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  • Published: 15 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9780552162654
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $24.99

By Force Of Arms

A gripping naval adventure full of derring-do, guaranteed to have you hooked…




The first in his enthralling REVOLUTION AT SEA series, set during America’s War of Independence

The first in the enthralling Revolution at Sea series

As the War of Independence begins in earnest, American merchant seamen prepare to strike the first blows. None strikes more deftly than Isaac Biddlecomb, captain of the Judea, whose smuggling activities are making a mockery of His Majesty’s Royal Navy. Pursued by the HMS Rose, he sacrifices the ship he loved to the depths, together with the fortune he stood to gain, rather than surrender.

On the run from the enraged forces of King George, Isaac disguises himself as a merchant seaman. He is reunited with Ezra Rumstick, a comrade and fierce rebel, as the revolution gathers momentum. On a brig bound for Jamaica, and now serving as a lowly mate, fate tests Isaac’s mettle as he is captured by the enemy and faces a life of servitude under the deranged captain and sadistic crew of the HMS Icarus…

  • Published: 15 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9780552162654
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

James Nelson

James Nelson has served as a seaman, rigger, boatswain and officer on a number of sailing vessels. His novel Glory in the Name: A Novel of the Confederate Navy was the winner of the American Library Association's 2004 W.Y. Boyd Award for Excellence in Military Fiction. He is also the author of the five books comprising The Revolution at SeaSaga and The Brethren of the Coast trilogy. His first non-fiction book is Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack. He lives with his wife and children in Maine.

His web site can be found at: www.jameslnelson.com

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Praise for By Force Of Arms

Authenticity runs throughout the book, carrying total conviction

Patrick O'Brian

First rate action writing

Publishers Weekly

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