By Force of Arms Audiobook, by James L. Nelson Play Audiobook Sample

By Force of Arms Audiobook

By Force of Arms Audiobook, by James L. Nelson Play Audiobook Sample
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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: May 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download 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, if none too complex, and readers will care enough about Biddlecomb’s welfare to reach for Nelson’s second installment. On the whole, an engaging start to what promises to be a fine adventure series in a neglected milieu.”

— Publishers Weekly 


  • “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, professor of history (ret.), 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

Cassandra Campbell has won multiple Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, and the prestigious Odyssey Award for narration. She was been named a “Best Voice” by AudioFile magazine and in 2018 was inducted in Audible’s inaugural Narrator Hall of Fame.