Tensions are escalating between England and Napoleon's France. While the Royal Navy launches reconnaissance, rescue missions, and spies on the continent, French privateer ships are lurking in English waters poised to strike at British trade. Meanwhile, smugglers and storms threaten to overcome HMS Teazer.
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For the most part this series has been very entertaining. This is by far the worst of the series so far. The book turned into one big soap opera, with a story line that shows Kydd to act like a spoiled rich teenager. The hero has become the rogue, and his position not only slips with the admiralty but with this reader also. The only saving grace of the book is the performance of Rodska.
I would only recommend this to fans of the series. You have to listen to it to move the storyline ahead. It was slow moving and pretty boring. The romantic storyline did not seem plausible.
Less high society drama.
Love stories narrated by Christian Rodska.
Pseudo spoiler alert. I'd enjoyed the Kydd series up to this point, but this book devolved to a love story with only a smattering of adventure. Kydd is bitten deep by ambition, finds improbable love, throws it (and is career) away at the end for even lees probable love, and gets broken for it. Renzi has become a shell of the enjoyable character he was, still irritatingly in the "will he, won't he" phase with the ever present Cecilia who still manages to Inexplicably climb the social ladder despite having no means, family title or (ahem) husband. Oh yeah, three of the thirteen chapters contain a woefully undeveloped sea tale. This is the book where the author jumps the shark and loses me. There's more books in the series, but I won't waste my time with Kydd's 17th impossible climb from ruin while Renzi and Cecilia continue to play sycophantic fiddles.
Not written it. It's like watching a slow-motion train wreck. Stay away from romance. The only character worth reading was thrown over for a simpering, vapid romantic interest. Needless to say, Kydd dug another hole that takes him the NEXT TWO books to dig out of.
Always entertaining. I still think he could make Renzi sound less like a fop.
Really, just skip it. You'll get the whole redux in the first chapter of the next book.
A bit long and drawn out, but a very worthy read in the series. Lot's more shoreside romance an a bit less action than most of the other books in the series. Well read and a significant debelopment in the series.
"A worthy read but not a series highlight"
The Kydd series is a very worthy addition to any fan of nautical or historical military fiction. This book contains a lot of the characteristics of the overall series including the well researched descriptions of 19th centurt life but for me at least doesn't quite hit the heights of some of the others. Kydd behaves just too much like a love-sick teenager and the action is more limited. Christian Rodska does his normal fine job and I love him as a narrator but romance probably isn't exactly his sweet spot.
It's still worth reading and subsequent books return to form but it didn't quite reach the same heights for my tastes as most of the other books.
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