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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 is 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 The Sea of Silence is published by McBooks Press in the US on May 15th this year (2021)
It will be out in the UK on July 1st.
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 to frustrate plans for 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 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 in the 16-gun Falaise - a captured French corvette, crewed by British and American sailors, and 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.
His latest mission 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 colonial warfare, 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.
OTHER TITLES IN THE NATHAN PEAKE SERIES 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
Click on the About Nathan Peake page to learn more about the stories and the characters - real and imagined - in the Nathan Peake series.
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.