Tidings of Victory (Jonathan Kinkaid Series)
"Tidings of Victory" is the fourth volume in the Jonathan Kinkaid historical fiction trilogy, 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 earlier 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. A more-than-worthy finale, in this book you will find everything you loved about the first two novels, from the sound of booming cannons in ship-to-ship battles to a bold rescue mission of American seamen from an English prison, and much more. A fast-moving tale with unforgettable characters; an intense and vivid story that reaches a brilliant and unexpected conclusion. For lovers of great adventure novels everywhere. Hope you enjoy!
The first book of the Jonathan Kinkaid trilogy, "Independent Action" finds our hero serving 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, she 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 straights, of history and the building of character, "Independent Action" is fast-paced, old-fashioned, high seas adventure at it's very best.
In the second book, "Uprising," Kinkaid's daring and proficiency are tested to the limit when he is given command of the lightly armed brig, Swift, of 12 guns. Ordered to deliver a diplomat bearing a copy of the Declaration of Independence to the Dutch free port of St. Eustatia in the Caribbean, his mission seems easy enough. But then why have they taken on over 100 muskets and heavy weapons? All Kinkaid is told is that he must assist a major of marines with a secret assignment that takes them to the wet, steaming jungle island of Dominica, inhabited by cannibalistic Carib Indians. As if this and the might of the Royal Navy weren't enough to contend with, Kinkaid must also gain information of any pirate activity in the Caribbean that might interfere with American shipping between St. Eustatia and American shores. A story of strange allies and astounding deceit, of happy times followed by terrible heartbreak, where the tinkling of champagne glasses is followed by the roar of cannons in the blink of an eye, "Uprising" is rousing, fast-paced sea-going adventure.
"Hazardous Duty" is the latest book in the series and is now the third volume since it takes place after "Uprising" in the timeline, in which Kinkaid takes command of the sloop of war, Ranger, as he provides scouting duties for the Continental Fleet under Commodore Esek Hopkins.
If you enjoyed the Jonathan Kinkaid series, you might enjoy Michael Winston's epic, "Sunset of the Iroquois," about Washington's 1779 invasion of the Iroquois lands of New York State, a gritty, action-packed epic adventure, based on a bloody period of our history. While based on actual journals kept by the soldiers, this exciting story is told from both sides and is filled with Iroquois lore and tactics and technology of the elite Rangers. And if you are a fan of WWII, take a look at the Sgt. Smith Trilogy, about a squad of First Infantry Division soldiers as they fight in North Africa, Sicily, and across Europe.
All of Michael Winston's books are available in paperback or e-book format.
- Author: Michael Winston
- Publication Date: 2012-01-01
- Publisher: Michael Winston
- Product Group: eBooks
- Manufacturer: Michael Winston
- Binding: Kindle Edition, 316 pages
- ASIN: B006S9C320