One of Britain's finest sea combat heroes, Thomas Cochrane, joined the Navy at the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars. A born navigator he distinguished himself by astonishing feats of seamanship and strategy. In command of his first ship, a 158 ton brig, he defeated ships larger than his own; he played a decisive part in ending French sea power. Cochrane was convicted for his part in a stock exchange scandal, served a year of his sentence, then resumed his naval career fighting for South America. Exciting content and straightforward narrative should entice the Hornblower market.