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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

The age of fighting sail sale

January 7, 2010

Tags: McBooks, Bernie Gunther, Philip Kerr, Otto Prohaska, John Biggins, Saxon Chronicles, Richard Sharpe, Bernard Cornwell, No Quarter, The War of Knives, Peter Wicked

The close-out sale at McBooks Press seems to be going well. McBooks is getting out of the book-selling business to concentrate on publishing their fine line of historicals, including (ahem) my own, and they're clearing out their warehouse. And a fine lot of books it is, too, including the Otto Prohaska novels by John Biggins, the Saxon Chronicles and the Richard Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwell, and the Bernie Gunther novels by Philip Kerr.

McBooks is best known for its nautical series, primarily ones set during Napoleonic times. Authors include Alexander Kent (Bolitho), Dudley Pope (Ramage), and Julian Stockwin (Kidd).

Some of the Matty Graves books are still available, including the paperback of No Quarter and the hardcover of Peter Wicked. It looked for a while like The War of Knives was sold out, but someone seems to have found another box or two. Meanwhile, I was touched to see Peter Wicked standing alongside Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels and Nicholas Monsarrat's The Cruel Sea on the fiction bestsellers page, and Matty rubbing shoulders with Ramage, Bolitho, and Sharpe over on the most popular series page.