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  • Published: 30 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448168712
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

The Maddest Idea

An enthralling and swashbuckling naval adventure you won’t be able to put down…

A powerful saga of the American Revolution - a stirring maritime adventure in the epic, true-to-life tradition of Patrick O'Brian.

A captivating and stirring maritime adventure from bestselling author James Nelson that will have you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of Patrick O’Brian and C.S. Forester.
“Nelson writes with the eagerness of a young man sailing his first command” -- Patrick O’Brian
“Kept me riveted from start to finish…” – Reader review.

There’s a traitor in their ranks determined to thwart their fight for freedom…

1775: General George Washing has discovered his store of gunpowder has dwindled to next to nothing. Captain Isaac Biddlecomb is despatched to Bermuda to capture the British gunpowder known to be there.

But the plan is a trap, hatched by a traitor among the Patriots. Washington’s aide-de-camp Major Edward Fitzgerald is tasked with hunting the traitor down; Biddlecomb meanwhile must work to free his ship and his men and capture the gunpowder so vital in the fight for freedom.

Will Biddlecomb and Fitzgerald overcome their common enemy – the greatest military power on Earth?

The Maddest Idea is the second novel in James Nelson’s Revolution at Sea series. Biddlecomb’s story continues in The Continental Risque.

  • Pub date: 30 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448168712
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

About the Author

James Nelson

James Nelson has served as a seaman, rigger, boatswain and officer on a number of sailing vessels. His novel Glory in the Name: A Novel of the Confederate Navy was the winner of the American Library Association's 2004 W.Y. Boyd Award for Excellence in Military Fiction. He is also the author of the five books comprising The Revolution at Sea Saga and The Brethren of the Coast trilogy. His first non-fiction book is Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack. He lives with his wife and children in Maine.

His web site can be found at: www.jameslnelson.com

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Praise for The Maddest Idea

“'Authenticity runs throughout the book, carrying total conviction'”

Patrick O'Brian

“'First rate action writing'”

Publishers Weekly

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