by Susan Wenger
The Port-Wine Sea is a rousing parody of what The New York Times once called “the best historical fiction ever written,” Patrick O’Brian’s epic Aubrey-Maturin series.
The Port-Wine Sea is a story about a British naval captain during the Napoleonic War, and his friend, a naval physician/espionage agent. They set sail once again aboard “H.M.S. Aghast” during the War of 1812 to demonstrate to the upstart Colonies the errors of their ways.
The doctor/spy tries to establish liaison with the Creek Indians to create a diversion to the main British assault. Meanwhile the noble Captain is diverted by a teenaged Maryland vixen. Along the way, they encounter a skittish horse, a demure skunk, a whooping crane, and an escaped colony of termites aboard the ship.