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"Nicastro takes you by the scruff of your neck and yanks you into the action of history. From the moment the spine is creased, you are there, on board the ship, like Jim Hawkins in the apple barrel listening to Long John Silver's most secret plan. . . . Kudos to Nicholas Nicastro and even more kudos to McBooks Press for adding this finely wrought novel to their armada of Maritime literature!" -- Eric Machan Howd, Ithaca Times
"This maritime historical novel fairly shimmers with furtive lustiness and wry humor. Embellishing John Paul Jones' early naval intrigues and sexual liasons, Nicholas Nicastro preserves the true spirit of a mercurial and moody hero." -- Jill B. Gidmark University of Minnesota Professor of English --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- Publication date : August 23, 2016
- File size : 2636 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
- Publisher : Lume Books (August 23, 2016)
- ASIN : B01KXWZ1ZI
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #697,064 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jones's autocratic, over-the-top actions fit with the history we know. Mr. Nicastro does an amazing job of placing the distressingly human characteristics of this captain into the structure of facts that often resist personality. Reading about his two main characters felt like being on two enduring first dates. There were times when John Paul Jones charmed me. I wanted to fall in love with his tales of battle and conquest. My other rendezvous, however, was with the narrator, Severence. Gentler and possibly more worldly, he edged out the competition with observations that rewrote John Paul Jones into an authority figure who was less than authoritative although sympathetic.
The novel's sexiness, while truly sexy, often sassy, and on occasion very naughty, serves to do more than satisfy adult appetites. Sex creates a physical tension between key characters that mirrors the political tensions Jones was trying to overcome. It also more clearly draws Jones as a man seduced by all kinds of success.
A brazen reviewer might suggest that Nick Nicastro considers that possibility a quiet truth for every character he's created.
A raised eyebrow about the details prevents me from applauding the historical veracity of this novel. Nevertheless, the story told more than adequately compensates for this. As it is not meant to be a history, but historical fiction, the book succeeds admirably and is highly recommended.