A Country of Our Own

Written by David Poyer
Review by John R. Vallely

In his second volume of the Civil War at Sea series, David Poyer reminds us once again of his talents at making war at sea and seaborne warriors come alive. Confederate naval officer Ker Claiborne has left the United States Navy to join the naval forces of the Confederate States. His first duty takes him to defend the Virginia coastline from a Union amphibious assault. Victory here results in his transfer to Confederate raiders that prey on Union merchant vessels from the Caribbean to European waters. The young Claiborne is continually tested as he grows from an uncertain junior officer to a mature and confident warrior. Poyer puts his knowledge of naval life and of steam-powered warships to good use in a series which promises to sign on more recruits.