First to Fight – The Marines go to sea

Would you sacrifice your comfortable life of privilege to risk it daily in a cause larger than yourself? Would you give your personal fortune, the largest on the continent, to ransom the freedom of friends, neighbors, and strangers? Enter the world of colonial America to share the risks and danger of the early Americans who did these very things. They gambled their lives, their fortunes, and the sacred honor in a life and death struggle with the largest, most powerful empire the world had ever know.

"Rich in detail and breathtaking in action." —Todd Coker, Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps, Retired

"Meticulously researched, historically accurate and well written tale of the American Revolution and the operational birth of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team. With David Perry’s First To Fight, the reader steps back in time to meet the powerful personalities, little known patriot volunteers and their British opponents surrounding the 1775 birth of the United States Marine Corps in a Philadelphia tavern, the Continental Navy and the conduct of the first American naval expeditionary operation 'from the sea' against the British Colony of New Providence (Bahamas). An engaging and interesting read for all those interested in the history brought to life." —Timothy Hanifen, Major General, US Marine Corps, Retired

David C. Perry

About David C. Perry (Spokane, Washington Author)

David C. Perry

Writing the stories of the brave men and women who have served our country at sea is one of David's greatest joys. Thoroughly researched for actual events and reliable backdrops, Perry uses period and nautical language to tell the true stories of these intrepid patriots.

Born in Stockton, California in the 1950s, David moved to Seattle, Washington in 1960 with his parents and brother. The family eventually settled in Libby, Montana.

David reported to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1977. It was at this time that he was introduced to that intrepid seafaring officer, Horatio Hornblower, by C.S Forester.

After a lifetime reading this inspiring genre, David decided it was time that the early US Navy had someone to tell their story. Thus, the "Not Self but Country" series was born!

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