Peter Wicked

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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author
Broos Campbell is the author of No Quarter and War of Knives and has served as a crew member of the Lady Washington, a restored tall ship. He lives in Los Angeles.

Nautical adventure fans will welcome Campbell's third novel to feature intrepid Matty Graves (afterThe War of Knives). In 1800, the 17-year-old Graves, a bastard and a Negro despite both parents being white, is recalled to Washington City, where his rank is reduced from acting lieutenant to midshipman, and he's questioned about his role in a duel between his friend Peter Wickett and another officer. Graves's fortunes later turn after he's promoted to lieutenant and given his first command, the schooner Tomahawk. On joining the American squadron in Saint-Domingue, he's ordered to capture an American officer who's stolen a naval vessel and turned pirate--Peter Wickett. Graves proves equally brave and resourceful at navigating the bureaucratic minefield of the U.S. Navy and at steering a steady course through the treacherous politics of various nations--Spain, France, England, Denmark--vying for power in the Caribbean.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

The seafaring saga of American naval lieutenant Matty Graves moves into a third readable volume with Graves recovering from his ordeal during the Saint-Domingue rebellion. Now he must join in the investigation of the relief from command of his previous captain, in which he played a somewhat equivocal part. At the same time, romance beckons, and so does the prospect of a sea command of his own that could make him a fortune in prize money, though at the price of grossly violating his principles. Graves is an entirely plausible character for this era of the American navy--between the Revolution and the War of 1812--when it faced many tasks and a shoestring budget. Campbell, an erstwhile crew member on a contemporary tall ship, the restored Lady Washington, writes a seawise prose and compensates in skilled characterization his tendency toward slow pacing.

--Roland Green "Booklist"

Campbell brings to his writing a feel for his period and an understanding of naval seamanship and traditions that are not often seen in maritime fiction. His characters are sharp, genuine, and fascinating, his plotting fast-paced and authentic.

--James L. Nelson, author of the Isaac Biddlecomb Novels

Campbell writes with a vivid immediacy and understated authority. . . . His evocation of life aboard a small man-of-war in the young United States Navy during the Quasi-War with France is superb, his characterization is both acute and realistic, his dialogue witty and shrewd . . . a delight to read.

--Richard Woodman, author of the Nathaniel Drinkwater series

Campbell is one of those all-too-rare historical novelists who understands that the real world turns less often on acts of wisdom and courage than it does on folly, incompetence, and blind mischance. Refreshingly cynical.

--Jonathan Lunn, author of the Killigrew Series