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The Ship's Carpenter (Tween Sea and Shore Book 1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Five-star book adventures in the mid-1700s begin now.

"...a tangible 'you-are-there' literary experience. With believable period dialog and compelling personal stories throughout."—Amazon (Five Stars)

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 Yvet
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Published September 12th 2019 by Fireship Press
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Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Something a little unusual in naval fiction; instead of only derring-do with captain and crew on one ship, we follow a shipwright, Abraham Robinson, and learn about what a shipwright/ship's carpenter did during the Age of Sail. Set against the backdrop of the War of Austrian Succession, King George's War, and the Seven Year's War, we follow the carpenter on land and sea; from working on shore he is pressed into the British Navy and sees much fighting. This is also the story of the French ship, L ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Abraham, a shipwright has just been let go of his duties with the Royal Navy Dockyard in Woolwich, due to an injury to his hand. He has not been able to find steady work since and often barley finds enough carpentry work to stay fed and a roof over his head. He decides it is time to jump the channel and maybe head to France for work. 

France should be in need of shipwrights, they are at war currently with Austria. Men are off heading to war, and they will need some to stay back to help production
Jean Roberts
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Ship's Carpenter by D. E. Stockman
Published September 2019 by Fireship Press
Pages: 219
Genre: Historical Fiction, Nautical, Military
Available: Paperback and E-book

Reviewers Note: I was given a free advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

The Plot: Set in the tumultuous mid-1700s the story follows Abraham, a ship carpenter, as he seeks employment on both sides of the English Channel. Abraham's dream of a peaceful life with his love Yvette is swept aside by the vagaries of
Steph Warren
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

The Ship’s Carpenter is an immersive historical drama, following Abraham as he learns to adapt to a new trade, attempts to court the beautiful – but fickle – Yvette, and repeatedly finds himself on the wrong side of his heritage as the English and French clash at sea and Abraham shuttles between them.

This is a fascinating insight into a period of history that I know little about, a
Luzanne Warren
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Firstly, let me just say it takes guts and a lot of hard work to write Historical Fiction. I have a lot of respect for all writers, but a ton more for Historical Fiction writers. Recreating a world setting that is not only accurate but still entertaining is no small feat.

Following the story of Abraham Robinson, a shipwright working during the war between England and France in 1742, The Ship's Carpenter follows a long and intricate storyline. Falling in love in a time of war proves more difficul
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
PROS: The Ship's Carpenter is a lovingly and carefully written novel, which brings a fresh and thoughtful story to the historical fiction/young adult genre. We follow not a powerful general or dastardly pirate, but a humble carpenter just trying to get by. Abraham feels real, as do all the characters. There are no mustache-twirling villains or simpering damsels in distress, no, these are real people, with real personalities and motivations. I'll admit, despite the author being a male I was pleas ...more
Richard Travis
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The Ship's Carpenter" is an exciting tale of mid-eighteenth century naval warfare between England and France. Based on true events, author D. E. Stockman follows the perilous seafaring paths of people whose lives are caught up in rival nations' struggles for dominance. His descriptions of period warships that actually partook in the sea battles of the time include just enough naval and sailing terminology for convincing authenticity without being heavy-handed. His compelling treatment of the hu ...more
Liliyana Shadowlyn
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
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The Ship's Carpenter is not your typical historical fiction. It's a little drier than I would have liked for a historical fiction. It's a good book, but it's difficult to submerge yourself in the story. A nice read overall, and you'll find yourself rooting for Abraham more as the book progresses. I definitely recommend downloading and at least looking over the free addendum before diving in, it'll help certain parts of the book make more sense. ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Decently written, though the sea battle descriptions are odd or, at least, rather different from what is usually expected. Unfortunately, the story only generates moderate interest in this reader. Though one wishes the best for the main characters.
Tony da Napoli
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
{Update: Sequel 4/29/2021. And Mr. Stockman's website currently has a free, very detailed glossary/addendum of nautical terms, ships information, cast of characters, and more, that is a great companion piece.}

Some thoughts… First off, most of my recreational reading the last several years has been centered mostly on Nordic/European noir mysteries. That said, way back when, I used to read many seafaring, sailing ship war stories like Horatio Hornblower. The Ship’s Carpen
M. Taylor
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must confess that I have read very little naval fiction in the last 10 years or so while focusing on non-fiction although prior to that, I have read a lot. Having said that, I’m very happy to have read it and feel like I should be reading more again.
The Ship’s Carpenter is very well written in a very flowing pace. There’s much to be said as the work is very well researched. I had to refer to Wikipedia and Google a few times to get some definitions of terms and in turn was rewarded by a greater
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A Midwestern boy from Ohio, David collected fossils, played with his dog and turtles, and spent all day in the woods, daydreaming of adventure in far away places. After finishing up college, he worked in publication printing and for numerous book publishers in the Chicago area. His love of science, history, and travel served him well when he turned to writing historical nautical fiction.

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