Author donates autographed books to Reuben James Sailors

Cryptologic Technician 2nd Class Cameron Lowery, a Sailor on USS Reuben James (FFG 57), was one of the Sailors who received an autographed copy of Don Brown's latest book "The Malacca Conspiracy."

Story and photo by Ensign Ben Dalton

USS Reuben James (FFG 57) Public Affairs

Sailors on the guided missile frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57) recently received copies of author Don Brown’s latest book, “The Malacca Conspiracy.”

Brown, a prior Navy JAG officer, has written several books about the Navy and the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. His latest book prominently features the Reuben James.

The author and the publisher, Zondervan, worked together to ensure that all of the approximately 200 Sailors on the ship received a personally signed book. “It’s nice to get a book signed by the author, especially since it features the ship we serve on,” said Ensign Eric Scoggins.

Brown said that choosing to feature the Reuben James in the book was an easy decision. He said that the ship’s service record, name recognition, and history made it a clear winner, noting that few ships have as long of a history as Reuben James.

Three ships have carried that name. The original name came from a brave boatswain’s mate who served in the Barbary Wars and saved the life of his commanding officer during a nighttime raid.

“The Malacca Conspiracy,” part of Don Brown’s Navy justice series, follows JAG officer Zach Brewer through his many adventures. In Brown’s latest book, oil tankers transiting through the Strait of Malacca are attacked by pirates. The Navy steps in and begins escorting tankers as they transit through the strait. The plot thickens and the tanker attacks are only the beginning of Zach Brewer’s adventure.

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