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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (Oct. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612510523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612510521
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #929,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

William C. Hammond is a novelist, literary agent and business consultant, was the publisher of Hazelden Publishing. A life-long student of history, and a long-time devotee of nautical fiction, he frequently sails on Lake Superior and off the coast of New England. He lives with his wife and three sons in Minneapolis, MN. The previous novels in the Cutler Chronicles were For Love of Country and A Matter of Honor.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nautical-themed historical fiction at its best... and swashbuckling good fun too! Dec 14 2011
By John Cathcart - Published on
Format: Hardcover
William C. Hammond's "The Power and the Glory" is the third novel in an action-packed series focusing on the nautical adventures of a fictional New England family during the late 1790s and early 1800s. The Cutler family controlled a vast array of commercial enterprises and is closely connected with the fledgling US Navy in the decade following the American Revolution--when the United Kingdom and France swapped roles as enemy/ally of the US. Well-researched and well-written, Hammond's work combines fast-paced fiction with history--masterfully weaving together real people, places and events with fictional characters to conjure up a totally immersive, detailed and believable yarn. Within the first couple of chapters, Hammond had me completely "reeled in."

As I eagerly raced through the pages, I found myself comparing Hammond's work to two other, well-known books: Patrick O'Brian's "Master and Commander" and Michael Crichton's "Pirate Latitudes." I can honestly say that Hammond's book merits the comparison... and comes out on top in many areas.

Like many others who watched the 2003 movie "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World " starring Russell Crowe, I picked up a copy of the first in author Patrick O'Brian's 21-installment Aubrey-Maturin series of books--bearing the same title and upon which the movie was based. I must admit to being consistently challenged by the often impenetrable nautical jargon O'Brian sprinkled throughout the novel. Hammond, on the other hand, has struck the right balance of historical and lexicographical faithfulness while employing a writing style a bit less taxing for today's reader.

At times "The Power and the Glory" is also evocative of Michael Crichton's "Pirate Latitudes;" but seemed to hold together better than Crichton's posthumously published work. Hammond's narrative was extremely well crafted, much easier to follow, and benefited from a seemingly closer entwinement with historical fact. Noteworthy in this regard was Hammond's descriptions of the behind-the-scenes political and diplomatic machinations amongst the various nations and their Navies as they struggled to control sea lanes, commerce and territory across the Atlantic and Caribbean. In this regard, the background he provides on the Haitian Independence struggle is particularly fascinating.

"The Power and the Glory" will appeal to a wide audience and is a quick and enjoyable read. My only regret is that I joined Lt. Richard Cutler (the novel's main character) a bit late--starting off with Mr. Hammond's third novel instead of his first!

John Cathcart
Reviewer, Military Writers Society of America
Award-winning author of "Delta 7"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
You Feel Like You're There Oct. 26 2011
By Ken Fisher - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Bill's third book, portraying the far-reaching adventures of the seagoing Cutler family, is yet another stellar effort.
From the shores of America to Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, his ability to make us feel as if we are tranported back
to the late 1700's is remarkable. One can almost feel the swaying deck of a large sailing vessel, see large sails snapping
in the wind, or hear the clatter of feet on the cobblestone streets of Boston. Bill's own love, and deep knowledge of sailing
lends to his descriptions of sea battles, which are vivid and intensely exciting. Equally, his telling of the warm, loving
and passionate family life of the Cutlers is truly heartfelt. Whether you have a love of history or the sea, this series hits
the mark. Congatulations to Bill. Three great novels, and I cannot wait for number four.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By PAUL REUTER - Published on
Format: Hardcover
William Hammond has again for the third time kept his reader guessing and wanting more after reading THE POWER AND THE GLORY. The Cutler family series is full of " flotsam and jetsam " for those of us who have a love for the sea, nautical stories, and American history. Once you pick up one of William Hammonds books you dont want to put it down. When I finsihed the third book, I was sad because I knew I would have to wait 10 months for the next one ( number 4 ) to be published. BZ ( bravo zulu ) William Hammond for super good book.The Power and the Glory: A Novel (Historical Nautical Fiction)For Love of CountryA Matter of Honor: A Novel
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good but not great writing and story telling. Feb. 21 2013
By Daniel Porter - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am a fan of all of the "swash-buckler" series, starting with Hornblower and moving up through many others. Hammond has taken the genre out of its traditional British setting and set his stories in the young American navy. His books are interesting, and enjoyable, but the characters are not as fully formed as some. O'Brian was the best writer of the genre. I sometimes find Hammond's characters too black and white. Still, the sea-stories are interesting.
A rousing Caribbean cruise Feb. 12 2013
By Tony Artuso - Published on
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On the third in our continuing series of voyages with the Cutlers, author Bill Hammond takes us back to the Caribbean, a critical scene of action in the first book of the series -- but with some significant differences. In this third book, the British are no longer America's adversaries but our allies, as the young republic fights a quasi-war against its former Revolutionary ally, France. This third volume picks up with one of the two strands left dangling in the previous book of the series. One, of course, was the French revolution, which leads our hero, Richard Cutler, to rescue his former lover, Anne-Marie, the widow of a noble, from Revolutionary zealots. Safely remarried and ensconced in Boston society by the start of this third volume, Anne-Marie is, nevertheless, still a source of tension in Richard's marriage to Katherine, a union that might otherwise be characterized as too perfect. Other tensions in the almost-too-ideal Cutler family also emerge, such as the question of who will step in to run the family business as the heir apparent to Tom Cutler, Richard's father and the patriarch of the burgeoning clan. But for those not interested in the drama of family politics, there's plenty of rousing sea adventure to go around as Hammond, with his usual amazing attention to historical detail, explores one of the little-known conflicts in American history, one ignored by most novelists, with the possible exception of Kenneth Roberts in "Arundel." To his great credit, Hammond doesn't pull any punches when depicting historical figures in America's early Navy -- warts and all. Also for nautical buffs, as in earlier volumes, there's plenty of detailed sea lore. Non-buffs can either consult the handy glossary thoughtfully supplied at the back or simply gloss over those parts without losing any sense of the story at all. This volume concludes with the end of the quasi-war, but, never fear, there's plenty more action to come because the fourth volume of the series, "A Call to Arms," picks up the other strand from volume two: America's ongoing conflict with the piratical Barbary states.

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