No one but a madman would put to sea in such conditions. A blizzard cut visibility to yards. Long Island Sound was galloping whitecaps. But in this second year of the war of 1812, conditions like these spelled opportunity to Captain Josiah Peabody, USN.
His mission: break the British Blockade. The only thing in his favor was surprise. Who would expect a Yankee frigate in Long Island Sound at night?
Peabody is a fictional character, and C.S. Forester's first American hero. Yet it was men like him who compensated for our tragic lack of warships and set the world sounding with the feats of our small navy.
"His exploits have the ring of the truth. There is no better man than C.S. Forester to tell the tale." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)
|Publisher:||The Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company of America|
|Series:||Great War Stories|
About the Author
Date of Birth:August 27, 1899
Date of Death:April 2, 1966
Place of Birth:Cairo, Egypt
Place of Death:Berkeley, California
Education:AlleynGuy's Medical School of the University of London
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Having read the Hornblower series about pressed sailors, doing duty for King and Country, it was refreshing to hear how the Fledgling US Navy was manned. This would have made an interesting series to develop.
I've read 6 of the Hornblower books, and really like those. This book was even better.
Great book as per C.S. Foresters habit situates an early U.S.N. man into great peril and adventure. Sailing from the snowy bays of New York to the Caribbean Isles, this book has history, science, and even unsought love for The Captain of the Connecticut!