Call to Arms, A
Author: William C. Hammond
Publisher: Naval Institute Press (2012)
Binding: Hardcover, 256 pages
A Call To Arms is the fourth volume in the award-winning Cutler Family Chronicles series. The backdrop of this novel is the First Barbary War, fought in the years between 1801 and 1805. Included are such real-life characters as Capt. Edward Preble, Lt. Stephen Decatur, Lt. Richard Somers, Prince Hamet of Tripoli, and army captain William Eaton. Also included are the cast of fictional characters that define the Chronicles. The action is set primarily in the Mediterranean and in North Africa.
An excellent addition to the Cutler Family Chronicles series, A Call to Arms is a superbly written novel. While I would recommend this book to anyone, author William Hammond has produced another gem for those who enjoy historical fiction, and especially for those readers who enjoy historical novels about the U.S. Navy. In this book, Richard and James Cutler find themselves in the Mediterranean Sea during the first Barbary War, and Hammond weaves his fictional tale into actual history in such a way I kept wondering if the story might be true. Hammond creates great settings and combines them with a truly engrossing story.
Reviewed by: Bob Doerr (2013)