Thieves of Mercy: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea by James L. Nelson

By James L. Nelson

Having survived the bloody conflict of recent Orleans and the lack of their ironclad Yazoo River, captain Samuel Bowater, engineer Hieronymus Taylor, and the survivors in their group are given new orders -- take command of an ironclad warship being inbuilt Memphis, Tennessee.Bowater and his males take passage upriver from "Mississippi" Mike Sullivan, one of many wild, undisciplined captains of the River safety Squadron, in basic terms to discover, on their arrival, that their send isn't really even part outfitted and the enemy is last quick. opposed to their higher judgment, Bowater and workforce sign up for forces with the mercurial Sullivan on board his advert hoc river gunship the overall web page. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Confederates once more fling themselves bravely on the overwhelming strength of the american invaders. The lethal back-and-forth struggle alongside the Mississippi ends finally within the monstrous naval conflict of Memphis, and the near-suicidal try through the Confederates to carry again the Northern flood.Filled with wild characters and heart-pounding motion, and set opposed to the daring backdrop of the Civil warfare, Thieves of Mercy is a beneficial successor to the W. Y. Boyd Award-winning novel Glory within the identify, the e-book Bernard Cornwell lauded as "by a ways, the simplest Civil struggle novel i have read."

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Bowater looked over, startled. The barge was pulling away from the wall, he could see the black space opening up, the chasm between barge and wall and the dark water at the bottom. The whistle stopped and Sullivan’s voice boomed over the sound of the paddle wheels, shouting, “Come on, Cap’n! ” Bowater looked from the barge to the watchman to the barge. ” the watchman shouted. The shotgun thudded on the packed dirt as he let go of the barrel, grabbed hold of Bowater’s collar. Bowater knocked his hand aside, sprinted for the wall.

It was pointless to try to get transportation. That much was clear once they maneuvered through the smaller side streets in which Molly’s house was hidden and came out on Water Street. Streetcars stood abandoned, their traces lying empty before them as if in surrender. Wagons heavy loaded with furniture and children, entire households, rattled for the roads north to Richmond. The waterfront was crowded with steamboats and sailing vessels, fishing smacks, 52 JAMES L. NELSON coasting schooners, all scrambling to get under way.

But how will we ever . ” It did not seem possible that they could even get into the station, but before she could finish her question, Molly advanced, moving like a fox through the undergrowth, slipping sideways through gaps in the throng, exploiting THIEVES OF MERCY 53 every tiny opening in the pack of refugees. Her elbows flailed like offensive weapons, her carpetbag a battering ram, opening the way with just enough subtlety that the people she pushed past could dismiss the assault as an accident, if they were feeling charitable.

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