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Broos's books


4 of 5 stars

So moving and insightful that I had to remind myself it wasn't autobiographical. The clinical bits get so personal, though, that reading the book aloud can get kind of disconcerting.

A Sailor of Austria: In Which, Without Really Intending to, Otto Prohaska Becomes Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire

4 of 5 stars

A beautifully written, quietly humorous tale of an Austro-Hungarian U-boat commander during World War I. I was sorry to finish it. But then I remembered I've got three more of them to read.

Red Seas Under Red Skies

4 of 5 stars

Starts out with a bang--which leads to another bang, which leads to another ... Lightweight, but funny and inventive.


Selected Works

The Matty Graves novels
Midshipman Matty Graves must choose between family and duty.

“Refreshingly cynical.”
—Jonathan Lunn

Acting-Lieutenant Matty Graves gets caught up in the Haitian Revolution in 1800. Mayhem ensues!

"[N]ever dull . . ."
—Madison Smartt Bell

Matty seizes the opportunity to make a name and fortune for himself—even if it means destroying those closest to him.

"[U]nusual, if somewhat jaundiced . . ."
Library Journal

Errors after the fact
Seamen's terms in landsmen's language
Haitian Timeline
Nautical info bits
How far it is from here to there, by sea, in English statute miles.
Public domain stuff—I didn't write this.
Yep, still maps

Beyond the Graves

New Jim Nelson title in the water

December 22, 2009

Tags: James L. Nelson, George Washington, Rochambeau, Cornwallis, French navy, Yorktown

James L. Nelson just announced that he's finished his 15th book, the rotting bastard. General Washington's Great Gamble is about how the French navy bottled up Cornwallis at Yorktown, ensuring a great victory for Rochambeau and (more…)

Down the ways

December 22, 2009

Tags: launch, Rambles.net

I've been swearing up and down to my editor that I'd start a blog, and it seemed fitting to start out with something nice for myself. It is the Christmas season, after all.

Tom Knapp over at the Tall ships & the briny deep page at Rambles.NET gives a pair of peg-legs up to No Quarter, the first (more…)