|The wreck of the Corsaire by Gustave Dore, 1860|
Such disasters were not uncommon in this era
|SS London - highly regarded in the mid-1860s|
|Gustavus Brooke, actor|
One of the passengers
|Mr.Draper's last prayers in the saloon - a very unrealistic contemporary depiction|
|Gustavus Brooke on stage|
His last role was his most heroic
|Greenhill's boat pulling away|
But it was to take another ten years before his efforts bore fruit. All who put to sea today are in his debt.
Britannia's SharkSince publication in December the third Dawlish Chronicles novel, Britannia's Shark, has been getting consistently high reviews - scoring an average of 4.8 out of 5 Stars on Amazon.
Readers of this blog will, I hope, excuse my vanity when I quote from one of these reviews:
Not since the days of C.S. Forester, or Alexander Kent, have I read such wonderful naval fiction set in the years before the First World War... Mr. Vanner is a master story teller, one who has thoroughly researched his subjects. His character development is superb, as are his plot lines. Reading his work transports you back in time, to lands and peoples no longer seen. Whether it be the Empire of Queen Victoria, or the many little wars that the Empire had to deal with, you will be entertained for hours on end...
All three of The Dawlish Chronicles are outstanding. Each work demands succeeding volumes to be read, devoured, and savored. Antoine Vanner is at the top of any great writer's game. He could have many mottos, but for his readers, it would be - "Always leave them panting for more..."
God Bless You and Yours, Mr. Antoine Vanner. It's kind of you to bring a bit of joy in your works, Sir. Please continue crafting them, for us, the humble, desirous readers you've addicted to your work...
I unreservedly give Mr. Antoine Vanner's The Dawlish Chronicles Five out of Five Stars... If it's the highest quality sea stories and adventure you want, these are "the real deal..."
(Click here to learn more about Britannia's Shark)