The Founding Fathers at Odds by William D. McEachern is a Compelling Historical Saga about the Founding of the U.S. Navy

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The Founding Fathers at Odds by William D. McEachern is a Compelling Historical Saga about the Founding of the U.S. Navy

May 23
18:18 2023
The Founding Fathers at Odds: The Quasi-War is William D McEachern’s moving ancestral memoir that brings to life the complexities of the founding of the U.S. Navy. McEachern provides a unique perspective on the historical events leading up to the Quasi-War by focusing on the experiences of his own ancestors as they navigate major world events.

William D. McEachern’s, The Founding Fathers at Odds is a sweeping sea adventure that takes the reader from post-revolutionary South Carolina throughout the Caribbean to the fortress of the Rock at Gibraltar and blockading the French port of St. Malo, and finally to the shores of Egypt at Aboukir Bay. The story follows James, an American of Scottish descent, who, impressed by the British Navy, struggles to survive the evil machinations of Lieutenant Donald Campbell and his lackey, Sailing Master, William Samuelson. As James fights for Britain, he learns the sailing secrets of the greatest navy of the era-knowledge that will serve him well when he fights for the United States on the USS Constitution in the War of 1812.

As an avid reader of history, I deeply delve into the era of my works and travel extensively to the locales of each of my novels…I particularly enjoy walking the battlefields to gain insight into the terrain and command decisions made,” says William D. McEachern. A multi-award-winning author, McEachern’s thoroughly researched works offer a rich contribution to literature of their kind. A story that both entertains and enlightens, The Founding Fathers at Odds shines a light on a lesser-known theater of war, sparking questions and insights that will stay with readers long after the last page is turned. “How did this weak, puny Navy rise within just a few years to challenge first the superpower of France and then later defeat the British in the War of 1812? What can this teach us about naval doctrine in the 21st century?

At the heart of the memoir is the story of James McEachern, who sails aboard a merchantman ship with dreams of becoming a merchant until he is forced into cruel servitude by the British naval forces as they fight against the French. He comes to discover that the affection of his love interest, Patience Pendleton, has been stolen by his contentious brother John. As the war rages on, James receives letters from his brother Malcolm, who provides a first-person account of the front-line battles aboard the U.S. Frigate Constellation.

The Quasi-War, fought at the turn of the 19th century, was the first naval conflict faced by the newly-established U.S. Navy as they attempted to reclaim control of their overseas shipping enterprise from French privateers in the Caribbean Sea. This conflict was a crucial turning point in U.S. history, as it marked the beginning of the country’s role as a naval power. McEachern masterfully weaves historical facts and personal anecdotes to create a compelling and immersive narrative that dives deep into the effects of wartime on his family.

The book has received positive reviews from well-known literary organizations, authors, and reviewers around the world. Book Excellence writes, “The Founding Fathers at Odds will transport you to another time and place…it will grip you with intrigue, wonderfully flawed characters, and masterful storytelling. William D. McEachern has pulled off a visual and dramatic powerhouse that pulls you in and never lets you go.”

A towering tour de force of a novel, The Founding Fathers at Odds is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online bookstores. The first in a trilogy about the founding of the U.S. Navy, The Founding Fathers at Odds is highly recommended for fans of historical fiction, or anyone who enjoys high-stakes, character-driven drama. Readers are encouraged to purchase their copy today:

About the Author

William D. McEachern is the author of six novels, the last three of which have been finalists for Historical Fiction of the Year and all of which have been met with great critical reviews. He was invited by Colgate University to attend its prestigious writers’ conference for June 2022 based on an early manuscript for the first novel of the Founding of the U.S. Navy trilogy. He loves reading sea-yarns about such characters as Horatio Hornblower, Alan Lewrie, and Jack Aubrey. He lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with his wife. He is a father and a grandfather. He practiced trusts, estates, and tax law for 45 years, before becoming a full time historian, writing novels of historical fiction. An avid reader of history, he thoroughly researches the era of his works and travels extensively to the locales of each of his novels to lend authenticity and realism to his works. He particularly enjoys walking battlefields to gain insight into the terrain and command decisions made.

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