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THE CAROLINAS: Book One - A Gavin MacKenzie Civil War Naval Adventure by James A. Janke

THE CAROLINAS: Book One - A Gavin MacKenzie Civil War Naval Adventure

by James A. Janke

514 pages
Join Passed Midshipman Gavin MacKenzie and the Navy at the start of the American Civil War: Fort Sumter, the destruction of the Norfolk Navy Yard, the Battle of Aquia Creek, the capture of Hatteras Inlet, and the Battle of Roanoke Island, with the destruction of the defending Confederate mosquito fleet.

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About the Book
Passed Midshipman Gavin MacKenzie and the USS Pawnee head for Charleston Harbor in a desperate attempt to resupply Fort Sumter in April 1861. Too late, the country plunges into civil war. Events follow quickly for the Pawnee: the destruction of the Norfolk Navy Yard, the Battle of Aquia Creek, the capture of Hatteras Inlet in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

By February of '62, MacKenzie, on the USS Delaware, is in the thick of the battle to capture North Carolina’s Roanoke Island and to destroy the defending Confederate mosquito fleet.

Ironically, naval officer MacKenzie sees much of his action ashore, in command of howitzer detachments. But battle still calls for the heart-pounding boarding of a Rebel vessel with pistol and cutlass.

The Civil War generates painful dilemmas, and MacKenzie is deeply conflicted by his close friendship with the Franklins of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Jeremy was his best friend at the Naval Academy but "goes South" when his state secedes. And his sister, Rebecca, is an alluring and headstrong young woman who challenges MacKenzie’s intention to marry—eventually—the beautiful Christina back home in Wisconsin.

Join Gavin MacKenzie and the Navy as the horrendous defining event in the country’s history unfolds.


"For those of us interested in the naval side of the Civil War, and of the interactions of the people from both the North and South sides of the conflict, I highly recommend this book. I look forward to reading book 2 of this series."
- Richard K. Loster


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About the Author
James A. Janke Jim Janke is fascinated by 19th Century American history, especially the West and the Civil War. He has an extensive library on both subjects. He travels frequently throughout the West and regularly visits Civil War battlefields and museums in the East, finding inspiration and authenticity for his absorbing novels.



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