Title: The Perfect Wreck
Author: Steven E. Maffeo
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1611791510
"This is the true story of the battle between the famous USS "Constitution" ("Old Ironsides"), and HMS "Java," in late 1812. It's told from the viewpoints of the officers and men whose story it is. It's also a narrative of the preceding four months when both of the ships, their captains, and their crews took infinite pains in preparation for their two diverse missions -- missions which then took each of them thousands of miles in adventurous blue-water sailing.
I've used a slight fictional treatment, trying to mix solid reporting with novelistic description in a scenic, dramatic fashion; but, I assure you that the sequence of events is accurate, the events are confirmed, and every named individual really existed. I've tried to entertain you with an incredible sea story while simultaneously handing you accurate, unequivocal history."