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Britannia's Wolf: The Dawlish Chronicles: September 1877 - February 1878 by [Vanner, Antoine]
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QuarterdeckMagazine, USA, Review by Barbara Peacock, Spring 2014

Turmoil in the Middle East is nothing new. In the late 1870s,the Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Russia sends troops to the region whenextremist Muslims butcher Bulgarian Christians.

 Despite the outcry inBritain against the massacres, Prime Minister Disraeli perceives a potentialthreat to Britain's lifeline to India should Russia destroy Turkey. ImmediateBritish intervention could lead to an all-out European war, but unofficial helpis another story. Hence, the Admiralty sends Commander Nicholas Dawlish toharass the Russians, as a wolf would a herd.

 Accepting a commissionin the Turkish navy, Dawlish takes command of an ironclad ship, hitting Russianforces hard on land and sea. He allies himself with Nusret Pasha, theprogressive half-brother of the Sultan, who works to lead the Ottomans toward aconstitutional government where religious differences are downplayed.

 Dawlish's initialsuccesses falter under relentless Russian advances, and debilitating powerplays between the Sultan and his brothers. Can Britannia's wolf hold out untilEngland sends the much needed naval support, or will Istanbul fall and Pashaand the Ottomans with it?

 A bit of romanticintrigue occurs when Dawlish meets Lady Agatha and her young working classcompanion, Florence Morton, who soon captures his affections. 

Action dripping from every page, Britannia's Wolf capturesthe reader's interest, with international tension, as well as the internalfriction between various Ottoman political factions. Equally intriguing are themilitary details - ship's armaments, weapon types and their sources. All told,the novel captures a period not often noticed, but worthy of being so.

About the Author

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 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,” 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.” Find out more on

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  • File Size: 3809 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Old Salt Press; 2 edition (November 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2013
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  • Language: English
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