Publisher: Mascot Books
Available in: Hardback, Paperback, PDF, and Kindle
Published: November 1, 2015

Winner of a 2016 gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America in the category of Literary Fiction

Captain Sheppard McCloud, an American naval hero from the attack on Pearl Harbor, struggles to overcome both his physical and psychological injuries when he is selected for a new command on a vital mission. He must tackle the demons in his mind and the painful, lingering, injuries he suffered when Japan attacked on December 7th.

McCloud’s been tapped to command the US Navy’s latest capital ship, the Argonne, in the early phases of World War II. He needs to follow his new orders while keeping his fears secret. A commander’s life isn’t easy; McCloud faces a host of challenges and decisions as he assumes total responsibility for the ship and crew. He’s aware that his every move, behavior, and decision influences the men he leads in battle; for it is their performance as the sum total of the ship’s character that is the weapon deciding outcomes.

Carefully researched to accurately depict the US Navy during World War II, Sheppard of the Argonne follows the exploits of Sheppard McCloud during a hypothetical war at sea. It presents rare insight into the command of a capital ship at war, showing how it tests the captain’s leadership as enemy submarines and aircraft attack, culminating in that rarest of historical actions, a gun duel between capital ships.

"Sheppard of the Argonne is a fast read, and once the action starts, it becomes a book that keeps your attention through to its dramatic conclusion. "

- Joe Epley, Military Writers Society of America

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- Joe Epley, Military Writers Society of America

"Sheppard of the Argonne is a fast read, and once the action starts, it becomes a book that keeps your attention through to its dramatic conclusion. "
"Sheppard of the Argonne is a cleanly organized, well-paced book perfect for military buffs and strategists, but it has something for the everyday reader as well. It is a story about two protagonists: the US Naval fleet growing into expanding technology and the captain seeking inner redemption. They are both done tremendous justice by Weatherly, who exhibits extraordinary knowledge of both the military and human nature."

Foreward Reviews

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Foreward Reviews

"Sheppard of the Argonne is a cleanly organized, well-paced book perfect for military buffs and strategists, but it has something for the everyday reader as well. It is a story about two protagonists: the US Naval fleet growing into expanding technology and the captain seeking inner redemption. They are both done tremendous justice by Weatherly, who exhibits extraordinary knowledge of both the military and human nature."
"Weatherly does a masterful job of describing the American, British, and German soldiers (sic) officers and men who will eventually take part in the battle, and most importantly, he makes readers become invested in these characters. He also accomplishes the tricky task of supplying enough detail for hard-core military aficionados without derailing casual readers. Overall, he successfully brings the world of naval warfare to life in all its sound and fury.”

Kirkus Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews

"Weatherly does a masterful job of describing the American, British, and German soldiers (sic) officers and men who will eventually take part in the battle, and most importantly, he makes readers become invested in these characters. He also accomplishes the tricky task of supplying enough detail for hard-core military aficionados without derailing casual readers. Overall, he successfully brings the world of naval warfare to life in all its sound and fury.”
"This alternative naval military history story is, in a word, authentic. G. William Weatherly is a former U.S. Navy Captain who obviously knows about warships and command, and it shows throughout this gripping novel replete with the sights, sounds and maneuverings of ships at war. Readers beware: Once begun, this book is difficult to put down.


Blue Ink Reviews

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Blue Ink Reviews

"This alternative naval military history story is, in a word, authentic. G. William Weatherly is a former U.S. Navy Captain who obviously knows about warships and command, and it shows throughout this gripping novel replete with the sights, sounds and maneuverings of ships at war. Readers beware: Once begun, this book is difficult to put down.
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About the Author

Captain George W. Jackson (a.k.a. G. William Weatherly) graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin and was commissioned in June 1969. During his 30 year career, he achieved exceptional credentials in the Navy nuclear program.

His last assignment was as Chairman of the Joint Military Operations Department at the Naval War College in Newport for five years as well as holding the Lockwood Chair of Undersea Warfare. As such he was responsible for one third of the curriculum and the Joint Professional Military Education of approximately 2,000 mid-grade and senior officers from all branches of the military and select civilian agencies.