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Britannia's Innocent: The Dawlish Chronicles February – May 1864

Antoine Vanner
Political folly has brought war upon Denmark. Lacking allies, the country is invaded by the forces of military superpowers Prussia and Austria. Cut off from the main Danish Army, and refusing to use the word ‘retreat’, a resolute commander withdraws northwards. Harried by Austrian cavalry, his forces plod through snow, and mud, their determination not to be defeated increasing with each step...

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Antoine Vanner found himself flattered when nautical novelist Joan Druett described him as the "The Tom Clancy of historic naval fiction". Vanner's "Dawlish Chronicles" series of naval adventures are set in the late Victorian era when technological progress was more rapid than at any previous time in history. The plots play out against a background of growing international tension. There was little open confrontation between the great powers - Britain, France and Russia, with Germany, Japan and the United States catching up - but their rivalries were often fronted by proxies, just as between the Communist and Western blocks during the Cold War. "I've always been fascinated by this period," Vanner says, "and I saw it as the ideal setting for a series dealing with the Age of Fighting Steam, as an alternative to the large number of novels set in the Age of Fighting Sail." There are eightbooks in the series so far - the latest being "Britannia's Innocent" of November 2019 - and all are linked to real historic events and personages. The locales vary from Denmark, Turkey, Paraguay and the United States to Cuba, Korea, Britain, East Africa and the Sudan. The technology of the time and many real-life historical characters play significant roles, but even more so is the development of the characters of the ambitious Royal Navy officer Nicholas Dawlish and his wife Florence.
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