Penmore Press is thrilled to have on board some terrific new as well as established authors of nautical fiction and nonfiction. Some of these authors have long careers in the Navy, survived gale force winds, a shipwreck, and time spent in the rigging of a merchant ship. And some are consummate historians with a passion for the details and stories of a unique historical past, following in the footsteps of O'Brian and C. F. Forester. We are pleased to have all of these authors as our Featured Authors this month.
Philip K Allan has electrified an audience hungry for a new hero of the sea, and they have discovered him in the Alexander Clay Series which to date comprises three novels with a forthcoming new novel this month. Quarterdeck Magazine described Allan's work as bringing "a fresh new voice to naval fiction under sail..a captivating entry in naval fiction, replete with true to life characters, well-drawn officers and striking Jack Tars. A sea breeze drifts off the pages, along with the reek of powder smoke."
John M. Danielski: A tireless researcher, Danielski worked his way through university as a living history interpreter at historic Fort Snelling, the birthplace of Minnesota. For four summers he played a US soldier of 1827—wore the uniform, performed the drills, demonstrated the volley fire with other interpreters, and even ate the food. He is the author of the Thomas Pennywhistle series -- a bold, smart thinking man of action, on the sea and on land. Set in the early 19th century, his novels span battles occurring in Europe as well as the fledgling new republic of the United States.
James Keffer has successfully carried C. F. Forester's Hornblower novels in his series The Hornblower Legacy for a new generation of readers with two new works of a bold young commander fighting for Admiral Hornblower in the Caribbean Seas. Recommended reading from the Naval Historical Foundation.
Mark A Rimmer has spent most of his life on the sea since he joined the British Merchant Navy at 16 years of age, traveling the seas throughout the world. Mark has survived three hurricanes, one typhoon, been bombed, shot at, shipwrecked, assisted numerous yachtsmen in distress, and helped rescue the crew of a burning oil tanker mid-ocean. Mark is presently one of only a handful of captains worldwide who is qualified to command a fully-rigged ship the size of the clippers and brings his experiences into his debut novel, The California Run, a fast and furious race between two clipper ships in 1880.
Benerson Little has served as Navy SEAL and is currently ranked as an authority on Pirates, both modern and historical. He has written several nonfiction works on piracy and is a recognized as a Master Fencer . He brings these skills into debut fiction novel, Fortune's Whelp, a brash, swords-out sea-going adventure. Scotsman Edward MacNaughton, a former privateer captain, twice accused and acquitted of piracy and currently seeking a commission, is ensnared in the intrigue associated with the attempt to assassinate King William III in 1696.
Roger Paine's career spans from a sailor in bell-bottom trousers to gold-laced senior officer, serving aircraft carriers, then in various frigates and destroyers, a tank landing ship, the navy’s ice patrol ship, a period in mine-countermeasures vessels and time in a submarine, as well as service ashore in the UK. In one twelve month period, in two different ships, he crossed the Equator, the Arctic and the Antarctic Circles. In the rank of Commander he served in the Ministry of Defense, London, at sea on an admiral’s staff during the Falklands conflict and in Hong Kong, then a British colony. He has published two wonderful nonfiction collections of true stories of the Navy and one of tales and lore of the Coast.