FORTUNE'S FAVORITE: Sir Charles Douglas and the Breaking of the Line
Publication date: May 2011
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
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When you think of the great heroes of the 18th Century Royal Navy, you would probably think of Horatio Nelson, possibly Sir Sidney Smith; but would the name Sir Charles Douglas spring to mind? If it doesn't-it should. Sir Charles Douglas played a pivotal role in many of the most important events of the late eighteenth century, and yet his name appears only in short passages and footnotes of works on naval history and the American Revolution. In Fortune's Favorite: Sir Charles Douglas and the Breaking of the Line, the Royal Navy captain finally receives the attention he deserves for his part in the Relief of Quebec, the Battle of Valcour Island, his naval gunnery innovations, and the Battle of the Saints, including his contribution to the "breaking of the line" maneuver, which has been a subject of controversy for nearly two centuries. Written by an American descendant of Sir Charles, Fortune's Favorite is the definitive work on this most extraordinary man. Christopher J. Valin is a writer, artist, historian, and teacher living in the Los Angeles area with his wife and two children. He received his Master's Degree with Honors in Military History with a concentration in American Revolution Studies from American Military University, his Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and his teaching degree from Regis University. Christopher has been writing in many forms since he was a child, including short stories, screenplays, and comic books, for which he has also worked as an artist. His short stories have appeared in two anthologies: The Artifact: An Anthology and Keys: Unlocking the Universe. His reviews of television shows and movies have appeared on various websites, including PopSyndicate.com, Mediasharx.com, and ZENtertainment.com. Christopher was the winner of Part 9 of the Cowrite Screenwriting Contest, Chapter 16 of the L.A. Times "Birds of Paradise" Collaborative Novel Contest, and Week 3 of the FanLib.com Kirk vs. Picard Screenwriting Contest, and his other screenplays and teleplays have won or placed in several other competitions, including the Scriptwriters' Network Producers Outreach Program, the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, the Chesterfield Fellowship Screenwriting Competition, the Fade In Awards, the Screenwriting Expo Cyberspace Open, the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Contest, Scriptapalooza, and Scriptapalooza TV. Christopher Valin is also the 5x great-grandson of the subject of this book- Sir Charles Douglas.