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…

Editorial Reviews

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

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

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