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3rd Dawlish Chronicles novel well received

Thursday 19th February 2015

"Britannia's Shark", the third adventure of Commander Nicholas Dawlish, published in paperback and Kindle has been receiving 5-Star Reviews on Amazon. Click on cover image on left for more details.

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

Sunday 8th February 2015

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The weekly Dawlish Chronicles Blog

Saturday 7th February 2015

This blog has now firmly established itself as an entertaining and authoritative on-line magazine, mainly but not exclusively 19th Century focussed. Click on the link on the Home page to see the latest entry

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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 now available in paperback. The Kindle veersion will be published on 5th December 2014 but can be preordered before then so it can appear on your device that day. Click on the cover image for a link to Amazon.

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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