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The first book of a new series by the same nameRead about it!


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The Brigantine Lexington Series




The first book in the USS Lexington series of short storiesRead about it!
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The second book in the USS Lexington series of short storiesRead about it!





The third book in the USS Lexington series of short storiesRead about it!


The story of the men who sailed into battle against the mighty British Navy — men with names like John Barry, Richard Dale, & John Paul Jones.
Experience the exploits of these men. At sea aboard a fragile wooden sailing ship of the Continental Navy, you find yourself fighting desperate battles against the world’s largest and most powerful Navy, Great Britain. Cover your ears! Cannons are firing everywhere—you cough on the pungent smoke, dodging and ducking as jagged oak splinters cartwheel past your eyes.

"If you only read one book about the beginning of the United States Navy, Not Self but Country is it."
—Rear Admiral Greg Nosal, US Navy Retired

"Spellbinding! A nautical page-turner you won’t be able to put down. As a life-long mariner, I found David Perry’s mastery of the sailing culture captivating."
—Rear Admiral Tony Kurta, US Navy, Retired

“Transported back several centuries to the days of our embryonic Navy, we are swept up in the conflict, intrigue and social drama of those early Naval heroes. I was captivated by the tales of indomitable gallantry of those who answered the call and by the resolute sacrifice of those who stood by them.”
—Rear Admiral Steve Eastburg, US Navy, Retired

“Not Self but Country” is a gripping seafaring adventure set in the late eighteenth century. Using naval terms and jargon of the day, David Perry has placed the reader squarely in the middle of the action.”
—Chief Warrant Officer Tommy Robinson, US Navy, Retired
Author of "Steely Eyed Killers of the Deep"

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The first in the Brigantine Lexington series of short stories from author David C. Perry. From the first paragraph you will feel that you are on the deck of the Lexington. The U.S. Navy has had several ships named Lexington. This short story, set in the American Revolution, is a fictional account of the first cruise of the first Lexington. The author puts you in the middle of the action as you watch Captain John Barry take command, sneak past blockading British warships, and hear cannon balls scream overhead during a sea battle. Experience the excitement, loss, and exultation of those early American seafarers as they challenge the largest navy in the world.


Engaging reading. I felt as if I were on deck with Captain Barry as the author described, in detail, the action taking place on the ship. The historical facts of the time made the setting of this fictional book feel real.

—Amazon Kindle Reader "Duke"


Mr. Perry's maiden voyage, like the Lexington's, is a rewarding foray with the welcome promise of more to come. As the first chapter of a promised book, it introduces a cast of characters at the birth of a nation. The reader is quickly enveloped in an engaging depiction of one of the earliest actions of the fledgling U.S. Navy. Eager to read on to see these aptly sketched characters develop as they are thrust into the historic events that await.

—Amazon Kindle Reader "T. Pierce"

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Find yourself transported to sea on the deck of an eighteenth century warship. Come aboard the Continental Navy Brigantine Lexington again and experience the danger and camaraderie of Captain John Barry and his shipmates. Cringe as cannon balls fly past your ears, feel the physical exhaustion as you struggle to keep pace with the captain; and experience the tragic loss of a lifelong friend. Note to frugal readers: As of the time of publishing the author has decided to include material from this short story as a chapter in his novel due to be released in late 2013. Book Two of the Brigantine Lexington series tells the story of the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet on Cape May in New Jersey. Live it again with the intrepid sailors who battled to wrestle our infant nation from the clutches of tyranny.


My hard copy of The Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet arrived in this morning's mail (Oct 1, 2013) and I read it over a leisurely lunch. I wasn't disappointed. The author's use of jargon of the day and his ability to put the reader at the dinner table or on deck for action is well accomplished. He also provided a URL for the Turtle Gut history page which was a nice touch. Looking forward to reading more of the series. BZ!

—Amazon Kindle Reader "Tommy"





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Step onto the oak deck planks of a man o' war in the middle of an American Revolutionary sea battle right in the Chesapeake Bay. Deception, maneuver, surprise, cannons blasting - you will taste the salt spray and choke on the smoke as three ships jockey for position in the confined waters of the Chesapeake, struggling desperately for victory or survival. Book Three of the Brigantine Lexington Series opens on July 5, 1776 in Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, as the crew and their compatriots examine one of the most monumental documents of all time. Share the frustration of a young man torn apart by conflicting loyalties in this epic struggle.
This story is entirely contained in the author's novel "Not Self but Country," which is the first book in the series of the same name.