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This first entry in the six book series begins young Nathan Beauchamp's British Naval career during the Napoleonic Wars. Falcon's Revenge finds Nathan (Nate) making his way back to Portsmouth for reassignment to the rebuilding fleet. He battles pirates, privateers, nature, a sinking ship, and finds and loses romance.
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Joseph was born February 16, 1950 in Jacksonville, Florida. He started life as the son of a commercial fisherman. His father first took him to sea at age four. He spent his early youth on the shrimping grounds of St.Augustine, Cape Canaveral and Key West, Florida. Usually the fishing boats only went to sea in good weather but one trip caught the boat on the edge of a hurricane. The adults were frightened but for a seven year old, tied in the wheelhouse chair, riding the 30-foot waves and sliding downward into the trough between the waves was like a ride at a carnival. The happiest times of Joseph's childhood were on those trips to the fishing grounds.
Joseph was adopted at age eleven and settled into a life ashore. His love of the sea never died. He visited the local docks talking to the fishermen almost every day. Joseph read every nautical book he could get his hands on and watched every movie about the sea, from pirates and age of sail to the modern stories of WWII. His heroes were the great ships and the men who sailed them. Eventually the call of the sea was too strong. Joseph ran away in his senior year of high school to join the US Navy.
Joseph spent two enlistments in the Navy where he made two cruises on the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy that took him to the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the Mediterranean and Caribbean Sea. He visited ports steeped in nauticl history in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Scotland and Jamaica.
Joseph never lost his love of the sea and sea stories. He has read all of C.S. Forester, Patrick O'Brien, Alexander Kent, Dudley Pope and dozens of other author's sea stories. He read so many, so fast, that they could not be published fast enough. He would wait for months for the latest book to be published.
Joseph's wife, Chris, persuaded him to write his own sea stories while waiting for Alexander Kent's Second to None to be released. He started writing as a naval officer at the Hart of Oaks role playing site on line, where he created Nathan Beauchamp, a British Naval officer in 1803. Soon the role playing was not enough. Joseph researched British naval histories and started to write the Nathan Beauchamp series.
With his books Joseph has provided the reader with a fast paces, action filled, sea story without the great detail to ship and sail handling found in most books of this genre. His style provides new readers an entry to the much more detailed books of the great authors whose work he loves. Forester, Kent, Pope, O'Brien, White, Nelson and so many more have provided him with many hours of reading pleasure as their protagonists waged war in the age of sail.
Joseph hopes his readers will enjoy the Nathan Beauchamp series as much as he enjoys writing it.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
... Admiral Skinner leaned over his huge oak desk. "Lieutenant Beauchamp, ships have souls, you know." THe admiral rose. "The Falcon was severly abused by those privateer fellows. She was taken and used to attack her own countrymen. She deserves her revenge." He walked and stood before Nathan. "I have no doubt, you are the man to give her that revenge to cleanse her soul." ...
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Book Description Jada Press, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # SONG0976111063
Book Description JADA Press, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0976111063
Book Description JADA Press, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0976111063