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It is 1761 off the coast of Italy, and 13-year-old Joseph Carlos and his cousin have just been kidnapped by the British Navy and impressed into service on the Deptford, a British man-of-war. Just the day before the two boys were happily sailing with their uncle on a routine merchant passage, dreaming of owning their own ship one day and returning home to the warmth and saf ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 1st 2019 by Globe Pequot Press
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I received this book through NetGalley. This is a book which I'd be happy to provide to any young person wanting to know about the eighteenth-century or sailing. It reminded me of "Johnny Tremain" in its skillful use of fiction to introduce younger readers to history. I'm typically skeptical of historical fiction for persnickety historian reasons but I had no major problems here.
Italian cousins Joseph Carlo and Suchet attempts to alleviate boredom somehow lead them to serve in the British Navy. While there they learn how brutal life on the seas really is. As they face the danger of the seas they have decide what type of men they will become. This is a historical biography based on the time Joseph Carlo Mauran -- who commanded the vessel Spitfire during the Revolutionary War -- served the British Navy in his early teens. This is a very male heavy novel with only one fema ...more