Books by James L. Nelson

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In 1994 I finished By Force of Arms, my first book. I've been a full-time writer since then, with fourteen books either published or in the process of being published. My books have sold in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain. My 2003 title Glory in the Name was selected as the winner of the American Library Association's W.Y. Boyd Award for Excellence in Military Fiction.

Recently, my writing has expanded to include non-fiction. My first work of non-fiction was Reign of Iron, a detailed look at the ironclads Monitor and Merrimack (Virginia, Benedict Arnold's Navy about the Revolutionary war naval battle that took place on Lake Champlain. My book George Washington's Secret Navy won the Naval Order's Samuel Eliot Morison award in 2010.

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The Lord of Vik-lo: A Novel of Viking Age Ireland (The Norsemen Saga Book 3)
by James L. Nelson
Book III of the ongoing Norsemen Saga. In this riveting follow-up to Fin Gall and Dubh-linn, Thorgrim Night Wolf makes ready to leave the Viking town of Dubh-linn for the long journey back to his home in Norway. Having recovered from the wounds of battle and having won for himself a fortune, a crew, and a longship, he is ready to return...
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Thieves of Mercy: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea
by James L. Nelson
Having survived the bloody Battle of New Orleans and the loss of their ironclad Yazoo River, captain Samuel Bowater, engineer Hieronymus Taylor, and the survivors of their crew are given new orders -- take command of an ironclad warship being built in Memphis, Tennessee. Bowater and his men take passage upriver from "Mississippi" Mike...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction; Contemporary Fiction
Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack
by James L. Nelson
At the outbreak of the Civil War, North and South quickly saw the need to develop the latest technology in naval warfare, the ironclad ship. After a year-long scramble to finish first, in a race filled with intrigue and second guessing, blundering and genius, the two ships -- the Monitor and the Merrimack -- after a four-hour...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; History
With Fire and Sword: The Battle of Bunker Hill and the Beginning of the American Revolution
by James L. Nelson
On June 17, 1775, the entire dynamic of the newborn American Revolution was changed. If the Battle of Lexington and Concord was, in the immortal words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the "shot heard round the world," Bunker Hill was the volley that rocked Britain's Parliament and the ministry of King George III to its core. The Battle of Bunker...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; History
George Washington's Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea
by James L. Nelson
Complements the author’s last book, the well-received Benedict Arnold’s Navy Details an important but rarely mentioned event in American history
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Categories: All Nonfiction; History
George Washington's Great Gamble: And the Sea Battle That Won the American Revolution
by James Nelson
One shining yet overlooked moment that changed the course of the Revolutionary War In the opening months of 1781, General George Washington feared his army would fail to survive another campaign season. The spring and summer only served to reinforce his despair, but in late summer the changing circumstances of war presented a...
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The French Prize: A Novel
by James L. Nelson
Acclaimed, award-winning author James L. Nelson - praised as "a master of both his period and the English language" by Patrick O'Brian - returns to the world of sea and sail in this page-turning historical novel. Jack Biddlecomb has much to live up to, being as he is the eldest son of the esteemed Captain Isaac Biddlecomb, wealthy...
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Fin Gall: A Novel of Viking Age Ireland (The Norsemen Saga Book 1)
by James L. Nelson
Book I of the ongoing Norsemen Saga. 852 A.D. For decades the Vikings have swept out of the Norse countries and fallen on England, Ireland, whatever lands they could reach aboard their longships. Few could resist the power of their violent onslaught. They came at first to plunder, and then to settle, an encroachment fiercely resisted...
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Dubh-linn: A Novel of Viking Age Ireland (The Norsemen Saga Book 2)
by James L. Nelson
Book II of the ongoing Norsemen Saga. Coming in the wake of Fin Gall, Dubh-linn, continues the story of Thorgrim Night Wolf and his band of Viking warriors as they plunder the Irish coast. Eager to return to his native Norway, Thorgrim agrees to participate in one last raid under the command of a man he does not trust. But the Northmen...
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The Blackbirder: Book Two of the Brethren of the Coast (Brethren of the Coast (Paperback))
by James L. Nelson
In a blind rage, King James, ex-slave and now Marlowe's comrade in arms, slaughters the crew of a slave ship and makes himself the most wanted man in Virginia. The governor gives Marlowe a choice: Hunt James down and bring him back to hang or lose everything Marlowe has built for himself and his wife, Elizabeth. Marlowe sets out in...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction
The Guardship: Book One Of The Brethren Of The Coast: The Guardship Book 1
by James L. Nelson
Shortly after Thomas Marlowe's arrival in Williamsburg, Virginia, all in that newfound capital city are speaking his name. With the bounty from his years as a pirate--a life he intends to renounce and keep forever secret--he purchases a fine plantation from a striking young widow, and soon after kills the favorite son of one of...
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The Pirate Round: Book Three of the Brethren of the Coast (Brethren of the Coast (Paperback))
by James L. Nelson
In 1706, war still rages in Europe, and the tobacco planters of the Virginia colony's tidewater struggle against shrinking markets and pirates lurking off the coast. But American seafarers have found a new source of wealth: the Indian Ocean and ships carrying fabulous treasure to the great Mogul of India. Faced with ruin, former pirate...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction; All Nonfiction; Contemporary Fiction; History
Glory in the Name: A Novel of the Confederate Navy
by James L. Nelson
Then call us Rebels if you will we glory in the name, for bending under unjust laws and swearing faith to an unjust cause, we count as greater shame. -- Richmond Daily Dispatch, May 12, 1862 April 12, 1861. With one jerk of a lanyard, one shell arching into the sky, years of tension explode into civil war. And for those men who do...
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The Only Life That Mattered: The Short and Merry Lives of Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and Calico Jack Rackam
by James L. Nelson
Fed up with an outlaw existence, Calico Jack Rackam swears off the pirate life, until he meets Anne Bonny, a woman who would as soon stab a man as give him a good tumble—that is, unless he's a pirate. Soon Jack finds himself out on the high seas, with Anne by his side and his men spoiling for action.
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Benedict Arnold's Navy: The Ragtag Fleet That Lost the Battle of Lake Champlain but Won the American Revolution
by James L. Nelson
An epic story of one man’s devotion to the American cause In October 1776, four years before Benedict Arnold’s treasonous attempt to hand control of the Hudson River to the British, his patch-work fleet on Lake Champlain was all that stood between British forces and a swift end to the American rebellion. Benedict Arnold’s...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; History
Glendalough Fair: A Novel of Viking Age Ireland (The Norsemen Saga Book 4)
by James L. Nelson
Spring has come to Ireland, where Thorgrim Night Wolf, new-made Lord of Vík-ló, and the three hundred Viking warriors under his command have suffered through a brutal winter. Despite having accomplished much during the months of cold and rain, the patience of the men has worn thin and anger and frustration threaten to tear the ships’...
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Die Wikinger - Kampf um die Krone: Historischer Roman (Nordmann-Saga 1) (German Edition)
by James L. Nelson
Norwegen und Irland im 9. Jh. Bei stürmischer See und mitten in der Nacht fällt den Wikingern um Thorgrim Nachtwolf ein unscheinbares Fischerboot in die Hände. An Bord: eine außergewöhnlich reich mit Juwelen verzierte Goldkrone, die Krone der Drei Königreiche. Sie allein vermag die einander ständig bekriegenden Stämme Westirlands...
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Night Wolf: A Novel of Viking Age Ireland (The Norsemen Saga Book 5)
by James L. Nelson
With their ill-fated raid on the monastary at Glendalough torn apart by betrayal and defeat, Thorgrim Night Wolf and his handful of survivors from the crew of Sea Hammer find themselves in desperate and tenuous straights. Stranded far from the safety of Vík-ló, surrounded by enemies, and with barely enough men to work the longship’s...
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Raider's Wake: A Novel of Viking Age Ireland (The Norsemen Saga Book 6)
by James L. Nelson
After the treachery and slaughter they met during the raid on Glendalough, Thorgrim Night Wolf and his small band of surviving Northmen have returned to Vík-ló where Thorgrim again sits as lord of the Viking longphort. But the Northmen are a restless lot, and soon they find themselves eager to put to sea. Loading weapons and supplies...
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