THE EIGHTEENTH CAPTAIN A NOVEL OF JOHN PAUL JONES
takes you by the scruff of your neck and yanks you into the action of
history. From the moment the spine is creased, you are there, on board
the ship, like Jim Hawkins in the apple barrel listening to Long John
Silver's most secret plan. . . . Kudos to Nicholas Nicastro and even
more kudos to McBooks Press for adding this finely wrought novel to
their armada of Maritime literature!"
maritime historical novel fairly shimmers with furtive lustiness and
wry humor. Embellishing John Paul Jones' early naval intrigues and sexual
liasons, Nicholas Nicastro preserves the true spirit of a mercurial
and moody hero."
THE EIGHTEENTH CAPTAIN, Nicholas Nicastro gives us a nuanced, insightful
and thoroughly believable portrait of an American hero that few know
beyond his saying "I have not yet begun to fight" which, in
fact, he probably did not say. Nicastro does what the artist can do
and the historian cannot; probe the inner mind of the historical John
Paul Jones, guess who he really was from the empirical evidence, and
then present that portrait in words and deeds that are on the one hand
often fiction, but on the other true to the spirit of Jones. And he
does it very well, showing us our American Tragic Hero, great but flawed,
a conqueror brought down by his own faults. THE EIGHTEENTH CAPTAIN is
beautifully framed by the fall-out of the French Revolution which represented
the end of much that Jones loved but was a consequence in part of Jones'
own actions, a lovely metaphor for the man's life and deeds. Carefully
researched, accurate in tone and detail, THE EIGHTEENTH CAPTAIN is an
insightful portrait of a man, a hero and his times, and what each of
those things, in their essence, truly mean."