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A powerful ship, a questionable crew, and a mission that must succeed.

In the spring of 1795 HMS Vigilant, a 64 gun ship-of-the-line, is about to leave Spithead as senior escort to a small, seemingly innocent, convoy. The crew is a jumble of trained seamen, volunteers, and the sweepings of the press; yet, somehow, the officers have to mold them into an effective fighting ...
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His Majesty

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Overview

A powerful ship, a questionable crew, and a mission that must succeed.

In the spring of 1795 HMS Vigilant, a 64 gun ship-of-the-line, is about to leave Spithead as senior escort to a small, seemingly innocent, convoy. The crew is a jumble of trained seamen, volunteers, and the sweepings of the press; yet, somehow, the officers have to mold them into an effective fighting unit before the French discover the convoy’s true significance.

Based on historical fact, His Majesty’s Ship will take you into the world of Nelson’s Navy, and captivate you all the way to it’s gripping conclusion.

“Bond has an extraordinary talent for describing the sights and sounds of an 18th Century man-of-war. When you finish this book you genuinely feel like you have been there—and no novel can receive higher praise than that.”

The First Book in the Fighting Sail Series
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935585299
  • Publisher: Fireship Press
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Series: The Fighting Sail Series, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 197,016
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Alaric Bond was born in Surrey, England, but now lives in Herstmonceux, East Sussex, in a 14th century Wealden Hall House. He is married with two sons.

His father was a well known writer, mainly of novels and biographies, although he also wrote several screenplays. He was also a regular contributor to BBC Radio drama (including Mrs Dale’s Diary!), and a founding writer for the Eagle comic.

During much of his early life Alaric was hampered by Dyslexia, although he now considers the lateral view this condition gave him to be an advantage. He has been writing professionally for over twenty years with work covering broadcast comedy (commissioned to BBC Light Entertainment for 3 years), periodicals, children’s stories, television, and the stage. He is also a regular contributor to several nautical magazines and newsletters.

His interests include the British Navy 1793-1815 and the RNVR during WWII. He regularly gives talks to groups and organizations and is a member of various historical societies including The Historical Maritime Society and the Society for Nautical Research. He also enjoys Jazz, swing and big band music from 1930-1950 (indeed, he has played trombone for over 40 years), sailing, and driving old SAAB convertibles and badgers.
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  • Posted February 15, 2011

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    a great Historical Naval Fiction read

    Alaric Bond wins me over with his first in the Fighting Sail Series. We are given very beleivable persons for the Boys on the gundeck to the Cap'n.We learn about life on a King's Ship in the war against the French. What is so great is the way we are given a several points of view of the French and the English. The discription of life before the mast is as real as it gets. This book has got me standing tall in the muster to get my hands on The "Jackass Frigate"

    If you like the Hornblower Series or Jack Aubrey Series, you will love Mr Bond's book. This novel is not a look alike, but a total new look at character development. FIVE STARS !!!!

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    excellent

    very good book. a definite page turner.found myself continually selecting this book to read over my other selections

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