Books by Michael Winston
The Jonathan Kinkaid Series is an exciting and meticulously researched, nautical fiction series that follows the adventures of an American naval officer during the Revolutionary War. Each book is based upon actual events, each taking the reader to a different theater of the war at sea. With cover art by the author.
Book 1: Independent Action: Kinkaid in the North Atlantic, introduces our hero as he serves as First Lieutenant aboard the American frigate Randolph of 32 guns, blockaded in the port of Philadelphia during the winter of 1776-77. Tasked with orders to undertake "independent action" in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic against a mighty British convoy, the "Lucky Randy" manages to elude enemy warships long enough to transform her crew-from the crusty boatswain O'Toole to the teenage midshipman Billy Weatherby-into an effective fighting force. A story of the fury of the sea and the waste of war, of brave but fallible men and boys who find themselves in dire straits, of history and the building of character, "Independent Action" is fast-paced, old-fashioned, high seas adventure at its very best.
Book 3: Hazardous Duty: Kinkaid with the Northern Fleet finds Kinkaid in command of the 18-gun sloop of war, Ranger, tasked with scouting duties for the Continental Fleet. Braving not only the foul and frigid weather of northern waters, Kinkaid must contend with an inexperienced crew, a badly leaking ship, and personality clashes among senior officers; one of them being the bold and aggressive John Paul Jones, in command of the Frigate Alfred, not to mention trying to evade a strong and powerful British force that hopes to trap and destroy them in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Kinkaid takes command of America’s premier warship, the powerful 40-gun frigate Alliance, tasked with picking up 100,000 Spanish-milled dollars from the port of Havana, Cuba and delivering it to the coffers of Congress in Philadelphia. Needless to say there are many forces who hope to claim this vast fortune for themselves and others who would be just as happy to ensure it never reaches American shores. From the wind in the rigging to the roar of broadsides; with colorful characters, both old and new, as well as unexpected guests and surprising events, The Treasure Ship has everything one expects in a Kinkaid adventure, and more.
The Sgt. Smith Trilogy is the true story of my father's experiences with the First Infantry Division during World War II, from North Africa to D-Day into Germany, based on documented history as well as stories my father told me. A vivid and unvarnished odyssey into the foxholes of WWII, this series is a gritty look at a war we should never forget.
Volume One: Baptism of Fire: Sgt. Smith in the North African Campaign follows a squad of First Infantry Division soldiers to the rugged Tunisian desert of North Africa in their first experience of war. As members of the "Big Red One," the most famous division in the American Army, they do battle with the most famous units in the German Army; Rommel's Africa Corps, and the 10th and 21st Panzer Divisions.
Book 2: Uprising: Jonathan Kinkaid in the West Indies, in which Kinkaid is given command of his own ship, Swift, of sixteen guns. His assignment is threefold: to deliver a diplomat bearing a copy of the Declaration of Independence to the Dutch free port of St. Eustatia in the Caribbean, to assist a major of marines with a mysterious assignment that takes them to the jungle island of Dominica, inhabited by cannibalistic Caribe Indians, and to gain information of any pirate activity in the Virgin Islands that may interfere with American shipping from St. Eustatia to American shores. A story of strange allies and astounding deceit, of happy times followed by terrible heartbreak, where the tinkling of champagne glasses is replaced by the roar of cannons in the blink of an eye, "Uprising is another rousing sea-going adventure in the Winston style. Bonus material includes an exerpt from the first book in the Sgt. Smith WWII trilogy, "Baptism of Fire."
Book 4: Tidings of Victory: Kinkaid in Europe tells of Captain Kinkaid and his seagoing patriots taking the news of our great victory at Saratoga to Benjamin Franklin in Paris. Filled with spies and saboteurs, intrigue and villainy, this masterfully written tale is another triumph of high-seas adventure in the Winston style, from booming cannons in ship-to-ship battles to a bold rescue of American seamen from an English prison; with a brilliant and unexpected conclusion.
A Prequel: This volume takes us back to Kinkaid's first assignment, when he is sent to the New York woods to advise General Benedict Arnold in the building and fighting of an inland fleet on Lake Champlain to stop the British advance.
Volume Two: Soldiers in the Sun: Sgt. Smith in the Campaign for Sicily takes First Squad to the hot and rocky Island of Sicily, where the "Big Red One" continues their battles with the best units in the German Army such as the elite Herman Goering Division, from the beaches of Gela to the Straights of Messina. After being blooded in the hills and desert country of Tunisia the men of First Squad are becoming proficient at their craft; they are becoming soldiers.
Volume Three: Forward to Danger: Sgt. Smith and the Campaign for Europe First Squad hits the bloody beach at Omaha and fights across France to the hell of the Huertgen Forest in Germany. They are veterans now, bloodied in Africa, their combat skills honed in Sicily, but the road ahead is still a long one and fraught with danger. There is nothing to prove now; only survival.
Sunset of the Iroquois It is the spring of 1779. Deep in the forest, lying at
the bottom of the largest of the Finger Lakes of New York State, is a small
tribe of Cayuga Iroquois Indians who wish only to live their lives in peace by
remaining neutral in the white man's war. But what can a young brave do when he
learns that the great General Washington has ordered a 5000-man army to invade
his country, burn their homes and crops and kill or take hostage all his people
and drive them from their land? A gritty, character-driven, and historically
accurate depiction of the Clinton-Sullivan campaign, the invasion of the Indian
country and the largest military operation ever undertaken during the American
Revolution. Rarely mentioned in the history books, this true story is told from
both sides with famous figures and colorful personalities, with emphasis on
young warrior and Iroquois way of life. Join with Yellow Bear as he follows his
father, the war chief Too Tall Pine, along with Fishcarrier, Cornplanter, Red
Jacket, and other Iroquois warriors as they take up the hatchet to protect
their people from annihilation.
Cover painting by Frederic Church, entitled "Twilight in the Wilderness."