Open season for young American navies- but this time it is the Texas Lone Star state Navy, back in 1832 (DON'T TREAD ON ME- see report page 274, deals with John Paul Jones and the infant navy of the rebellious colonies). Truth and fiction ably merged in a blow by blow yarn of the adventures of Captain Jeremiah H. Brown, who began service under the Mexican eagle, while Texas was seeking identity as a Mexican state, and wound up in rather dubious status as captain of the Invincible under the U. S. flag. It is perhaps less turbulent than some of his sea tales; there is more of a centralizing theme. But again he complicates his plot by side excursions which sometimes are not wholly resolved. For the exactness of his nautical details his books hold immense appeal for the seafaring readers. And for his elaboration of a brief phase of our national history, this book has more to recommend it than most of his lusher ventures. There's a double romance, to be sure, as Jeremiah falls for the wiles of the golden haired Carmela, acting as spy for the Mexicans and playing fast and loose with Jerry's passions while serving his bitterest enemy. And Polly, waitress in the Velasco dining hall, learned to be a lady and waited for him to know she had always loved him. Fast-paced romantic adventure on several counts.