“Jon Jordan’s study overshadows all others on the subject.”
“Jonathan Jordan has told a fascinating story with great clarity. I particularly admire his explications of the domestic and international political situations. His descriptions of the naval battles are easy to follow.”
“An exceptionally thorough and deeply researched history of an overlooked but significant military force that helped win Texan independence from Mexico. A well-told story as well as solid history.”
“Jordan combines the historian’s discriminating eye for facts with the writer’s art for the story. Seldom does one see a historical subject covered in such depth without getting dull, but Jordan pulls it off beautifully.”
“More than a century after the tiny, ill-fated navy of the Republic of Texas lowered its distinctive colors for the last time, Texans remain fascinated with its epic story. This fine work, boldly written and thoroughly researched, combines an engaging narrative with a detailed analysis that should be read not just by Texans, but by scholars in many fields.”
"This is the most comprehensive work I have read on the Texas Navy. The depth of research and thoughtful analysis exceeds the old classics. Jonathan W. Jordan has a fine writing style that makes the work very readable, and his understanding of nautical terminology and the working of sailing ships adds credibility. Mr. Jordan demonstrates an excellent understanding of Texas’s internal and external politics, which makes this work essential for both the buff and the professional historian."
"The most comprehensive look at the Texas Navy . . . The author does an excellent job of fitting the story of the Texas naval service into the political, economic, and diplomatic life of the republic, while providing a look at the men and ships, and the operations in which they were involved, some of them among the most impressive maritime feats of their times."
"Jordan makes his case with engaging prose. . . . As much as Lone Star Navy is a great adventure tale told entertainingly, it is also serious history. For while he does tell the often raucous saga of the Texas Navy, he meticulously researched every fact presented. . . . If you are a fan of novels by Patrick O'Brien, you are as likely to be entertained by this book."
"A bright young historian has at last resurrected the incredible saga of the Republic of Texas Navy in a full-length book. And what a book it is--comprehensively filling in as it does a tremendous void in American history."
"Expansive and cogent."
"Packed with action and insights on a little-covered group."