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The Southern Seahawk: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea (Seahawk Trilogy #1)

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Southern Seahawk, the first novel in the Seahawk Trilogy, grows from the true story of Commander Rafael Semmes' rise to infamy, becoming the Union's Public Enemy Number One. In June, 1861, Semmes' Confederate cruiser Sumter makes a daring escape through the Federal Blockade of the Mississippi. So begins the commander's career as the Southern Seahawk. With a hand-picked cre ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Bleak House Books
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Thomas Holbrook
While I enjoy reading history, I am, by any definition, a history buff. When one finds a well written history, it will read like an adventure story, often with intrigue, action, murder, heroes, villains and a clear resolution. Mr. Peffer, an obvious student of Civil War History, has taken a part of that war unknown to this neophyte; the role of the Confederate Navy played in that horrible event in our history and created a historical novel, the first of a trilogy from the facts. His writing is ...more
Enjoyed the book, not great literature but...enjoyable read. The trilogy may cause further investigation.
Nancy Silk
Lost at Sea

This is a story written to the 1850's pirate within the author himself. It's not written in a style which would make it easy for today's readers to interpret. I'm at 40 percent of the story; I've had lots of sailing background and can interpret much of what has been written. But I'm stopping here at this point because I'm not entertained, I feel like I've been thrown overboard without a line tossed to me. Besides, I'm not sure how much authentic Civil War history is in this book. I do
Gerold Whittaker
An American Civil War novel at sea: Commander Rafael Semmes has become the Union's Public Enemy Number One. In 1861, Semmes' makes a daring escape through the Federal Blockade of the Mississippi in the Confederate cruiser, Sumter. This is only the beginning of his career and with a hand-picked crew of Southern officers and mercenary seamen it is not long before all stops are pulled to stop him.

My copy (Kindle) seemed to have a few pages missing: Chapter 9 ends with Greehnow holds her in a deep g
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Southern Seahawk was free when I downloaded it to my Nook library. I give it only 2 stars because it was not the book I hoped it would be based on its synopsis.
I don't like the writer's style as a third-person introduction into each chapter and then the switch to dialogue.
I was disappointed Peffer gives so much attention to a fictional character Maude instead of truly building an account of Semmes.
I don't recommend it, even to readers who enjoy highly fictionalized novels about historical per
Apr 05, 2009 Papa rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Papa by: Bonnie Zeller
I enjoyed this book, but a major chronological error lead me to dismiss much of the historical events which the author presented as the factual framework for his tale. I didn't really catch the first time he referred to a box cameral and an unposed snapshot. If I had, I might not have read much more of the book. The second time he brought this up, I felt a bit let down.
This was a pleasant enough read, but it wasn't enthralling. I found the characters rather wooden & it read rather like a dry history book. I didn't hate it, but there is little to recommend.
Jay Fromkin
I forced myself to read the first 15 percent of this book, but that's it. Life's too short for bad writing.
Great Book and for fans of civil war naval action a must read
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Randall Peffer is the author of over 300 travel-lifestyle features for magazines like National Geographic, Smithsonian, Reader's Digest, Travel Holiday, Islands and Sail; he teaches writing and literature at Philips Academy in Andover.
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