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Author Name:    KENT, Alexander.

Title:   Sloop of War. First American Edition in dustjacket,

Publisher:    G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1972, 

Seller ID:   92602

KENT, Alexander. Sloop of War. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1972). FirstAmerican Edition. Pp [1]-319,(1). Endpaper Maps. 8vo, red cloth, gilt lett ering to spine. Smith & Weller, Sea Fiction Guide 1364. A novel by Alexander Kent. "The year 1778 was to be recorded as a turning point in the American War of Independence. What was first thought to be a colonial rebellion had changed to an all-out struggle for freedom from British rule, and with the evacuation of Philadelphia and the mounting involvement of French forces,the British Navy's resources were stretched to the point beyond which ther e were no safety margins. For the young Richard Bolitho, the spring of the year was also to mark a complete transformation for himself and his future,from being a lieutenant in a ship of the line to a command of his own, a d ream which he had cherished since he had first gone to sea. The Sparrow, sloop of war, to her twenty-two-year-old commander was more than he could have hoped for. Small but fast, well armed and almost new, she offered the freedom and scope for his ideas which had long been denied him. He was son to discover there was more to command than stepping from one ship to another. An untried company,lethargy and hidebound complacency, even treachery seemed to dog his every mood. But when the great fleets of Britain and France converged on the Chesapeake for what might decide the fate of an entire continent, Sparrow was there, and Bolitho at last measured the true obligation of his first command" - from the dj. Sunning to spine ends and edges, damp-wrinkling to bottom edges of text, tape repaired tears to two leaves, else good in spine chipped and sunned, price-clipped dustjacket. As is. 25.00


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