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Dave Darrin's First Year at Annapolis   By: (1868-1922)

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Dave Darrin’s First Year at Annapolis by H. Irving Hancock offers an exciting and engaging glimpse into the life of a young man who dreams of becoming a naval officer. Set in the prestigious United States Naval Academy, the story follows Dave Darrin's journey as he navigates the challenges, friendships, and adventures of his first year.

The book masterfully captures the atmosphere and discipline of Annapolis, immersing readers into the rigorous academic and military training that the aspiring cadets undergo. With vivid descriptions and attention to detail, the author brings to life the daily routines, the demanding studies, and the intense physical training that Dave and his classmates experience.

What sets this novel apart is not only its focus on the technical aspects of life at the academy but also its exploration of the personal growth and character development of its protagonist. Dave Darrin, portrayed as a sincere and determined young man, faces numerous obstacles that test his mettle and force him to face his own limitations. As readers witness his struggles and triumphs, they are drawn into his journey of self-discovery and maturity.

Alongside the personal challenges, the book also delves into the complexities of friendships and rivalries formed within the academy. The interactions between cadets, their camaraderie, and occasional conflicts not only add authenticity to the narrative but also reflect the social dynamics prevalent in such institutions.

Hancock’s writing style is engaging and compelling, perfectly suiting the fast-paced plot and the gripping scenes that unfold throughout the book. With a dose of suspense and a touch of romance, the story maintains a captivating balance, keeping readers intrigued and eager to turn the pages.

One aspect, however, that might not resonate with some modern readers is the book's portrayal of gender roles and social norms prevalent during the time it was written. Although it can be seen as a historical reflection, some may find certain aspects of the story outdated or exclusive.

Nevertheless, Dave Darrin’s First Year at Annapolis is an absorbing tale that successfully transports readers into the world of the U.S. Naval Academy. It appeals to fans of military fiction, as well as those interested in coming-of-age stories with strong themes of determination and dedication. This enchanting novel is just the beginning of Dave Darrin's journey, leaving readers eagerly awaiting the next installment.

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Two Plebe Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy




CHAPTERS I. Two Admirals in the Bud II. The First Day at the Naval Academy III. A Taste of Hazing IV. The "Youngsters" Who Became "Spoons On" V. Invited to Join the "Frenchers" VI. Dave Passes the Lie VII. On the Field of the Code VIII. The Man Who Won IX. Dan Just Can't Help Being "Touge" X. "Just For Exercise!" XI. Midshipman Henkel Does Some Thinking XII. A Chronic Pap Frapper XIII. Midshipman Farley's About Face XIV. The Trap in Midshipman's Quarters XV. Air "The Rogue's March" XVI. Brimmer Makes a New Friend XVII. Tony Baits the Hook XVIII. In the Days of "Old Two Five" XIX. The Collision of the Chesapeake XX. In the Line of Duty XXI. Official and Other Report XXII. The "Bazoo" makes Trouble XXIII. The Spectre at the Fight Party XXIV. Conclusion



"Dave, I'm getting nervous!"

"Is that the best way you can find to enjoy yourself?" demanded the taller boy.

"But I am, Dave dreadfully nervous!" insisted Dan Dalzell positively.

"Well, you'll have to conceal it, then. The doctors at the United States Naval Academy won't pass any nervous wrecks," laughed Dave Darrin... Continue reading book >>

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