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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

Books half off while they last

January 15, 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

Prices at the big tag sale at McBooks Press are down to half off, so get on over before the sale ends on January 19. McBooks is getting out of the book-selling business to concentrate on publishing their fine line of historicals, including (as we mentioned last time) my own Matty Graves series of America sea adventures, the most excellent Otto Prohaska books by John Biggins, the Saxon Chronicles and the Richard Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwell, and the Bernie Gunther Nazi-era noir detective thrillers by Philip Kerr.

As ever, I’m happy to inscribe any novels you care to send my way. Especially ones that I wrote.