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The Captain’s Nephew - Book one in the Alexander Clay series

1795 - In a world torn apart by revolution and war, Alexander Clay, the young first lieutenant of  HMS Agrius, dreams of promotion. Self made, clever and talented, he is a man ready for the new age.  But he must still inhabit an old world dominated by patronage, not least his captain’s blind desire to promote his young nephew at any cost. Clay will need all his wits to bring his ship and crew through a series of adventures stretching from the bleak coast of Flanders to the warm waters of the Caribbean. Ill-conceived expeditions ashore, hunts for privateers in treacherous fog and a desperate chase across the Atlantic are only some of the challenges he faces. How can he win the hand of the beautiful Lydia Browning and what dark secrets have the crew of the Agrius brought with them into the wooden world of his ship?

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A Sloop of War - Book two in the Alexander Clay series

Alexander Clay brings the battered Agrius together with her captured French prize into Barbados, and is rewarded with promotion to master and commander and his first independent command, the sloop of war HMS Rush. He is sent to blockade the French sugar island of St Lucia, and helps in its capture. But dangers surround the newly promoted Clay. When a run slave joins his crew he finds his ship divided over the growing conflict between Caribbean slave owners and the abolitionist movement. Lieutenant Windham is determined to find out the truth behind the convenient death of his uncle, the Agrius’s former captain, while blundering around the Caribbean is the rogue Spanish ship of the line , the San Felipe

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On the Lee Shore - Book three in the Alexander Clay series

Clay returns home from the Caribbean to recover from his wounds, but is soon called on by the Admiralty to take command of a troubled ship. The Titan has mutinied under its previous sadistic captain. Stationed amongst the reefs and rocks of the Brittany coast to watch over the French naval base at Brest, he finds the dangers of this notorious lee shore and its French defenders are the least of his worries. Corrupt officers, determined mutineers and rebellious Irishman all combine to insure that the main threat that he must face comes from within the wooden walls of his ship. 

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A Man of No Country - Book four in the Alexander Clay series

The frigate Titan is at sea once more, this time sent to the Mediterranean to scout out a new threat. The French are gathering hundreds of ships and thousands of men in southern France under their new crack General Bonaparte, but where are they bound, and when will they sail? While Clay grapples with this problem, a series of thefts unsettle his crew, shortly after the arrival of a mysterious stranger on board.  

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The Distant Ocean - Book five in the Alexander Clay series

 Back home from the Battle of the Nile, Alexander Clay and the crew of the Titan are soon in action again. A powerful French naval squadron is at large in the Indian Ocean, attacking Britain’s vital East India trade. Together with his friend John Sutton, he is sent as part of the Royal Navy’s response. On route the Titan runs to ground a privateer preying on slave ships on the coast of West Africa, stirring up memories of the past for Able Sedgwick, Clay’s loyal coxswain. They arrive in the Indian Ocean to find that danger lurks in the blue waters and on the palm-fringed islands. Old enemies with scores to settle mean that betrayal from amongst his own side may prove the hardest challenge Clay will face.

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The Turn of the Tide - Book six in the Alexander Clay series

Freshly back from a year in the Indian Ocean, it is not long before Alexander Clay and the crew of the Titan are in action once more. This time they are sent on a secret mission across the Channel. Amongst the forests and marshes of Southern Brittany, a Royalist rebellion is building and the Government at home are keen to support it. But as the uprising grows, Clay finds himself being drawn into a world of deception, intrigue and treachery. Who is the charismatic rebel leader, Count D’Arzon, and what is the secretive Major Fraser really up to? Meanwhile the settled community of the frigate’s lower deck is disturbed by the arrival of a new recruit who appears to have strange mystical powers.

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