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The Maddest Idea Audiobook

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Read By: John Lee Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Isaac Biddlecomb Series Release Date: March 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9798200914067

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Longest Chapter Length:

55:57 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

11:57 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

24:12 minutes

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Publisher Description

The Maddest Idea continues the powerful saga of the American Revolution with another stirring, dramatic maritime adventure.

In the late summer of 1775, General George Washington discovers that his cache of gunpowder has dwindled to a mere nine shots per man. A desperate plan is hatched—to send a ship under the command of Captain Isaac Biddlecomb to Bermuda to capture the British powder known to be there. But the plan is a trap, set by a traitor among the patriots, and one from which even Biddlecomb cannot escape.

Washington dispatches his aide-de-camp, Major Edward Fitzgerald, to hunt the traitor down, while Biddlecomb must rely on cunning and seamanship to free his men and the ship and to capture the gunpowder that is the lifeblood of the fight for liberty.

Divided by an ocean but bound by the cause, as well as by their own private fears, Biddlecomb and Fitzgerald must take on a common enemy—the greatest military power on earth.

This is a powerful saga of the American Revolution—a stirring maritime adventure in the epic, true-to-life tradition of Patrick O’Brian.

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“Nelson still paints his characters with broad strokes, but now his pacing is brisk, and the salt air blows through every chapter. He has also well captured the improvised quality of the American war effort in 1775 and the divided loyalties of colonists who had only just begun to think of themselves as Americans. Nelson now sails honorably with the squadron of naval fiction scribes currently led by Patrick O’Brian.”

— Booklist 


  • “The Maddest Idea is sprightly in style and accurate in historical sweep and detail. Nelson has no apologies to make by sailing in company with [C. S.] Forester and Patrick O’Brian.”

    — Portland Press Herald (Maine)

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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.