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On the Spur of Speed
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 incorporating an Account of Joseph Frost's and Juby's Conduct on Lake Champlain, all Diligently Compared with Other Contemporary Histories
J. E. Fender

Hardscrabble Books–Fiction of New England

2005 • 332 pp. 5 3/4 x 8 3/4"
Nautical Fiction

$26.95 Hardcover, 978-1-58465-475-9

$9.99 Ebook, 978-1-58465-889-4

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“Portsmouth's J. E. Fender is a masterful writer of historical fiction . . . [his] historical portrayals of both [time] periods are colorful, vivid, and very entertaining.”Kennebec (ME) Journal

The shaping of a hero and a key battle of the American Revolution

In volume four of The Frost Saga, J.E. Fender masterfully weaves together two narratives that offer new perspectives on the American Revolution and on the character of Geoffrey Frost.

At the conclusion of volume three, Frost set off in search of his younger brother Joseph, who had recently fought in the battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain. This volume tells the story of Joseph’s adventures in New York and Vermont as he joins Benedict Arnold in one of the most important battles of the Revolution: despite their defeat at the hands of the superior British fleet, the Americans thwart the British plan to drive down Lake Champlain and the Hudson River to divide the fledgling United States.

In alternating chapters, Fender tells the story of Geoffrey Frost’s first voyage: when Frost was ten years old, his father placed him aboard a slave ship in order to learn the sea. As young Geoffrey matures from seasick invalid to accomplished sailor, he grows ever more dismayed at the nature of the trade in which the ship is engaged. His formative experiences aboard The Bride of Derry, especially his conflicts with the martinet Captain Wick Nichols, reveal the origins of the “great navigator, ingenious military commander, and fierce armed combatant” (Booklist) known to fans of the series.

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"If your interests lie in the American Revolutionary War, the slave trade or the ongoing saga of the Frost family, you will find much to like here." The Historical Novels Review

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J.E. FENDER is legal counsel for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire—the U.S. Navy’s oldest shipyard. He is author of three previous volumes of The Frost Saga: The Private Revolution of Geoffrey Frost; Audacity, Privateer Out of Portsmouth; and Our Lives, Our Fortunes.

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