book cover of The Guardship

The Guardship

(2000)
(The first book in the Thomas Marlowe series)
A novel by

 
 
Shortly after Thomas Marlowe's arrival in Williamsburg, Virginia, all in that newfound capital city are speaking his name. With the bounty from his years as a pirate--a life he intends to renounce and keep forever secret--he purchases a fine plantation from a striking young widow, and soon after kills the favorite son of one of Virginia's most powerful clans while defending her honor. But it is a daring feat of remarkable cunning that truly sets local tongues wagging: a stunning move that wins Marlowe command of Plymouth Prize, the colony's decrepit guardship.

But even as the enigmatic Marlowe bravely leads the King's sailors in bloody pitched battle against the cutthroats who infest the waters off Virginia's shores, a threat from his illicit past looms on the horizon that could doom Marlowe and his plans. Jean-Pierre LeRois, captain of the Vengeance--a brigand notorious even among other brigands for his violence and debauchery--plots to seize the colony's wealth, forcing Marlowe to choose between losing all or facing the one man he fears. Only an explosive confrontation on the open sea can determine whether the Chesapeake will be ruled by the crown or the Brethren of the Coast.

Shortly after Thomas Marlowe's arrival in Williamsburg, Virginia, all in that newfound capital city are speaking his name. With the bounty from his years as a pirate--a life he intends to renounce and keep forever secret--he purchases a fine plantation from a striking young widow, and soon after kills the favorite son of one of Virginia's most powerful clans while defending her honor. But it is a daring feat of remarkable cunning that truly sets local tongues wagging: a stunning move that wins Marlowe command of Plymouth Prize, the colony's decrepit guardship.

But even as the enigmatic Marlowe bravely leads the King's sailors in bloody pitched battle against the cutthroats who infest the waters off Virginia's shores, a threat from his illicit past looms on the horizon that could doom Marlowe and his plans. Jean-Pierre LeRois, captain of the Vengeance--a brigand notorious even among other brigands for his violence and debauchery--plots to seize the colony's wealth, forcing Marlowe to choose between losing all or facing the one man he fears. Only an explosive confrontation on the open sea can determine whether the Chesapeake will be ruled by the crown or the Brethren of the Coast.

Genre: Historical
Get it on Google Play

Praise for this book

"A master of his period and the English language..." - Patrick O'Brian


Similar books by other authors

thumb
War of the Wolf
(Last Kingdom, book 11)
Bernard Cornwell
thumb
Kemp: The Road to Crecy
(Arrows of Albion, book 1)
Daniel Hall
thumb
A King's Commander
(Alan Lewrie, book 7)
Dewey Lambdin

Used availability for James L Nelson's The Guardship

Hardback Editions

January 2000 : USA Library Binding

Title: Guardship (The Brethren of the Coast #1)
Author(s): James L Nelson
ISBN: 1-4177-1042-X / 978-1-4177-1042-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Paperback Editions

January 2001 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: The Guardship (Brethren of the Coast Trilogy)
Author(s): James Nelson
ISBN: 0-552-14838-5 / 978-0-552-14838-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


January 2000 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: The Guardship (The Brethren of the Coast #1) (Book 1)
Author(s): James L Nelson
ISBN: 0-380-80452-2 / 978-0-380-80452-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

December 2001 : UK Audio Cassette
thumb

Title: The Guardship
Author(s): James Nelson
ISBN: 1-84283-162-3 / 978-1-84283-162-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


January 2002 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Guardship
Author(s): James Nelson
ISBN: 1-84283-409-6 / 978-1-84283-409-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Guardship (Brethren of the Coast Trilogy)
Author(s): James Nelson
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


October 2009 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Guardship: Book One Of The Brethren Of The Coast
Author(s): James L Nelson
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU