Brig of War (Privateers and Gentlemen)

Brig of War (Privateers and Gentlemen)

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by Walter Jon WILLIAMS
     
 
Favian Markham is a rising young American officer in during the War of 1812. As commander of the small, slow brig Experiment, he must break the British blockade and take his outgunned vessel on a daring raid into the Narrow Seas of England. On his desperate journey he faces duels, rivalries, ambitious politicians, yardarm-to-yardarm combat, and the deadly beauty of

Overview

Favian Markham is a rising young American officer in during the War of 1812. As commander of the small, slow brig Experiment, he must break the British blockade and take his outgunned vessel on a daring raid into the Narrow Seas of England. On his desperate journey he faces duels, rivalries, ambitious politicians, yardarm-to-yardarm combat, and the deadly beauty of a foreign courtesan. Yet his greatest battle is not with the enemy, but with his own divided nature . . .

Brig of War (originally published as The Raider) is one of the historical novels with which Walter Jon Williams began his career.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015028232
Publisher:
World Domination, Ltd.
Publication date:
07/27/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
518,022
File size:
394 KB

Meet the Author

Walter Jon Williams is an author, traveler, kenpo fiend, and scuba maven. After an early career as a historical novelist, he switched to science fiction. His first novel to attract serious public attention was Hardwired (1986), described by Roger Zelazny as "a tough, sleek juggernaut of a story, punctuated by strobe-light movements, coursing to the wail of jets and the twang of steel guitars." In 2001 he won a Nebula Award for his novelette, ADaddy=s World,@ and in 2005 another Nebula for “The Green Leopard Plague.”

Walter's subject matter has an unusually wide range, and include the glittering surfaces of Hardwired, the opulent tapestries of Aristoi, the bleak science-tinged roman policier Days of Atonement, and the pensive young Mary Shelley of the novella "Wall, Stone, Craft," which was nominated for a Hugo, Nebula, and a World Fantasy Award.

The fantasy Metropolitan, which was nominated for a Nebula Award, begins a sequence continued in a Nebula- and Hugo-nominated second novel, City on Fire. Of these works, Norman Spinrad wrote, "There's a Jules Verne solidity to it, all girders and ductwork and massively clanking machineries, a Victorian feel of iron and stone and steam somehow, beautifully and cunningly rendered. . . not only a well-realized work but a hopeful landmark of sorts . . ."

Walter has written numerous works of alternate history, featuring Edgar Allan Poe (ANo Spot of Ground@), Mary Shelley (AWall, Stone, Craft@), Elvis Presley (ARed Elvis@), and the Empress Dowager of China (AForeign Devils.@) He has also contributed to the alternate history science fantasy series, Wild Cards.

His latest work is The Fourth Wall, the third book in his series of near-future thrillers featuring game designer Dagmar Shaw.

Walter=s web page may be found at

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Brig of War (Privateers and Gentlemen) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Firstboomers More than 1 year ago
I do enjoy a good novel based on historical facts, and I found this book to be a good read. The characters were well developed and the story line progressed at a reasonable pace. There is one irritating aspect I found in the book. . .that is the number of misspellings and wrong words found in various places throughout. It was obvious that a 'spell checker' program was used to check the content, often substituting a word that obviously did not belong. Having stated this I will probably look at other novels by this author.
Khilt More than 1 year ago
Interesting story around the time of the 1812 war with our mother country. Our Navy was almost nonexistent and the writer introduces us to the problems, politically and socially, with building up our almost nonexistent navy. At the same time telling the story of a young lieutenant and his ordeal to make commander, to make a name for himself, and to contribute to the buildup of the US Navy. The story covers his first major assignment and the struggle within himself to be honorable to the navy, his family and himself. A good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great history and lots of action