• By Force of Arms

  • The Revolution at Sea Series, Book 1
  • By: James L. Nelson
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As the War of Independence begins in earnest, American merchant seamen prepare to strike the first blows.

None strikes more deftly than Isaac Biddlecomb, captain of the Judea, whose smuggling activities are making a mockery of His Majesty’s Royal Navy. Pursued by HMS Rose, he sacrifices the ship he loved to the depths, together with the fortune he stood to gain, rather than surrender.

On the run from the enraged forces of King George, Biddlecomb disguises himself as a merchant seaman. He is reunited with Ezra Rumstick, a comrade and fierce rebel, as the revolution gathers momentum. On a brig bound for Jamaica and now serving as a lowly mate, Biddlecomb finds that fate tests his mettle as he is captured by the enemy and faces a life of servitude under the deranged captain and sadistic crew of the HMS Icarus

©1996 James L. Nelson (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Solid Sea Tale

Well written story and very well read. I enjoyed it for daily commutes. I would have preferred a closed story to a cliffhanger ending.

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My Favorite American Maritime Series and Favorite

I have long (decades) been a fan of John Lee, and am more likely to listen if he narrates. He is the best for the Patrick O'Brien Series. I love that Nelsoncan do, and has done many things described in his books as a captain himself.

I love that Biddlecomb is a Rhode Islander, and these books make me even hungrier to learn about my state. Biddlecomb's initial hesitancy about revolution seems realistic, and reminds me that almost 250 years ago there were a range of political opinions, not just black and white patriot vs. loyalist. Not unlike our time.

I wish this audiobook came with maps, and with illustrations of the ships. That's wish list though.

By Force of arms is a great audio purchase for me, as I know I will listen again.

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great yarn

a huge fan of James Nelson for about 15 years now been reading his Viking books on audible but first read his revolutionary at sea saga and paperback own all of his books and paperback and I'm so excited to see them in audible I love how historically accurate he is and his writing style just flows so well I can't say enough about how good it was can't wait for the rest of the series hopefully his pirate round series will come on audible as that is my favorite

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