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A Matter of Honor

(The first book in the Cutler Family Chronicles series)
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The first volume in a series of maritime novels set in the early years of the United States, A Matter of Honor is a dramatic account of a young man's coming of age during the American Revolution. Introducing Richard Cutler, a Massachusetts teenager with strong family ties to England, the novel tells his story as he ships out with John Paul Jones to avenge the death of his beloved brother Will, impressed by the Royal Navy and flogged to death for striking an officer. On the high seas, in England and in France, on the sugar islands of the Caribbean, and on the battlefield of Yorktown, Cutler proves his mettle and wins the love - and allegiance to the infant republic - of a beautiful English aristocrat from the arms of Horatio Nelson himself.

First as a midshipman aboard Ranger, then as a lieutenant aboard Bonhomme Richard, Cutler plays a critical role in such events as the sea battle with HMS Drake off the coast of Ireland, Ben Franklin's negotiations with the French in Paris, and the raid of American marines on the English seaport of Whitehaven, and the famous battle with HMS Serapis in the North Sea. From Europe he sails with his bride to the West Indies, where the real war is being fought by England against her ancient enemies, France and Spain, for control of the lucrative sugar trade. From Tobago, where his family owns a plantation, Cutler joins the great French fleet under Admiral de Grasse and sails to Yorktown, there to meet his fate. For him, it is a matter of honor.

A Matter of Honor is deeply researched and eloquently told. Sailors and historians will appreciate the author's attention to maritime detail, vivid sailing scenes, and dramatic battles. Filled with fresh insights on how a weak and disunited America was able to prevail against the world's most powerful nation, the story is told from several points of view. Within its pages are romance and relationships, complicated responsibilities, and ties involving a family that spans both sides of the Atlantic and both sides of the war. Fans of historical and nautical fiction will want to follow the adventures of Richard Cutler in this novel and in subsequent volumes in the series.

Genre: Historical

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