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3rd Dawlish Chronicles novel due for publication in Early December

Tuesday 18th November 2014

"Britannia's Shark", the third adventure of Commander Nicholas Dawlish will be published in paperback and Kindle formats early in December 2014. Watch this space for updates.

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"Steam, Steel and Strife" in the 19th Century

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

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Welcome to the Adventure

Nicholas Dawlish is a British naval officer as the British Empire reaches its apogee in the late Victorian period. The Age of Sail is dying slowly and Dawlish is building his career in the new era of steam, ironclads, heavy guns and torpedoes that is replacing it.

Antoine Vanner writes historical naval fiction. He previously spent many years in the international oil industry and also travelled extensively on a private basis.

You can follow his regular blog on http://dawlishchronicles.blogspot.co.uk/

The first two Dawlish novels are, "Britannia's Wolf" and "Britannia's Reach". They are available from Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle formats. Click on "Books" bar above to learn more about their plots and to see some sample reviews.Both are consistently scoring average 4.5 Stars out of 5 Maximum on Amazon reviews. 

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“Britannia’s Shark” is the third of the Dawlish Chronicles novels and is due for publication in paperback and Kindle formats in early December 2014.

Set in 1881, it tells how a daring act of piracy draws the ambitious British naval officer, Nicholas Dawlish, into a deadly maelstrom of intrigue and revolution.  Drawn in too is his wife Florence, for whom the glimpse of a half-forgotten face evokes memories of earlier tragedy. For both a nightmare lies ahead, amid the wealth and squalor of America’s Gilded Age and on a fever-ridden island ruled by savage tyranny. Manipulated ruthlessly from London by the shadowy Admiral Topcliffe, Nicholas and Florence Dawlish must make some very strange alliances if they are to survive – and prevail.

Read an interview with Antoine by journalist Eva La Gassé and listen to an interview by novelist Seymour Hamilton, or learn about Antoine's approach to writing by clicking "Interview" button below...


Author: Antoine Vanner

Nicholas Dawlish

A Life of Service and Adventure

Admiral Sir Nicholas Dawlish is probably best remembered today for leaving retirement in 1914, at the request of his friend and sometime rival Lord Fisher, to assume responsibility for Unconventional Naval Operations.

His imaginative filling of that role, and his death at the age of seventy two on the Zeebrugge Mole, where he fell in a hail of machine-gun fire on St.George's Day 1918, (making him the oldest serving officer to fall in action in eitherWorld War), ended an illustrious career in a manner which he would have found wholly appropriate...

Click on "Read More" to read about Dawlish's life and click on on "Steam, Steel and Strife" to learn about the world he lived in, its challenges, its personalities, its crises and its weapons.

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