Author: Mark M. McMillin

Publisher: Hephaestus Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-983817918

When the American Revolution started, the United States of America had, at one point, a pathetic navy of only seven ships to protect their shores. In Mark M. McMillin’s trilogy, Prince of the Atlantic, this second in the series novel takes place across the Atlantic when Benjamin Franklin commissioned privateers to distress and disengage the British warships.

This three hundred and twenty seven page paperback tome has beautiful old sailing ship sailing off to the horizon at dawn. Like the first book, Gather the Shawdowmen, the story is geared to those interested in the American Revolution at sea, concentrating on privateers, their prizes won and the salty-sea lives they live. With less profanity and sex then its predecessor, as written, this book would be “R” rated at the movies due to the violence and death. There are intentional misspellings, following the language of the day. The beginning of the book has the Congress’s Code of Conduct for American Privateers dated April 3rd, 1776 and, at the end, it includes an informative and well-written chapter on fact verses fiction.

In this epic novel, Captain Luke Ryan’s true adventures continue as an American commissioned privateer whose patriotic goal is to search out, overtake and ransom any English ship. Again, the story starts as a tale being told in a New England bar in the late seventeen hundreds, but this time the reader learns the story-teller is one of the crewmen on Ryan’s boats.

Ryan, having stolen back and retrofitted his boat Black Prince after being caught for smuggling, contacts Benjamin Franklin in France and pledges his allegiance to America to become a privateer. With most of the prior crew, he gives an American the helm under Franklin’s insistence and they take off to the Atlantic, seizing any British boat in their wake. He increases his capturing of ships by adding a second successful boat, Black Princess, as they terrorize both sea and land, fighting and inflicting damage on anyone affiliated with England. When his true love back in Ireland is killed and he is injured, Ryan’s obsession to his loyal cause is increased by his third boat Fearnot. After one boat is impounded and the other destroyed, Franklin is not allowed to renew Ryan’s commission so the now famous privateer despondently pledges to France. In the end, his chances of out-running, out-gunning and out-maneuvering on the seas run out and he is captured by England.

Written better than the first, McMillin does an excellent job engaging the reader in this second historical fiction that reads like it really occurred. One not only learns of the nautical terms, the tactical thinking and the fight to survive on a unpredictable, unforgiving ocean, but how the real Irishman Luke Ryan gave his all for his love of sailing, his loyalty to a country and his lust for maritime power.

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