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A Novel
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781612510521
  • Binding: Hardcover & eBook
  • Era: 18th Century
  • Number of Pages: 264
  • Subject: Fiction
  • Date Available: October 2011
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Bill Hammond is the 2011 Gold Medal recipient for “Historical Fiction Protagonist” as awarded by the Military Writers Society of America for his novel  For Love of Country.

This third novel in William C. Hammond's nautical fiction series is set in the late 1790s during the Quasi-War with France and offers readers a thrilling look at the new American Navy during the Age of Fighting Sail. Following in the wake of his previous novels, A Matter of Honor and For Love of Country, it features the adventures of the seafaring Cutler family of Hingham, Massachusetts, and an ever-expanding cast of characters—some real, some fictional—that includes Lt. Richard Cutler along with Capt. Thomas Truxtun, Capt. Silas Talbot, and other naval heroes personifying the best of American honor and courage as they confront French pirates off the coast of Nantucket and heavily armed French frigates in the Caribbean.

Hammond packs his book with electrifying sea battles and daring challenges to French colonial rule in Haiti and the West Indies. He also offers fascinating glimpses into everyday life of the era, from the bedroom of the Cutler clapboard home in Hingham, to the family's sugar cane plantation in Barbados, to Adm. Sir Hyde Parker's flagship in Jamaica. And at the center of all the excitement, passion and intrigue are two of the finest frigates ever constructed, USS Constellation and her sister ship, USS Constitution.  Lauded for his careful research, attention to detail, and thorough knowledge of the ways of the sea, Hammond brings history alive while telling a rollicking good tale.

William C. Hammond is a novelist, literary agent, and business consultant. A lifelong student of history and sailing enthusiast, he lives in Minneapolis, MN, and frequently sails on Lake Superior and off the coast of New England. His first novel in the Cutler chronicles, A Matter of Honor, was published in 2007. His second, For Love of Country, followed in 2010. Check out the author's blog.

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“All in all, The Power and the Glory is, to my mind, the best book in the series so far. William C. Hammond has an excellent ability to use real events, conditions, and people in creating compelling settings for his tale. In this he is as good as C.F. Forester… The Power and the Glory can be read as a freestanding novel – it stands well on its own. It is a great tale, one that I recommend to all who love good historical fiction and are drawn to the grand and romantic tales of the struggle for power on the high seas in the Age of Sail.”

"In the third instalment of the Cutler Family Chronicles the action moves to the Quasi War with France and find Lt. Richard Cutler serving on the first frigates of the young nations new navy USS Constellation and USS Constitution during the major actions of the campaign.  At the same time the ever expanding Cutler family is again used to explore the political and family relationships between America and England.  Not many years before the two countries had fought one another as America struggled for independence with France aiding them.  Now old friendships are reforming and after France starts to attack American trading vessels England and America find a common interest bringing them together over French colonial rule in Haiti.  As always the naval, family and political threads are woven together in an excellent well written and believable narrative by the author as he explores the early history of the young nation.  I look forward to reading the next in the series.  Recommended."

Historical Naval Fiction Review, June 2012

“Two previous books covered the Cutlers’ naval service during the American Revolution, but Power is a fine stand-alone read. Hammond offers a deft blend of fictional and real characters which range the American coast from Massachusetts to Barbados, as Lt. Richard Cutler rises in the new American Navy. Hammond’s meaty tale climaxes in 1800 with a splendid ship duel between the newly-built U.S.S. Constellation and La Vengeance. This battle alone is so thrilling that I am now eager to look up Hammond’s previous works, and I heartily recommend The Power & the Glory.”

The Historical Novels Review, February 2012

The Power and the Glory skillfully spins a story of an adventurous era, as real people lived it. Bill Hammond’s third book in his series makes you part of the dramatic events leading to the War of 1812, including venues reaching from New England to the Mediterranean waters sailed by the emerging American naval professionals who would stun the world in the War of 1812. The book’s characters match the real actions of those whose courage and determination lifted the United States onto the world stage at the beginning of the nineteenth century.”

—JOSEPH F. CALLO, author of John Paul Jones: America’s First Sea Warrior

“In the finest maritime tradition William Hammond's seafaring novels sail boldly in the wake of Patrick O'Brian and C. S. Forester. You can feel the sea roll beneath the keel, hear the wind in the rigging and the almighty crack of the canvas sails—an epic and exhilarating adventure series.”

—HELEN HOLLICK, bestselling author of The Forever Queen and the Sea Witch Voyages

“A superb story featuring ship duels and a thrilling raid ashore, wreathed in gun smoke and the clamor of men fighting desperately. Richard Cutler's return to the sea as Captain Truxtun's first lieutenant in USS Constellation during the infant American republic's odd war with France is a must-read sequel to Hammond's exciting For Love of Country.”

—ANDREW C. A. JAMPOLER, author of Horrible Shipwreck! A Full, True and Particular Account of the Melancholy Loss of the British Convict Ship Amphitrite

“Once again Bill Hammond returns us to the founding days of the U.S. Navy, when such doughty captains as Rodgers and Truxtun set our standards for courage and seamanship. Well done!”

—DAVID POYER, author of Ghosting and The Towers

“I highly recommend this historical fiction series. It’s as good as the novels of Patrick O’Brian. Start with the first book and read all three—then wait, as I must, with great anticipation for the release of book IV and other novels in the series. Bill Hammond is a master writer of nautical fiction whose literary gifts are yours to enjoy.”

—KAREN LARSON, editor, Good Old Boat Magazine

"As I eagerly raced through the pages, I found myself comparing Hammond’s work to two other, well-known books: Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander and Michael Crichton’s Pirate Latitudes. I can honestly say that Hammond’s book merits the comparison… and comes out on top in many areas."

JOHN CATHCART, Reviewer, Military Writers Society of America, author of Delta 7






William C. Hammond is a business consultant and writing coach who lives with his three sons in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A life-long student of history, and a long-time devotee of historical and nautical fiction, he sails whenever possible on Lake Superior and off the coast of New England.

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5.00 Stars
A Riveting Tale of Our History!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
By: Eric Meyers

Again Bill Hammond gives us a fantastic lesson in our own naval history while keeping me glued to the pages. His ability to take me back 200 years while sitting on a modern destroyer is beyond my comprehension. If you want to experience a piece of American history through the words of a master then this series is for you. The Power and the Glory is just next installment in an already established masterpiece. Bravo Zulo Mr. Hammond, you have done it again!

All I can say is WOW!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
By: William H. White

I have just finished reading this novel and all I can say is WOW! Mr. Hammond has hit his stride. His characters are three-dimensional, credible, and human -- unlike so many of the folks who people other books written by less-skilled authors. The ship parts are accurately drawn and understandable - even, I would think, to a layman. And as a reader I could can smell the fragrant aromas wafting off of St. Kitts, Barbados, and Jamaica. Mr Hammond has written a compelling and intriguing story about the Quasi War with France, a conflict in American history that is not well understood by most people. I congratulate him and I eagerly await his next saga of the Cutler seafaring family.

An Auspicious Novel of the Beginning of the American Naval
Monday, November 21, 2011
By: Glenn Krochmal

This book is far reaching in its underlying story. The people (Cutler Family are central) are interesting, but the politics of the US government, as well as French and English governments is rich and full of duplicity found in all politics. Nothing is ever quite what it seems to be. Hammond's handling of Toussaint L'Ouverture was magnificent in its depth and also in the examination of commercial interest during war. D'ouverture was one of histories most unique characters. The advantage and construction of the original class of American frigates was well explained and gave one an understanding of the diminishing utilization of a line of battle subsequent to the American large frigate debut. The two major battles were graphic in depiction and true to history. The series is clearly aimed at adults and is not just a good sea story. It describes the beginnings of what was to become, the mightiest naval power the world has ever seen and is absolutely riveting . Bravo, well written and truly fertile ground for the story to continue to develop.

Engages your mind and quickens your pulse ~
Monday, November 28, 2011
By: Rob Morgan

Hammond explores a rich lode of naval history and drama in this series and like the first two his third book engages your mind and quickens your pulse. Maybe I knew the U.S. was at quasi-war with revolutionary France in the late 1790's, but I will never forget that now. I sure couldn't have lowered a gig, tethered myself on deck in a fierce storm, navigated the Caribbean, or run out a 14-pounder, but with this book in hand maybe now I would try. The human drama is well-paced relief from the naval action and enchanting in itself. Hammond's prose is finely crafted -- spirited or gentle, according to the scene.  Bravo.

super read from the keel to the truck
Sunday, December 11, 2011
By: Paul Reuter, LCDR, (LDO?SNIPE,USN, ret

William Hammond has knocked another one out of the ballpark. His Cutler series has every thing a reader would want American history, nautical theme and flotsam and jetsam for the sailor in all of us. The one sad thing is coming to the end of book three and knowing I will have to wait 10 months for the series to continue. William, from one sailor to another - thanks and bravo zulu.



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