The Killdeer: An American Novel Set During The War Of 1812 by Northcott MayesThe Killdeer: An American Novel Set During The War Of 1812 by Northcott Mayes

The Killdeer: An American Novel Set During The War Of 1812

byNorthcott Mayes

Paperback | January 1, 2013

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From his earliest days as a midshipman in the new American Navy to his eventual ownership of a vast shipping empire, Richard Holmwood displays an uncanny sixth sense for the sea, and heroics. Richard battles Barbary Pirates off North Africa, then earns a fortune as a privateer during the War of 1812, where he is called “The Killdeer” by his enemies.

At war’s end, the Navy sends Richard to defend the Great Lakes territory. At that remote outpost, Richard and his young wife and family struggle with unimaginably harsh weather and isolation, longing to return to their home in coastal Virginia.

This sweeping story of American history shows personal triumph and frontier spirit that overcomes tragedy and loss.


"My heart may have gone east to Virginia, but my soul is still in Michigan." The author and family make their home in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Title:The Killdeer: An American Novel Set During The War Of 1812Format:PaperbackDimensions:370 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.82 inPublished:January 1, 2013Publisher:Koehler Studios, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1938467175

ISBN - 13:9781938467172

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All seven men piled into the whorehouse with little regard for gentlemanly behavior. They hooted and laughed and pushed each other chest-to-back into the ornate house in a fashionable neighborhood above the harbor. It wasn’t actually a whorehouse, but rather a rented house that this night was to function in that capacity. The men were young naval officers, veterans of a recent, daring success over the Barbary Pirates, and soon to be the darlings of the American public at home and abroad. What they were getting tonight was just a taste of how grateful their nation would be and what heroes they would become once the news spread further than the north of Africa. They were about to begin a long series of public celebrations, but tonight’s affair was private. It was the gift of a wealthy shipping merchant whose fleet was now safe to sail the North African coast, no longer forced to pay tribute for safe passage. The business of this same merchant had been strangled by insurance fees when insurance was even available, so any men who could give a good slap to these “damned pirates” deserved a night to remember. The merchant’s gold and the right connections had bought just such an evening for these young officers. They were being provided a huge and luxurious house, well-stocked with liquor, food, and numerous ladies of the evening.