BEYOND the OCEAN'S EDGE
A Stone Island Sea Story
D. Andrew McChesney
INTRO (BOOK ONE)
Is it possible to sail beyond the ocean's edge to another world? In 1802 Royal Navy Lieutenant Edward Pierce is ashore on half pay because of the Peace of Amiens. He fortunately gains command of a vessel searching for a lost, legendary island. When the island is found, Pierce and his shipmates discover that it exists in an entirely different but similar world. Exploring the seas around Stone Island, HMS Island Expedition sails headlong into an arena of mistaken identities, violent naval battles, strange truces, dangerous liaisons, international intrigue, superstition, and ancient prophecies. Detained by that world's equivalent of Great Britain, Pierce struggles to free his ship and crew. Despondent over giving up his ship and possibly never seeing his beloved Evangeline again, Pierce's outlook brightens when he discovers new-found friends working to liberate him and his crew. With time he comes to understand the prophesized role he and his companions are to play in that other world.
- Paperback: 376 pages, Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 2, 2012)
- Language: English, ISBN-10: 1432780379, ISBN-13: 978-1432780371
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^SAILING DANGEROUS WATERS
Another Stone Island Sea Story
INTRO (BOOK TWO)
The Gallician frigate had come out of the fog from windward, and had fired its first devastating broadside into the Tritonish frigate from near point blank range. They paralleled each other, mere yards apart, and made no effort to alter course or maneuver for an advantage. With more sail set now, the schooner forged ahead and rapidly closed with the frigates. "Ready the port battery!" "Aye aye, sir!" "Helm, steer as to pass between them!" "Aye aye, sir!" "Sure madness, Edward!" warned Hotchkiss. "But a method to it, Isaac! When I give word, we must put into the wind, and as our guns bear, concentrate fire on the Toad's starboard quarter. Let us then fall off the wind and repeat with the starboard battery." "Aye!" Hotchkiss nodded with understanding. Fully awake and alert, his senses at their sharpest, Pierce watched the battling frigates grow larger. The damp night air whipped past mingled with spray thrown up by Island Expedition's hurried dash through the sea. Despite the apprehension in his gut, Pierce felt alive. Sailing Home From Another World Master and Commander Edward Pierce, captain of HMS Island Expedition, languishes with his ship and crew in a world both very like and unlike his own. A voyage of exploration has led him further afield than he would ever have imagined possible. As he works to convince the Tritonish Government that he is not a rebel pirate, Pierce is offered a unique opportunity to claim citizenship in this parallel world...but in doing so, will he breach his loyalty to King George III? Not knowing whether he will be able to sail back to England, Pierce navigates the uncertain course of diplomacy that allows Stone Island to become a official Land of Vespica...and allows him to be released to sail for home. But the voyage there is fraught with peril, and his welcome is uncertain. What will the Admiralty make of his incredible tale? And will Evangeline, his heart's joy, still be waiting for him?
- Paperback: 372 pages, Publisher: Outskirts Press (December 10, 2013)
- Language: English, ISBN-10: 1478721898, ISBN-13: 978-1478721895
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
REVIEW (BOOK ONE)
This is first book of the Stone Island Sea Stories, BEYOND THE OCEAN'S EDGE.Set in the early 1800's, this is a sea story.A young coachman's son by the name of Edward Pierce
is learning to become a midshipman by the father of his friend, Isaac Hotchkiss, who serves aboard one of His British Majesty's ships with great honor. Edward is released on half pay after peace is declared with the French. When this happened, most of the fleet is decommissioned. His 'service with distinction' the admiralty has a suggestion that he find employment with Harold Smythe, a man on the Isle of Wight. Mr. Smythe is preparing a ship to seek out an island that seems to exist only in legend. The author tells an action filled, smoothly written tale that shows his vast knowledge off sailing and vessels. The reader is up for an adventure which they will not want to let go. After this Book One, the reader can look forward to Book Two.
REVIEW (BOOK TWO)
In the Stone Island Sea Stories, there are two books. This is Book Two and Book One is BEYOND THE OCEANS EDGE. Book Two, SAILING DANGEROUS WATERS is about the captain and his crew for the HMS Island Expedition. It's about their travels from another world and the problems they came upon and had to deal with. I would suggest reading the first book before the second. I guarantee the first sentence along with the cover will attract your attention. The setting is in the early 1800's. Comparing the settings, the differences and the similarities, of the two world will keep the reader totally entranced and very hard to let go. Mr. McChesney
I would give both books 4 STARS.
About the Author Long fascinated with the age of sail and the great sailing navies, D. Andrew McChesney served in the modern US Navy as an aviation electronics technician. After completing a 22-year career, he revived and revised a story first written in high school. Beyond the Ocean's Edge: A Stone Island Sea Story was published in May 2012. Sailing Dangerous Waters placed second in the Author! Author! Great First Pages Contest. McChesney is the secretary and webmaster for Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers (SASP), a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA), and recently joined the Historical Novel Society (HNS). He lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife Eva, daughter Jessica, a Quaker parrot named He-lo, and a corn snake called Teako.
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