James L. Nelson

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James L. Nelson
Occupation writer
Genre Historical fiction,
Nautical fiction,
Naval history,
Notable awards W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction
Spouse Lisa

James L. Nelson (born 1962) is an American historical nautical novelist.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Lewiston, Maine in 1962. In 1980, Nelson graduated from Lewiston High School. He attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts for two years, and then transferred to UCLA, with the ambition of becoming a film director.

Personal life[edit]

Nelson, his wife, Lisa, their daughters Elizabeth and Abbey and their sons, Nathaniel and Jonathan, live in Harpswell, Maine, where Nelson continues to write full-time.[1] He is also the past Skipper of Sea Scout Ship 243, out of Maine Maritime Museum, in Bath.


He received the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction from the American Library Association in 2004 for his novel, Glory In The Name: A Novel of the Confederate Navy.[2]


Novel series[edit]

Revolution at Sea saga[edit]

features "Isaac Biddlecomb"

  1. By Force of Arms (1997), ISBN 978-0-671-51924-7
  2. The Maddest Idea (1997), ISBN 978-0-671-51925-4
  3. The Continental Risque (1998), ISBN 978-0-671-01381-3
  4. Lords of the Ocean (1999), ISBN 978-0-671-03490-0
  5. All the Brave Fellows (2001), ISBN 978-0-671-03846-5

Brethren of the Coast series[edit]

features "Thomas Marlowe"

  1. The Guardship (2000), ISBN 0-380-80452-2.[3] Spanish edition published by Ediciones B as "El vigía" in 2004.
  2. The Blackbirder (2001), ISBN 0-06-000779-6.[4] Spanish edition published by Ediciones B as "El negrero" in 2005.
  3. The Pirate Round (2002), ISBN 0-06-053926-7.[5] Spanish edition published by Ediciones B as "La ronda del pirata" in 2007.

Civil War at Sea series[edit]

features "Samuel Bowater"

  1. Glory in the Name (2004), ISBN 0-06-095905-3[6]
  2. Thieves of Mercy (2005), ISBN 0-06-019970-9[7][8]

Book of the Norsemen[edit]

A Tale of Viking Age Ireland

Standalone novels[edit]



  1. ^ "James L. Nelson". 
  2. ^ http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/2/all_years Boyd Award Recipients List
  3. ^ Review, Chicago Tribune, 2000/02/04, http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2000-02-04/features/0002040148_1_patrick-o-brian-aubrey-and-maturin-jack-aubrey
  4. ^ "Fiction Review: The Blackbirder by James L. Nelson. Publishers Weekly". Publishersweekly.com. 2001-03-01. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  5. ^ Review, Publishers Weekly, http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-380-80454-2
  6. ^ Review, Publishers Weekly, http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-06-019969-2
  7. ^ Review, Kirkus, https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/james-l-nelson/thieves-of-mercy/
  8. ^ Review, Publishers Weekly, http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-06-019970-8
  9. ^ Review, Kirkus, https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/james-l-nelson/fire-and-sword/
  10. ^ Review, Publishers Weekly, http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-312-57644-8

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