A sweeping historical fiction novel of adventure, romance, intrigue and medicine set against the brutalities of the Napoleonic War. A 19th century coming-of-age story.
Jean-Baptiste Swift begins his journey as a young surgeon's assistant in the naval battle of Trafalgar. His exploits lead him to Europe and Napoleon's land wars, where he learns the meanings of courage, true love, duty and honor.
Dr. Gerald Stulc is a retired cancer surgeon with a life-long study of military and medical history. He served for over fifteen years as flight surgeon in the US Navy Reserves, retiring as Captain (06). Following retirement, he obtained his MFA degree in Creative Writing. He is the author of numerous scientific papers, and articles and presentations on military and medical history. He is currently writing a creative nonfiction book on the history of military medicine, from Greece and Rome, to Iraq and Afghanistan. He lives in Upstate New York with his wife, also a physician.