The Maddest Idea
Book Summary of The Maddest Idea
In the late summer of 1775, General George Washington discovers that his cache of gunpowder has dwindled to a mere nine shots per man. A desperate plan is hatched – to send a ship under the command of Captain Isaac Biddlecomb to Bermuda to capture the British powder known to be there.
But the plan is a trap, set by a traitor among the patriots, and one from which even Biddlecomb cannot escape. Washington despatches his aide-de-camp, Major Edward Fitzgerald, to hunt the traitor down, while Biddlecomb must rely on cunning and seamanship to free his men and the ship, and to capture the gunpowder that is the lifeblood of the fight for liberty.
Divided by an ocean but bound by the cause, as well as by their own private fears, Biddlecomb and Fitzgerald must take on a common enemy – the greatest military power on earth…
A powerful saga of the American Revolution – a stirring maritime adventure in the epic, true-to-life tradition of Patrick O'Brian.
About the Author
James Nelson has served as a seaman, rigger, boatswain and officer on a number of sailing vessels. He is the author of the five books comprising his The Revolution at Sea saga and The Brethren of the Coast trilogy. He lives with his wife and children in Maine.
His web site can be found at www.jameslnelson.com.
Details of Book: The Maddest Idea (BSID:2428)
|Book||The Maddest Idea|
|Number of Pages||528|
|Dimensions||6.97 x 4.33 x 1.46 inches|
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A pretty solid story about some events in American history I was not familiar with. While the US wars at sea were never as long and involved as British, there still were some interesting events, and this trilogy examines a few during the US Revolutionary War.The second in the trilogy, Maddest Ide...
The sixth book read of this author. An exciting page turner. The Biddlecomb character is like a Dirk Pitt of the 18th century
There were so many twists in this book, it was hard to tell which idea was the maddest. However I really did like how the stakes just kept getting ramped up to a satisfying climactic confrontation.
I love James L. Nelson's books. I've been a big fan of "sea stories" like Horatio Hornblower and the Aubrey/Maturin series for some time. However, Nelson's writing is much easier to read and I would think more gratifying for the modern audience. His Revolution at Sea series is also from the Ameri...
It is the summer of 1775, and the colonial troops under General Washington have contained the British troops to the confines of Boston. However, Washington is drastically short of gunpowder. As a result, Captain Isaac Biddlecomb, captain of the brig, "Charlemagne," is sent on a mission to Bermuda...
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