The Power and the Glory: A Novel Hardcover – Oct 15 2011
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About the Author
William C. Hammond is a novelist and freelance editor. A lifelong student of history and sailing enthusiast, his first novel in the Cutler chronicles,A Matter of Honor, was published in 2007, followed by For Love of Country, in 2010, The Power and the Glory in 2011, and A Call to Arms in 2012. He lives in Wayzata, MN.
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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!
Reviewer, Military Writers Society of America
Award-winning author of "Delta 7"
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.