Captain Gilbert Anthonys has a lot on his mind. He has just been decorated for extraordinary bravery under fire, been given command of the fourth-rate Drakkar, learned from his father's deathbed that he as a fully grown illegitimate brother, and will soon be dispatched on a special mission chasing pirates in the Caribbean…and that's just in the first fifteen pages! Honoring his dying father, the eponymous "Fighting James Anthonys," Vice Admiral of the Blue, Gil takes his half-brother Gabriel into the ship's company as a senior midshipman. As Drakkar sails, Captain Anthonys soon realizes having his brother aboard might not be the family reunion he hoped for when he encounters the resentment of one of his officers, Lieutenant Witzenfeld.But the real conflict lies ahead with the menacing pirate raiders who must be captured to end the depredations against peaceful English merchants. There Drakkar will find the feared pirate frigate Reaper and have her entire crew tested in savage combat!
"A fast-paced sea adventure in the tradition of Kent and Pope...if Louis L'Amour had written an Age of Sail novel this would be it." -- Tall Ships Books
In this second exciting adventure of the British Navy in the American Revolution by Michael Aye, the Fighting Anthonys return to wage war against the colonials. This time Gabe is at the center of the action as he takes command for the first time. Not one to stand aside, he leads a daring cutting out expedition that ends disastrously. Separated from the crew, he is presumed dead. But his brother Gil knows better. Love, blood, and battle will unite the brothers once again—as long as the seas are running and their powder remains dry!
"If you enjoy seafaring adventures of the British Navy like those written by Alexander Kent and Dudley Pope, you'll become interested in the trials and love interests of Captain Anthony. I look forward to the next volume in the series. Aye does a good job fleshing out his characters and telling his story." - Historical Novels Review
Admiral Lord Gilbert Anthony and his brother Lieutenant Gabriel Anthony, fighting for the Crown during the American Revolution, find adventure, daring privateers, and a ghost ship. The ghost ship Barracuda plies the waters off the coast of St Augustine in 1777. The Barracuda takes no prize and leaves no one alive. Tracking down the Barracuda is only one of the many challenges and battles the brothers face when assigned to protect Florida loyalists.
"This book was a pleasure to read. The history was well researched. The author knows his subject well. That is always a plus for me. The action was endless. I love that. I'm getting attached to these characters. There was never a lull in the book. I could not put it down." - from Amazon.com
BOOK 4 of THE FIGHTING ANTHONYS series. A needful nation calls. Admiral Lord Anthony has just returned from Gabe’s wedding and is finally able to relax with Lady Deborah and their new daughter. Then the Admiralty’s messenger arrives. Lord Anthony has been given command of His Majesty’s ships in the West Indies. He and Gabe set sail with a new squadron only to face old enemies, personal tragedies, daring privateers and the French who have signed an alliance with the determined American Colonies. For an author photo, bio, and a sample read visit bosonbooks.com
"A rousing saga written by an author who knows the ways of ships and the sea. Engrossing, compelling. Highly recommended." - William C Hammond, author of A Matter of Honor
July 1778. A French fleet of mighty warships under Comte d’Estaing arrives off Sandy Hook to aid the colonies. The British Navy finds itself hard pressed to fulfill the duties cast upon it. Vice Admiral Lord Anthony has temporarily transferred his flag to the frigate, HMS Peregrine for diplomatic duty. The ship’s captain is Lord Anthony’s brother Gabe. The mission is to transport prisoners of war and their families to Norfolk, Virginia in exchange for British prisoners. Sailing under a flag of truce Peregrine is viciously attacked. The roar of cannons and smell of gunpowder once again fills the air as Lord Anthony’s ships struggle to do their duty. BOSON BOOKS also features the first four books by Michael Aye in The Fighting Anthonys series.
"This latest episode of the Fighting Anthony's story is again set in Caribbean and American waters during the period when the French first appear on the station after entering the American War of Independence. It sees the family having to deal with a relative of an old nemesis bent on revenge. As usual the book is fast paced with plenty of action sequences without detailed descriptions of ship handling. Over the series quite a long list of characters has been built up, many of which make an appearance so it was useful to have a character list at the start to refresh the memory. From the Author Enjoy and fair winds my friend. -Michael Aye
Recently promoted to Rear Admiral, Rupert Buck’s flag flies aloft HMS Trident as his squadron is formed. Captain Sir Gabriel Anthony, England’s latest hero, has been chosen as flag captain. What was to have been a routine mission has suddenly been changed by the Foreign Services Office. American privateers have joined with the French to raid British convoys returning from the Indian Ocean. Buck’s squadron has to immediately weigh anchor and rush to meet this new threat. A sudden crisis develops and Gabe finds himself thrust into command of the squadron. Follow the ships and men under Rear Admiral Buck’s flag as they raid a neutral fort, battle the elements and face a powerful enemy with cannons blazing. Book 6 in Aye's Fighting Anthonys series.
With Britain at war with the American rebels and their French allies, Captain Sir Gabriel Anthony commands HMS Trident, a third rate ship of the line and the flagship of Rear Admiral Rupert Buck’s squadron. Convoy duty can be tedious, but each day brings Gabe closer to Barbados and time off to visit with his wife and newborn son. But duty intervenes, which causes a rift between Gabe and Faith, who sides with her countrymen in their bid for independence. Her threat to take their son home to America weighs heavy on his mind when he should focus on his assignment. Thus begins Trident, the sixth title in The Fighting Anthonys series. After American privateers steal the army’s payroll, Gabe is tasked with rescuing the British officers imprisoned on St. Croix. Although the Danes claim neutrality in this revolution, they permit the Americans to come and go as they please. Gabe and his men succeed in their mission, but Lord Skalla of the Foreign Office learns from the freed prisoners that the American privateers plan to team up with French warships to prey on British merchant ships in the Indian Ocean. If successful, such a maneuver could devastate the British economy. Rather than patching things up with his wife, Gabe must sail half a world away to stop the enemy. Three of Aye’s own poems introduce each part of the book, hinting at what is to come. He also includes a who’s who of characters, a glossary of nautical terms, and an historical note, which includes information about the pirates of Madagascar. Even though I haven't read the previous books in this series, Trident easily works as a stand-alone. Aye vividly recreates life aboard an eighteenth-century warship, but abstains from inundating readers with ship-handling information. He expertly weaves in history and backstory to craft a nautical tale that immediately captures the reader, and his rousing sea battles bring us to the edge of our seats. Trident is a fast-paced, compelling story populated with memorable characters.
It’s the War of 1812. The early days of the war are met with one failure after another. General Hull has surrendered an entire army to the British without inflicting a single casualty. After discussing the lack of Army leadership with the Secretary of War, President Madison decides he needs someone to be a mover and shaker. Jonah Lee fits that description. Once a trusted scout for General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, Jonah is a man of action. His first assignment as an agent for the President is to ensure the Northern American army under General William Harrison takes the fight to the British, pushing them back into Canada. And -if possible- do it before the winter sets in. The United States cannot afford a long protracted engagement. Follow Jonah and his lifelong companion Moses as they take you from the massacre at the River Raisin, to Commodore Perry’s great defeat of the British on the Great Lakes and end with the overwhelming British defeat at the battle of the Thames. Experience the hardships of war, smell the battle smoke as cannons roar and feel the sensation of a beautiful woman in your arms.
In his new book Remember the Raisin, the first of a new trilogy about the War of 1812, Michael Aye explores the fighting in the North West. The book is mainly land based however it includes a good description of Commodore Perry's defeat of the British on the Great Lakes. Aye developed an interesting principal character, Jonah Lee, who as the 'President's man' is tasked with ensuring the army under General William Harrison takes the fight to the British. He is present at all the major actions of the campaign. As a naval literature fan I have read a few books about the Great Lakes campaign, however Remember the Raisin puts it within the wider conflict which made it an interesting and informative read. The book appeared to be well researched and the plot flowed well as it linked the various battles together. As you would expect from the author of a naval fiction series the Lakes action was well written and I look forward to reading more of the wider conflict from the perspective of Jonah Lee. Recommended.
August 1813 – The Red Sticks, under the encouragement of England and Spain, have attacked peaceful Fort Mims. Hundreds are killed: men, women, children, and babies. Only eighteen people escape. Secretary of War John Armstrong calls for an all out war against the Red Stick nation. Major General Andrew Jackson has been placed in overall command of the forces sent to end the Indian problem. But President Madison knows Jackson can be a loose cannon. He needs someone he can trust to be a controlling force: Jonah Lee. Fresh from the northwest campaign, Jonah and his adopted brother Moses have just gotten home to Georgia when the dispatch arrives. Jonah is morose and grieving over the loss of his love to an Indian raiding party, so Moses feels this new assignment may be a balm for him. From the Battle at Horseshoe Bend to the burning of Washington, D.C., Jonah Lee and Moses answer the call of their nation.