John Paul Jones: Finding the Forgotten Patriot (Google eBook)
You don't need to be a history or nautical buff to truly enjoy the fascinating characters in this historical novel. The author has written the dialogue in such a way as to make the reader feel a part of the conversation; part of the scene. It would be as if they were standing right next to John Paul Jones as he got down to the real issue, which is trying to figure how he's going to win the battle aboard the sinking Bon Homme Richard; with rotten oaken sides and holds that are filling with sea water. While at the same time, the HMS Serapis, commanded by Captain Pearson, is ready to finish him off and strip him of his ship and crew.
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This is a wonderful peak at an unsung hero of US Revolutionary War. I highly recommend!
If you enjoy Historical Novels this is a Super book!
I have always enjoyed historical novels and with this book I love history even more when the author gives me a wonderful, absorbing, story of a great patriot. The author did an excellent job of developing John Paul Jones’s character development, and he also paints a very vivid picture of many of the remaining cast of characters, which made this book very interesting to me, especially the chapters on Marie Antoinette.
Saunders’s descriptions of the naval battles between the Ranger and the Drake and the Bon Homme Richard’s battle with the HMS Serapis were superb. I was gladly transformed back in time and my heart was pounding, as John Paul Jones fought to gain victory. The descriptions of each ships armaments and their deployment during the two major sea battles were excellent. It was so clear I could almost visualize myself standing there beside Jones as he barked off another order to his crew.
The book is very well written and a great read for those history buffs that enjoy reading about the early days of the United States Navy or someone like me who enjoys historical novels.