The Gray Ship
Russell Moran, author
Captain Ashley Patterson is a 36 year old Commanding Officer of a nuclear warship. While steaming toward Charleston, South Carolina in April 2013, the ship encounters a time warp or wormhole. Suddenly, Captain Patterson and her 930 crewmembers find themselves in the year 1861, just before the start of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln wants to win the war, and he sees this ship as a key to victory. But Captain Patterson and crew want to return to the 21st Century. For them, the Civil War was history. Now, they find that it has only just begun. Does she risk mutiny, or commit treason? If she changes history, what will the future look like? From Kirkus Reviews – “Wildly Entertaining…Profoundly Moving.” "In this stellar time-travel novel, a modern-American nuclear-powered cruiser sails through a time portal and goes back 152 years to the days just before the beginning of the Civil War. The USS California, under the command of Capt. Ashley Patterson, an African-American woman, is headed toward Charleston, S.C., to participate in a ceremony commemorating the first battle of the Civil War: the bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. Consistently brisk pacing and a pulse-pounding conclusion, the humanist themes of this novel are momentous. This provocative, intensely powerful novel is a must-read for sci-fi fans and Civil War aficionados, though mainstream fiction readers will find it heart-rending and inspiring as well. A rare read that’s not only wildly entertaining, but also profoundly moving."