Sailing Dangerous Waters: Another Stone Island Sea Story
By D. Andrew McChesney
Fiction/Sea Stories (an Age of Sail/Science Fiction blend) ISBN 9781478721895 paperback, 371 pages. $19.95 from Outskirts Press. Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble on-line, and soon to be in several Spokane area bookstores, and direct from the author. Also available as an e-book from Outskirts Press, the author, and as Nook™ and Kindle™ editions.
The Gallician frigate had come out of the fog from windward, and had fired its first devastating broadside into the Tritonish frigate from near point-blank range. They paralleled each other, mere yards apart, and made no effort to alter course or maneuver for an advantage. With more sail set now, the schooner forged ahead and rapidly closed with the frigates. “Ready the port battery!”
“Aye aye, sir!”
“Helm, steer as to pass between them!”
“Aye aye, sir!”
“Sure madness, Edward!” warned Hotchkiss.
“But a method to it, Isaac! When I give word, we must put into the wind, and as our guns bear, concentrate fire on the Toad’s starboard quarter. Let us then fall off the wind and repeat with the starboard battery.”
“Aye!” Hotchkiss nodded with understanding.
Fully awake and alert, his senses at their sharpest, Pierce watched the battling frigates grow larger. The damp night air whipped past, mingled with spray thrown up by Island Expedition’s hurried dash through the sea. Despite the apprehension in his gut, Pierce felt alive.
Sailing Home from Another World!
Master and Commander Edward Pierce, captain of HMS Island Expedition, languishes with his vessel and crew in a world both very like and unlike his own. A voyage of exploration has led him further afield than he would ever have imagined possible. As he works to convince the Tritonish Government that he is not a rebel pirate, Pierce is offered a unique opportunity to claim citizenship in this parallel world…but in doing so; will he breach his loyalty to King George III? Not knowing whether he will be able to sail back to England, Pierce navigates the uncertain course of diplomacy that allows Stone Island to become an official Land of Vespica… and allows him to be released to sail for home. But the voyage there is fraught with peril, and his welcome is uncertain. What will the Admiralty make of his incredible tale? And will Evangeline, his heart’s joy, still be waiting for him? Richly characterized and deftly plotted, Sailing Dangerous Waters is a thrilling sequel to Beyond the Ocean’s Edge, offering the same meticulously researched nautical lore, and exquisite attention to details of period language and society. Readers will be enchanted, and eager for the forthcoming third book in the Stone Island Sea Story series. Visit www.stoneislandseastories.com to learn more.
Page updated 1/19/2014 Dam