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The King's Own
by Frederick Marryat
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"When all your Patrick O'Brians are out, recommend Marryat."
". . . [Marryat's] greatness is undeniable"
"Marryat has the power to set us in the midst of ships and men and sea and sky all vivid, credible, authentic."
. "This was Marryat's navy, his world, and no one brings it to us with greater authenticity."
William Seymour grows up on shipboard in the Royal Navy, after his father is hanged during the mutiny at the Nore (1797), and later, he is impressed into the crew of a daring smuggler. This amusing and exciting novel blends in the classic true tale of an English captain who deliberately lost his frigate on a lee shore, in order to wreck a French line-of-battle ship.
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