The Waterman: The Patriot and the Great Cannon Train

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Based upon the diary of one of General George Washington's staff officers, The Waterman recounts the seemingly impossible transport of 59 cannon 300 miles over land and water from Ft. Ticonderoga to Boston in the dead of winter 1776. These cannon gave General Washington the missing artillery he desperately needed for his stunning, first victory over the invincible British forces. During this two-month heroic exploit, facing ferocious weather and daring attacks by British spies, the story's protagonist, Continental Navy Lieutenant Dan Saunders perseveres with cunning and audacious courage. Together with his loyal compatriot, Paul Williams, a former pirate and slave, the pair lead a ragtag crew of volunteers to prevail and turn the tide in one of young America's most inspirational, early milestones toward independence.

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Norris van den Berg was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, where he developed a passion for sailing and naval history. He admires the spirit and ideals of the early Revoluioary patriots and has attempted to share this passion in his first novel. Mr. van den Berg graduated in philosophy and mathematics from the University of Maryland. He became a well known IBM software executive and, subsequently, a founding partner of JMI Equity, a successful venture cappital firm. Mr. van den Berg lives with his wife in Lake Tahoe, Nevada but he can often be found in Annapolis or fly fishing in Montana and the Florida Keys.

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"A beautifully crafted tale. Meticulous in its detail, Van paints a vivid picture of the times and enormous challenges that were met by exceptionally courageous men. Fast paced and action-packed, i thoroughly enjoyed the first work of a very talented novelist." --Scott Van Pelt, ESPN Anchor

"After reading The Waterman, every reader will want to stand over the resting places of Dan and Paul to pay their respects! We must settle however, for the knowledge that the patriots who actually completed this extraordinary mission, set a benchmark for heroism and tenacity which continues to course its way through the veins of the men and women of today's military." --Rear Admiral Ray Smith, USN Ret, Former Chief of Navy Seals

"A unique portrayal of how things were in 1775: sailboats and transportation at sea, attitudes of "rebels" and their ingenuity in defeating a much larger enemy. The story moves right along and kept me reading till the end." --Randy Repass, Founder and Chairman of West Marine, Inc.

"After reading The Waterman, every reader will want to stand over the resting places of Dan and Paul to pay their respects! We must settle however, for the knowledge that the patriots who actually completed this extraordinary mission, set a benchmark for heroism and tenacity which continues to course its way through the veins of the men and women of today's military." --Rear Admiral Ray Smith, USN Ret, Former Chief of Navy Seals

"A unique portrayal of how things were in 1775: sailboats and transportation at sea, attitudes of "rebels" and their ingenuity in defeating a much larger enemy. The story moves right along and kept me reading till the end." --Randy Repass, Founder and Chairman of West Marine, Inc.

"After reading The Waterman, every reader will want to stand over the resting places of Dan and Paul to pay their respects! We must settle however, for the knowledge that the patriots who actually completed this extraordinary mission, set a benchmark for heroism and tenacity which continues to course its way through the veins of the men and women of today's military." --Rear Admiral Ray Smith, USN Ret, Former Chief of Navy Seals

"A unique portrayal of how things were in 1775: sailboats and transportation at sea, attitudes of "rebels" and their ingenuity in defeating a much larger enemy. The story moves right along and kept me reading till the end." --Randy Repass, Founder and Chairman of West Marine, Inc.

"After reading The Waterman, every reader will want to stand over the resting places of Dan and Paul to pay their respects! We must settle however, for the knowledge that the patriots who actually completed this extraordinary mission, set a benchmark for heroism and tenacity which continues to course its way through the veins of the men and women of today's military." --Rear Admiral Ray Smith, USN Ret, Former Chief of Navy Seals

"A unique portrayal of how things were in 1775: sailboats and transportation at sea, attitudes of "rebels" and their ingenuity in defeating a much larger enemy. The story moves right along and kept me reading till the end." --Randy Repass, Founder and Chairman of West Marine, Inc.

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