I am a fan of all Nineteen Century sailing stories....Aubry+Maturn, Ramage, Bilitho, Dewey Lambert, Hornblower, etc......this well written book (perfo..Show More »rmed by Rodska an excellent narrator).....is right up there with the best of the group....a little bit of a unexpected yarn....that of a landsman beginning a naval career.....but with enough twists and turns to make it interesting....I will go on to the next in the series
This is book three in the Thomas Kydd series of historical nautical fiction. Stockwin’s richly detailed portrait of life on ship and shore during the..Show More » Napoleonic Wars is engrossing. He writes of shipboard routine, the panic and confusion of combat and the terrifying approach of a hurricane at sea. Stockwin writes from the view point of a common sailor in the 18th century British Navy. It is all here the cramped conditions, the disgusting food, the underserved punishment and cruelty of some officers and the unremitting toil.
From the beginning of the book we are plunged into a fast paced series of actions. The manic plot encompasses four battles, three courts of naval inquiry, two hurricanes, two shark attacks, a shipwreck, yellow fever, and rescue of French Royalist and a few floggings and dinner parties.
Kydd goes from an ordinary sailor to a Master’s mate, picking up along the way the navigational skills and drawing room manners of an officer and a gentleman. The setting of the story is in the Caribbean as Britain and France fight over the West Indies in about 1795. Christian Rodska does his usual great job in narrating the story.
I just couldn't enjoy this book. Maybe it is just me, but I couldn't stomach Thomas being played for a chump. Maybe it is just the my view of the Nor ..Show More »Mutiny is already colored by ALan Lewrie. In any event, read or listen if you are inclined. If not, you can skip on to the next book without missing a beat. The next book is AWESOME!
This is a very entertaining series, and Tenacious continues the story. It is amazing how Kydd continues to advance, in spite of the dislike from comm..Show More »anders on his own side. He seems constantly in peril from both the enemy and the British.
The book was alright. Christian Rodska does a great job narrating and keeping his characters in order and getting through nautical sea speak that migh..Show More »t be otherwise challenging to read. I have read the previous novels and am still struggling to get through this series. I may skip a book or two and see if the character development improves. Will advise!
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, w..Show More »ith 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.
This book recovered the series that seemed to descend into a pit that almost caused me to lose interest in the remainder of the series. Kydd begins t..Show More »o act more mature in this episode, and I trust that his maturing will continue. Rodska was excellent as usual.
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 midsh..Show More »ipman, 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.