Alec Merrill Kicks Off New Historical Fiction Series

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Author takes readers back to 1744-era England, follows adventures of young man thrown into Royal Navy.

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“The book will appeal to readers of historical fiction and readers who enjoy a sea story because it encompasses both,” Merrill says.

Alec Merrill weaves a tale of adventure that shows how attitude and perseverance can overcome most obstacles in life in his well-crafted new historical fiction, “Swift” (published by Archway Publishing).

In 1744 England, Jonathan Swift, a young, impressionable 16-year-old scamp who shares a name with the famous author, is made to join the Royal Navy. Within this regimented environment, the lad learns what is necessary to become a valued sailor and becomes a man in the process. His skill, knowledge and determination are tested as his ship joins battle with the French during the first siege of Louisbourg.

Beginning in England near the seaport of Rye, “Swift” chronicles the Royal Navy’s transit from England to the West Indies and follows Jonathan Swift’s adventures in Louisburg on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada.

“The book will appeal to readers of historical fiction and readers who enjoy a sea story because it encompasses both,” Merrill says. “One reader who has already commented on the book stated ‘I would re-read the book because I learned more about life on board a Royal Navy vessel during the age of sail than I have ever picked up after reading dozens of other similar works.’”

By Alec Merrill
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 326 pages | ISBN 9781480803565
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 326 pages | ISBN 9781480803541
E-Book | ISBN 9781480803558
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Alec Merrill was an officer in the Canadian Forces. Upon release, he was engaged to establish the training for the North Warning System, which provides NORAD with early warning capabilities. Over the years he has provided training and consulting services to a wide range of clients. He was employed for three years as the chief of emergency services for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, which includes the Canadian Coast Guard. More information is available at

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