Morning of Fire - Scott Ridley

Morning of Fire

By Scott Ridley

  • Release Date: 2010-11-02
  • Genre: United States
Score: 5
From 5 Ratings


Morning of Fire by Scott Ridley is the thrilling story of 18th century American explorer and expeditioner John Kedrick as he journeyed  for land and trade in the Pacific. Set against the backdrop of one of the most exciting and uncertain times in world history, John Kendrick’s odyssey aboard his sailing ship Lady Washington carries him from the shores of New England across the unexplored waters of the Pacific Northwest to the contentious ports of  China and the war-ravaged islands of Hawaii, all while avoiding intrigues and traps from the British and the Spanish. Morning of Fire is riveting  American and naval history that brings the era of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson gloriously alive—a tale of danger, adventure, and discovery that  fans of Nathaniel Philbrick will not want to miss.


  • Great Read

    By Daniel Pool
    I found this to be a great read. I had never heard of this expedition before. I found it very enlightening and informative.
  • Morning of Fire

    By Sea Dragon
    Fascinating story about the early history of the United States and how one sailor, master navigator John Kendrick managed to take his ships from Boston around Cape Horn, and in to the Pacific. Kendrick's story is not well known apparently because of the bad blood between Kendrick and his original first mate Robert Gray. This was the first time I had heard about this early adventurer and I was surprised to learn that Kendrick had far reaching influence on commerce and international relationships at a time of great turmoil in Europe that influenced events in the Northwest. Ridley does a fine job of telling the sea story in a manner that is entertaining while educational, even for a retired sailor and naval history buff like me. His style of narrating the challenges and adventures of the expedition managed to keep me interested despite some of the repetition about dealings with tribes in the Pacific Northwest, brewing conflict in Europe and the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), and the difficulties of working in China (Macau) even then. I was disappointed with this version though, because I did not appear to have any way to link end notes to the passages in the book. I did not realize there were notes in the pages because I did not have any endnote reference numbers. I was surprised to find a large section of notes at the end of the book that I was not able to easily refer back to in the text. Hopefully this will be addressed I a later version. Despite that issue, i enjoyed the story and recommend it to anyone who is interested in our early links to Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific.