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Audacity, Privateer Out of Portsmouth
Continuing the Account of the Life and Times of Geoffrey Frost, Mariner, of Portsmouth, in New Hampshire, as Faithfully Translated from the Ming Tsun Chronicles and Diligently Compared with other Contemporary Histories
J. E. Fender

Hardscrabble Books–Fiction of New England

2003 • 316 pp. 5 x 8 1/8"
Nautical Fiction

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-547-3
$9.99 Ebook, 978-1-58465-887-0

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"This entertaining novel is filled with the vernacular of that time and place . . . Fender offers historical detail (and includes a historical note reminding readers that the War for American Independence was a naval war), plenty of action, and unforgettable characters." —Booklist

The second volume of the adventures of Geoffrey Frost

Book two of the Frost Saga continues the exciting nautical adventures launched in The Private Revolution of Geoffrey Frost, hailed as “an auspicious start” by Library Journal and now available in paperback.

Mariner, merchant, and reluctant warrior, Geoffrey Frost has entered the American Revolution on behalf of the colony of New Hampshire, commanding a captured British sloop o’ war and sailing out of Portsmouth to harass the British fleet. As Audacity opens, he is returning from Canada following a daring rescue of American prisoners held at Louisburg when he sails into a fog bank -- and straight into a British convoy shepherded by a thirty-two gun frigate.

In serving the American cause, Frost will impersonate a British merchant, capture several supply ships, order the execution of some of his own countrymen who have turned pirate and renegade, and perform an extraordinary feat of navigation in order to restore two men to the ship of the great explorer Captain James Cook. He will also meet the beguiling and exasperating Lady Cygnet, an opera singer, who promises to enliven and complicate Frost’s life in future volumes.

Reviews / Endorsements

"The battle scenes are plentiful, the historic references neatly woven in . . . these details comibined with Fender's ear for salty dialogue keep the story sailing swiftly along."Concord Monitor

"A seafaring yarn of the American Revolution, Audacity plunges into action and claps on sail."The Historical Novels Review

“Fender knows how to spin a yarn, and he has cannily exploited an aspect of Revolutionary War history that was as critical to the American success as the military but has largely remained unexplored in popular literature—American naval history. We've become so used to the adventures of the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars that the Americans have gotten short shrift. Fender obviously intends to correct that, and does so in persuasive and rousing fashion.”Valley News (NH)

From the Book:

“A small, delicate, and perfectly proportioned hand, with long, tapering fingers, twitched the Spanish shawl into place around the woman’s bodice -- it fell into place amazingly well. The woman shook herself with a flourish, not at all unlike a dog emerging from water, and slipped from the table to stand upright in the salon. A tiny pistol that she whipped from a handbag beneath her shawl was suddenly aimed at Frost’s forehead.”

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J. E. FENDER is author of The Private Revolution of Geoffrey Frost. He is Legal Counsel for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the U.S. Navy’s oldest shipyard.

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