Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
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Books for Adults - Fiction
Michael Crowley’s life takes an unexpected and unwanted turn when he meets friends from the old sod one evening. They are diehard patriots eager to try, once again, to free Ireland from British control, and they expect Michael to join them. But he has a new life in the Royal Navy with new friends and a new berth aboard a ship of the line that’s under construction. But a press gang intrudes and Michael and his old friends are taken. However, other Irish rebels intervene, and Michael soon finds himself across the Channel in France, where the rebels are gathering. Before long, he’s aboard a French warship bound for Ireland where united Irish and French forces will launch a new uprising in 1798.
Given his father’s ultimatum, Captain Banks decides it’s better to take command of a frigate and go to sea now, rather than wait any longer for the ship of the line whose launch date has been postponed again. He and his loyal corps of officers and men, with the exception of Michael Crowley who’s gone missing, set sail aboard the Scylla. They are bound for the Irish coast. Rumors abound of a French invasion force, and Banks must do whatever he can to prevent their landing – even if he, his men, and his ship must pay the ultimate sacrifice to thwart the rebels.
These are but two of the many points of view through which this story unfolds. While the reader may occasionally get confused as to who’s who, on the whole, this technique provides the reader with a greater understanding of what happens aboard a naval vessel. In this way, Bond’s characters become three-dimensional, “real” people with lives and personalities outside the close confines of the Scylla. The only drawback is that although the reader knows what happens to most of these characters by the end of the story, the fate of Captain Banks and the Scylla are not revealed.
The final confrontation between the frigate and the French at the Battle of Tory Island is edge-of-your-seat, hold-your-breath adventure witnessed as if we stand on the decks of both vessels. Even though the reader may sense how the tale will end, Bond’s gift of storytelling makes us keep hoping that won’t happen in The Patriot’s Fate, the fifth title in the Fighting Sail series.
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