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by Frederick Marryat
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"Marryat has the power to set us in the midst of ships and men and sea and sky all vivid, authentic."
"This was Marryat's navy, his world, and no one brings it to us with greater authenticity."
". . . [Marryat's] greatness is undeniable."
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Privateers were essentially freelance ships, sanctioned during wartime to sail and do battle on behalf of adversary governments, and this tale follows Alexander Musgrave, a privateer-turned-adventurer, across three continents and into the arms of a beautiful woman.
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