John Pearce is hiding in Gravelines with his mysterious companion, known to him as Oliphant. Although they find a crew willing to take them back to England, they learn on the journey that Pearce’s old enemies, the Tolland brothers, are still active on the route and may have been responsible for the murder of Catherine Carruthers.Back in England their problems continue: Pearce must seek to mend fences with Emily Barclay, in a relationship in which nothing is simple. And just as things may be looking up, it seems Henry Dundas has another role for him and Oliphant: a mission to northeast Spain....
THE ADMIRALS' GAME
1794. Lieutenant John Pearce is caught between a feuding trio of admirals. One puts him in a position of danger while another asks him to undertake a hazardous commission in order to protect his friends, the Pelicans. Book 5 of the series.
AN AWKWARD COMMISSION
John Pearce's recent promotion means that he is finally free to follow his own wishes. But while he is indulging himself in London, his trio of closest friends are shipped off to the Mediterranean. Riddled with guilt, Pearce vows to liberate them from the brutal tyrant they are serving under. Book 3 of the series.
BLOWN OFF COURSE
Lieutenant John Pearce's companions arrive in London just in time to join him in fetching a ship laden with contraband back from France - an illegal act but very profitable. Are Pearce and his Pelicans sailing into prosperity or danger? Book 7 of the series.
BREAKING THE LINE
Having evacuated the King and Queen of Naples ahead of Napoleon's advancing army, Nelson must now await developments in Sicily. Finally he is given the chance he's been waiting for, off a little-known Spanish cape called Trafalgar. He will soon show the world what he is made of!
BY THE MAST DIVIDED
London: 1793. Young firebrand John Pearce, is illegally press-ganged into brutal life aboard HMS Brilliant, a frigate on her way to war. He is drawn to a group of men who form an exclusive gun crew, the Pelicans. As they chase a French privateer across the English Channel, these disparate men form friendships that will last a lifetime. First book of the series.
THE CONTRABAND SHORE
1787. Captain Edward Brazier is on a mission: recently paid off from his frigate and comfortably off with prize money, he is headed to Deal to propose marriage to the young and lovely widow Betsey Langridge. He must navigate the bustle of the town's narrow streets that are busy with legal, illicit and depraved business flowing from and around the ships at dock. But all does not go well; between Betsey's brother and guardian, Henry Tulkington, prohibiting the match and Brazier marked out for trouble by a local smuggling gang, his plans are in disarray. And when it slowly emerges that there may have been a decades-old injustice closer to home, Brazier is caught up in more than he'd bargained for.
THE DEVIL TO PAY
It's 1794. Stuck in Palermo harbour, Lieutenant John Pearce and his trusty Pelicans must repair the battle-damaged HMS Larcher. Then sailing into danger, they encounter enemies and Pearce has no option but to abandon his ship. He must face a court-martial for his actions, but his troubles are only just beginning. Book 11 of the series.
THE DEVIL'S OWN LUCK
During the Napoleonic Wars, Harry and James Ludlow are aboard the Magnanime, a gunship under the command of Oliver Carter. Oliver and Harry are old rivals and when James is found near the dead body of the First Lieutenant, Carter assumes James is the murderer. Harry has to prove otherwise. First book of the series.
A DIVIDED COMMAND
1794. The Mediterranean is proving dangerous waters for John Pearce and his Pelicans. When he unknowingly delivers a letter promoting the shady and incompetent Admiral Hotham, Pearce finds himself entangled in a political plot that soon puts those closest to him at peril. Book 10 of the series.
THE DYING TRADE
Privateersman Harry Ludlow and his younger brother, James, arrive in the seething port of Genoa. After the discovery of a hanged British sea captain, Harry is drawn into the midst of the lurid murder investigation, only to find himself embroiled in intrigue and danger - and the deadly charms of a beautiful woman. Book 2 of the series.
AN ELEMENT OF CHANCE
It is 1795. As war spreads across the globe, Harry Ludlow joins the struggle for the richest trade in the world. When half his crew is illegally pressed into the Royal Navy by the vicious Captain Toner, Harry sets off in pursuit, but soon sails into a maelstrom of piracy, corruption, and murder, stirred up by a French privateer. Book 4 of the series.
ENEMIES AT EVERY TURN
1794. Free from jail, John Pearce is not free from the smugglers whose boat he stole. While lying low, Pearce soon has other pressing concerns on his mind. Granted a commission by William Pitt, John Pearce evades his pursuers by undertaking a dangerous mission in France. Book 8 of the series.
A FLAG OF TRUCE
Firebrand John Pearce has been promoted to lieutenant and is in a position of command on board HMS Faron. He is entrusted with the task of escorting 5,000 radical French sailors to a port on the Atlantic coast, but when the assignment goes awry, it is up to Pearce and his trio of friends, the Pelicans, to prevent judicial murder... Book 4 of the series.
A GAME OF BONES
Following an encounter with a mystery vessel, the red flags fluttering from the top masts of the 'Bucephalas' signal that His Majesty's Navy has reached a state of mutiny. However, Harry Ludlow soon finds himself back at sea and staking everything he owns in a bid to alter the course of history. Book 6 of the series.
A HANGING MATTER
It is 1794... Returning to England, Harry and James Ludlow become embroiled in a vicious struggle between rival smugglers in the English Channel. Witnesses to a bloody confrontation, they flee to Deal - only to find that, behind its picturesque facade, the town is a haven for traders in contraband, seething with corruption and violence. Book 3 of the series.
AN ILL WIND
It is 1793. John Pearce and his Pelicans are going home - to gain their freedom and put the treacherous Captain Ralph Barclay in the dock. Emily Barclay discovers Pearce has papers that would ruin her husband's career and her future security. And then comes that dread thing, a fire aboard a wooden ship of war! Book 6 of the series.
ON A MAKING TIDE
A fascinating insight into the early years of Horatio Nelson and Emma Lyon, starting with Nelson's arrival at Chatham aged 12 to join his first ship the Raisonable, and with Emma rejecting life as a domestic servant to live in a bawdy house.
ON A PARTICULAR SERVICE
1796. Lieutenant John Pearce is heading home aboard a hospital ship, yet the journey is far from plain sailing. Evading capture by an Algerine warship, Pearce attempts to save his disparate band of friends, the Pelicans, from being pressed into service on a British frigate – only for the group to risk being hanged for desertion once home. Pearce does not know who to trust. All he can hope to do is survive... Book 14 of the series.
THE PERILS OF COMMAND
1794. Fresh from battle in the Gulf of Ambracia, Lieutenant John Pearce and his trusty Pelicans arrive in the Italian port of Brindisi. Free from authority, Pearce travels to Naples to track down his lover, Emily Barclay. But upon finding her, Emily reveals astonishing news that will send her back to her brutish husband and Pearce’s longstanding enemy, Captain Ralph Barclay, to avoid further scandal. Book 12 of the series.
THE SCENT OF BETRAYAL
New Orleans, 1795. The discovery of an abandoned Spanish merchant ship off the coast of America plunges the Ludlows into a far-reaching conspiracy fuelled by jealousy, ambition and nationalistic fervour. Harry Ludlow must win freedom for his ship in a deadly game played out in the dark woods of the American hinterland. Book 5 of the series.
A SEA OF TROUBLES
1794. In the wake of an equivocal success for the British naval fleet against Revolutionary France, Lieutenant John Pearce must undertake an urgent commission from Lord Hood. Meanwhile smugglers whose ship Pearce inadvertently stole, are on his tail. And it is not only John Pearce who has his fair share of trouble. Book 9 of the series.
A SHOT ROLLING SHIP
Pressed into King George's Navy, John Pearce and his Pelicans find themselves working aboard HMS Griffin, in search of the French privateers that prey on English merchant shipping and, if possible, to capture or destroy them. But Pearce has greater things on his mind: he must rescue his ailing father from the dangers of revolutionary Paris.. Book 2 of the series.
TESTED BY FATE
It's 1784, and Nelson is sent to the Caribbean to enforce the hated Navigation Acts. Ordered next to the Mediterranean, he engages in a string of spectacular naval battles. The ravages of war take their physical toll on Nelson, even as he gains the fame and honour he craves.
A TREACHEROUS COAST
1796. Pearce and his wife Emily are in living in Bath when Minister of War, Henry Dundas, suggests a second mission to the Vendee. The proposed expedition looks promising and Pearce takes the bait. Once at sea, however, Pearce and his crew encounter a French fleet and a battle ensues off the Ile de Groix. Pearce, accompanied by his faithful Pelicans, must go ashore into dangerous territory to check the lay of the land and find the allies.... Book 13 of the series.