In the vein of Horatio Hornblower, Patrick G. Cox weaves an exciting, authentic tale of Henry (Harry) Nelson-Heron, a young midshipman in the British Navy in the early 1800s. Born in 1789 during the Irish Rebellion, Harry must overcome the prejudice against the Irish, the ancient enmity between his family and another, and the usual hazards of an active and inquisitive youth in order to realise his dream of becoming an officer in Britain’s Royal Navy. When he and his faithful friend and companion Ferghal make the treacherous journey to London to find a ship, fate smiles on them. Harry is appointed a midshipman, and Ferghal joins him on the HMS Bellerophon as a seaman. Corsairs, diplomacy, and exploration challenge their skills as the seafaring life takes Harry and Ferghal across the seas and beyond.

This book sets the scene for a journey into a different age and a very different navy. A very different future awaits Harry and Ferghal in the next book in the series, a future in which their old fashioned skills prove both a boon and a hindrance.

The book is available on all Amazon sites in Kindle format, and in paperback from Amazon and other online and traditional outlets.

Print book ISBN: 978-0-9860953-0-6

eBook ISBN: 978-0-9860953-1-3


Jerry Mercer
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent Story

June 14, 2015

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This book is filled with adventure. There's a cast of interesting characters and the plot is believable - right up to the end. And that is where it gets weird! It turns out, he moves into a science fiction story. My interest is in maritime fiction, but the SF book might be interesting....We'll see what Cox does next!
Mike A.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Read and Ending!

November 28, 2015

Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I’m glad I grabbed this book. The author’s pristine attention to detail had me on board the HMS Spartan with the smell of the sea in my nose and the salty mist against my face. I felt in the middle of the action within cannonballs whistling by. The author really knows his naval history and it shows through the character interactions, settings, development, and sailing. The description of this book is exceptionally true to the narrative within; there will be no sci-fi, and Harry lives on to sail another day!
Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 starsComing of age in his majorities navy
June 12, 2016
A historical British sea story of coming to age. It includes a start in Ireland, with a focus on the English/Irish troubles at the time. Story has a bit of a supernatural twist at the end, not traditional for the genre, leaving an intriguing cliffhanger.

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