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Surgeon's Mate (Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventures #2)

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Patrick MacPherson is a qualified surgeon's mate; but she's not the man he claims to be. It's late October, 1762. After surviving the deadly siege of Havana, Patrick MacPherson and the rest of the ship's company are looking forward to a well deserved liberty in New York. But what happens in that colonial town will change the surgeon's mate's life in ways she could never ...more
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Published April 20th 2011 by Fireship Press
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Tarrin Lupo
Dec 22, 2011 Tarrin Lupo rated it it was amazing
This was a great book really well written. Patrica/Patrick was a great character in conflict trying to live in 2 worlds, very well written. Being a Pirates nut I was really impressed with the authors attention to detail and time period. She must have a sailing background, because she did a wonderful job with making the reader feel the life on a 1700's ship. Some scenes make you squirm a little, like her first amputation, but I liked she did not sugar coat it and kept it real. There is some ...more
Rick Spilman
May 24, 2011 Rick Spilman rated it it was amazing
Patrick McPherson is a 19 year surgeon's mate in the Royal Navy. By all appearances, he is an upstanding young man with a promising future. The dark secret that the young mate carries is that he is indeed, a she. Patrick was born as Patricia. When Patricia's husband, a ship's surgeon dies while tending a fever outbreak in the Indies, she decides to "shed Patricia like an inconvenient skin, becoming Patrick McPherson, a surgeon's mate, of His Majesty's frigate Richmond, on its undercover mission ...more
Jun 28, 2011 Alaric rated it it was amazing
Now here is a refreshing change; a well written book that sees the age of sail from a completely different angle, and is certain to appeal to those with no knowledge of the genre.

The world of the title's surgeon’s mate is well drawn, and there is sufficient explanation to keep the narrative alive, without resorting to lengthy descriptive passages that inevitably slow the pace. Nautical and historical detail is also good; you feel yourself in the charge of a competent writer who truly understand
Gary Inbinder
Sep 22, 2011 Gary Inbinder rated it it was amazing
"Surgeon's Mate," the second in a series of nautical adventures, chronicles an episode in the early life of Patricia aka Patrick MacPherson, an eighteenth-century English gentlewoman compelled by circumstances to adopt a male persona and pursue a male profession. And it's an arduous career that she pursues -- naval surgeon at the end of the Seven Years War. Linda Collison tells Patricia's story with great skill, sympathy, and understanding in a powerful narrative that engaged my interest from ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Hafiza rated it really liked it
Book two in the Patricia McPherson saga.
Patrick/Patricia masquerading as a surgeon's assistant.
Still in love with the Gunner Brian Dalton .
No HEA yet because it seems like there will be a book three.
Good medical historical detail.

Dec 16, 2011 Katherine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any reader of historical novels
Linda Collison, in this reader's opinion, has an written an extraordinary work, bringing a sense of reality and immediacy to life onboard a British frigate and a Yankee schooner of the 1760's with a more tangible and vivid evocation than even the brilliant Patrick O'Brien achieves in his Aubrey/Maturin books. Further, Collison achieves this in a first person narrative of a woman, whom she believably has found herself successfully passing for a man, and a surgeon's mate. Strong, unfeminine in ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Tinney rated it it was amazing
This book was a delight. And it was so skillfully written that even a nautical illiterate like me could follow the action. The main character is an interesting person in an interesting situation, and now I'm looking forward to reading the others in the series.
Jun 18, 2013 Daria rated it it was ok
I was sadly disappointed with this novel. I actually skimmed most of the book hoping it would become more interesting. Unfortunately, it was a bit dull for my tastes and did not live up to my expectations in any way.
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Linda Collison is the award-winning author of novels, short stories and creative nonfiction.

She has enjoyed a composite career as a registered nurse, a professional skydiving instructor, a volunteer firefighter, parent, and freelance writer. After nursing school Linda studied history at Metropolitan State University. Together, with her husband Bob Russell, she has sailed thousands of miles aboard
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