Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar removed the spectre of invasion and England is now free to seek conquests and colonies in the furthest reaches of the world. Captain Kydd joins an expedition to take Dutch-held Cape Town, a strategic imperative to secure the rich trade-route to India. But even if the British can defeat the enemy and take possession of the capital, there is still more fighting to be done. Kydd and his men must defend the fragile colony from attacks by the enemy from all sides, while braving the wild beasts and hostile environment of Africa's vast and savage hinterland.
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J S has written a very creative account that plops the reader down into Cape Town So. Africa - of all places - in the middle of a maritime series! It is a very fun ride!!
Stockton puts together an exciting romp in this story. Although the beginning gets bogged down in historical details (although interesting, not compelling enough to NOT use the sleep timer at night on the Audible App.) Then, suddenly, Nicholas Renzy becomes center stage pursuing the rumor of a secret military action by the French. Unbeknownst to him, Kidd is working the same angle from the naval side. It ends up with them meeting in the jungle of South Africa with an all-or-nothing gambit to secure the colony for the British.
"Slightly more of a slow-burner but still excellent"
This episode retains many of the traits that we have come to expect from Julian Stockwin,. It is thoroughly researched without being overbearing, beautifully described and characterised superbly by Christian Rodska. The usual rich cast of characters are once again blended seamlessly against a background of real historical events.
Kydd's adventures this time see him more on land this time and the battle descriptions are excellent showing that the author is more than just a naval buff! Seeing Kydd and particularly the mercurial Renzi immersed into the birth of empire adds to the atmosphere.
This one didn't grip me all the way through like most of the others have but builds to an excellent conclusion that makes it yet another book well worth listening to in this series.
Brilliant read from a very talented author. A must for any who likes historical naval fiction. Julian Stockwin is up there with the best.
"Boys Own adventure"
This is the kind of book and experience that is missing in today's class room the Narrator brings the characters to live and breaths pace into every line.
Outstanding and enjoyable
"Julian Stockwin, & Christian Rodska do it again !"
I am listening to all of the 'Kydd' novels and would certainly listen to them all again
Stockwin relates the period with conviction and suspense, the interaction between Kydd and Renzi is excellent !
In an age of danger and lack of regard for human life, the novels create awe and suspense, Christian gives each character his or her own distinct voice, so you are never at a loss who it is, superb !
I am of the opinion that Christian Rodska is one of, if not the best narrator of audio books in the English language, and I buy books because he is narrating them, and always find I have problems putting the book down because of that
The 'Kydd' novels are leaders in the art of the 'Historic Naval ' books and if this is your 'Bag' then be assured you will not be disappointed
If you want to get this it is well worth having. It is slow in parts and labours in detail and is not quite as good as past books.
Having said that the end is brilliant and I eagerly wait for the next book.
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