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Thieves of Mercy: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea Having survived the bloody Battle of New Orleans and the loss of their ironclad Yazoo River, captain Samuel Bowater, engineer Hieronymus Taylor, and the survivors of their crew are given new orders take command of an ironclad warship being built in Memphis, TennesseeBowater and his men take passage upriver from Mississippi Mike Sullivan, one of the wild, undisciplined captains of the River Defense Squadron, only to find, on their arrival, that their ship is not even half built and the enemy is closing fastAgainst their better judgment, Bowater and crew join forces with the mercurial Sullivan on board his ad hoc river gunship the General Page Outnumbered and outgunned, the Confederates once again fling themselves bravely at the overwhelming power of the Yankee invaders The deadly back and forth fight along the Mississippi ends at last in the massive naval battle of Memphis, and the near suicidal attempt by the Confederates to hold back the Northern floodFilled with wild characters and heart pounding action, and set against the bold backdrop of the Civil War, Thieves of Mercy is a worthy successor to the W Y Boyd Award winning novel Glory in the Name, the book Bernard Cornwell lauded as by far, the best Civil War novel I ve read



10 thoughts on “Thieves of Mercy: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea

  1. says:

    Serendipity strikes again This book is another gem I picked up at a charity shop sorry James Nelson, no money for you but at least I can write an honest review Another author series to follow and enjoy.I knew only the basics about the details of the US Civil War, but this book has really given me a taste


  2. says:

    This is the second of James Nelson s Novel of the Civil War at Sea series, and since it was published in 2005, presumably it is the last one of the series This book follows the actions of Samuel Bowater, Lt in the Confederate Navy as well as the actions of his sweetheart, Wendy Atkins, who Bowater met when he


  3. says:

    Second in the series, covers the Confederate abandonment of Norfolk and the pincer movement of the Yankees north and south on the Mississippi through 1862 brief epilogue propels the action up through the momentous date of July 4, 1863.Broader humor well handled but not greatly done but less tautly drawn battle ac


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About the Author: James L. Nelson

James L Nelson 1962 is an American historical nautical novelist He was born in Lewiston, Maine In 1980, Nelson graduated from Lewiston High School Nelson attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for two years, and then transferred to UCLA, with the ambition of becoming a film director Nelson, his wife, Lisa, and their daughter Betsy lived for two years in Steubenville, Ohio, while Lisa attended Franciscan University They also have two boys, Nate and Jack They now live in Harpswell, Maine, where Nelson continues to write full time.


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