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Nelson, James L.

Overview
Works: 84 works in 296 publications in 3 languages and 10,125 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Naval history  Historical fiction  Sea stories  War fiction  Sea fiction  Military history  Biographical fiction  Action and adventure fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3564.E4646, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Publications about James L Nelson
Publications by James L Nelson
Most widely held works by James L Nelson
George Washington's secret navy : how the American revolution went to sea by James L Nelson( Book )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 962 libraries worldwide
Focuses on the early phases of the Revolution, when Britain ruled the seas and George Washington sought to challenge its dominance
With fire & sword : the battle of Bunker Hill and the beginning of the American Revolution by James L Nelson( Book )
5 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 855 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the events of the Battle of Bunker Hill and the beginning of the American Revolution, describing key figures from both sides, and how the battle's outcome influence British strategy throughout the course of the conflict
George Washington's great gamble : and the sea battle that won the American Revolution by James L Nelson( file )
6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 664 libraries worldwide
"In the opening months of 1781, General George Washington feared his army would fail to survive another campaign season. The spring and summer only served to reinforce his despair, but in late summer the changing circumstances of war presented a once-in-a-war opportunity for a French armada to hold off the mighty British navy while his own troops with French reinforcements drove Lord Cornwallis's forces to the Chesapeake. The Battle of the Capes would prove the only time the French ever fought the Royal Navy to a draw, and for the British army it was a catastrophe. Cornwallis confidently retreated to Yorktown, expecting to be evacuated by a British fleet that never arrived. In the end he had no choice but to surrender. Although the war sputtered on another two years, its outcome was never in doubt after Yorktown. General Washington's Great Gamble is the story of the greatest naval engagement of the American Revolution. It is also a study in leadership, good and bad, political machinations and the wild, unpredictable circumstances that led to the extraordinary confluence of military and naval resources at that time and place."--Books.google.com
The blackbirder by James L Nelson( Book )
21 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 643 libraries worldwide
"In a blind rage, King James, ex-slave and now Marlowe's comrade in arms, slaughters the crew of a slave ship and makes himself the most wanted man in Virginia. The governor gives Marlowe a choice; Hunt James down and bring him back to hang or lose everything Marlowe has built for himself and his wife, Elizabeth."--Jacket
Reign of iron : the story of the first battling ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack by James L Nelson( Book )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 606 libraries worldwide
Traces the events of the American Civil War naval battle between the nation's first non-wooden ships, documenting how breakthroughs in ironclad innovations contributed to the outcome of the conflict and discussing key individuals
By force of arms by James L Nelson( Book )
14 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and held by 601 libraries worldwide
America's war of independence from the seaman's side. The protagonist is Isaac Biddlecomb, captain of a merchant vessel which engages a British man-of-war, foiling a bid to seize its illicit cargo. The incident plunges Biddlecomb into the brewing revolution and a life of adventure. First book in a series
Benedict Arnold's navy : the ragtag fleet that lost the Battle of Lake Champlain but won the American Revolution by James L Nelson( Book )
10 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 586 libraries worldwide
Covering one of history's great battles, Benedict Arnold's Navy recounts the courageousand exemplary campaign of Arnold and his cobbled-together fleet of ships against a much superior British force in the Battle of Valcour Island (Lake Champlain) in October 1776. This landmark book shows how Arnold's fearless leadership against staggering odds in a northern wilderness secured for America the independence that he would later try to betray
The pirate round by James L Nelson( Book )
20 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 564 libraries worldwide
In 1706, Thomas Marlowe loads his ship with tobacco and sets sail from Virginia for the court of the great mogul of India. He secretly plans to turn pirate in the Indian Ocean
The guardship by James L Nelson( Book )
19 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 548 libraries worldwide
Shortly after Thomas Marlowe's arrival in Williamsburg, Virginia, all in that newfound capital city are speaking his name. With the bounty from his years as a pirate--a life he intends to renounce and keep forever secret--he purchases a fine plantation from a striking young widow, and soon after kills the favorite son of one of Virginia's most powerful clans while defending her honor. But it is a daring feat of remarkable cunning that truly sets local tongues wagging: a stunning move that wins Marlowe command of Plymouth Prize, the colony's decrepit guardship. But even as the enigmatic Marlowe bravely leads the King's sailors in bloody pitched battle against the cutthroats who infest the waters off Virginia's shores, a threat from his illicit past looms on the horizon that could doom Marlowe and his plans. Jean-Pierre LeRois, captain of the Vengeance--a brigand notorious even among other brigands for his violence and debauchery--plots to seize the colony's wealth, forcing Marlowe to choose between losing all or facing the one man he fears. Only an explosive confrontation on the open sea can determine whether the Chesapeake will be ruled by the crown or the Brethren of the Coast. Shortly after Thomas Marlowe's arrival in Williamsburg, Virginia, all in that newfound capital city are speaking his name. With the bounty from his years as a pirate--a life he intends to renounce and keep forever secret--he purchases a fine plantation from a striking young widow, and soon after kills the favorite son of one of Virginia's most powerful clans while defending her honor. But it is a daring feat of remarkable cunning that truly sets local tongues wagging: a stunning move that wins Marlowe command of Plymouth Prize, the colony's decrepit guardship. But even as the enigmatic Marlowe bravely leads the King's sailors in bloody pitched battle against the cutthroats who infest the waters off Virginia's shores, a threat from his illicit past looms on the horizon that could doom Marlowe and his plans. Jean-Pierre LeRois, captain of the Vengeance--a brigand notorious even among other brigands for his violence and debauchery--plots to seize the colony's wealth, forcing Marlowe to choose between losing all or facing the one man he fears. Only an explosive confrontation on the open sea can determine whether the Chesapeake will be ruled by the crown or the Brethren of the Coast
Glory in the name : a novel of the Confederate Navy by James L Nelson( Book )
13 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 540 libraries worldwide
Historisk roman fra den amerikanske borgerkrig
Thieves of mercy : a novel of the Civil War at sea by James L Nelson( Book )
11 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 506 libraries worldwide
A sequel to Glory in the Name finds Confederate navy captain Samuel Bowater voyaging to the site of his latest command but encountering trouble upon the discovery that his new warship is still under construction and that enemy forces are closing in, a situation that forces Bowater to team up with an undisciplined River Defense Squadron commander. Having survived the bloody Battle of New Orleans and the loss of their ironclad Yazoo River, captain Samuel Bowater, engineer Hieronymus Taylor, and the survivors of their crew are given new orders -- take command of an ironclad warship being built in Memphis, Tennessee. Bowater and his men take passage upriver from "Mississippi" Mike Sullivan, one of the wild, undisciplined captains of the River Defense Squadron, only to find, on their arrival, that their ship is not even half built and the enemy is closing fast. Against their better judgment, Bowater and crew join forces with the mercurial Sullivan on board his ad hoc river gunship the General Page. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Confederates once again fling themselves bravely at the overwhelming power of the Yankee invaders. The deadly back-and-forth fight along the Mississippi ends at last in the massive naval battle of Memphis, and the near-suicidal attempt by the Confederates to hold back the Northern flood. Filled with wild characters and heart-pounding action, and set against the bold backdrop of the Civil War, Thieves of Mercy is a worthy successor to the W.Y. Boyd Award-winning novel Glory in the Name, the book Bernard Cornwell lauded as "by far, the best Civil War novel I've read."
Lords of the ocean by James L Nelson( Book )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 489 libraries worldwide
After helping to rescue the Continental Army after the Battle of Long Island, Captain Isaac Biddlecomb takes Benjamin Franklin to France and raids the British coast
All the brave fellows by James L Nelson( Book )
9 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 452 libraries worldwide
Captain Isaac Biddlecomb is sailing along the New Jersey coast with his wife and newborn son aboard, unaware that the entire British fleet stands in his way, along with "his enemy Lt. John Smeaton, a man to whom he owes a debt of blood."--Jacket
The maddest idea by James L Nelson( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in English and held by 373 libraries worldwide
When gunpowder reserves dwindle to dangerously low levels in 1775, General George Washington sends Captain Isaac Biddlecomb on a treacherous mission to capture British gunpowder in Bermuda
The only life that mattered : the short and merry lives of Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and Calico Jack Rackam by James L Nelson( file )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 370 libraries worldwide
Based on the real-life female pirates of the West Indies, this novel of swashbuckling on the high seas in the eighteenth century finds adventure-seeking Anne Bonny teaming up with Calico Jack Rackham to raise the skull and crossbones over the Caribbean
The French prize by James L Nelson( Book )
5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 329 libraries worldwide
"Jack Biddlecomb, son of Isaac Biddlecomb, the protagonist of James L. Nelson's popular Revolution at Sea Saga, finds himself taking command of the merchant vessel Abigail bound for Barbados. With the French making prizes of American merchant ships, the Abigail's owner has outfitted the ship with guns and instructed Jack to fight if need be to keep his ship out of French hands. What Jack does not know, though his passengers do, is that he is being used as part of a bigger plot, one that will have repercussions on an international scale. The French Prize is a page-turning work of historical fiction, focusing on the Age of Sail and the struggle of the new-found nation of the United States to assert its independence in a world at war and against the great powers of Europe"--
The continental risque by James L Nelson( Book )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 291 libraries worldwide
A naval adventure during the War of Independence. The hero is Captain Isaac Biddlecomb of the fledgling U.S. Navy. At the helm of a converted merchantman crewed by convicts he outfights a bigger British warship. Filled with historical detail
The continental risque by James L Nelson( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 59 libraries worldwide
Fin gall : a novel of Viking age Ireland by James L Nelson( Book )
4 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in Spanish and English and held by 57 libraries worldwide
852 A.D. For centuries, the Vikings have swept out of the Norse countries and fallen on England, Ireland, whatever lands they could reach aboard their longships, and few could resist the power of their violent onslaught. They came at first to plunder, and then to settle, an encroachment fiercely resisted where ever they went. Such was the case in the southern lands of Ireland. En route to the Viking longphort there, known as Dubh-Linn, Thorgrim Night Wolf and Ornolf the Restless stumble across an Irish ship that carries aboard it a single item - a crown. The Vikings eagerly snatch the prize, unaware of its significance to the people of Ireland and the power granted to the king who wears it. Soon the Norsemen are plunged into the violence and intrigue of Medieval Ireland, where local kings fight with each other and with the invaders from the north for rule of the island nation. With enemies at every hand, and loyalties as fickle as the weather, Thorgrim must lead his men, the white invaders, the Fin Gall, in the fight of their lives, with both Irish and Dane eager to see them dead
By force of arms by James L Nelson( Sound Recording )
4 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 48 libraries worldwide
As the War of Independence begins in earnest, American merchant seamen prepare to strike the first blows. None strikes more deftly than Isaac Biddlecomb, captain of the JUDEA, whose smuggling activities make a mockery of His Majesty's Royal Navy. Pursued by the HMS Rose, he sacrifices the ship and his fortune to the depths rather than surrender. Isaac disguises himself and goes on the run but Fate tests his mettle as, captured by the enemy, he faces a life of servitude under the deranged captain and sadistic cres of the HMS ICARUS
 
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controlled identity Garrett, Elizabeth, 1962-

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James L. Nelson American writer
James L. Nelson escritor estadounidense
Nelson, James.
Nelson, James, 1962-
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English (154)
Spanish (11)
Italian (11)
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