I read this book about 12-May-2009. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2004. This note was last modified Tuesday, 06-May-2014 13:10:58 PDT.
This is book 2 of the "Vatta's War" series.
This note does not contain major spoilers for the book.
Second of the Vatta books. Troubles continue, and there's a big trouble building in the background behind the day-to-day challenges she faces.
It was engaging enough at the time, but I have not been dilligent in seeking out the later books.
Letters of marque (or of reprisal) were what privateers carried, and what distinguished them, legally, from pirates, in the Napoleonic-era navies that these are rather based on. (I'm a big fan of the naval stories of that era).