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Nathan Peake is an Anglo-American naval officer in the British Navy during the wars with Revolutionary France that began in 1793 and ended in 1815 - sometimes called the Napoleonic Wars.
He is the main character in a series of novels by Seth Hunter beginning with The Time of Terror, published by Headline, an imprint of Hachette, in the UK and by McBooks Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, in the US.
The Time of Terror was a number 1 Kindle bestseller and number 3 in all historical fiction.
The latest Nathan Peake is Trafalgar: The Fog of War - published by McBooks Press in the US on November 16th 2022 (2021) and in the UK early next year (2023).

All I need is three days of fog, Napoleon told his admirals, and they would have his greatest enemy at their mercy and the world at his feet. In the event he had a lot more than three days, but it was the fog of war and in it, even Napoleon Bonaparte could lose his way. This is the story of the murders and intrigues - and crucially the events at sea - that preceded the most famous battle in nautical history. It is the untold story of Trafalgar.



Published in the US and UK by McBooks Press in 2021

Image result for the tide of terror seth hunterImage result for the tide of war by seth hunterImage result for the price of glory by seth hunterImage result for the winds of folly seth hunterImage result for the flag of freedom seth hunterThe Spoils of Conquest (Nathan Peake, #6) by Seth Hunter

Published by Headline in the UK and McBooks Press in the US





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

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

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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

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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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