About the Book
Author: D. Andrew McChesney
Genre: Literary Fiction
Number of Pages: 376
Synopsis: Is it possible to sail beyond the ocean's edge to another world? In 1802 Royal Navy Lieutenant Edward Pierce is ashore on half pay because of the Peace of Amiens. He fortunately gains command of a vessel searching for a lost, legendary island. When the island is found, Pierce and his shipmates discover that it exists in an entirely different but similar world. Exploring the seas around Stone Island, HMS Island Expedition sails headlong into an arena of mistaken identities, violent naval battles, strange truces, dangerous liaisons, international intrigue, superstition, and ancient prophecies. Detained by that world's equivalent of Great Britain, Pierce struggles to free his ship and crew. Despondent over giving up his ship and possibly never seeing his beloved Evangeline again, Pierce's outlook brightens when he discovers new-found friends working to liberate him and his crew. With time he comes to understand the prophesized role he and his companions are to play in that other world.
Edward Pierce begins his British Naval career as a midshipman at a time when men and boys are being forced into service. During his time in the Navy Pierce's hard work, keen knowledge, and quick decisions under pressure help him to quickly advances through the ranks. However, when peace is declared Pierce finds himself discharged with half-pay. Saved by his prominent Naval service Pierce lands himself employment with Harold Smythe aboard a ship bound for the Isle of Wight. As the ship's commanding officer, Pierce and his crew set sail on a life changing exploration, but will they make it home again?
Well written and full of intrigue, Beyond the Ocean's Edge is a fantasy novel not to be missed. The author does a beautiful job of developing the story so the unbelievable easily becomes believable. I was quickly pulled into the world the author created and greatly enjoyed this tale.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.