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

3.11  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Follows the exploits of Confederate naval officer Rafael Semmes, an actual historical figure, during the first year of the Civil War. The first novel in the Seahawk trilogy.
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Bleak House Books
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Thomas Holbrook
Apr 01, 2012 Thomas Holbrook rated it liked it
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
Alan Mills
Jul 30, 2016 Alan Mills rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrorists, or freedom fighters?

President Reagan famously said of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua that they were terrorists, making it clear that the line between terrorists and rebels is a thin one.

Set in the opening months of the US Civil War, Southern Seahawk focuses on a small ship--which for a while constituted the entirety of the navy of the Confederacy--which slipped out of New Orleans, and began to play havoc, intercepting, seizing, and sometimes destroying, ships from the north importing o
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
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
Nancy Silk
Mar 02, 2012 Nancy Silk rated it liked it
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
Mar 27, 2009 Papa rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 03, 2014 Walt rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the book, not great literature but...enjoyable read. The trilogy may cause further investigation.
Sep 03, 2013 Jayne rated it it was ok
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
Mar 05, 2012 Jay Fromkin rated it did not like it
I forced myself to read the first 15 percent of this book, but that's it. Life's too short for bad writing.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Seahawk Trilogy (3 books)
  • Seahawk Hunting: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea
  • Seahawk Burning

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