Commander Thomas Kydd is eager to play his part in thwarting Bonaparte’s plans for the invasion of England. Joining Admiral Nelson’s command, Kydd and his ship soon find themselves at the heart of the action that leads up to the famous clash of the mighty British and French fleets at Trafalgar.
Kydd’s journey takes him from false sightings of the enemy and dramatic chases across the Atlantic, to the bloody annihilation of the enemy during the actual battle, and the heroic aftermath.
©2010 Julian Stockwin (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
It appears to me, the author wanted to tell the story of Trafalgar, without the hero. Since the narrative breaks from the hero, to an on board midshipman, we have a good account of Nelson's death. But unlike the other naval series of this time, the hero has little to do with the battle, which leaves kind of a hole in the plot for me. Nevertheless, there is still sufficient merit to enjoy the book, and Rodska continues his great narration.
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The author masterfully combined the facts of the battle with the fictional characters. Well done
Midshipman Bowdens first hand narrative aboard Victory was very interesting.
I enjoyed the fitting out of L'Aurore, It was facinating.
Many. Chief among them the Falco series. He is as always, superb.
No Just content on a good read.
"Stockwin steers a gallant course!"
I had to wonder about this one when I realised that the author intended to tackle the Battle of Trafalgar. It's such a well-known part of British history that integrating fictional characters with well documented reality was always going to be a challenge. In the end I think that he got it right. I liked the fact that the mood of the nation and the importance of events to the populace both pre and post battle were covered well and formed an important part of the book.
In the end I simply wanted more of that final cataclysmic battle but I was very happy that in no way did the author have his characters try to eclipse the real heroes of the day but instead through Kydd, Renzi and a midshipman on board the flagship we got a ringside seat to one of England's finest military achievements from multiple points of view.
Christian Rodska's excellent narration carries the story well including the obviously hugely detailed knowledge the author has for naval history and terminology. I must admit I had to look a few terms up so some could find that distracting and others will also want to kick "Mr Renzi" up the derriere over his attempts to woo Kydd's sister Cecilia.
Those last two things are minor points though, this series remain well on course with "Victory".
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