• The Maddest Idea

  • The Isaac Biddlecomb Series, Book 2
  • By: James L. Nelson
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Maddest Idea continues the powerful saga of the American Revolution with another stirring, dramatic maritime adventure. 

In the late summer of 1775, General George Washington discovers that his cache of gunpowder has dwindled to a mere nine shots per man. A desperate plan is hatched—to send a ship under the command of Captain Isaac Biddlecomb to Bermuda to capture the British powder known to be there. But the plan is a trap, set by a traitor among the patriots, and one from which even Biddlecomb cannot escape. Washington dispatches his aide-de-camp, Major Edward Fitzgerald, to hunt the traitor down, while Biddlecomb must rely on cunning and seamanship to free his men and the ship and to capture the gunpowder that is the lifeblood of the fight for liberty.

Divided by an ocean but bound by the cause, as well as by their own private fears, Biddlecomb and Fitzgerald must take on a common enemy—the greatest military power on earth.

This is a powerful saga of the American Revolution—a stirring maritime adventure in the epic, true-to-life tradition of Patrick O’Brian.

©1997 by James L. Nelson (P)2022 by Blackstone Publishing

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Relatable characters

What I like about these stories is that the characters are not perfect. They are well developed and not burdened by the immutable laws of political correctness. I don’t understand most of the naval terminology but appreciate the fact that James Nelson knows it very well and adds to the realism of the action. I think I’m usually in the right part of the ship when the action begins. Characters are well developed and not one dimensional. The narrator is excellent and I’ll listen to the complete series.

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Every Day is Talk like a Pirate Day!

Arrrrggghh! Shiver me timbers, haul out! Lower the top gallants! What fun! I love this genre and even if you don't know what they are talking about, you can still feel as if you are right in the middle of a sea battle. Great story, history comes to life, and a terrific narration.

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favorite

it keeps u in suspense the entire book up to the last chapter masterfully written heavy on the sailing terminology which speaks to an old sailor's heart!!

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Another fun story

This is a very original story line in a genre in which it's difficult to be original. hope to listen to more in the series.

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  • Robert
  • 08-27-22

Hurry up audible and get the rights!

I was recommended this series as I'm a fan of Bernard Cornwell and I wasn't disappointed. I hope Audible gets the rights to sell this excellent series again, so others can enjoy it.