Novels written or edited by Broos Campbell
The Matty Graves Novels
The Matty Graves novels chronicle the adventures of a young officer during the early years of the U.S. Navy. The first three books take place in the Caribbean during the Quasi War, the undeclared naval conflict with France that hotted up in 1798 and petered out in 1801. There were a couple of significant frigate duels, but most of the action involved snatching up each other's merchantmen and suppressing privateers.
Which isn't to say it was dull. When you send out a bunch of young men with guns and swords and tell them to have at it, there's bound to be blood for breakfast some days.
"Broos Campbell brings to his writing a feel for his period and an understanding of naval seamanship and traditions that are not often seen in maritime fiction. His characters are sharp, genuine and fascinating, his plotting fast-paced and authentic. Campbell has done the world of nautical literature a great service, bringing to life this little-known but crucial period in the life of the United States Navy, and doing it with style and authenticity."
author of George Washington's Secret Navy and the Revolution at Sea series
“Campbell is one of those all-too-rare historical novelists who understands that the real world turns less often on acts of wisdom and courage than it does on folly, incompetence and blind mischance. Refreshingly cynical.”
“Mr. Campbell writes with a vivid immediacy and understated authority reminiscent of Kenneth Roberts, an American author I greatly admire. Campbell's evocation of life aboard a small man-of-war in the young United States Navy during the Quasi-War with France is superb, his characterization is both acute and realistic, his dialogue witty and shrewd. No Quarter is a delight to read and places its author head and shoulders above his American rivals. I look forward to the further adventures of Matty Graves and the enigmatic Mr. Wickett with eager anticipation.”
author of the Nathaniel Drinkwater series
Now in general release. The Matty Graves books can be bought for a discount online through Amazon and Wal-Mart, and can be ordered through most bookstores. The publisher, McBooks Press, will be glad to arrange for personalized copies. The series is also available in many libraries and through interlibrary loan.
When it comes to horror, I primarily work with Dr. Q over at Scary Dairy Press. I've got some shorties in these guys as well. There are some novels that should be coming out soon.