Books by Michael Winston
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The Jonathan Kinkaid Series is an exciting, meticulously researched, and highly regarded nautical fiction series that follows the adventures of an American naval officer during the Revolutionary War. Each book is based upon actual events; each takes us to a different theatre of the war at sea during the American Revolution.
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.
Sunset of the Iroquois Tells the true story of Washington's 1779 invasion of the Indian lands in New York State from both sides. Cover painting is by Frederic Church, entitled "Twilight in the Wilderness."
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.
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 fifth book of the Jonathan Kinkaid Series is in progress, to be entitled "The Treasure Ship; Kinkaid and the Alliance." It should be available by mid summer 2013.
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.
A third volume is currently being researched, that will follow Sgt. Smith and First Squad from the beaches of D-Day to when the First Division enters Germany. Available by the end of 2013.