This was one of the best books on British Naval challenges during the Napolionic era. It was entertaining, and very well performed. I have read the O'brian "Aubrey/Maturin" series and found this book much better.
The best part of this book was the ending. It did offer an unusual twist at the end, that made me up its rating to a 3 overall. The part I liked the least involved the petty conversations between the main characters in the midst of the time of greatest import and struggle.
Reading the book was tedious enough. Don't think I would give another two hours to it.
It is interesting how Pope can use so many different strategies to bring the desired victories for his hero. To me that is one of the most intriguing parts of Pope's Ramage series. Ramage is able to gain these victories with very little loss of life.
I would recommend this book as another interesting adventure by Pope, with a new twist, in capturing a signal station to get a naval advantage.
Unlike Obrien's Master and Commander series, Pope does not like to kill off his characters. There is a lot of action and strategy in Pope without all the gory blood letting.
Crossley again does a wonderful narration. He keeps his characters separate and interesting.
I really like this entire series. I believe it is every bit as good as Obrien's Aubrey/Maturin series without all the vulgarities.
The series is so enjoyable, even if somewhat predictable have several books. Even Ramage's mistakes come out good.
Crossley makes this series very enjoyable. He does a great job with the different characters, and his reading style makes the story live.
I have enjoyed this series more than the Aubrey/Martin series, in that the times of boredom from the humdrum of sailing the oceans, takes up less of the book, and moves from plots and subplots easier and quicker. IMHO
Even though I have read many books on WWII, this story was brand new to me. It was a great story to read, and the Epilog was a great final part giving us the 'Rest of the Story.'
Zuchoff was competent in his reading, but became tedious with his soft, breathy narration.
This story seemed well documented, and really needed no embellishment. Probably th sonly irritating thing about the book was the several reminders of McCollum losing his twin brother. The author seemed to go out of his way to remind us of that over and over again.
But a great story, and would recommend to anyone.
Entertaining new twist.
Steven Crossley is the right man for these novels. He does a good job with the characters, and makes the story come alive.
Even though it is an entertaining book, the plot twists are somewhat anticipated. I love this series, but the father you get into it, you have continue to endure the old 'get you up to speed' routine for each of the main characters. That does become a little tedious at times. Still, I love the series.
This is a book for those who deal with the psychology of people who have problems which are far form ordinary. Some of his conclusions will be argued about by psychologist for a long time.
For the most part, the book was boring and tedious. It just did not appeal to my interest.
Basically, the book had a good plot, with a number of subplots to give a greater understanding of the characters.
This was the first time that I listened to Ralph Cosham, and thought his performance to be good.
I am one who believes a story can be good without foul language. This is one of those, that would have been so much better without it. It was a few chapters into the book before one of the characters (I believe it was one of the police) who first used the foulest of language, and it seemed so out of place and unnecessary, especially since the plot was moving along so well without it.
It almost seemed that the author added the bad language, to impress a certain clientele, rather than to add to the story. Unfortunate.
No one would think this story would be possible in real life, if it was in the fiction section. Unimaginable, that anyone could survive the kind of horrors experienced by these prisoners of war. A great book on courage, patriotism, and patriotism.
Edward Herrmann, my favorite narrator, again does a masterful job on this book. He is the best I have heard on reading non-fiction books.
Hillandbrand chose a great subject of American heroism, and did a thorough job with it. She made the story come alive.
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