Over the past few days, I read Diane Carey’s Banners, a novel about the War of 1812, published last year by Koehlerbooks, presumably to commemorate the 200th-anniversary of the attack on Fort McHenry and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Last night I finished the book.
Carey was a prolific Star Trek novelist, publishing two or three novels a year through the 90s. Her Star Trek fiction had a distinctly nautical flavor to it. “Horatio Hornblower in Space,” basically. In the late 90s, one of her Star Trek: The Next Generation novels, Ancient Blood, featured a Revolutionary War-era Royal Navy holodeck program as part of the plot, and it was so well executed that I wanted to read a full Hornblower-esque novel from her.