Tidings of Victory: Kinkaid in Europe (Volume 4)
"Tidings of Victory," is the fourth volume in the Jonathan Kinkaid nautical/historical fiction series, where our daring American Navy Captain and his seagoing patriots take the news of our great victory over the British at Saratoga to Benjamin Franklin in Paris. The plot thickens when Kinkaid is reunited with characters from the first two novels. Filled with spies and saboteurs, intrigue and villainy, this masterfully written tale is another triumph of high-seas adventure in the Winston style, as a more confident and newly married Kinkaid wrestles with his own demons as well as enemies of the cause. Giving the reader everything you loved about the first three novels, from the sound of booming cannons in ship-to-ship battles to a bold rescue mission of American seamen from an English prison, this is a fast-moving tale that reaches a brilliant and unexpected conclusion. Bonus material included: An excerpt from "Baptism of Fire."
Volume One, "Independent Action," introduces our intrepid hero as he serves as First Lieutenant aboard the American frigate Randolph of 32 guns, blockaded in the port of Philadelphia during the winter of 1776-77. Tasked with orders to undertake "independent action" in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic against a mighty British convoy, the "Lucky Randy" manages to elude enemy warships long enough to transform her crew-from the crusty boatswain O'Toole to the teenage midshipman Billy Weatherby-into an effective fighting force. A story of the fury of the sea and the waste of war, of brave but fallible men and boys who find themselves in dire straits, of history and the building of character, "Independent Action" is fast-paced, old-fashioned, high seas adventure at its very best. Cover art by the author.
The second volume is entitled "Uprising," in which Kinkaid is given command of his own ship, Swift, of sixteen guns. His assignment is threefold: to deliver a diplomat bearing a copy of the Declaration of Independence to the Dutch free port of St. Eustatia in the Caribbean, to assist a major of marines with a mysterious assignment that takes them to the jungle island of Dominica, inhabited by cannibalistic Caribe Indians, and to gain information of any pirate activity in the Virgin Islands that may interfere with American shipping from St. Eustatia to American shores. Cover art by the author.
"Hazardous Duty," finds Kinkaid in command of the 18-gun sloop of war, Ranger, tasked with scouting duties for the Continental Fleet in this third volume of the Jonathan Kinkaid Series. Braving not only the foul and frigid weather of northern waters, Kinkaid must contend with an inexperienced crew, a badly leaking ship, and personality clashes among senior officers; one of them being the bold and aggressive John Paul Jones, in command of the Frigate Alfred, not to mention trying to evade a strong and powerful British force that hopes to trap and destroy the fleet in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Michael Winston also wrote "Sunset of the Iroquois," an epic novel about Washington's 1779 invasion of the Iroquois lands of New York State, and the Sgt. Smith World War II trilogy, about a squad of soldiers in the First Infantry Division.
All of Michael Winston's books are available in paperback or e-book format.
- Author: Michael Winston
- Publication Date: 2012-04-13
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Product Group: Book
- Manufacturer: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Binding: Paperback, 316 pages
- Item Dimensions:
- Dimensions: 900L x 600W x 71H
- Weight: 103
- Package Dimensions:
- Dimensions: 1100L x 850W x 10H
- Weight: 25
- List Price: $14.95
- ISBN: 1469978687
- ASIN: 1469978687