The Fletcher Companion
By John Drake
A guide to the career of Sir Jacob Fletcher (1775-1875) – the only hero of Nelson’s navy who never wanted to go to sea.
The ships, the lovers, the outlandish characters; the battles, the storms, and the worldwide adventures are served up in The Fletcher Companion with as much hilarious humour as furious action.
A guide to eight books (and more coming), each taken verbatim from Fletcher’s memoirs and transcribed by an unfortunate clergyman, whom Fletcher threatened to ‘gut and fillet’ if he did not take down every lurid word. The result is a vision of Georgian life on land and sea, and the high tech of its day: steam, submarines, and flying machines.
Praise for the Fletcher series:
‘Swashbuckling adventure on the high seas doesn’t get much better than this … John Drake writes beautifully, and you’ll be torn between savoring the words and quickly flipping the pages. Any favorable comparison to Stevenson or Patrick O’Brian is totally justified’ – Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author