Monday, 15 December 2014

Britannia's Wolf: The Dawlish Chronicles: September 1877 - February 1878

One of my areas of interest are the wars of the latter half of the nineteenth century, and whenever I find a novel set during that era, I will usually buy it. BRITANNIA'S WOLF: THE DAWLISH CHRONICLES: SEPTEMBER 1877 – FEBRUARY 1878 (written and published by Antoine Vanner [ISBN 978 1 4802 7527 0]) is one such book ... and I have just finished reading it on my Kindle.


The book is the first of what is – so far – a trilogy about the adventures of Nicholas Dawlish, and this story is set during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877 – 1878. Dawlish is a Commander in the Royal Navy who has 'resigned' so that he can serve Britain's interests as an officer in the Ottoman Navy.

The book is well researched, and certainly has a 'feel' for the naval warfare of the period. It is also an interesting source of potential scenarios for naval wargamers, particularly those who want to organise a small-scale campaign that features ironclads, gunboats, and torpedo boats.

The other books in the trilogy are:
  • BRITANNIA'S REACH: THE DAWLISH CHRONICLES: NOVEMBER 1879 – APRIL 1880
  • BRITANNIA'S SHARK: THE DAWLISH CHRONICLES: APRIL 1881 – SEPTEMBER 1881
I have already bought these books for my Kindle and I am looking forward to reading them over Christmas.

6 comments:

  1. Antoine has a great blog covering the period and stuff of interest over at http://dawlishchronicles.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. I really like these books. I just finished reading the newest one, Britannia's Shark.

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  3. Edwin King,

    I have already paid Antoine's blog a visit, and as you write, it covers a lot of interesting topics.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  4. William McHarg,

    I have certainly enjoyed everything that I have read so far, and I am looking forward to reading the next two books in the series ... and to the ones that the Antoine Vanner has begun writing or is planning to write.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Looks interesting - I may well order the Kindle version.

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  6. Tim Gow,

    I would certainly give the first book a go to see if you enjoy it.

    All the best,

    Bob

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