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    Title: The Powder Monkey Author: George J. Galloway Publisher: 1st Books Library Date Published: 2001 ISBN: 0-75960-477-0 Comments: War of
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 28, 2004
      Title: The Powder Monkey
      Author: George J. Galloway
      Publisher: 1st Books Library
      Date Published: 2001
      ISBN: 0-75960-477-0
      Comments: War of 1812 / Historical Fiction

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      About the Author
      Mr. Galloway has been teaching social studies for the past five years, before
      taking leave to finish and market his novel. He is a founder of the Bucks
      County St. Patrick's Day Parade and is active in his community and parish.
      Previous to his educational career, Mr. Galloway was an aide to a Pennsylvania State
      Senator and has had experience in the business world. He holds a BA in
      education from Temple University and is a member of the International Stewardship
      Council, the Catholic Defense League, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the
      Maryland Writers Association. A father of three, Mr. Galloway began work on the
      novel while traveling with his family on camping vacations. The idea of the
      title came during a trip to Fort Niagara, when a young college student
      explained to him how gunpowder reached the cannon in a battle. The result of his
      research on "powder monkeys" is a seafaring novel with a moral twist. One that
      hopes to capture readers' minds, young and old, and provide a compass for the
      soul.

      Book Description
      Gone is the "Age of sail" when men went to sea in search of adventure and
      glory. But the sea still beckons us with her mystery, her solitude, her rage. In
      the pages of this book, readers can experience the power and majesty of the
      sea once more. Set during the War of 1812, this seafaring novel invites us to
      befriend its lovable characters and takes us on the journey of a lifetime. The
      scene is Fells Point, Baltimore. A bawdy harbor town whose residents are caught
      up in the fever for prize money following the declaration of war against
      Great Britain. Young Michael Dooley has just lost his mother to a different kind
      of fever and then learns his father is kidnapped by the British. Saddened and
      confused, Michael charts out a course of action using the dictates of an
      ancient family code. Together with his rambunctious Uncle Bob and some faithful
      friends, Michael joins the crew of a privateer captained by the gallant and
      audacious Thomas Boyle. As a powder monkey on Boyle's fast schooner, and over the
      course of the war, Michael learns about love and hate, life and death, and, more
      importantly, individual obligation.


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