Captain Hale’s Covenant is a family saga about Adam Hale, an American Revolutionary War blockade runner who, with his sons, builds a fortune in trade with France, England, and Jamaica during the Federal Period (1783–1822). The turbulent backdrop is the post-Revolutionary and Napoleonic era, featuring Barbary pirates, press gangs, Regency balls, privateers, a slave uprising, duels, the Peninsular Campaign, and pitched naval battles. Thomas E. Crocker’s narrative explores how the family patriarch struggles to achieve a meaningful, personal commitment of civic duty to his country, all the while trying to reconcile evil in the world with an omniscient and loving God. It tells how Americans ventured into the unknown in ships, never knowing if they would come back or what rewards they might reap. It is a story of how every generation struggles. It is the American Experience based on a true story.
Thomas E. Crocker is also the author of Braddock's March: How the Man Sent to Seize a Continent Changed American History, which received the 2011 Distinguished Book Award from both the New York and the District of Columbia Societies of Colonial Wars, and of Empire's Eagles: The Fate of the Napoleonic Elite in America. He is a member of the American Revolution Institute Book Prize committee, the Society of the Cincinnati, the Distinguished Book Prize committee, and the General Society of Colonial Wars. He is a retired partner at a large U.S. law firm and a former U.S. diplomat.
"A truly swashbuckling tale yet also remarkably historically accurate, Captain Hale's Covenant is a page-turner novel written the way they ought to be. Part C.S. Forester and part Patrick O’Brian, it is tailor-made for a splendid movie or TV series." —Andrew Roberts, author of Napoleon: A Life
"Make room on your shelves—next to Patrick O'Brian's nautical novels—for Captain Hale's Covenant, a stirring American tale of the battles in the North Atlantic in the decades after America won its independence. Thomas Crocker brings you the snap of the sails and the wind singing through the rigging while you taste the salt air and marvel at the adventures of Adam Hale and his family." —David O. Stewart, author of The New Land, book 1 of the Overstreet Saga trilogy
"Thomas Crocker paints a brilliant picture of one man's triumphs and tragedies at sea and ashore while living the American experience." —Quarterdeck magazine