This novel has so many flaws that it is impossible to list them all. However, the first page should have enough to deter any serious reader of sailing fiction or the American Revolution: Congress issuing letters of marque in March 1775, which is a month before the Battle of Lexington in April 1775 (see any history). A forty ton ship carrying sixteen 9-pounders,which should more appropriately be four or six 6-pounders maximum (see Chapelle, Millar, Eller, etc.). French influence on small ship design, which is questionable at best and only possibly applicable to Frigate design (see Chapelle).
Moreover, the numerous contemporary slang used in the novel were rediculous. I've read the fiction of Marryat, Styles, Forester, Kent (Reeman), Pope, O'Brian, Parkinson, Woodman, Hoyt, Llewellyn, Lambdin, Nelson, Cooper and others. All were able to accurately depict the times and moods of the period, so greatly so and some only moderately so. However, Lieutenant Christopher by Mack is a horrible failure and doesn't come close. I've destroyed my copy of the novel so that it doesn't fall into the hands of any unsuspecting reader.