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The story of the Nathan Peake novels, the Wars of the French Revolution and the history on which the novels are based.

Latest Nathan Peake story THE SEA OF SILENCE published in US April 1st 2021
In UK July 1st 2021
Published by McBooks Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield

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The war moves to the Americas as Captain Nathan Peake, freed from service in the Royal Navy, is secretly commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to command a naval operation in the Caribbean Sea and frustrate plans to establish a new French Empire on the North American mainland which would pose an existential threat to the infant United States.With Europe temporarily at peace, Napoleon Bonaparte has dispatched his victorious army with a vast fleet to the Caribbean. Its aim is to re-impose French authority in the region, and then occupy a vast swathe of territory from New Orleans to the Canada border and westward from the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains, but first they must re-conquer Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) where they are opposed by rebel slaves led by the African general Toussaint L'Ouverture.   Nathan is sent from England with a small squadron crewed by British and American sailors, tasked with disrupting French supply lines and running guns to the rebel forces.   But if they are caught they will be disowned by the British and US governments and very likely hanged by the French as pirates.   This adventure will lead Nathan into a running battle with the French Navy in the troubled waters of the Caribbean, an increasingly desperate involvement in one of the most brutal conflicts in history, a dangerous liaison with Pauline Bonaparte, sister of Napoleon and wife of the French commander, and a battle of ideas and ideologies that persists to the present day.

The Spoils of Conquest

Book 6:The Nathan Peake Novels

The Mouth of the Nile, 9th August, 1798: Admiral Nelson has sent Captain Nathan Peake on a desperate journey across the Middle East to convey a grim warning to British India. Bonaparte’s army is poised to deliver a fatal blow to the source of Britain’s wealth and power by marching overland to India. Arriving in Bombay, Nathan takes command of the East India Company’s naval wing - the Bombay Marine - an under-armed and poorly crewed flotilla of sloops and gunboats. With these meagre resources he must stop the flow of French supplies to their Indian ally and protect the Company’s trade from the pirates and privateers swarming in the Bay of Bengal. But when Nathan discovers the truth behind the East India Company’s honorable facade he confronts some tough personal choices and a crisis of conscience even more threatening than the enemy.

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What readers are saying....

The Tide of War by Seth Hunter... Goodreads
Absolutely loved this, the second in the Nathan Peake series, though, confusingly enough, the third I've read. With less of the eighteenth century spy, and more of the traditional naval historical fiction about it, this book proved to be more than the equal of the great masters of this genre in my opinion. I find Peake a much more honest and believable human being than the Bolithos or Maturins of other authors, and considerably more personable than that loveable brooding landlubber, Dick Sharpe. Thankfully there are a couple more of his stories out there for me to read, though I fear, like Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe, I'm going to soon catch up and find myself desperately awaiting the authors latest installment.  Booklovers Melbourne

All-action cross between a spy thriller and a naval adventure, set in the Caribbean and Mississippi Delta in 1794-1795 in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Think of a frigate-captain seafaring story with a dash of James Bond thrown in.  Carla Nayland

Another good sea tale that belongs in the company of Horatio Hornblower and Lucky Jack Aubrey. Nathan Peake, newly made captain, faces pirates, mutineers, hurricanes, and of course that ultimate enemy -- The French. 
I enjoyed his cynical attitude towards politics, as illustrated in the excerpt below where Captain Peake is talking with an ally who is a Spanish monk: 
"So God and His Britannic Majesty are on the same side in this war?"
"It is unusual, I agree--but yes, it would seem so, for the time being. As we face a common enemy."
"Satan? Or the French?"
"You are splitting hairs. At least while the French pursue their current policies with regard to the Church of Rome."  Lisa

What the Critics are saying:

‘Really engaging.  Seth Hunter has a more natural storyteller’s eye than O’Brian... well wrought and deftly told’  Daily Telegraph

 ‘A compelling read, imaginative, knowledgeable, fast-moving... full of twists and turns’  Naval Review  

‘This book has it all... will be welcomed by lovers of naval historical fiction’ Daily Mail  

The Scarlet Pimpernel meets Hornblower in this absorbing tale’ Sun Herald  

‘I’m already looking forward to the next instalment.  A highly compelling read.’ Historical Novels Review

 ‘The action is handled with complete assurance, and all matters nautical carry the requisite salty whiff of authenticity... Hunter keeps the plot continually on the boil’  Yorkshire Evening Post

Will exceed expectations of lovers of historical fiction.  Anyone who appreciates excellent prose, witty anecdotes, complex action, intertwining plots, and all-round great writing will anxiously await the next installment'  ForeWord Reviews

Hunter delivers another slick nautical adventure in the Patrick O'Brian tradition... The rousing naval battles, twisty plot, and muscular prose lift Hunter's nautical yarn a few notches above the competition - Publishers Weekly

Click on the About Nathan Peake page to learn more about the characters - real and imagined - in the Nathan Peake series.

Find out about the public and private lives of Napoleon Bonaparte, Horatio Nelson, Thomas Paine, Gilbert Imlay, Mary Wollstonecraft and many others who appear in the pages of the first six Nathan Peake novels: The Time of Terror , The Tide of War ,The Price of Glory
The Winds of Folly , The Flag of Freedom & The Spoils of Conquest.

Follow the trail of Nathan Peake through the first global conflict in history from the shores of the British Isles to the bayous of New Orleans and Louisiana; from the catacombs under the streets of Paris in The Time of Terror to the even more dangerous canals of Venice in The Winds of Folly.


Study the maps and charts, the photographs and archives, explore the locations, and make your own virtual journey through the eventful and often treacherous world of Nathan Peake.



The Nathan Peake novels are published by Headline in the United Kingdom and by McBooks Press in the United States and are available in all good bookstores and on the internet.

About Seth Hunter

Click on the Seth Hunter page to find out more about the author of the Nathan Peake series and follow his own journey through the world of Nathan Peake.


Regular updates on the progress of the Nathan Peake series and some of the author's own adventures in writing it.

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