In Gallant Company

In Gallant Company

Book - 1977
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As the American Revolution rages on the mainland, the British Navy prepares for action at sea. Against a growing fleet of American and French privateers, the navy must maintain its blockade of Washington's vital military supplies. Caught up in the turmoil, junior officer Richard Bolitho finds himself having to make momentous decisions in the heat of battle-- decisions that could affect the lives of many men and, perhaps, even the fate of nations.
Publisher: New York Putnam 1977
ISBN: 9780399119873


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Jun 05, 2014

In 1777, Lt. Bolitho is stationed on ship of the line Trojan. At 21, he is a fourth lieutenant and the British are in the middle of a war with the United States. While the British aren’t doing well in the fight, Bolitho does manage to distinguish himself in battle.

This book has a bit more action on land than the previous stories in the series. The story touches a bit more on the less heroic members of the ship officers and the consequences of this for both the seamen and the other officers. The rapid rise of an officer through the ranks or the stagnation of his career is detailed and the trouble with American privateers from a British point of view is a big part of the book. I enjoyed it and Bolitho remains one of my favorite naval heroes.

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