The Ship's Carpenter
"...no mustache-twirling villains or simpering damsels in distress, no, these are real people, with real personalities and motivations."--GoodReads
In late summer 1742, shipwright Abraham Robinson leaves London to work at France's great shipyard in Brest where his life changes dramatically. There he falls in love with Yvette, only to lose both his position and lover as war begins. Returning to England, the navy presses him to serve as a ship's carpenter, tearing him from his plans. Great sea battles, dangerous escapes, and ravaging fires challenge Abraham and Yvette's lives from London to the colonies of North America. Throughout, historical and fictional characters cross their paths to help and hinder, but not all survive to achieve their goals in this first book of the Tween Sea and Shore Series.
A free PDF Addendum to the book can be downloaded at: https://stockmanbooks/downloads that contains a character list, nautical glossary, ship diagrams, maps, and other information to make reading the book more enjoyable.
RT reviewed The Ship's Carpenter (Tween Sea and Shore) a compelling work of historical fiction December 13, 2019
"The Ship's Carpenter" is an exciting first entry in the 'Tween Sea & Shore' series of historical fiction about mid-eighteenth century naval warfare between England and France. Largely based on true events, with the actual ships involved and the people who crewed them forming the basis of the tale, author D. E. Stockman vividly focusses on the lives of a select group of characters who face the perilous turmoil of unsettled times. Reading about their various warship entanglements in the conflicting political waves between those nations' struggles for dominance, I was fully engaged in a tangible 'you-are-there' literary experience. With believable period dialog and compelling personal stories throughout, Stockman's deft handling of the battle scenes of ships at sea also left me breathless. I felt he included enough naval and seafaring jargon to convince me of authenticity without getting bogged down in unnecessary minutia. His informative online addendum at http://stockmanbooks.com provides valuable additional details and illustrations of warships of the period, a glossary of naval terminology, a 'cast of characters', plus pertinent maps of world regions where the story unfolds. I am eagerly awaiting the next volume in the series."