I've been reading through a series of nautical historical fiction military thrillers--think Patrick O'Brian meets Tom Clancy.
The Dawlish Chronicles, written by Antoine Vasser
You have read many books about the age of fighting sailing ships, whether by O'Brian or Forester or others. I've enjoyed historical fiction of other eras such as Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series, or his Saxon chronicles of Uhtred.
Likewise many historical novels of the Civil War.
But this is the first series I've read that focuses on the important period of early steamships, from ironclads to dreadnoughts.
There are I think 9 books in the series; the hero is Nicholas Dawlish, who starts out as a young officer in the Royal Navy and proceeds through the books being sent to dangerous, unusual, and secret assignments by a mysterious Admiral Topcliffe--think of him as the Admiralty's M.
The time period covered is 1860's to the 1880's. So Britain was not involved in a major war during this Victorian era, but it doesn't mean it didn't have interests to protect and rivals to challenge.
From secondment in the Ottoman navy to an assignment to sink a pioneering early submarine being built for Irish rebels; from Denmark to the Mediterranean, from New York to Paraguay, from Korea to the Sudan--the world hot spots of the late 1800's.
In the process of reading about Dawlish's adventures--and they are told with verve and edge-of-your-seat tension--we learn about the evolution of steamships as they replace sail, and about the accompanying progress in naval and military arms. From the Gatling gun to the Armstrong and Krups ships' armament, from the submarine to riverine steam paddleboats, their function and use are described in riveting (pun intended in the case of the steamships) detail.
As a fan of military history, historically accurate and lovingly detailed descriptions of now-obsolete technology that was then "bleeding-edge", the Dawlish Chronicles was a terrific series.
Now there are two books that have to do with the adventures of Dawlish's too-good-to-be-true wife Florence back at home while Nicholas is off at sea. I'm most of the way through one of them, and I would say that I personally don't find them as riveting as the stories of heroic battles and victories snatched from the jaws of death.
One can read the books as separate stories, but one definitely gets the most out of reading them from the beginning. On Kindle they are about $4 each, and I think there are 7 books that are about Nicholas' adventures.
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