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The privateersman
Woodman, Richard, 1944-
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Sutton : Severn House, 2000.
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250 pages ; 23 cm
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The Seven Years War is over. William Kite is now a successful ship-owner in Liverpool, but when tragedy strikes he goes back to sea, in search of solace. He becomes embroiled in the American Revolution but, far from recovering his fortune, he is forced to fight for his honour, his life and his future . . .

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Richard Woodman was born in London. England in 1944. He became an indentured midshipman in cargo liners at the age of 16, which resulted in a 37 year nautical career. He became captain in 1980. He spent 11 years in command at sea, 6 years in operational management ashore, and is currently a Board Member of Trinity House, the authority responsible for navigational safety round the coast.

He is a regular correspondent for the shipping newspaper Lloyd's List. He has written over 50 books, a mixture of fiction and maritime history. His fiction works include the Nathaniel Drinkwater series, A Kit Faulkner Naval Adventure series, and The William Kite Trilogy. He received several awards including the Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award in 2001 for his journalism, the Society of Nautical Research's Anderson Medal in 2005 for three major studies of convoy operations in the Second World War, and the Marine Society's Thomas Gray Medal in 2010 for his five-volume history of the British Merchant Navy.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Woodman's saga of William Kite, begun in The Guineaman [BKL N 1 00], leaps to the opening of the American Revolution. Kite is now a widower and exiled from Liverpool, for Puella died of grief over their son's death from cholera, and Kite's trading partners betrayed him. He voyages to the West Indies, and then to Rhode Island in the wake of the burning of the revenue cutter Gaspee, an incident that exacerbates crown vs. colonies tension. After old friend Arthur Tyrrell is lynched for crown sympathies, Kite undertakes to marry his appealing widow, Sarah, and avenge himself on the rebels for the loss of his ship. The latter he accomplishes with a mixture of aggressiveness, tactical creativity, and seamanship, providing action that will hold readers' attention firmly. The series continues to be a treat for fans of saltwater adventure. It also intriguingly counterpoints Mel Gibson's Patriot by featuring colonists who revel in thuggery, muggery, buggery, and other dubious behaviors! --Roland Green