GALIANT CAPTAIN by Pearl Frye

GALIANT CAPTAIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A figure that is historically and personally equivocal is exhumed from what sources are available to provide a novel that Justifies John Paul -- and latterly, Jones' claim to fame and character. Shadowing him with the albatross of Mungo Maxwell's death, that haunted him from his earliest ranking, with renunciation of the land of his birth and his adoption of the country of democracy, his story is one of frustration -- in love, in hopes of command, in ships and men when he sailed against the British. His career, from Tobago to America, and the new friends there, to the Continental Navy and the harrying of the British here and on their own shores (which earned him the opprobrium of pirate), to the exploits of the Ranger, and its mutinous acts, and the final glory of the here takes on a lofty tone (compatible to Jones' heroic achievements), is backgrounded by great names of his day and is detailed, from letters and records, in the incidents that provided conflict in character, conviction and action. Sturdy defending.

Pub Date: Jan. 9th, 1955
Publisher: Little, Brown