The first book in the Sir Sidney Smith Nautical Adventure Series
How do you keep a prince alive when the combined forces of three nations (and a smattering of privateers) want him dead? Worse, how do you do it when his life is in the hands of a 17 year old lieutenant, an alcoholic college professor, and a woman who has fired more naval guns than either of them?
From the Battle of the Capes, which sealed the fate of Yorktown, to the Battle of the Saints, which shaped the fate of the Caribbean, The Midshipman Prince will take you on a wild ride through 18th Century nautical history.
This Fireship Press series is based on the life of Admiral Sir Sidney Smith (1764-1840)
"His portrayal of the Battle of the Saints is off the charts. It's the best description of an Age of Sail sea battle I've ever read."
"…he [Grundner] is certainly in a league with Julian Stockwin and Dewey Lambdin; and has a style that is refreshingly different from any of the above."
"…a rich, colorful, bawdy tale of the seas. It captured my attention and held it… with just the right amount of suspense and action to sail to a climatic ending."
About the Author
Dr. Grundner received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University; a masters degree in Human Learning from the Institute for Behavioral Research in Silver Spring, Maryland; a second masters in Education from the University of Southern California; and a doctorate in Educational Philosophy and psychology, also from USC.
The majority of his working life was spent as a college professor. In 1991, however, he bailed out of academia, ran a nonprofit organization for a while, bailed out of that and, given his background and training, made the only career move he thought to be logical—he became a full time custom golf clubmaker.
His experience as a clubmaker led him to write a series of golf equipment books with noted golf club designer, Tom Wishon. As a result of the success of these books he was able to become one the original investors in Fireship Press.
Today he serves as the “Senior Editor” of Fireship, which also allows him to indulge in his first love—writing books about the 18th Century Royal Navy. His current major project is a series of novels based on the real-life exploits of Sir Sidney Smith; and is currently working on book four of what he projects to be a nine volume series.