Never Defeated: The Frigate Constitution

Never Defeated: The Frigate Constitution

by Nicholas Orloff


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ISBN-13: 9780987778536
Publisher: AKVY PRESS
Publication date: 06/15/2012
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

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Never Defeated: The Frigate Constitution 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Joel_Wisher More than 1 year ago
This book is educational, inspirational and easy to read. It tells the story of how ordinary people become heroes when faced with exceptional circumstances. I can not help but think that I would be honored to be a part of the frigate Constitution crew and serve under Captain Hull's command. This book inspired me to learn more about very interesting time period in American History. I would recommend this book for anybody, from teenagers to adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a fan of history fictions in my youth; and I still like reading the history books. The novel about Frigate Constitution by Nicolas Orloff is based on historical documents and well researched. It is both a great read and a historical lesson! The novel describes real heroes of naval battles in 1812: the officers and semen who served on the frigate Constitution that was the first one to challenge the Royal Navy. The novel's end notes provide a perfect source for inquisitive readers, who are interested in USA history. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and was deeply touched by the details of Captain Hull's life and especially by the vivid romantic details of his love story. This novel is an excellent book for family reading and discussion. Enjoy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While searching for a good book in American history, I came across “The Never Defeated: The Frigate Constitution”. What a great read and a valuable historical lesson! This is a novel about the Second War of Independence and particularly about one very important event in this War, when for the first time in history a Yankee warship fought the British, the biggest sea-power in 1812. What impressed me most was that even though the novel presents tons of the historical facts and events with credibility of a good reference book, still it is very engaging and easy to read. While turning over the pages, you get the feeling of the time, when the young country pulled all resources to fight for independence and people were ready to sacrifice their lives to live free. In most history books you don't get to know the people involved to the extent that you care about their fate. In this book real people’s stories touch you, making you feel like you are there, among Old Ironsides’ heroes. You couldn't put this novel down until you find out that the captured Yankee sailor’s misery comes to the happy end – he was freed by the Old Ironsides! James Frances’s story shocks you with the realization of how low the value of a human live was in a British prison at that time. You couldn’t stop worrying when the Constitution with a new-drafted and untrained crew was surrounded by the five British warships and only the Yankee liberty spirit and the Captain Hull’s and his officers skills were all what the heroic frigate had. And still they made it! You feel proud for the Yankee engineers, who designed a better ship than the British with all their many centuries of experience. Your heart fills with joy celebrating the Constitution’s great victory and you feel proud of your country. I was deeply impressed with the author’s writing all of the dialogs in the 1812-era language and his knowledge of the sailing ships’ design and nautical terminology. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in the American history and in the history of the American Navy. Especially, this book will be very educational for young people. It should be mandatory reading for any high school student.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye. for Readers Favorite This is a very interesting sea story of a frigate named Constitution. It is a very nice tale full of seamen’s talk and terms. I like the terminology and the way it is used in the story. I would say that this book is a treasure for any sea lover. It will give the reader the taste and smell of the sea breeze. It is vivid and realistic in all the right places. It has been more than thirty years since the Declaration of Independence was signed and still English ships sail the sea about the USA. This isn’t sitting very well with those who fought so hard for their freedom. The frigate Constitution sails under Captain Hull. He is forced to exert his ship and its crew in the highest way to keep his ship from being seized by the Brits. Hull is a seaman by choice and lineage. He will not surrender his ship. His men feel the same way. They have many harrowing encounters with the British throughout the tale. This is a great book for all those who are familiar with sailing lore. I think it was perhaps overused, which usually tends to slow down the tale. To me it felt forced at times and didn’t flow smoothly. It has some use of foul language that doesn’t add to the tale at all and I wonder why it is included. Also some of the phrases and usage of the language is too modern for the era this historical fiction claims to portray.