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Winds of Marque (#1 Blackwood and Virtue)

Bennett R Coles

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MISCELLANEOUS
30 June 2020
Adventure; Science fiction; Romance; Military; Nexus - Science Fiction; Science Fiction Romance
Bennett R. Coles ranks among my go-to list in SF. Entertaining and intelligent storytelling and terrific characters. In Winds of Marque, Coles may well have invented a whole new subgenre that has me scrambling for a description--Steam Space? Whatever you call it, a blast to read. Here's hoping that many more adventures are in the offing for Blackwood and company. --Steven Erikson, New York Times bestselling author The first novel in an exciting science fiction series--Master and Commander in space--a swashbuckling space adventure in which a crew of misfit individuals in the king's navy are sent to dismantle a dangerous ring of pirate raiders.

In a dense star cluster, the solar winds blow fiercely. The star sailing ship HMSS Daring is running at full sheet with a letter of marque allowing them to capture enemy vessels involved in illegal trading. Sailing under a false flag to protect the ship and its mission, Daring's crew must gather intelligence that will lead them to the pirates' base.

Posing as traders, Daring's dashing second-in-command Liam Blackwood and brilliant quartermaster Amelia Virtue infiltrate shady civilian merchant networks, believing one will lead them to their quarry.

But their mission is threatened from within their own ranks when Daring's enigmatic captain makes a series of questionable choices, and rumblings of discontent start bubbling up from below decks, putting the crew on edge and destroying morale. On top of it all, Liam and Amelia must grapple with their growing feelings for each other.

Facing danger from unexpected quarters that could steer the expedition off course, Blackwood and Virtue must identify the real enemy threat and discover the truth about their commander--and their mission--before Daring falls prey to the very pirates she's meant to be tracking.
By:   Bennett R Coles
Imprint:   MISCELLANEOUS
Dimensions:   Height: 168mm,  Width: 106mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   177g
ISBN:   9780063022683
ISBN 10:   0063022680
Series:   Blackwood and Virtue
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   30 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bennett R. Coles has a degree in naval history and served fifteen years as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. His first novel, Virtues of War, won the Cygnus Award grand prize for science fiction and spawned two follow-up novels, as well as a short story in the 2017 anthology Infinite Stars. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with his wife and two sons.

Reviews for Winds of Marque (#1 Blackwood and Virtue)

&#8220A rollicking read. --Scifi Pulse &#8220The big ship energy is real. --Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog &#8220The kind of authentic-feeling space navy action that you'd expect from a master like Jack Campbell. --Michael Mammay, author of Planetside Bennett R. Coles ranks among my go-to list in SF. Entertaining and intelligent storytelling and terrific characters. In Winds of Marque, Coles may well have invented a whole new subgenre that has me scrambling for a description--Steam Space? Whatever you call it, a blast to read. --Steven Erikson, New York Times bestselling author


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