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A Prisoner of Morro

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)

1. 01 - Sighting A Prize
2. 02 - A Long Chase
3. 03 - An Old Enemy
4. 04 - In Command of the Prize
5. 05 - A Hail From The Darkness
6. 06 - Repelling Boarders
7. 07 - A Desparate Chase
8. 08 - A Dash For The Shore
9. 09 - The Enemy's Country
10. 10 - A Startling Discovery
11. 11 - A Running Fight
12. 12 - The First Prisoner's of War
13. 13 - Ignacio's Plots
14. 14 - Bessie Stuart
15. 15 - In Morrow Castle
16. 16 - In The Dungeon Vaults
17. 17 - Out Of The Dungeon
18. 18 - Cliff Faraday's Sacrifice
19. 19 - A Farewell
20. 20 - An Unexpected Peril
21. 21 - Recaptured By The Enemy
22. 22 - Cutting A Cable
23. 23 - A Perilous Detail
24. 24 - The Cuban Courier
25. 25 - In The Name of Humanity and the Sailors of the Maine!
26. 26 - A Game of Bluff
27. 27 - In Which Cliff Meets With A Surprise
28. 28 - A Struggle Against Odds
29. 29 - Clif's Second Expedition
30. 30 - The Battle In The Brush
31. 31 - Captured
32. 32 - Clif Faraday's Test
33. 33 - The Mystery of the Unexploded Shell

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Upton Sinclair, born in 1878 was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author. He wrote over 90 books in many genres. Best known for his muckraking novel, The Jungle, Sinclair also wrote adventure fiction. Many of these works were written under the pseudonym, Ensign Clark Fitch, U.S.N. A Prisoner of Morrow, published in 1898 when Sinclair was but 20 years old, is one of these efforts. The period for this work is the ten-week Spanish–American War which occurred in 1898. Revolts against Spanish rule had been prevalent for decades in Cuba and were closely watched by Americans. The main issue of the war was Cuban independence from Spain. The war was notable for a series of one-sided American naval and military victories and led to the downfall of Spain as a colonial power. Clif Faraday, a naval cadet, is the main character in this novel. Stationed on a gunboat off the Cuban island as part of the U. S. naval blockade, Clif survives a series of confrontations at sea and treacheries on land. He is captured while on the island during a mission and lands in a Cuban prison called Morro, renowned for its cruelty. Clif receives aid from an unlikely source when all seems lost and survives to show commendable leadership and canny judgment. If you are looking for social commentary from Sinclair, this is not the book. If you want an entertaining listen reminiscent of “old-time” radio weekly serials where the hero faces dire consequences at the end of the each week’s program, then you should enjoy this story.