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George J. Galloway: "Powder Monkey"

This book has some unusual aspects. The first is the fact that the hero, Michael Dooley, Jr. is a twelve year old boy although the book is not written for juveniles. The second is the Dooley family code taken from Saint Thomas Aquinas’ teaching that three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. Some of the discussions about what this code really means and how to follow it reminds me of some of the discussions between Kydd and Renzi in the Kydd series by Julian Stockwin.

The setting is the War of 1812 which began primarily because the Royal Navy impressed sailors from American ships. Galloway does an excellent job of explaining the underlying social and political issues of the period. I found this book to be both entertaining and educational.

Michael leaves his family cooperage business in Baltimore, Maryland to join a privateer in order to punish the British and also search for his father who has been pressed into a Royal Navy frigate just prior to the war. His ship not only captures prizes but takes the war to the Irish coast (similar to what John Paul Jones did in the War of American Independence).


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