By the publication of a fine topsl breeze, the second of his war of 1812 trilogy, William White has taken his place in the charmed circle of writers of really good fiction about the days of fighting sail: Melville,Forester,OBrian ,Nelson and Kent. Like them, his attention to the detail of ships and their hulls, spars,rigging and sails is meticulous. And like them, his characters are not only credible, but memorable. He is a thoroughly welcome writer to this genre, which has brought so much pleasure to many.
287 pages PB