By Force Of Arms

By Force Of Arms

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The first in the enthralling Revolution at Sea series As the War of Independence begins in earnest, American merchant seamen prepare to strike the first blows. None strikes more deftly than Isaac Biddlecomb, captain of the Judea, whose smuggling activities are making a mockery of His Majesty's Royal Navy. Pursued by the HMS Rose, he sacrifices the ship he loved to the depths, together with the fortune he stood to gain, rather than surrender. On the run from the enraged forces of King George, Isaac disguises himself as a merchant seaman. He is reunited with Ezra Rumstick, a comrade and fierce rebel, as the revolution gathers momentum. On a brig bound for Jamaica, and now serving as a lowly mate, fate tests Isaac's mettle as he is captured by the enemy and faces a life of servitude under the deranged captain and sadistic crew of the HMS Icarus...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 114 x 176 x 32mm | 240.4g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, 1 map
  • 0552149608
  • 9780552149600
  • 468,910

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"'Authenticity runs throughout the book, carrying total conviction'" -- Patrick O'Brian "'First rate action writing'" Publishers Weekly "'Nelson writes with the eagerness of a young man sailing his first command'" -- Patrick O'Brianshow more

About James Nelson

James Nelson has served as a seaman, rigger, boatswain and officer on a number of sailing vessels. He is the author of the five books comprising his The Revolution at Sea saga and The Brethren of the Coast trilogy. He lives with his wife and children in Maine. His web site can be found at www.jameslnelson.com.show more

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"'Nelson writes with the eagerness of a young man sailing his first command'"show more

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The first in his enthralling REVOLUTION AT SEA series As the War of Independence begins in earnest, American merchant seamen prepare to strike the first blows. None strikes more deftly than Isaac Biddlecomb, captain of the Judea, whose smuggling activities are making a mockery of His Majesty's Royal Navy. Pursued by the HMS Rose, he sacrifices the ship he loved to the depths, together with the fortune he stood to gain, rather than surrender. On the run from the enraged forces of King George, Isaac disguises himself as a merchant seaman. He is reunited with Ezra Rumstick, a comrade and fierce rebel, as the revolution gathers momentum. On a brig bound for Jamaica, and now serving as a lowly mate, fate tests Isaac's mettle as he is captured by the enemy and faces a life of servitude under the deranged captain and sadistic crew of the HMS Icarus...show more

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218 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 26% (57)
4 44% (96)
3 25% (55)
2 3% (6)
1 2% (4)
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