In spite of Stevenson’s detailed and gory description of the battle scenes (very realistic descriptions, it would seem), I am thoroughly enjoying this part of the book. He is truly a master writer and storyteller. WIth his polished use of imagery, he brings me right into the heart of the story, but his development of characters is even more amazing. Now, nearing the end of the story, the protagonist, Dick Shelton, has had a major epiphany about the monstrous nature of war. He has seen the tragic effects of his theft of Captain Alblaster’s ship, and thus he has caught a glimpse of how hideous war can be.