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The Reluctant Patriot: A Novel of the American Revolution
In 1775, just prior to the start of the American Revolution, the British schooner Halifax was wrecked off the Maine coast. The pilot of the vessel was a Colonial seaman who’d been impressed into the Royal Navy. Drawing on true events and real people, noted maritime author and historian Roger Duncan has created this historical novel, tracing the fictional life of the Halifax’s pilot. With vividly accurate descriptions and crisp dialogue, Duncan presents a surprising glimpse of U.S. history and of Colonial life on the coast of Maine.
"A swashbuckling sea tale.... History is as much a member of the cast of characters as are the colorful human personalities who people these pages.... There is no shortage of vivid descriptions of squalls at sea, authentic strategies for maneuvering sailing vessels along Maine’s rugged coastline, and adventures, mishaps, and near-disasters." --Boothbay Register, Boothbay, Maine
"Roger Duncan has drawn on his own 40-plus years of sailing the coast of Maine and New England to make his story come alive.... The Reluctant Patriot can take its rightful place in the genre alongside such other famous period stories as Johnny Tremain by Ester Forbes and Arundel by Kenneth Roberts.... Duncan, just like Kellogg, "always get everything right when he writes about the sea." --Wolf Moon Press Journal
" appealing work adds depth and a human face to oft-told tales of events in Machias during the American Revolution.... This novel should spark a greater appreciation of the time, place, and the events." --The Downeast Coastal Press