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Nicholas Orloff

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When in 1812 foreign troops invaded the United States, the young country was in peril. Eight frigates were all the US Navy had against His Majesty’s thousand of war-ships with thirty years of sea-battle traditions… Yet still, one captain dared to challenge the British Navy despite the orders to stay safely in harbor. His name was Captain Isaac Hull of the frigate Constitution.
While turning over the pages, you will share in the hard life of American sailors and breathe the sea-air. A mosaic of real people and their lives in the whirlpool of War will flash before your eyes: the black boy, sacrificing his chance to escape to save his dying white friend, the incredible love-story of Captain Hull as most of us can only dream of, seamen working above all human limits and not surrendering the Constitution to the British squadron… You will feel as proud as the ones who fought for the American freedom…

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  • Editeur : AKVY*PRESS (28 mars 2012)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A rousing tale of naval combat 7 avril 2012
Par Bruce Trinque - Publié sur
Nicholas Orloff's novel, "Never Defeated", focuses on the USS Constitution -- Old Ironsides -- during the first months of the War of 1812, when a small, unproven US Navy faced the most formidable naval foe of the era -- the Royal Navy. Vastly outnumbered, the US Navy was widely expected to fail miserably against its powerful enemy, its ships snapped up as soon as they dared venture out of American ports.

But the USS Constitution was fast to prove the doubters wrong. In an astounding display of seamanship, Old Ironsides managed to elude a formidable pursuing squadron and then, to the utter shock of the Royal Navy, took on the frigate Guerriere and quickly pounded her into stunned submission., a feat the Royal Navy, victor time and again over French and Spanish ships, could scarcely comprehend.

Although the Constitution's captain, Isaac Hull, is quite evidently Orloff's primary hero, the author balances the story by depicting it also through the eyes and experiences of a number of ordinary American sailors (including one who has been against his will pressed into service aboard the Guerriere).

I will not pretend that Nicholas Orloff's prose is as elegant and polished as that of such a master as Patrick O'Brian, but the tale is fast-paced and engaging. And accurate. Although some incidents have been invented or embellished for dramatic purposes, to a great extent Orloff closely follows the historical record.

Clearly, the author reveres Old Ironsides and the men who sailed on her, and his novel shows that admiration and enthusiasm on every page.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fine, Homespun Look at History that will Engage Young Adults 15 mai 2012
Par Grady Harp - Publié sur
Few writers of historic fiction focus on writing for youngsters; perhaps that is one reason our young people have so little knowledge, let alone respect, for the past history of this country. Granted we are in a period of time (for the last 10 - 40 years) when the military activity of the US Forces was not exactly up for praise - Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc - but the individual soldiers called upon to participate in those erroneous assignments deserve a better stance in history. Nicholas Orloff has restored that sense of dignity in his NEVER DEFEATED: THE FRIGATE CONSTITUTION.

The reason why his recreation of historical data is appealing to young minds is not only that he is factual in his reporting, but that he relates history in an around-the-fireside manner that makes his book not only easy to read and retain but also a pleasure to explore. Example: in his epilogue he sums up his book in the following manner - 'And so your great-great-great-grand father John Dickenson married your great-great-great-grand mother Marie in the fall of 1812. They had a long happy life together and died hours apart' A middle aged man was saying to the boy of about seven, finishing his tale. 'If it had not been for the Constitution, neither you nor I would have been born.'

This degree of genuine warmth turns what in truth is a well-told historical reenactment into a story of longevity and values. And that is where Nicolas Orloff shines. Grady Harp, May 12
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A novel about the legendary Constitution 22 avril 2012
Par jakline rwirangira - Publié sur
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I visited the frigate during my Boston trip and since then wanted to know more about her Captain Isaac Hull and his crew. However, I didn' t manage to find a fiction about those heroic people. And finally, a book.
N. Orloff's novel grabbed me, sweeped me along with the story, and made me fall in love with its characters, real people who served on the Constitution. Besides providing the rich historical details of 1812, the book vividly displays the hardness of the Yankee seamen's life. And above all, it describes the memorable chaise of the Constitution by the British squadron and her battle with the Guerriere.

But most appealing to me was the opportunity to learn more about the American hero, Captain Hull, especially what fate prepared for him after the famous battle. The story of his love touched me to the core of my soul.

Teenagers and adults will be equally interested to read this novel.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Look at the history with love and appreciation 6 mai 2012
Par Joel Wisher - Publié sur
This book is educational, inspirational and easy to read. It tells the story of how ordinary people become heroes when faced with exceptional circumstances. I can not help but think that I would be honored to be a part of the frigate Constitution crew and serve under Captain Hull's command. This book inspired me to learn more about very interesting time period in American History. I would recommend this book for anybody, from teenagers to adults.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Historical Treat 30 avril 2012
Par Mary Hale - Publié sur
Nicholas Orloff created an historical treat. This book should be a recommend read for anyone studying or interested in American History. This epic story of the Frigate Constitiution and its battle waged against the Great British Navy, which during those days was second to none, was full of informative details and is historically correct. The author made it an interesting read and I hope there will be more to come.
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