William P. Mack served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, retiring as vice admiral and Naval Academy superintendent in 1975. The author of several books, including three Naval Institute professional guides, his first attempt at fiction was a Book-of-the-Month Club award winner, South to Java, co-written with his son. The recipient of the Navy League's Alfred Thayer Mahan Award, among other literary awards, the author lives and writes in Annapolis, Maryland.
A well-written, realistic sea yarn. --The Star Democrat
Compelling...exciting...authentic. -- Annapolis Capital
Like the books of Patrick O'Brian and C.S. Forester, Mack's novel is replete with sea action, the thunder of cannonfire, the pungent smells of slow match and black powder smoke. --Sailing