WorldCat Identities

Nelson, James L.

Overview
Works: 74 works in 239 publications in 3 languages and 10,292 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Naval history  Historical fiction  Sea stories  Military history  War fiction  Biographical fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Adventure stories 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3564.E4646, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by James L Nelson
With fire & sword : the battle of Bunker Hill and the beginning of the American Revolution by James L Nelson( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the events of the Battle of Bunker Hill and the beginning of the American Revolution, describing key figures from both sides, and how the battle's outcome influence British strategy throughout the course of the conflict
By force of arms by James L Nelson( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's war of independence from the seaman's side. The protagonist is Isaac Biddlecomb, captain of a merchant vessel which engages a British man-of-war, foiling a bid to seize its illicit cargo. The incident plunges Biddlecomb into the brewing revolution and a life of adventure. First book in a series
George Washington's secret navy : how the American revolution went to sea by James L Nelson( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on the early phases of the Revolution, when Britain ruled the seas and George Washington sought to challenge its dominance
Reign of iron : the story of the first battling ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack by James L Nelson( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the events of the American Civil War naval battle between the nation's first non-wooden ships, documenting how breakthroughs in ironclad innovations contributed to the outcome of the conflict and discussing key individuals
Glory in the name : a novel of the Confederate Navy by James L Nelson( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historisk roman fra den amerikanske borgerkrig
Benedict Arnold's navy : the ragtag fleet that lost the Battle of Lake Champlain but won the American Revolution by James L Nelson( Book )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covering one of history's great battles, Benedict Arnold's Navy recounts the courageousand exemplary campaign of Arnold and his cobbled-together fleet of ships against a much superior British force in the Battle of Valcour Island (Lake Champlain) in October 1776. This landmark book shows how Arnold's fearless leadership against staggering odds in a northern wilderness secured for America the independence that he would later try to betray
The guardship by James L Nelson( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A naval adventure whose hero commands a warship, defending colonial Virginia from pirates. On land he faces danger as well, he killed a tobacco planter in a duel over a woman and the family wants revenge
Thieves of mercy : a novel of the Civil War at sea by James L Nelson( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sequel to Glory in the Name finds Confederate navy captain Samuel Bowater voyaging to the site of his latest command but encountering trouble upon the discovery that his new warship is still under construction and that enemy forces are closing in, a situation that forces Bowater to team up with an undisciplined River Defense Squadron commander. Having survived the bloody Battle of New Orleans and the loss of their ironclad Yazoo River, captain Samuel Bowater, engineer Hieronymus Taylor, and the survivors of their crew are given new orders -- take command of an ironclad warship being built in Memphis, Tennessee. Bowater and his men take passage upriver from "Mississippi" Mike Sullivan, one of the wild, undisciplined captains of the River Defense Squadron, only to find, on their arrival, that their ship is not even half built and the enemy is closing fast. Against their better judgment, Bowater and crew join forces with the mercurial Sullivan on board his ad hoc river gunship the General Page. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Confederates once again fling themselves bravely at the overwhelming power of the Yankee invaders. The deadly back-and-forth fight along the Mississippi ends at last in the massive naval battle of Memphis, and the near-suicidal attempt by the Confederates to hold back the Northern flood. Filled with wild characters and heart-pounding action, and set against the bold backdrop of the Civil War, Thieves of Mercy is a worthy successor to the W.Y. Boyd Award-winning novel Glory in the Name, the book Bernard Cornwell lauded as "by far, the best Civil War novel I've read."
The pirate round by James L Nelson( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1706, Thomas Marlowe loads his ship with tobacco and sets sail from Virginia for the court of the great mogul of India. He secretly plans to turn pirate in the Indian Ocean
Lords of the ocean by James L Nelson( Book )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After helping to rescue the Continental Army after the Battle of Long Island, Captain Isaac Biddlecomb takes Benjamin Franklin to France and raids the British coast
All the brave fellows by James L Nelson( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Captain Isaac Biddlecomb is sailing along the New Jersey coast with his wife and newborn son aboard, unaware that the entire British fleet stands in his way, along with "his enemy Lt. John Smeaton, a man to whom he owes a debt of blood."--Jacket
The continental risque by James L Nelson( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A naval adventure during the War of Independence. The hero is Captain Isaac Biddlecomb of the fledgling U.S. Navy. At the helm of a converted merchantman crewed by convicts he outfights a bigger British warship. Filled with historical detail
The maddest idea by James L Nelson( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When gunpowder reserves dwindle to dangerously low levels in 1775, General George Washington sends Captain Isaac Biddlecomb on a treacherous mission to capture British gunpowder in Bermuda
The French prize by James L Nelson( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jack Biddlecomb, son of Isaac Biddlecomb, the protagonist of James L. Nelson's popular Revolution at Sea Saga, finds himself taking command of the merchant vessel Abigail bound for Barbados. With the French making prizes of American merchant ships, the Abigail's owner has outfitted the ship with guns and instructed Jack to fight if need be to keep his ship out of French hands. What Jack does not know, though his passengers do, is that he is being used as part of a bigger plot, one that will have repercussions on an international scale. The French Prize is a page-turning work of historical fiction, focusing on the Age of Sail and the struggle of the new-found nation of the United States to assert its independence in a world at war and against the great powers of Europe"--
George Washington's great gamble : and the sea battle that won the American Revolution by James L Nelson( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the opening months of 1781, General George Washington feared his army would fail to survive another campaign season. The spring and summer only served to reinforce his despair, but in late summer the changing circumstances of war presented a once-in-a-war opportunity for a French armada to hold off the mighty British navy while his own troops with French reinforcements drove Lord Cornwallis's forces to the Chesapeake. The Battle of the Capes would prove the only time the French ever fought the Royal Navy to a draw, and for the British army it was a catastrophe. Cornwallis confidently retreated to Yorktown, expecting to be evacuated by a British fleet that never arrived. In the end he had no choice but to surrender. Although the war sputtered on another two years, its outcome was never in doubt after Yorktown. General Washington's Great Gamble is the story of the greatest naval engagement of the American Revolution. It is also a study in leadership, good and bad, political machinations and the wild, unpredictable circumstances that led to the extraordinary confluence of military and naval resources at that time and place."--Books.google.com
The pirate round by James L Nelson( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1706, war still rages in Europe, and the tobacco planters of the Virginia colony's tidewater struggle against shrinking markets and pirates lurking off the coast. But American seafarers have found a new source of wealth: the Indian Ocean and ships carrying fabulous treasure to the great Mogul of India. Faced with ruin, former pirate Thomas Marlowe is determined to find a way to the riches of the East. Carrying his crop of tobacco in his privateer, Elizabeth Galley, he secretly plans to continue on to the Indian Ocean to hunt the Mogul's ships. But Marlowe does not know that he is sailing into a triangle of hatred and vengeance -- a rendezvous with two bitter enemies from his past. Ultimately, none will emerge unscathed from the blood and thunder, the treachery and danger, of sailing the Pirate Round
The only life that mattered : the short and merry lives of Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and Calico Jack Rackam by James L Nelson( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the real-life female pirates of the West Indies, this novel of swashbuckling on the high seas in the eighteenth century finds adventure-seeking Anne Bonny teaming up with Calico Jack Rackham to raise the skull and crossbones over the Caribbean
Lords of the ocean by James L Nelson( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All the brave fellows by James L Nelson( Book )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The blackbirder by James L Nelson( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a blind rage, King James, ex-slave and now Marlowe's comrade in arms, slaughters the crew of a slave ship and makes himself the most wanted man in Virginia. The governor gives Marlowe a choice: Hunt James down and bring him back to hang or lose everything Marlowe has built for himself and his wife, Elizabeth. Marlowe sets out in pursuit of the ex-slave turned pirate, struggling to maintain control over his crew -- rough privateers who care only for plunder -- and following James's trail of destruction. But Marlowe is not James's only threat, as factions aboard James's own ship vie for control and betrayal stalks him to the shores of Africa
 
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With fire & sword : the battle of Bunker Hill and the beginning of the American Revolution
Alternative Names

controlled identityGarrett, Elizabeth, 1962-

Garrett Elizabeth 1962-....

James L. Nelson American writer

James L. Nelson escritor estadounidense

Nelson, James.

Nelson, James, 1962-

Languages
English (105)

Italian (6)

Spanish (2)

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By force of armsGeorge Washington's secret navy : how the American revolution went to seaReign of iron : the story of the first battling ironclads, the Monitor and the MerrimackGlory in the name : a novel of the Confederate NavyBenedict Arnold's navy : the ragtag fleet that lost the Battle of Lake Champlain but won the American RevolutionThe guardshipThieves of mercy : a novel of the Civil War at seaThe pirate round