As the French enter the American War of Independence, young Richard Bolitho is given command of the fast, well-armed sloop Sparrow. He has a chance to prove his ability, but danger threatens - as real and deadly as the enemy itself.
©2006 Alexander Kent (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
“One of our foremost writers of naval fiction.” (Sunday Times, London)
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This my third Kent book and I understand this is the 5th book in the series. So far Audible is not carrying all of them. This book provided a different look of the revolution as it is from the British view point. The British are running a blockade off the US coast. Our hero Richard Bolitho is sent off to rescue some British Soldiers and is also successful is destroying a privateer that was plaguing the area. Toward the end of the book he is promoted to Captain and is trying to rescue General Cornwallis but fails to do so. Some nice sea battles in the story as well as intrigue. If you like sea stories of this era you will enjoy this story.
The narration by Jayston adds a very realistic tone to this novel. His ability to mimic different characters is amazing. (except, possibly, the ladies) I certainly will be looking for more Kent novels narrated by this gentleman. An excellent read.
Spoiler alert, ... the Americans won the Revolutionary War. This book was written from the perspective of the losing side, but I did not realize how much of a Torre I was until I found myself rooting for the English Captain Bolothio.
Any of the Master's and Commander's books by O'Brien. It is the same amazing historical fiction settings with different personalities.
"Good writing with excellent reading"
Having read the whole series of the Bolitho saga I was eager to hear them read. This book does let one down. As the characters are developed by the author, they are enhanced by the the excellent reading by Michael Jayston. Though not authentic in all respects, it doe give a good idea of life aboard a wooden warship and superb seamanship. The story rattles along at a good pace and though the book is part of a 29 book series, it does read as a standalone story. Well recommended.
Another excellent adventure in the Bolitho series. The different characters seem to get more interesting as you progress. I hope they are planning to reproduce more in the series narrated by Michael Jayston.
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