Banneret (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King's Knight (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guardian of the Realm (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of A History of the British Merchant Navy Books

Neptune's Trident (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Britannia's Realm (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Days, More Dollars (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fiddler's Green (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masters Under God (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Keepers of the Sea Books

Keepers of the Sea (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
View from the Sea (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arctic Convoys (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The History of the Ship (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Victory of Seapower (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Story Of Sail (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malta Convoys (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sea Warriors (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lighthouses of Trinity House (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Real Cruel Sea (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Brief History of Mutiny (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
.. Of Daring Temper (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Battle of the River Plate (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Merchant Navy (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cold War Command (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Low Set of Blackguards (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Revolution! (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Light Upon the Waters (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Decision at Trafalgar (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voyage East (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wager (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
the Darkening Sea (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Endangered Species (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Accident (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Act of Terror (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Antigone (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Captain of the Caryatid (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cruise of the Commissioner (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Captain & The Commissioner (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Man Talking (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blue Funnel Voyage East (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ice Mask (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Disastrous Voyage of the Santa Margarita (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond Madagascar (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A River in Borneo (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Richard Woodman is an English author of naval history, historical fiction and nonfiction books. Born in 1944 London, he became a midmanship at the age of 16 and sailed in a variety of ships. He won the Marine Society’s Harmer Award in 1978.

An Eye of the Fleet

An Eye of the fleet, the debut novel in Nathaniel Drinkwater series narrates about the life of Nathaniel Drinkwater’s presence at sea. His experience in the sea starts when the HMS Cyclops kidnap Santa Teresa during senior commander Rodney’s battle in 1780. Drinkwater’s boldness and resourcefulness are tested when the Cyclops pursues the American warship that is threatening trading activities in Britain. The Cyclops are later sent to the South Carolina swamps where many people are killed both at the land and the sea.

Eventually, Drinkwater manages to graduate to a very able and self-confident sailor. As he faces the enemy soldiers and their brutality, he gets more strength and support from his lover, Elizabeth. Drinkwater gains the confidence and ability from his experience in action and his hard life in Cyclops, which assist him while facing the midshipman mess and the evil influence of Morris, the senior midshipman. He faces many challenges with a bully in his group as he tries to learn about his duties and chooses to do the right.

The book’s protagonist, Drinkwater, starts his job just before the French revolutionary. He begins his career at a late age according to that time as he is 17 years as the story begins.

The author does an excellent job of portraying the culture Drinkwater is subjected. He shows us the origin of his hatred with Morris, his elder brother that will later develop in the next novel in the series. Drinkwater is ready to learn from anyone who appears to be resourceful for him to increase his confidence and performance, which will endure painful efforts.

An Eye of the Fleet does not end dramatically, but its conclusion shows how Drinkwater is ready to accept whatever will happen next after he leaves his childish behaviour behind. The book has some stern elements where some include adult themes, a lot of adventure and action.

Richard Woodman weaves his words beyond earnest knowledge of the terminologies used in the sea. His descriptions are breathtaking, which will make you appreciate after reading. The story is engaging and easy to read, keeping you glued on your seat as you flip the pages. The novel is entertaining, marking a good start for the series showing the events encountered by the British warship in the course of the American revolutionary war.

The characters are well developed throughout the book, and it shows several wars at sea and the near encounters that lead to boarding and the regaining of prize ships.

The King’s Cutter

The King’s Cutter is the second book in the Nathaniel Drinkwater series whose primary focus is the life of the British army in the late 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century. The book’s story happens about 11 Years after the debut book in the series.

During the time of interceding, Drinkwater has already married and has gotten a job away from the royal navy. He is now working in aboard vessels in a non-navy organization, the Trinity House which manages the lighthouses and the tests of the people interested in becoming masters in the navy ships.
After the 11 years, Drinkwater is given a job of a cutter, and HMS Kestrel as the acting lieutenant, the second from Griffiths who is now old and he will not make it be a captain. HMS Kestrel does various intelligence ventures on the French coast where they land the agents and also rescuing others who are likely to live under the French government.

The king’s Cutter covers the time 1792 to 1797 showing the British mutinies and ends with a war of camper down where the British outdo the Dutch navy which has partnered with the French. Both Drinkwater and kestrel play essential roles in all the events that lead to their victory.

The author does a great job in describing the naval wars in all the events making it easier for the reader to understand fast. The characters are well developed as we see Tregembo, a seaman becoming loyal to his mate, Drinkwater. The book is excellent and recommendable to the lovers of British fiction in the naval field. The novel is engaging enough with the sailing scenes and character interests distributed with the necessity of their actions keeping the reader thrilled.

It is quite refreshing to see how a character is not given promotion, fame or even termed as successful, but he does not bother complaining at any point.

The Guineaman

The Guineaman is the debut novel in the William Kite series. The book’s protagonist, William Kite, was born in a rural town in England where later he is accused of killing a young lady and this forces him to flee to a port in Bristol. While in the harbour he happens to meet the captain of a slave vessel who gives him a job as a surgeon of the ship.

While he is given the job offer, the kite is not aware that the ship carries out slave trade and now that he is desperate to run away to England, he accepts. Kite is shocked by how he sees the slaves being treated after the arrival in the West African coast and also in the West Indies.

As time pass, he falls in love with an African woman, later buys her and sets her free when the ship arrives in Antigua. The story goes on until Kite is chosen as the captain of a boat. The book gives many stories about life in the sea, showing the wars fought there. The story is touching, showing how life and relationship grow between kite and Puella, the African lady. The story is engaging from the beginning as the reader is swept to the actions of William kite and his exciting adventures.


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