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Their Lordships Request: A Harry Heron Adventure [Paperback]

Patrick G. Cox

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8 Dec 2010
When Midshipman 'Harry' Nelson-Heron and his life-long friend and companion, Boy Seaman Ferghal O'Connor transfer to the new '74', HMS Spartan, they are about to embark on a voyage that will take them to New South Wales, India and Arabia. In the two years this book covers, they will fight storms, pirates and the prejudice of their seniors. Harry will grow from a starry-eyed idealist into a practical and determined youth and Ferghal become a competent seaman.

But no one can anticipate the fate of these boys as their ship departs from Bombay on the voyage home and a meeting with the distant future.

In the parallel story, Harry's twelve times great nephew is the Captain of a new starship being built for the North European Confederation. NECS Vanguard will be the most powerful ship in her class when she is completed. Captain James Heron prepares his ship and his crew for their first commission and voyage to the stars, unaware that their departure will bring him face to face with the past - and solve a family mystery. Their Lordships Request concludes with both parties moving into position for the realisation of that destiny ...

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Patrick Gray Cox is a writer who combines his love of Historical Fiction with Science Fiction writing; a mix of CS Forester and Isaac Asimov.

Patrick Cox was born in Cape Town in 1946. He has had a very fulfilling career working in all areas of fire safety, initially as a fireman - fighting bush fires in South Africa - and later as a fire and explosives expert, consultant to large companies, teacher and Government Adviser, not just in the UK and South Africa but around the World.

He has been published many times over in trade journals and continues to write in a freelance capacity for the Fire and Rescue Journal. He has had a long fascination with the sea and ships, as well as the world of science fiction and space travel.

His first novel, Out of Time, published by AuthorHouse, is a story about a group of sailors aboard one of Nelson's fleet, plucked from their ship-of-the-line and transported forward two hundred years in time to another kind of battleship, one that cruises space rather than the Seven Seas. The protagonists use their archaic naval skills to save the day in the future world where people seem to have forgotten the skills of your average shipman. Same challenges, different environment. Patrick published a sequel with Xlibris under the title The Enemy is Within.

He is researching and writing the sequel to The Enemy is Within, and a prequel to Out of Time will be published before Christmas 2010. He sees these books becoming a series akin to Hornblower, Bolitho or Sharpe.

Patrick has also written and had published a book on Marine Fire Studies. He is currently researching and writing a Handbook for Fire Investigators. He has appeared on television programmes in the past as a fire-fighting expert including Ring of Fire for the Discovery Channel about fighting bush fires in Australia, and he had a similar role as a commentator on Inside Spontaneous Human Combustion in 2005 for Sky1. And, perhaps unusually, he has appeared on Kazakhstan's national daily news programme, Kazakhstan Today, speaking about fire safety in high rise buildings.

As well as his writing, Patrick is an experienced public speaker and is keen to speak at public events on all aspects of fire-fighting and explosives investigation. He would also be interested in exploring television formats and further opportunities as a pundit and commentator on this area. His recent interview on The Book Channel can be accessed at www.thebookchannel.tv/patrick-cox.html

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