From the author of the four-part series “Revolution at Sea” comes another rousing tale of adventure on the high seas. In this novel, set in the early 18th century, Thomas Marlowe, a secretive Count-of-Monte-Cristo-type character, is given command of the Guardship, a vessel that has the duty of protecting the Virginia coast from pirates. His yearning to be accepted in Virginia society eventually clashes with his dark past. Nelson once again succeeds in building a motley host of characters who spar with sharp wit and deadly weapons.
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