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Glory in the Name: A Novel of the Confederate Navy

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A book by James L. Nelson

Nelson (By Force of Arms), the author of two nautical series, offers an exciting stand-alone naval warfare adventure. This time his hero is an officer in the battered and ill-equipped Confederate Navy during the American Civil War. Shortly after the … see full wiki

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Author: James L. Nelson
Genre: History
Publisher: William Morrow
1 review about Glory in the Name: A Novel of the Confederate...

Lost Cause a lost cause at sea

  • Oct 12, 2008
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+3
Very good novel, the first of a series on the Confederate Navy, by Nelson, author of other sea-faring series about pirates and the Revolutionary War navies.

The second in the series (Thieves of Mercy: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea) is currently out, and the series must of necessity be short and painful, as the Confederacy was short-lived and its navy fared even worse. The glorious Lost Cause was nearly lost on the water before it even began.

Nelson, the author and not the God-like British naval hero, is a good writer. The story starts slowly, then rapidly picks up steam as Nelson establishes two separate story lines then weaves them expertly together. He uses a film-like trick of repeating scenes from separate points of view, but does so infrequently (only when it adds to the story) and well enough to make it useful and not distracting. In one instance, he describes an officer's death through the officer's eyes, including his well-rehearsed and sentimental last words. When the scene is repeated from his captain's point of view, the officer expires in the captain's arms after a few indistinct muttered sounds.

I'll definitely finish the series.

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