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Lee Henschel Jr.—The Sailing Master

About the Book:

In 1798 Bonaparte strides across the stage of Europe. He now covets Egypt and the newly commissioned frigate HMS Eleanor deploys into the Mediterranean on a covert mission to help check the tyrant's ambitions.

Thus begins The Sailing Master . . . a novel of the sea, and the coming of age for its narrator, Owen Harriet. At just twelve years old, Owen joins Eleanor to serve as cabin boy for his uncle, Captain James Cedric. The boy's mathematical prowess draws the attention of Mr. Lau, Eleanor's sailing master, and due to the frigate's heavy losses at sea, Owen quickly advances. But Owen also possesses a secret, the capacity to perceive and comprehend . . . the Sukiyama.

About the Author: 

Lee Henschel Jr. was born in 1947. His published work includes Short Stories of Vietnam and the novel Deja Nam. He has been anthologized in Denmark and China and in a wide range of magazines and periodicals in the United States. The inspiration for The Sailing Master came when he was thirteen and wanted to write a story set in the Golden Age of Sail . . . a story that one of his nautical heroes, Captain Hornblower, might like to read. Lee lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.