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Thieves of Mercy: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea Hardcover – Apr 12 2005

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (April 12 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060199709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060199708
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,214,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

If not quite up to the standard of his best naval historicals, Nelson's second nautical adventure set during the Civil War (after 2003's Glory in the Name) offers a rousing plot and seafaring detail as authentic as any in the Hornblower or Aubrey/Maturin books. In Memphis in the spring of 1862, while Confederate Lt. Samuel Bowater awaits his new command (of an ironclad under construction), he attends to such matters as ghostwriting a dime novel, using the plot of Hamlet, for "Mississippi" Mike Sullivan, captain of the ram General Page, and later taking Sullivan's side when the captain thinks a troupe of Shakespearean actors has plagiarized his work. Meanwhile, Bowater's lover, Wendy Atkins, is trying to escape Norfolk, Va., before the city falls to the Yankees. In this effort, she has the help of her free-spirited Aunt Molly and the hindrance of Union Lt. Roger Newcomb. After making their way out of burning Norfolk, Wendy and Molly have an improbable if diverting meeting with Abraham Lincoln. Civil War buffs, particularly Southern sympathizers, will be well pleased.
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“[Nelson] offers a rousing plot and seafaring detail as authentic as any in the Hornblower or Aubrey/Maturin books.” (—Publishers Weekly on Thieves of Mercy)

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Philip T McBride
5.0 out of 5 starshumor and romance to make the story fun to read
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Ken Lynch
1.0 out of 5 stars... read a couple of books by Nelson that were good, this was so poor that I had to ...
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5.0 out of 5 starsAn Alternative View of the Confederacy
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5.0 out of 5 starsThe story flows easily with multiple story lines mixed together to give the ...
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Scott Monk
5.0 out of 5 stars... I found this book not quite up to Nelson's great seafaring stories "The French Prize" (excellent)
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