When America Needed a Hero, John Paul Jones Stood Up
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CHRIS SCOTT WILSON
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Today, July 8, 2011, Boson Books of Raleigh, North

Carolina released the worldwide ebook
Scarborough Fair  by British author Chris Scott Wilson.

Better known for his gritty westerns,
Scarborough Fair shows that when

Wilson forsakes the land for the

sea, he is still very much at home spinning yarns to make even salty sailors

smile. In
Scarborough Fair he tells

the story of how John Paul Jones became

America’s first

great naval hero.

 

With the onset of the War of

Independence in 1775, a young

America flexed

her muscles to throw off the shackles that bound her to the mother country

England. The US

Congress desperately needed to break

England’s

domination of the seas and cripple her trade routes. The French, knowing any

such disorder could only benefit them too, were eager to help. King Louis XVI

promised to furnish and arm a ship commanded by an American officer who would

have free access to French ports.

 

John Paul Jones, originally from

Scotland, served

his apprenticeship on the high seas, working his way up to captain. His ambition

was to own plantations in

Virginia, the most important and

prosperous colony. When war was declared against

England, Paul

Jones immediately volunteered to serve his adopted nation. Three years later, he

was ordered to Paris where one of

the most prominent American founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, became his

greatest ally. Offering constant reassurance,

Franklin guided Jones though the

murky political waters of the French Marine Ministry in his quest to secure a

ship to fight the English. When the task appeared hopeless, he eventually

devised a plot to force the purchase of a suitable vessel.

 

In recognition of

Franklin’s efforts, Jones renamed

his new command
Bonhomme Richard,

Franklin’s pen name. Promoted to

commodore, John Paul Jones began to harry the English in their own territorial

waters while battling the treachery of insubordinate French officers who

commanded the other ships in his small flotilla. A year later, just south of

Scarborough on

England’s

Yorkshire coast, he tackled a brand new enemy frigate.

They fought within sight of the very shores of

England, a

nation whose proud boast was its invincible navy. It was at the Battle of

Flamborough Head in 1779, that John Paul Jones became a

legend.

 

The

author, Chris Scott Wilson, comments, “Jones was an extraordinary man whose

famous cry was, ‘Surrender? I have not yet begun to fight.’ And he never gave

up. It seems astounding these days to think he was only 31 years old when he

fought that great battle. His courage, grit and determination inspired other

commanders to fight and defend their beliefs and encouraged his adopted homeland

to seek a bold new future.”

 

The

best-selling author Clive Cussler, himself interested in Paul Jones to the point

of financing several searches in the North Sea for the

wreckage of
Bonhomme Richard, wrote

to Chris: “
Scarborough Fair is a terrific story. Of course, you English

always had a better command of the language than we colonists.
The Serapis and Bonhomme Richard battle was always a great adventure tale and

you did it proud.”

 

Scarborough Fair by Chris Scott Wilson is now available in

ebook format from all leading online retailers. For a sample read and purchasing

details, visit
http://www.cmonline.com/boson/ and follow Fiction> Historical fiction, or visit the

author’s website
http://chrisscottwilson.co.uk. where Chris would be pleased to welcome you.

 

 

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