Robby Run: A Novel of Blood and Ambition in the Antebellum Navy

Robby Run: A Novel of Blood and Ambition in the Antebellum Navy

by Sutton Stern
Robby Run: A Novel of Blood and Ambition in the Antebellum Navy

Robby Run: A Novel of Blood and Ambition in the Antebellum Navy

by Sutton Stern

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Overview

"Robby Run is even better the second time around, with exciting battles (and sex) and wicked humor. I enjoyed it tremendously." -

-Broos Campbell, author of the Matty Graves series.

In the first novel of a thrilling new trilogy, author Sutton Stern covers untrodden ground: the U.S. Navy's rapid rise in power and prestige during the decades before the Civil War. Robby Run takes us to the action-packed Rio de la Plata region of South America for a rich and vivid story of corruption and brutality in the midst of the Guerra Grande or Great War involving Argentina, Uruguay, and Europe's powers. Robby Run also delivers a startlingly fresh story of romance and heartbreak.

It's June of 1845. Young Lieutenant Robert Chase Roebuck has been assigned to a remote Revenue Marine station in the new state of Florida, but a chance encounter with the Navy's "Old Bruin", Captain Matthew Calbraith Perry, changes everything. Perry's extraordinary career provides the backdrop for this trilogy, from his fight at sea against the slave trade through his ingenious command of U.S. Naval forces at Vera Cruz during the war with Mexico and on to the opening of Japan with his famous black steam ships.

Roebuck has been living in a kind of self-imposed exile; but Perry sees that the young Lieutenant is a fighter and that the Navy needs more officers in what he calls the "fighting navy". This leads to a brevet command for Roebuck of the U.S.S. Savannah, a speedy and agile frigate in need of a captain. Roebuck's mission: to rescue American merchant sailors taken captive and enslaved in South America.

Punished by the weather, hunted by French patrols and undermined by a mutinous first officer, the nail-biting race against the clock becomes the first of many battles Roebuck must fight. With gripping you-are-there immediacy, the author Sutton Stern takes us inside the maelstrom of Uruguay's "Guerra Grande", where politics, intrigue and violence aren't the only things awaiting him. He makes a powerful ally of the intoxicating Doña Belén, who makes him an offer that, while hard to refuse, could ruin his already disgraced family name forever.

For the historically inclined, Robby Run is cast with figures of enormous significance to South America's past like Italian patriot Giussepe Garibaldi, naval hero of the Argentine Confederation Admiral William Brown, and warlord Juan Manuel de Rosas, Robby Run brings an exotic and exciting twist to the nautical adventure genre.

Based on a little-known historical event in which a rogue French Admiral captured two American merchant brigantines in the estuary of Rio de la Plata, Robby Run sweeps across the tail of South America during the brutality and wreckage of civil war. A story of ambition, betrayal, love and heartbreak, it combines the action of C.S. Forester's Hornblower series with Elmore Leonard's rich characterization and dialog.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798985389302
Publisher: Southtown Press
Publication date: 12/19/2021
Series: The Sail and Steam , #1
Pages: 418
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

As a boy in Virginia, Sutton used to dig up civil war bullets-Minie balls-on the property of a friend and this sparked an interest in history that followed him into the University of California Berkeley, the College of William & Mary and which remains strong today. In a previous life, Sutton wrote manuals for laser and sonar guided systems and learned how to communicate complex subjects-such as the workings of a three-masted, square-rigged frigate as you see in his novels-with clarity, if not humor or verve. Those he has reserved for fiction.
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