Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
June 25: Seattle Pioneer Association, “Confederates on the Northwest Coast.”
July 21: Secretary of State’s History Lunch, State Capitol, “Confederates on the Northwest Coast.”
Oct 2: South Sound Estuary Association Center cruise, 1-4 pm, narration on area explorations, including Wilkes, Vancouver, Puget, McMillan, and Bodega y Quadra.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Leeward Coast Press has published Eldridge’s “The Pride of Pascagoula”. Tobias and Rory narrowly escape harm as their respective ships, USS Kearsarge and CSS Alabama, clash in a duel to the death in the waters off Cherbourg, France. Then, Confederate Navy Secretary Stephen Mallory sends Rory and a cadre of Confederate naval officers across the Isthmus of Panama and north to Victoria, on Vancouver Island, to arm a Rebel Raider there. Tobias and Master’s Mate Kekoa Kalama, with their experience in Pacific whaling waters, are in hot pursuit, determined to defend the Union whaling fleet against destruction in the Bering Sea.
For information about scheduling an author appearance or if you have difficulty obtaining the books through bookstores or the above referenced sites please contact:
Les Eldridge at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or or his publisher Leeward Coast Press at: email@example.com
Please read the following posts for more information on each of the four novels.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
The Chesapeake Command finds shipwreck, Indian raids and the threat of war with Great Britain confronting two U.S. Navy officers, one Irish, one black, in the Pacific Northwest on the eve of the American Civil War. Rory Dunbrody and Tobias St. John, sea officers and best friends, are thrust into armed confrontation with the British over possession of remote San Juan Island. Only deft diplomacy averts a shooting war. Then, these two comrades from the lowest social orders of the day are separated by the advent of civil war. Rory, now a Confederate lieutenant, and Tobias, a Union sailing master, struggle to maintain their friendship as they battle the enemy, and one another, in New Orleans, Chesapeake Bay and on the Carolina coasts.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
In Gray Raiders, Green Seas,we learn of Rory Dunbrody, Confederate Navy lieutenant born in the South but raised in Ireland; bold, irreverent, his cynicism tempered with humor, and meet his best friend Tobias St. John, a Union sailing master born into slavery in the Caribbean; courageous, contemplative and careful not to expect too much from life. Endure their struggle to keep a friendship intact despite their separation by the Civil War. See these friends from the lowest social orders of the day overcome the disdain and bias of a few fellow officers and build their reputations for courage and resourcefulness. Meet their new shipmate Kekoa Kalama, former whaler and star navigator. Experience a ride with Confederate cavalryman John S. Mosby, a desperate assault on coast fortifications, dangerous espionage, the brilliant capture of a Confederate blockade-runner, a daring rescue of an infantry unit surrounded behind enemy lines and the pivotal 1862 Battle of Hampton Roads. Watch these sea officers face the challenges of storm and the enemy afloat and ashore.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
In the Wake of the Woonsocket, Tobias St John undertakes yet another espionage mission masterminded by Lincoln and his Secret Service Chief, Allen Pinkerton and meets Mexican President Benito Juarez. Together, they confound confederate blockade runners. In the process, Tobias barely escapes death at the hand of his nemesis, blockade runner Bertram Ludlow, off the mouth of the Rio Bravo! Next, Rory Dunbrody and Tobias are thrown together during the greatest race riot in history, as New York Irish and free Blacks clash while the Draft takes effect. They must stage a mock murder to keep the men in their commands alive in the chaos. And speaking of New York, Raphael Semmes in the CSS Alabama opted not to attack its harbor for lack of fuel, and Taylor Wood of the CSS Rappahannock cancelled a raid on the Brooklyn Navy Yard for want of a pilot. Is there no Rebel Navy raider who will rise to the challenge? Rory Dunbrody, now there’s the lad! He assaults New York with explosive results!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Tues Nov 30,7:00 AM, North Thurston Kiwanis. Topic: Confederates in the NW
Tues Nov 30, 9:00 AM, Panorama “JET” Breakfast. Topic: Confederates in the NW
Sat Dec 11, 6:00 PM, Navy League Banquet @ Panorama. Topic: Confederates in the NW
Wed Dec. 8, evening, Whatcom Maritime Assoc. 2 Squalicum Yacht Club. Topic: Charles Wilkes
Mon Dec 13, Noon, Olympia Kiwanis. Topic: Confederates in the NW
Monday, Jan 3, Noon Olympia Rotary at Indian Summer Restaurant, Confederates on the Northwest Coast.
Thur Jan 6, 2:30 - 4:00 PM, Panorama "Learning in Retirement," Topic: Charles Wilkes
Tues May 17, 7:30 PM, Olympia Sail and Power Squadron, @ Olympia Yacht Club. Topic: tbd
Sat May 21, 2:00 pm, Puget Sound Navy Museum, Bremerton, WA. Topic: tbd
June 25, Saturday, Seattle Pioneer Association, topic tbd
Please call Les at 360-754-3711 or 360-701-3213 to schedule an appearance or for more information about the above listed appearances.
All of Les books will be available for sale at these events including: The Chesapeake Command, Gray Raiders, Green Seas, The Wake of the Woonsocket, and The Pride of Pascagoula, and, except for Oct 23 and 30, The Wilkes Expedition, Charles Wilkes and the Oregon Country, a history.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Don & Carol Law’s Home, Author Appearance and Booksigning, Oct 19
Navy Undersea Museum, Topic: Japanese Subs, Oct 23, 2010
Fireside Bookstore, Book Signing, Oct 30, 2010
USS Arizona Memorial: “From the Great White Fleet to Battleship Row, Battleships under Two Roosevelts,” April 2010. (Picture)
USS Bowfin Museum for the Hawaii Civil War Roundtable: “The CSS Shenandoah,” April 2010., Sixty-fifth Commissioning Anniversary, USS Bowfin, “The First Submarine Service and the Defense of Charleston,” 2008.
Wai’anae Branch, Hawaii State Library, “Hawaiian Naval Encounters of the Kamehameha Dynasty,” May 2010.
Main Branch, Hawaii State Library, “The Battle of Leyte Gulf,” for Memorial Day 2010, “Black Jacks, African-American Sailors in Mr. Lincoln’s Navy,” March 29, 2009, as part of the Abraham Lincoln Exhibition, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Other notable appearances:
African-American Civil War Museum, Washington, D.C., 2007
Mariner’s Museum, Newport News, VA, 2007
Navy Undersea Museum, Keyport, WA, 2008
Bicentennial of the US Coast Survey, 2007, Washington State Capital Museum and the Timberland Library and Sequim, WA Museum.
Recent Cruise Lectures:
Dawn Princess, 2009, Sydney to Hawaii (picture – Les as cruise lecturer). Topics: “Australia’s Magnificent Voyagers,” “Faster then a Frigate! Polynesian and Micronesian voyaging canoes,” “The Gentleman German Raiders of WW I,” “The Maori Wars, “The Royal Australian Navy,” “Japan’s Reluctant Admirals, “Drake and the Galleons of Spain.”
Splendour of the Seas, 2009, Eastern Mediterranean. Topics: “Venice’s Marriage to the Adriatic,” “Navarino and the Celebrities’ Revolution for Greek Independence,” “The Great White Fleet.”
Grand Princess, 2009, Eastern Mediterranean. Topics: “Nelson’s Italian Mistresses,” How Napoleon Sank at the Nile,” “Ironclads and Dreadnoughts in Turkish Waters.”