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The oceans and the stars : a sea story, a war story, a love story : the seven battles and mutiny of Athena, Patrol Coastal Ship 15  Cover Image Book Book

The oceans and the stars : a sea story, a war story, a love story : the seven battles and mutiny of Athena, Patrol Coastal Ship 15 / Mark Helprin.

Helprin, Mark, (author.).


This is a story of love and war in full; of lethal combat on the sea and in the desert halfway around the world; of the fraught operations of power in the White House, the Pentagon, and the system of military justice; and of a love affair quietly begun in New Orleans. It unfolds with technically realistic, true-to-life action, unusually vivid and beautiful description, and the deep reflection appropriate to deciding not only for what one fights but that it must be just. A literary work paralleling The Odyssey, it begins when Stephen Rensselaer, a Navy captain near the end of his career, is called to defend the politically doomed variant of the Navy's smallest ship, and in so doing outrages the President of the United States. The program is cancelled but for its prototype--Athena, Patrol Coastal 15--and Rensselaer--promotion to admiral denied--is given command as an intended humiliation for someone of his rank. Rather than resign, he attends to Athena's fitting out in New Orleans, where he encounters Katy Farrar, a lawyer of admirable character and unusual beauty. After the failed marriages of both, they experience an unexpected and exhilarating last-chance love. Soon, however, war breaks out in the Middle East and Athena is to be sent to the Persian Gulf. While refueling and provisioning at Haifa, Ransselaer discovers that his orders have been changed, sacrificially and in such a way that should Athena survive she will forever be remembered in the annals of the Navy. Throughout, Katy is the dorce that keeps Rensselaer alive and the light that guides his way home through Athena's seven battles, mutiny, and court-martial. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781419769085
  • ISBN: 1419769081
  • Physical Description: xiii, 493 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : The Overlook Press, an imprint of ABRAMS, 2023.

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Formatted Contents Note:
The origins of United States ship Athena, Patrol Coastal 15 -- Blue oceans, bright stars -- The sun off East Africa -- Spinning on a compass rose -- The desert -- Lovely appear -- Trial.
Subject: Ship captains > Fiction.
United States. Navy > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Trials (Military offenses) > Fiction.
Genre: War fiction.
Sea fiction.

Available copies

  • 4 of 13 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 4 copies available at Scenic Regional.


  • 0 current holds with 13 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Scenic Regional-Hermann FIC HEL (Text) 3007932149 New Fiction Checked out 12/13/2023
Scenic Regional-Pacific FIC HEL (Text) 3007932157 New Fiction Available -
Scenic Regional-Union FIC HEL (Text) 3007932165 New Fiction Checked out 12/01/2023
Scenic Regional-Warrenton FIC HEL (Text) 3007931452 New Fiction Checked out 12/15/2023

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