- Publisher: Dell Publishing (April 1984)
- ISBN-10: 0440111099
- ISBN-13: 978-0440111092
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,354,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
These novels are well-researched. They include interesting elements of the politics of the time. Favian is not the only well-drawn character. These are all strengths in my eyes.
Favian is an intelligent, calculating, ambitious officer. Like CS Forester's Horatio Hornblower, the nautical hero to which all other nautical heroes are eventually compared, he feels like an actor. In my opinion he is a more interesting, more fully realized character than Hornblower -- and would be a more interesting person to have a conversation with in real life.
The novel itself is framed by the Battle of New Orleans. Favian arrives in the city prior to the attack, and takes a leading role in its defence. The novel includes the usual measure of well described battle scenes, with the added richness of political struggles as Favian helps meld the various parties in the city's defence.
I am a big fan of this genre. I rank Jon Williams novels right after those of Patrick O'Brian, and before those of CS Forester, Richard Woodman, Dudley Pope, and all the others.