by Alec Merrill



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/11/2013

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 326
ISBN : 9781480803565
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 326
ISBN : 9781480803558
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 326
ISBN : 9781480803541

About the Book

The summer of 1744 in England is dry; with crops beginning to fail, poaching is the only alternative to starvation, even though it is illegal and carries a heavy punishment. As sixteen-year-old Jonathan Swift carefully slides through dry brush in the dark, he hopes to bag some game to help feed his family. As a branch cracks nearby, Jonathan suddenly realizes he is not alone. Moments later, he manages to shed his pursuer and arrives home, shaken. His escape is temporary, however, and events will soon take a turn that changes the direction of Jonathan’s life forever.

Frustrated when they cannot catch him in the act of poaching, the squire’s men ambush Jonathan and leave him for dead on a Royal Navy ship. Although he has never been on a ship before, Swift finds he is a new member of HMS Winchester’s company. Unaccustomed to disciplined shipboard life and without friends, family, or security, he soon realizes that he must persevere or die.

In this historical tale, a young man pressed into the navy discovers that his destiny is more dangerous than he ever imagined when he finds himself in the midst of an attack on the most formidable fort in North America.

About the Author

Alec Merrill served thirteen years in the Canadian Forces as an officer. Using this experience in the private sector, he established the training program for the North Warning System which provides NORAD with surveillance and early warning capabilities across the Canadian arctic. Alec completed three years as the Chief of Emergency Services for Fisheries and Oceans Canada which includes the Canadian Coast Guard during events such as Hurricane Juan, and Katrina. He has been a management consultant for over twenty years.