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Captain Kilburnie
     

Captain Kilburnie

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by William P. Mack
 

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Rising Through the Ranks of Nelson’s Navy

As a young seaman, Fergus Kilburnie’s bold courage and natural affinity with the ocean established him as the first Scotsman to serve as an officer in the British Navy. Along with his captain’s stripes, he’s earned the command of The Imperious, a three-masted frigate armed with thirty-eight

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Rising Through the Ranks of Nelson’s Navy

As a young seaman, Fergus Kilburnie’s bold courage and natural affinity with the ocean established him as the first Scotsman to serve as an officer in the British Navy. Along with his captain’s stripes, he’s earned the command of The Imperious, a three-masted frigate armed with thirty-eight cannon, and the pride of the fleet. Against the mighty navies of France and Spain, Kilburnie is a force to be reckoned with as they vie for control of the seas.

But obtaining command isn’t the end of his trials. In addition to Britain’s enemies, Kilburnie must also contend with the jealousies of his own crew and officers—as well as the treacherous intrigue of the British Admiralty…

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“Like the books of Patrick O’Brian and C.S. Forester, Mack’s novel is replete with sea action, the thunder of cannonfire, the pungent smells of slow match and black powder smoke.” —Sailing magazine

“A vivid slice of life from a bygone age…Captain Kilburnie is great fun and its vignettes of British naval life, aboard ship and ashore, ring satisfyingly true.” —Sailing magazine

“Compelling…exciting…authentic.” —Annapolis Capital

“A well-written, realistic sea yarn.” —The Star Democrat

“A well-written, realistic sea yarn—loaded to the gunwales with violence, blood and guts, powder and shot, broadsides, pikes, sabers, tall ships jargon, wine, whiskey and considerable sex, including adultery.” —The Star Democrat

“It’s unusual for novels set during the age of ‘wooden ships and iron men’ to be written by authors with actual naval experience. But with his new book, Captain Kilburnie, retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. William P. Mack has joined the ranks of Capt. Frederick Marryat of Peter Simple fame as a writer who has seen naval life first hand…Captain Kilburnie swashbuckles quite nicely.” —Sailing magazine

“Compelling. The book has plot, the characters have motivation, the action is exciting and the background is authentic.” —Annapolis Capital

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425178263
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.01(d)

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From the Publisher
“Like the books of Patrick O’Brian and C.S. Forester, Mack’s novel is replete with sea action, the thunder of cannonfire, the pungent smells of slow match and black powder smoke.” —Sailing magazine

“A vivid slice of life from a bygone age…Captain Kilburnie is great fun and its vignettes of British naval life, aboard ship and ashore, ring satisfyingly true.” —Sailing magazine

“Compelling…exciting…authentic.” —Annapolis Capital

“A well-written, realistic sea yarn.” —The Star Democrat

“A well-written, realistic sea yarn—loaded to the gunwales with violence, blood and guts, powder and shot, broadsides, pikes, sabers, tall ships jargon, wine, whiskey and considerable sex, including adultery.” —The Star Democrat

“It’s unusual for novels set during the age of ‘wooden ships and iron men’ to be written by authors with actual naval experience. But with his new book, Captain Kilburnie, retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. William P. Mack has joined the ranks of Capt. Frederick Marryat of Peter Simple fame as a writer who has seen naval life first hand…Captain Kilburnie swashbuckles quite nicely.” —Sailing magazine

“Compelling. The book has plot, the characters have motivation, the action is exciting and the background is authentic.” —Annapolis Capital

Meet the Author

William P. Mack served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, retiring as vice admiral and Naval Academy superintendent in 1975. The author of several books, including three Naval Institute professional guides, his first attempt at fiction was a Book-of-the-Month Club award winner, South to Java, co-written with his son. The recipient of the Navy League’s Alfred Thayer Mahan Award, among other literary awards, the author lives and writes in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Captain Kilburnie: A Novel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like C.S.Forrester and Horatio Hornblower, or Alexander's Richard Bolitho books? Then this one is for you!!! On the other hand, if you like adventure with a little romance thrown in but know little about sailing ships, and their navies, this is for you!!! The author offers a well written seagoing story from the age of sail which also explains the terms of the Royal Navy without feeling like a textbook. My only complaint is that the publisher promised a sequel and I can't find it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Need I say more? Horrible, predictable plot. Scottish and Irish characters who all talk like they grew up in Ohio. Makes my skin crawl every time I see it on my shelf. I wish I could get my money back on this one.