HOW DARK THE NIGHT

A NOVEL
By WILLIAM C. HAMMOND























WILLIAM C. HAMMOND is a novelist
and freelance editor. A lifelong
student of history and a sailing
enthusiast, his first novel in the Cutler
chronicles, A Matter of Honor, was
published in 2007, followed by For
Love of Country in 2010, The Power
and the Glory in 2011, and A Call to
Arms in 2012. He lives in Wayzata,
MN.







illiam Hammond’s award-winning series carries
on the tradition of Patrick O’Brian and C. S.
Forester. It is the only nautical fiction series that offers
the American perspective during the Age of Fighting
Sail. How Dark the Night continues the seafaring
adventures of the Cutler family by picking up the action
where the fourth volume, A Call to Arms, ends in 1805.
The years leading up to the War of 1812 were
devastating ones for the young republic. The life-and-
death struggle between Great Britain and France caught
the United States in a web of financial and political
chaos as President Jefferson and Secretary of State
Madison labored to keep the unprepared United States
out of the conflict without compromising the nation’s
honor. On the home front, Jefferson’s embargo
threatens the livelihood of the Cutlers and other New
England shipping families as merchant ships rot on their
moorings and sailors sit penniless on the beach. Far
worse for the Cutler family is a grave illness that
threatens the life of its most beloved member.
Like the previous books in the series, the action
in How Dark the Night is brought to life by such
colorful historical figures as the infamous pirate Jean
Lafitte, Secretary of the Navy Robert Smith, Robert
Fulton and his prototype for a submarine, Capt. Stephen
Decatur, Capt. Salusbury Pryce Humphreys, RN, and
Commo. James Barron. Historical events include the
decline of slavery in the West Indies and the stark
political differences between the Federalists in New
England and the “War Hawk” Republicans in the South
and West led by Henry Clay and John Calhoun, as well
as the abuses at sea perpetrated by the Royal Navy
against America. Such abominations reach a war
footing after the so-called “affair” between USS
Chesapeake and HMS Leopard—as related from the
British point of view through the eyes of Seth Cutler, a
midshipman serving in Leopard.

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Advance Praise for How Dark the Night:

“How Dark the Night, the fifth volume in the Cutler Chronicles, was a joy to read! Strong enough
to stand on its own sea legs, Hammond has written a finely crafted tale of familial and maritime
adventure. Hammond's masterful scene-setting places you on the wharves, on board ships, and in
family settings so vividly that you feel as if you're eavesdropping on life during the Age of Sail.
Best of all, How Dark the Night is a novel whose impact subtly builds to a riveting and wrenchingly
emotional climax.”—DWIGHT JON ZIMMERMAN, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling
Lincoln's Last Days and president of the Military Writers Society of America

“High drama on the high seas combined with political intrigue, ships of two navies, pirates, and
privateers draws the reader into this compelling tale, well crafted by William Hammond. The
growing Cutler family’s story brings history to life even as they appear on opposite sides of an
international conflict. Another well-told, fast-paced story from the pen of Mr. Hammond that is sure
to further endear his readers to the well-portrayed and three-dimensional cast of characters.”
—WILLIAM H. WHITE, author of the Edward Ballantyne series and the War of 1812 Trilogy

ALSO BY BI LL HAMMOND:

 FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY – Hammond’s second novel is set in the early 1780s in the years
following the American Revolution, featuring the adventures of the seafaring Cutler family
of Hingham, Massachusetts. │ ISBN: 978-1-59114-373-4 / $29.95 (NIP, 2010)

 THE POWER AND THE GLORY – Hammond’s third novel is set in the late 1790s during the
Quasi-War with France and offers a look at the new American Navy during the Age of
Fighting Sail. │ ISBN: 978-1-61251-052-1 / $29.95 (NIP, 2011)

 A CALL TO ARMS - This fourth novel in Hammond’s fiction series offers readers intriguing
insights into the young republic’s struggle to promote its principles in a world ravaged by
piracy. │ ISBN: 978-1-61251-144-3 / $29.95 (NIP, 2012)

HOW DARK THE NIGHT: A NOVEL by William C. Hammond
Publication date: 15 April 2014
224 pp. Hardcover list price: $34.95 │ £26.50
ISBN: 978-1-61251-467-3 │ Fiction • 18th

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