The third novel in the series (a fourth is due out soon) is the best one yet. An exciting tale alive with history, battles, political turmoil, courage and cowardice. Captain Biddlecomb has developed into a seaworthy character who is brave, cunning and much to his discomfort, a patriot. The regional distrust between northern and southern politicians were most interesting, since most of the naval vessels were built, crewed and sailed from northern ports. The first contigent of Marines was a superb touch as was the first landings on a foreign shore. Much insight into the actual sailing of ships, positions of shore batteries, fortresses, local commanders were all presented in a fresh fashion. An excellent read, and am looking forward to the fourth novel. As I mentioned in my reviews of the first two books, far too many nautical terms that most landlubbers won't understand. But some really terrific sea battles, storms, neferous characters and dialog. I would like to see more books by Mr. Nelson, who really knows about sailing ships, perhaps the War of 1812, the Seminole War or something with the Barbary pirates. Perhaps another nautical series could develope about the Civil War featuring Biddlecomb's son(s)? That would be something to really look forward to.