Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventures

2 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

The Colonial Post-Captain Publisher's Summary

The Western Mediterranean, 1756. An uneasy peace is about to be shattered as France's greatest living general prepares an invasion force in Toulon, but where is it bound?

Captain Carlisle hails from Virginia, a loyal colony of the British Crown. As the clouds of war gather, Carlisle's small frigate - Fury - is ordered to Toulon on a reconnaissance mission. If battling the winter weather in the Gulf of Lions is not a sufficient challenge, Carlisle must also juggle the delicate diplomatic issues in this period of pre-war tension while contending with an increasingly belligerent French frigate.

But Carlisle has additional problems unique to his colonial origins: He has no professional or political sponsors and an uninspiring group of followers, both of which are essential to a mid-18th century naval career. How can a penniless second son from Virginia overcome these crippling deficiencies?

George Holbrooke, Carlisle's reluctant master's mate, cannot disguise his lack of enthusiasm for the tedium of the peacetime navy. His attitude changes as he experiences combat and personal danger, but can he persuade his captain that he has turned the corner? And can he achieve that vital promotion to commissioned status?

And then there is the beautiful Chiara Angelini, pursued across the Mediterranean by a Tunisian corsair who appears determined to abduct her, yet reluctant to shed blood. Can Carlisle solve this mystery and protect Chiara?

Fury shadows the French fleet as it sails from Toulon and reveals its true destination. Carlisle and Holbrooke are witnesses to the inconclusive sea-battle, which leads to the loss of Minorca, and engage in a thrilling and bloody final encounter with the French frigate.

©2017 Chris Durbin (P)2018 Tantor
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  • Book 1

    • The Colonial Post-Captain

    • Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventures Series, Book 1
    • By: Chris Durbin
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Captain Carlisle hails from Virginia, a loyal colony of the British Crown. As the clouds of war gather, Carlisle's small frigate is ordered to Toulon on a reconnaissance mission. If battling the winter weather in the Gulf of Lions is not a sufficient challenge, Carlisle must also juggle the delicate diplomatic issues in this period of pre-war tension while contending with an increasingly belligerent French frigate. But Carlisle has additional problems unique to his colonial origins.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Fury lives up to her name!

    • By Joe L. H. on 07-05-18

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • The Leeward Islands Squadron

    • Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventures Series, Book 2
    • By: Chris Durbin
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    In late 1756, as the British government collapses in the aftermath of the loss of Minorca, and the country and navy are thrown into political chaos, a small force of ships is sent to the West Indies to reinforce the Leeward Islands Squadron. Captain Edward Carlisle and his first lieutenant George Holbrooke are fresh from the Mediterranean and their capture of a powerful French man-of-war. Their new frigate Medina has orders to join a squadron commanded by a terminally ill commodore. Their mission: a near-suicidal assault on a strong Caribbean island fortress.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining and intelligent

    • By Gvido on 08-12-18

    Regular price: $20.99