book cover of Clear for Action!

Clear for Action!

A novel by

David Glasgow Farragut joined the navy at the tender age of ten.

Over the course of his life he would prove himself to be one of the boldest and most heroic naval commanders in American history.

At just 13, during the War of 1812, the ship under his temporary command sank or captured more than fifty times its own tonnage.

Later he operated in the West Indies, driving pirates from the area and routing them from their hiding places.

But it was during the Civil War, when he uttered his famous words, "Damn the torpedoes! ... Full speed ahead!", that his place in American history was assured. His bold and daring attack on Mobile Bay destroyed the Confederate fleet and assured victory for the Union.

Noel B. Gerson brings this legendary naval figure to life, sculpting from the historical records a compelling man of flesh and blood, a great innovator and risk taker, but also a man of extraordinary integrity.

'Clear for Action!' is a thrilling historical naval thriller from a master of the genre.

Praise for Noel Gerson:

"A colourful footnote to history embellished with action and intrigue... " - San Jose Mercury-News

"Mr. Gerson, proud of his accuracy, can be even prouder of the reality he adds to this fast-reading novel." - Buffalo Evening News

"Those of you who like a mixture of history, romance, and superbly detailed tactics of war conducted against insupportable odds will stay with this book until the last page is reluctantly turned." - Hartford Courant

"The surprise ending, with variety and depth characterization usually lacking in this type of book, and the somewhat unusual historical background will make Gerson many more fans among the fiction-minded." - Nashville Banner

Noel Bertram Gerson (1913-1988) was a prolific American author, who wrote 325 books under his own name and under several pseudonyms. He channeled his own wartime experience in military intelligence into many of his novels, as well as writing widely about American history. His titles include 'Liner', 'I'll Storm Hell', 'The Conqueror's Wife', 'The Great Rogue: A Biography of Captain John Smith' and 'Daughter of Earth and Water: A Biography of Mary Shelley'.

Genre: Historical

Similar books by other authors

Brig of War
(Privateers & Gentlemen)
Walter Jon Williams
Convoy East
(John Mason Kemp, book 4)
Philip McCutchan

Used availability for Noel B Gerson's Clear for Action!

Hardback Editions

June 1970 : USA Hardback

Title: Clear for Action
Author(s): Noel Bertram Gerson
ISBN: 0-88411-641-7 / 978-0-88411-641-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amereon Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

June 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Clear for Action!
Author(s): Noel Gerson
Publisher: Endeavour Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU