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Daniel Allen Butler



Daniel Allen Butler is a best-selling author, historian, and college-educated semi-professional beach bum. His previous works include "Unsinkable"--the Full Story of RMS Titanic; The Day the Lusitania Died; Warrior Queens - The Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth in World War II; The Age of Cunard-A Transatlantic History, 1839-2003; Distant Victory-the Battle of Jutland and the Allied Triumph in the First World War; The First Jihad - The Battle for Khartoum and the Dawn of Militant Islam; The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian, and the Night the Titanic was Lost; The Burden of Guilt: How Germany Shattered the Last Days of Peace, Summer 1914; Shadow of the Sultan's Realm: the Destruction of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East; Field Marshal - The Life and Death of Erwin Rommel; and Pearl - December 7, 1941.

Currently he has two non-fiction works-in-progress, The Convoy - ONS5 and the Last Stand of the Wolfpacks, the story of how, in May 1943, Convoy ONS5 became the turning point of the Battle of the Atlantic, and Tank! The Battle of Arracourt, September 1944. The Blade Files series of novels, a collaboration with Scott Bragg, is his first foray into science-fiction.

Educated at Hope College, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Erlangen (FAU), Butler eventually became a full time author after a stint in the United States Army and later working as a wage-slave. He's been a popular guest-speaker on military and maritime subjects, having given presentations at the National Archives in Washington DC; the Mariners Museum in Newport News, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, and the Flagler Museum in Palm beach, as well as various venues in the United Kingdom. He also often appears in the on-board enrichment series of several cruise lines, including Cunard, Royal Caribbean, and the Norwegian Cruise Line. When not writing, he's a woodworker, gearhead, and model builder, noted for his love of single malt whisky and Honduran cigars.

His personal website can be found at

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The Achilles Gambit

Book 2 of the Blade Files


The Nemesis Crystals

Book One of the Blade Files


Pearl - December 7, 1941

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