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By Force of Arms Audiobook

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Read By: John Lee Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Isaac Biddlecomb Series Release Date: February 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9798200913824

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Longest Chapter Length:

39:34 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

12:54 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

21:12 minutes

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Publisher Description

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 are making a mockery of His Majesty’s Royal Navy. Pursued by HMS Rose, he sacrifices the ship he loved to the depths, together with the fortune he stood to gain, rather than surrender.

On the run from the enraged forces of King George, Biddlecomb disguises himself as a merchant seaman. He is reunited with Ezra Rumstick, a comrade and fierce rebel, as the revolution gathers momentum. On a brig bound for Jamaica and now serving as a lowly mate, Biddlecomb find that fate tests his mettle as he is captured by the enemy and faces a life of servitude under the deranged captain and sadistic crew of the HMS Icarus.

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“Nelson’s seagoing experience is evident in his clear, convincing description of the sailing…The characters are strong and realistic, the plot and action believable and brisk…An engaging start to what promises to be a fine adventure series in a neglected milieu.”

— Publishers Weekly 


  • “A rollicking good sea story.”

    — Naval History Magazine
  • “Rousing plots, historical authenticity, and seafaring as vivid as a slap of salt spray…Delivers plenty of action…Nelson’s page-turner brings the Revolution to life on the high seas.”

    — Portsmouth Herald (New Hampshire)
  • “Nelson has done an excellent job of combining historical authenticity with firm characterization and lively action…This is a fine yarn, deftly told.”

    — Nathan Miller, author of Sea of Glory
  • “Lively and highly readable…Exploring the lives of seamen, merchant captains, and Royal naval officers, By Force of Arms offers a realistic and minutely detailed account of shipboard life during the period.”

    — John G. Kolp, former professor of history, US Naval Academy

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About James L. Nelson

James L. Nelson is a former professional mariner and an award-winning writer of many works of fiction and nonfiction. His books include George Washington’s Secret Navy, which won the Naval Order’s prestigious Samuel Eliot Morison Award, and Glory in the Name, which won the American Library Association’s W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction. He has appeared on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and C-SPAN’s Book TV.

About John Lee

John Lee is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. He has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.