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Britannia's Reach: The Dawlish Chronicles November 1879 - April 1880: 2 [Paperback]

Antoine Vanner
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25 Jan 2014 The Dawlish Chronicles
Britannia's Reach is the second novel in the Dawlish Chronicles series. It continues the story of the ambitious Royal Navy officer Nicholas Dawlish, who was first introduced in Britannia's Wolf. It's November 1879 and on a broad river deep in the heart of South America, a flotilla of paddle steamers thrashes slowly upstream. It is laden with troops, horses and artillery, and intent on conquest and revenge. Ahead lies a commercial empire that was wrested from a British consortium in a bloody revolution. Now the investors are determined to recoup their losses and are funding a vicious war to do so. Nicholas Dawlish, is playing a leading role in the expedition. But as brutal land and river battles mark its progress upriver, and as both sides inflict and endure ever greater suffering, stalemate threatens. And Dawlish finds himself forced to make a terrible ethical choice if he is to return to Britain with some shreds of integrity remaining… The Dawlish Chronicles feature a naval hero who is more familiar with steam, breech-loaders and torpedoes than with sails, carronades and broadsides. The series, which commenced with Britannia's Wolf, is in the great tradition of the Napoleonic-era naval fiction of Forester, Kent, O'Brian and Pope, but is set in the late nineteenth-century, as Britain's Empire approached its apogee. In this period old enemies were still a threat, new players were joining the ranks of the Great Powers, and the potential for local conflict to escalate into general war – even world war - was never absent. Britain’s ability to project force rapidly and decisively on a global scale was assured by a Royal Navy that was in transition as new technologies emerged at an unprecedented rate. But force alone was often inappropriate and conflicts had often to be resolved by guile and by proxy. It is in this world of change and uncertainty that Nicholas Dawlish, always resourceful, sometimes ruthless, occasionally self-doubting, must contend for the advancement and happiness he hungers for.

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (25 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492969389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492969389
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Antoine Vanner has survived military coups, a guerrilla war, storms at sea and life in mangrove swamps, tropical forest, offshore oil-platforms and the boardroom. He has lived long-term in eight countries, has travelled widely in all continents except Antarctica and is fluent in three languages. He has a passion for nineteenth-century political and military history, and for the weaponry of the time. His knowledge of human nature and his first-hand experience of the locales - often surprising - of the most important conflicts of the period provide the impetus for his chronicling of the life of the Royal Navy officer Nicholas Dawlish.

"I'm fascinated by the Victorian period," Vanner says, "for not only was it one of colonial expansion and of Great Power rivalry that often came to the brink of war, but it was also one of unprecedented social, political, technological and scientific change. Britain's power may have been at an apogee but it was under constant threat and would demand constant adaptation from those who aspired to shape events. Many born in the 1840s would not only play significant roles in the later decades of the century but be key players in the maelstrom that would engulf the world in 1914. The Dawlish Chronicles are set in that world of change, uncertainty and risk and they involve projection of naval power to meet complex social, political and diplomatic challenges."

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Antoine Vanner has had an adventurous and varied life that prepared him well to write novels he describes as "Duty and Daring in the Heyday of the British Empire." "I have survived military coups, a guerrilla war, storms at sea and life in mangrove swamps, tropical forest, offshore oil-platforms and the boardroom," he says. "That's a good starting point for any writer." Antoine has lived and worked long-term in eight countries, has travelled widely in all continents except Antarctica and is fluent in three languages. He has a passion for nineteenth-century political and military history and has a deep understanding of what was the cutting-edge technology of the time. His knowledge of human nature and his first-hand experience of the locales – often surprising – of the most important conflicts of the period provide the impetus for his chronicling of the life of the Royal Navy officer Nicholas Dawlish. “I’m fascinated by the Victorian period,” Antoine says, “for not only was it one of colonial expansion and of Great Power rivalry that often came to the brink of war, but it was also one of unprecedented social, political, technological and scientific change. Britain’s power may have been at an apogee but it was under constant threat and would demand constant adaptation from those who aspired to shape events. Many born in the 1840s would not only play significant roles in the later decades of the century but be key players in the maelstrom that would engulf the world in 1914. The Dawlish Chronicles are set in that world of change, uncertainty and risk and they involve projection of naval power to meet complex social, political and diplomatic challenges.” Find out more on Antoine's website www.dawlishchronicles.com which covers a very wide range of historical and naval topics related to the late Victorian period. You can also follow Antoine's blog on http://dawlishchronicles.blogspot.co.uk/ Antoine also welcomes you to follow him on Twitter at @AntoineVanner

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5.0 out of 5 stars Britain's Reach 22 April 2014
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Having enjoyed the first book of the Dawlish chronicles 'Britannia's Wolf' I thought nothing could surpass it, but this was a book that I couldn't put down, the detail, the action and the story put this as one of my top ten books to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-written Historical Adventure Story 16 April 2014
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I have read both books in the seies so far. Both cover little-known events of the 19th Century but the detail smacks of thorough research. I read a lot of military historical novels and these two are signifiantly better written than most others of the genre. I look forward to the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 28 July 2014
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The Dawlish Chronicles cover a period less "romantic" but just as interesting as the great age of sail. Dawlish is an interesting hero. Driven by ambition to work with people who's aims and methods he despises, but for whom he must achieve success, or sacrifice his own desire for promotion in the navy he loves. A flawed hero, but one who excites loyalty in his crews and empathy in the reader. I keenly await the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking 2 July 2014
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I read the previous one in the series, and was pleasantly surprised to find this book is much better! I was totally immersed in the environment that the author vividly created. Fun characters and a story that bitterly flows along well. The combat scene s can still get a little confusing, as with the previous book, but not to a level where you lose sight of the story.
I await the next one!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower of the steam age 2 July 2014
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Several hours of great reading for £1.83!! What more can you ask for? I endorse all the other readers comments. More please Mr Vanner
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome change 25 May 2014
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I`'ve enjoyed reading both books about Nicholas Dawlish. I first read Hornblower half a century ago and have only found Richard Woodman`s books to come near to C S Forrester` s hero. (I put Patrick O`Brian in a completely different league) but with Cdr Dawlish we have another believable character. The books are well written, with plenty of period detail and romp along at a good pace. With so many awful Hornblower clones available on Kindle these books are a breath of fresh air. I look forward to the next in the series and hope that the author will be able to give us some more insights into , not only life in the Victorian navy, but also how wider society at the time viewed its sailors.

GOOD LUCK Mr Vanner, and more steam to your piston!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly rewarding historical action 18 Mar 2014
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Antoine Vanner once again spins an enthralling yarn based around the fascinating and relatively little known ironclad era. Commander Nicholas Dawlish returns, this time in charge of a ragtag collection of gunboats and monitors making for a breakaway state up a remote South American river. Just as in his previous mission, Dawlish has to contend with determined enemies on the water and dubious allies ashore, and the moral high ground has been left back in England. This is no straightforward tale of derring do - Vanner's hard-edged, driven character skirts dangerously close to being out of his depth, and it's not at all clear that Dawlish has picked the right side. Moreover, this is a tale that has lots to say to a modern audience about Western adventurism and the effect of cold material interests on the least privileged. This is both heart-pounding adventure and a nuanced exploration of the nature of power and money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading. 17 Mar 2014
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An enjoyable and entertaining read. Well written and obviously a lot of research has gone into this book. Can't wait until the next episode of the Dawlish Chronicles. Please, please, just this once, can 'Old Nick' come out on top?
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Published 7 days ago by Ryder
5.0 out of 5 stars ... back to my youth and the Hornblower books – fantastic! Fast
Reading ‘Britannia’s Reach’ on holiday took me back to my youth and the Hornblower books – fantastic! Fast, exciting, believable and gripping. A book I really could not put down. Read more
Published 17 days ago by jeremy ricketts
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A good story well written - better than recent Cornwell and equal to Mallinson's early Hervey books a cracking long read. More please
Published 2 months ago by Mr. C. Goodchild
4.0 out of 5 stars Leaving you waiting for the next
After having read the two books, the disappointment is that with such a strong central character, you are left feeling more stories are yet to be told, but without any indication... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Flyfisher
5.0 out of 5 stars At last - a novel for late 1880s
At last, a good read exploring the tremendous technological advances of the late 1800s. The pace of technology was relentless, with ships conceived in 1880 being overtaken and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. R Brassington
5.0 out of 5 stars Britain's Reach
I find the author's descriptive style draws a clear mental image of the places mentioned. Dawkins does tend to be a bit too perfect, almost superhuman. Still a brilliant read.
Published 3 months ago by David William Jagger
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable naval historical fiction
Having read both the books in the Dawlish Chronicles series I must endorse the other enthusiastic reviewers of this author. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DNFC
5.0 out of 5 stars Ab fab
Brings to life the forgotten pages of history. Cannot be recommended more highly. A must read for people who love stories in the mould of Sharp or Ramage.
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