Jack Stannard has spent his whole life at sea, enduring savage beatings from his father and the furious aggression of whip-cracking storms. But a more cruel and dangerous foe is on the horizon.
When Henry VIII dissolves the monasteries and wages war against France and Scotland simultaneously, Jack must take up his family destiny at the head of the Dunwich fleet.
But enemy blades may be the least of his problems. Aging ships, treacherous rivals and ghosts from the past all threaten to interfere with the war effort. The only man he can trust is Thomas Ryman, a former warrior turned monk.
As the English fleet descends on Edinburgh, the dangerous game of politics and war reaches a shattering climax aboard the pride of Henry’s navy – the Mary Rose.
Stannard and Ryman know that it is not just their lives that are at stake, but the future of England herself…
It’s the first book in his Jack Stannard of the Navy Royal trilogy, which have all been out in ebook format. The other two books, Battle’s Flood and Armada’s Wake, are also published as paperbacks on 9 December.
David has written for Historia about changing from setting his well-researched, pacy naval fiction in the 17th-century Restoration period to the 16th century in All at sea in Tudor England.
He’s also focused on the events of 1588 in (Re)writing the Spanish Armada.