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Peter Wicked: A Matty Graves Novel

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Set in the early 19th century amid the ships and seamen of a nascent United States Navy, Lieutenant Matty Graves is recovering from his ordeal during the slave rebellion in the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Dómingue when he is ordered to Washington to answer questions about the death of his former captain. On home soil he must deal with the mystery and shame surrounding his birth as well as the attractions of his best friend's sister. But when he is offered a command of his own, he seizes the opportunity ...

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Overview

Set in the early 19th century amid the ships and seamen of a nascent United States Navy, Lieutenant Matty Graves is recovering from his ordeal during the slave rebellion in the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Dómingue when he is ordered to Washington to answer questions about the death of his former captain. On home soil he must deal with the mystery and shame surrounding his birth as well as the attractions of his best friend's sister. But when he is offered a command of his own, he seizes the opportunity to seek his fortune and make a name for himself, even if it means destroying those closest to him.

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"Nautical adventure fans will welcome Campbell's third novel [about] intrepid Matty Graves. Graves proves equally resourceful at navigating bureaucratic [U.S. Navy] minefield[s] and steering a steady course through . . . the Caribbean."  —Publishers Weekly

"Eventful and enjoyable. What distinguishes this series from other naval adventure novels is its mixed-race protagonist. This situation is historically accurate (20 percent of all seamen in the American navy were African American at the time) and gives the book an unusual, if somewhat jaundiced, perspective. Recommended for public libraries."  —Library Journal

"A fine sea story, an adventure complete with nautical detail, sword-fighting fun, and an unconventional love interest. Besides all of this, it has a charming, resourceful and engaging narrator."  —Historical Novels Review

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Nautical adventure fans will welcome Campbell's third novel to feature intrepid Matty Graves (after The War of Knives). In 1800, the 17-year-old Graves, "a bastard and a Negro" despite both parents being white, is recalled to Washington City, where his rank is reduced from acting lieutenant to midshipman, and he's questioned about his role in a duel between his friend Peter Wickett and another officer. Graves's fortunes later turn after he's promoted to lieutenant and given his first command, the schooner Tomahawk. On joining the American squadron in Santo Domingo, he's ordered to capture an American officer who's stolen a naval vessel and turned pirate-Peter Wickett. Graves proves equally brave and resourceful at navigating the bureaucratic minefield of the U.S. navy and at steering a steady course through the treacherous politics of various nations-Spain, France, England, Denmark-vying for power in the Caribbean. (Sept.)

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Library Journal

The third novel in the Matty Graves series (after The War of Knives and No Quarter) takes place during the Quasi War of 1798 to 1800, an undeclared naval conflict between France and the United States. Recovering from his ordeal during the slave rebellion on the island of Saint-Dómingue, naval officer Matty Graves is summoned to Washington for questioning about his role in the death of his captain and the sinking of a ship. While not formally accused of wrongdoing, Graves is removed from command and ends up "on the beach." As a result, there is little action or plot development in the novel's first half, aside from a flirtation with a friend's sister, which holds little interest for the reader. The narrative speeds up when Graves gains command of a ship and an opportunity to redeem himself by catching a notorious pirate. Patient readers will be rewarded with a novel that proves to be eventful and enjoyable. What distinguishes this series from other naval adventure novels is its mixed-race protagonist. This situation is historically accurate (20 percent of all seamen in the American navy were African American at the time) and gives the book an unusual, if somewhat jaundiced, perspective. Recommended for public libraries, especially where Patrick O'Brian and other naval authors are popular.
—Douglas Southard

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590131527
  • Publisher: McBooks Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: The Matty Graves Novels
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,185,757
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Broos Campbell is the author of No Quarter and War of Knives and has served as a crew member of the Lady Washington, a restored tall ship. He lives in Los Angeles.

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