The Dogs of War

The Dogs of War : The John Paul Jones Saga - Book 2

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"The Dogs of War" tells the gripping story of John Paul Jones' final year as an apprentice sailor on the merchant brig "Friendship." 1763 is a year of optimism after the Peace of Paris ends Britain's Seven Years War. Set against the hopes of a newly established Empire, "the Friendships" must struggle with the consequences of old grievances and feuds - that have set loose the "dogs" that war in every human heart, even after the end of formal warfare. This is a tale of vengeance, duty, and honor - all set against the perils of the high seas. "Dogs of War" is the second installment of the series that began with "Unto the Breach," which covered the first year of John Paul's adult life - his baptism by fire into the life of an 18th century sailor and the special perils of merchant shipping in the midst of the Seven Years War. The third volume (2017) will take up where "The Dogs of War" leaves off and will lead the reader through the opportunities, challenges, and intrigues that forced John Paul to flee a corrupt justice system and even to change his name by adding the surname "Jones." The John Paul Jones Saga is intended for readers who want to enter into the life and times of the pre-Revolutionary age, to gain an understanding of the real life of the time and still be inspired by the grit and everyday heroism of an age of explorers. While the years before the advance of Wesleyan-inspired social reforms were full of inhuman barbarity, modern readers need not be dragged through detailed expositions of the dregs of human folly in pursuit of a good story or in order to understand the forces and leaders that made the eighteenth century a pivotal turning point in American history.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 382 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22mm | 558g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507728042
  • 9781507728048

About F a Schneider

Rick Schneider first started to write fiction as a high school student in Nebraska. He was admitted to the selective Fiction Section of Harvard's Freshman Composition Seminars in 1978. While at Harvard, Rick studied Russian Area Studies and fell in love with the literature of the great Russian writers and especially with the short stories of Anton Chekhov. After Harvard, Rick attended various fiction writing workshops while he worked as a campus chaplain at Harvard and later moved on to pick up a PhD and teach social history at several Russian universities in Moscow while working with the Christian Embassy there from 1993 through 2003. Rick is currently a Senior Fellow with the Rivendell Institute at Yale University. He and his wife Soozie live in Hamden, CT and have three children who all admit to loving historical fiction even though they grew up with many, many nightly readings from the great historical writers of the last several centuries. Rick has published various articles and essays in newspapers and journals (mostly in Russian). In 2008, while teaching in Moscow, Rick stumbled across some of the details of John Paul Jones' collision with Russian bureaucratic culture (and Prince Grigory Potyemkin) that ended Jones' career. Rick hopes to bring all of his experience, passion and education to bear on his effort to tell the story of Jones' rise and fall.show more