Star-Spangled Sailors: A stirring account of the brave watermen defenders of Chesapeake Bay in the War of 1812

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An idealistic, young sea captain faces a test of courage, two gutsy teenagers come of age and a life-scarred black seaman finds redemption in a big story: the desperate battle on land and sea by a band of Chesapeake Bay heroes to save Washington from burning in the summer of 1814 and their hard-won, triumphant victory in the rockets' red glare at Baltimore's Fort McHenry to hold fast to our flag and rescue our nation's honor.

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Carey Roberts co-authored Tidewater Dynasty and is also the author of Touch A Cold Door and Pray God to Die. Her prize-winning script won the 1996 WorldFest, the Charleston International Film Festival Grand Award for Best Screenplay. Her articles have appeared in numerous national magazines and newspapers.

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STAR-SPANGLED SAILORS: A stirring account of the brave watermen defenders of Chesapeake Bay in the War of 1812.
Set during the War of 1812, this is a skillfully-crafted story about men grappling with battle-wrought changes to their souls and the bonds that drive them onward.
     Though they may not realize it, men fight and die not for a cause but for each other, and STAR-SPANGLED SALORS is about the bonds that drive men onward even after a crushing defeat.  It is a compelling theme, and the author explores it through such diverse characters as Mingo Jones, a life-scarred black oarsman, two fatherless ships’ boys and  brash Captain Jack Webster.  With its historically accurate back-drop, their stories unfurl like a battle-flag in a stiffening breeze.
      Author Carey Roberts skillfully wends the novel’s story lines around the intertwining paths of her characters.   The reader can appreciate the conflicting feelings of these men as they strive to regroup after their initial defeat.  For, just as Captain Jack Webster finds redemption in remembering his duty, the fiercely-independent Mingo Jones comes to realize he is not really free for the two desolate boys need him.
The autho is a lifelong student of American history and her film script,  Chesapeake Morning,  is based on the story of  STAR-SPANGLED SAILORS.  The screenplay won the 1996 Worldfest International Film Grand Award for the Best Screen Play.
This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys well-crafted historical fiction or to those who would like to learn more about one of the least-understood wars in American history.
Alan Couture

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