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Britannia's Reach: The Dawlish Chronicles November 1879 - April 1880 by [Vanner, Antoine]
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Book 2 of 6 in The Dawlish Chronicles (6 Book Series)

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QuarterdeckMagazine, USA, Review by Barbara Peacock, Fall 2014

Revolution, counterrevolution, and counter counterrevolution.Mix this with an Anglo-Paraguayan Consortium's cutthroat dealings, AmericanCivil War jetsam, and some French socialist fighters, and you have the basisfor Britannia's Reach.

 This non-stop novelbegins innocently enough. Nicholas Dawlish and his wife, Florence, are livingat Portsmouth, where Nicholas has a posting at the Royal Naval Torpedo and MineSchool. Then Admiral Sir Richard Topcliffe calls. His offer sends Nicholas tothe San Joaquin River, to protect British trading interests there, via anobsolete British steam-gunboat, the Toad.
 Nicholas soon findshimself embroiled in a complex and conflicting situation. The Consortium'smanager, Don Plutarcho Murillo, is more vicious than the revolutionaries, andhis chief henchman, Colonel Silas Culbertson, is an ex-Confederate thug. WhenDawlish meets with the rebels, he finds their leader, El Pobre, and his Frenchfollowers sympathetic.

 The novel nicelyillustrates river warfare, carefully detailing the vessels, their armaments,and capabilities. The treatment of the insurgents captures the good-causebad-actions dilemma of revolts. If you enjoy action-packed adventure, you won'tbe disappointed.
 - Barbara Peacock

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Review:Britannia's Reach by Antoine Vanner
By DavidHayes
ME Book Reviews  Created: 28 May 2014

Britannia's Reach by Antoine Vanner is the second book inthis new series set during the early years of the Royal Navy's conversion to asteam powered iron fleet. Dawlish is again seconded, this time to a privatecorporation in South America.

There were several wars involving early steam vessels on thevast rivers of South America and the plot of this book enables the author toexplore that area of naval warfare. Dawlish is given leave so he can head upthe naval forces of the 'consortium' which has lost control of it's productiveland to an uprising.

Cooperation with the mercenaries of the land forces and thecivilian leaders of the expedition do not go well at first and Dawlish isblamed for some early failures, however the power of the naval forces under hiscommand are the only way of achieving a breakthrough and his plans areeventually accepted.

Once again this is a well written novel with a good plot thatflowed smoothly holding my attention well. Although it is not set in the Age ofSail I enjoy Dawlish's adventures and look forward to reading more.Recommended.

About the Author

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 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 Antoine also welcomes you to follow him on Twitter at @AntoineVanner

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  • File Size: 1887 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492969389
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I9I8DWC
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