Another engaging novel by Dewey Lambdin. Our hero, Alan Lewrie is up to his old tricks, foiling his enemies and charming the ladies. Great fun all around.
The narrator's ability to present so many different characters.
The escape sequence from Toulon aboard the Radical and the successful engagement with two French corvettes.
Lewrie's encounter with Lady Emma Hamilton.
Each of Dewey Lambdin's Alan Lewrie novels is a joy to read, and H.M.S. Cockerel is especially intriguing with the inclusion of Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton. His command of 19th century English, naval terminology, geography and history are impressive. The Lewrie series is truly a gift to those who enjoy naval fiction, especially when the hero is such a "ram cat"!
John Lee's performance as narrator was again outstanding! His amazing ability to develop distinct voices for each of the characters made this Lewrie adventures come to life. Lee is an artist of the first order!
Absolutely! Engaging plot. Charles Hayden is the heir apparent to Hornblower, Bolitho and Aubrey.
The court martial.
First Lt. Charles Hayden
Josiah Hart the "shy" captain of the Themis.
Simon Vance is to be commended for his narration!
Alexander Kent's Bolitho saga carries on the legacy of other fine authors such as C.S. Forester. As a former Royal Naval officer, Kent brings a keen understanding of life aboard ship and the challenges of command. Stand Into Danger is the story of a young officer (Richard Bolitho) who has to learn, first hand, about those challenges and the dangers that accompany them.
Anyone who has read the Richard Bolitho series will agree that Alexander Kent (real name--Douglas E. Reeman) is on a par with any naval fiction writer to date. As a former Royal Navy officer, Kent brings a unique and insightful point of veiw to his characters. This particular novel is rich with action, as well as the naval politics. Pipe yourself aboard and enjoy the ride.
I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys the Sharpe series or historical fiction. Sharpe's heroic and common-sense leadership and his dogged persuit of the traitor Col. Christopher make this a great audio book. The narrator is outstanding as well.
The Battle of Trafalgar is the backdrop for one of Sharpe's most interesting adventures. In the midst of the runup to this pivitol battle, Sharpe is caught up in an affair with the wife of an aristocrat which threatens both their lives. Sharpe's experiences aboard ship also give the reader a graphic understanding of life in Nelson's navy and culminates with the bloody action off Trafalgar. Patrick Tull's narration is superb and brings the characters and events to life. If you follow the Sharpe series or just enjoy a gritty naval yarn, purchase this book.
Bernard Cornwell's Agincourt is a wonderful addition to the numerous works of history and fiction that are connected to this epic battle. Charles Keating's narration is simply outstanding. The author's epilogue is a nice addition for general readers who might want to dig deeper into this important period of European history. Well done Mr. Cornwell, and I hope there is a sequel!
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