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No Quarter (The Matty Graves Novels #1)

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This first book in the series introduces Matty Graves, midshipman in the early years of the United States Navy. In 1799, the young U.S. Navy faces France in an undeclared Quasi-War for the Caribbean. Matty Graves is caught up in escalating violence as he serves aboard the Rattle-Snake under his drunken cousin, Billy. Matty already knows how to handle the sails and fight a ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by McBooks Press (first published April 1st 2006)
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Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Campbell's "Acknowledgments' in the beginning of the book I was not sure what I was going to find between the covers. My initial feeling was that he was a bit 'flip' and almost daring us to like his work. Then I read his work and found him to be a very good storyteller, a writer of tight technique and artful conversation. His narrative and dialogue rolled on like silk and pulled me into the story neatly. Very good 'angling' in other words, and if Billy had said that he'd be foolish ...more
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Finding areas to write about in Nautical Fiction, or Age of Sail, that are new, or have not been explored seems at first not that easy. After all, you start down this path and you see hundreds of books in the period now. Forester does not stand alone any longer. And thankfully O'Brian has been eclipsed.

Campbell has decided to look at things through American eyes, which Nelson and others do also. (Even wayback with Hoyt, or further, Melville.)

When tackling this subject you make choices. How much
Bob Cantrell
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was the first book by this author I have read. At first I wasn't sure if I would like this book, but the more I read the more I got into the story. My reason for only 4 stars was the character, who seemed to be the main antagonist turned out to a fairly decent character. Then the main character, Matty Graves, was kind of a whiner to begin with, but this changed also by the end of the book. The pacing was to me a little slow throughout the book for a book set in the age of sail. I hope that ...more
Lisa Jensen
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
With this fast-paced launch of a new series, Broos Campbell offers a fresh perspective on the seafaring novel—a Napoleonic-era saga with an American, not English protagonist, 17-year-old midshipman Matty Graves. Campbell's period dialogue is expressive, succinct, and often damned funny. His characters are well-developed, he writes about shipboard life with authority, and he understands that history is as often made by weakness and blind, dumb chance as stout-hearted heroics. As for Matty, he's a ...more
Feb 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
Possibly this book deserves as much as two stars, but I was very disappointed in it. A book about the age of sail has to have battles, and I was dozens of pages into this one before the guns were run out. First we had to be introduced to what seemed a pointlessly unsympathetic bunch of characters trading drinks and insults to prove to each other and us hapless readers what a scurvy lot they are. It was neither very convincing nor very interesting.
As a fan of 18th century naval historical fiction, I was a bit disappointed in this book. I found the story confusing and didn't seem gel overall. The few times the characters seem to click and connect just as quickly seemed to fall apart. I had to slog my way through the story.

That said, I liked the primary character, Matty Graves. I'm hoping the next story will be better.
Rick Spilman
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The writing is vivid and well paced. Campbell has a good eye for idiosyncratic detail. From the inscription over a tavern door to the picaroon gunner twirling slow-match cord over his head to keep it burning in an open boat, his use of detail and jargon felt just right for advancing the story.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
A good story line and I was looking forward to reading it. Though kind of disappointed with the writing.
Michael Burke
interesting navel fiction of a small part of the American Navy in 1799. Good writing, one gets rapidly interested inthe characters
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Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fantastic rollicking adventure, well told with a great period feel, and with strong characters.
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