In a daring foray, under the very nose of the French Mediterranean fleet, Lieutenant Lord Nicholas Ramage is to sail his tiny cutter close in to the Italian shore and rescue a party of stranded aristocrats from Napoleon's fast-advancing army.
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I read the Ramage series 40 years ago right after finishing the Hornblower Saga. After that anything would feel derivative, despite Pope's efforts to make Ramage the antithesis of Forester's hero. Ramage is wealthy, hansom, athletic, and comfortable in his own skin. The Ramage series is more swashbuckling than Hornblower which was an exploration into the psychology of a naval hero just as Aubrey/Matchurin books focused on the evolution of friendship as tested by war and shifting fortune. Pope knows his stuff and has written several naval histories. Taken for what they are, the Ramage books are fun.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Dudley Pope (1925-1997) was a writer of nautical fiction. He was a friend of C. S. Forester, the author of Horatio Hornblower. Apparently Forester encouraged Pope to write fiction. Pope had written several non-fiction books about naval history. It was this information that triggered me to obtain this book and give Pope a try. I am glad I did.
It is 1796 and Lt. Ramage is serving on HMS Sibella. The book starts off right in the middle of a battle. The action continues throughout the book. Ramage is rich, a nobleman, father was an admiral, lived in Tuscany as child and speaks Italian and French. Ramage is a Lieutenant in this book. Napoleon has attacked Italy. The Captain of the HMS Sibella was ordered to rescue some Italian Nobles. Ramage continues the assignment after HMS Sibella was sunk and all officers except him are dead. I found the Court Marshall hearing fascinating could not stop listening.
There is so much suspense and action in the book but Pope does work in some humor and a romance. The beautiful Italian Marquesa Ramage rescued, turned out it was with her family he lived when he was a child. He and Lady Gianna fall in love. Pope has created some interesting characters and a plot full of adventure, daring rescues, heroic feats, great sea battles and romance. This is book one of a series. If you like historical nautical fiction circa 1790’s you will enjoy this story. Steven Crossley did a good job narrating the book.
I often find that a good narrator, and Steven Crossley is just excellent, breathes life to the prose.....thus making a richer experience of the story....and of course the story is everything. I have listened to many books narrated by Steven Crossley and he is one of my most favorites.
The revelation that he had not failed his duty
He is a master of cadence and emphasis bringing just the right touch to each character he plays
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
He has a personality that makes you want to keep listening
Alot of things happened that make me want to keep reading
Lt Ramage was one of his best but all of them were well done
Ramage and his crew were all interesting with different character patterns
This was a good book not the best on naval warfare but good enough I have listened to 7 more and as the story goes along they get alot more interesting
I am addicted to Sea Fiction around the time of the Napoleonic wars. I have purchased and listened to nearly everything Audible has to offer in this genre from
Patrick O'Brian/Jack Aubrey to Alexander Kent/Richard Bolitho and numerous others.
After listening to the 1st chapter of Ramage,the 1st in a series of novels by
Dudley Pope......So far I'm impressed.The beginning is different than any other novel like this in how it sets up the character in a bit of action from the get go.If the rest of the book continues in this vein[and I expect it to] I will have discovered a hidden treasure trove series of novels that I will continue to buy if Audible co-operates.After listening to the entire book I will modify and complete this review.
If you are a fan of CS Forester's Horatio Hornblower and the Aubry/Maturin Series by Patrick O'Brian, you will like Ramage. However I believe that the plot of Ramage is unnecessarily expanded at certain points without any apparent gain in intrigue. The reader does a great job.
YES!!! A wonderful discovery of a new favorite author for me.
Being able to "see, feel, smell and hear" with my minds eye the settings and events the written words portrayed through out the book.
This was my first exposure to Steven Crossley and this wonderful saga.
There were a number on such moments.
I first developed a love for reading in my early teen years thanks to The Hornblower series by C.S. Forrester. I had re read the series in print a number of years ago and after discovering audible books, I listened to the entire series on my MP3. Since then I have looked for a new author who's stores center on that same time period and subject matter. I am very delighted to have found this author and series and look forward to the other books in the saga.
After listening to both the Master and Commander series and the Sharpe series, it was refreshing to hear one by an author who did see the need for excessive cursing to get his story across. This is a good start to the series, and am looking forward to more of the same.
As a fan of the age of fightng sail, I was very unhappy with the tempo of the story and the plot. Was looking for a lot more.
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