• Fiction
      September 2016

      An Instrument of War

      by Martin Hicks

      It is August 1863 and the Confederate Navy Cruiser Palmetto escapes from Charleston harbour to resume her career as a raider, hunting the shipping of the United States. The succeeding months see her r

    • Fiction
      April 2012

      Mirage of Victory

      by Martin Hicks

      It is May of 1863 and the Civil War in North America has entered its third year. Facing a range of enemy threats, southern commander General Robert E. Lee proposes an invasion of the northern states to supply his army, relieve pressure on other imperilled

    • Bond of Blood

      by Martin Hicks

      Bond of Blood tells the story of two Irish brothers, each of whom makes the life-changing journey to the new world as the second half of the 19th century draws on. Thomas and Michael Casey are linked by blood, but find themselves on opposite sides of t

    • Fiction
      August 2017

      Nothing Without Honour

      by Martin Hicks

      It is the Spring of 1864 and the Confederate raider Palmetto is off the Philippines, pursuing her campaign against US shipping. For her captain, Thomas Grover there is much to consider, for with the ship’s previously sustained engine dam

    • Fiction
      December 2015

      Palmetto

      by Martin Hicks

      It is 1861 and Thomas Grover has resigned from the US Navy to go with his native state of South Carolina which has left the Union. For two years his career in the new Confederate Navy is tedious and unrewarding. He is posted to Britain as a naval attac

    • Warfare & defence

      A Season for Killing

      by Martin Hicks

      "A Season for Killing" is told from the perspective of Daniel Ryan, a corporal in Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Virginia in 1864 during the American Civil War, as the brutal campaign in the spring and summer of that year unfolds. Ryan, an Irish i

    • Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
      December 2007

      A Deepening Twilight

      by Martin Hicks

      A Deepening Twilight, the sequel to "A Season for Killing," continues the story of Daniel Ryan, an Irish immigrant serving in Robert E. Lee's confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War. The novel relates Ryan's experiences in V

    • Military history

      A Gathering of Soldiers

      by Martin Hicks

      A Gathering of Soldiers relates the story of Daniel Ryan, an Irish immigrant who has begun a new life in Georgia just as the events leading up to the momentous civil war in America have begun to unfold. The book describes his experiences upon enlisting

    • The Bitterest Enemy

      by Martin Hicks

      It is the late summer of 1863 and the third year of the war in North America. In the wake of the defeat at Gettysburg, Robert E. Lee has returned, with his Confederate army, to Virginia. But a further crisis to the west, in the Tennessee theatre of the

    • Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

      Hard Passage North

      by Martin Hicks

      HARD PASSAGE NORTH continues the story of Irish immigrant Daniel Ryan, who has left his adopted Georgia home to serve in Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. It is the summer of 1862 and, following the campaign to save their capital c

    • Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

      The Rappahannock Line

      by Martin Hicks

      The Rappahannock Line continues the story of Irish immigrant Daniel Ryan who serves in Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. As the year 1862 draws to its close, the powerful Union army gathers its strength on the Rappahannock River in

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