Thomas Kydd
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  • 1
    Kydd: Thomas Kydd, Book 1 | Julian Stockwin

    Kydd: Thomas Kydd, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    1793 and Europe is ablaze with war. Thomas Paine Kydd, a young wig-maker from Guildford, is seized by the press gang to be a part of the crew of the 98-gun line-of-battle ship Duke William. The ship sails immediately and Kydd has to learn the harsh realities of shipboard life fast. Despite all that he goes through in danger of tempest and battle he comes to admire the skills and courage of the seamen - taking up the challenge himself to become a true sailor.

    Intriguing storyline

    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 »

    Reviewed on November 07 2014 by Raymond W. Hill, Jr. ()
  • 2
    Artemis: Thomas Kydd, Book 2 | Julian Stockwin

    Artemis: Thomas Kydd, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    This second naval adventure follows the life of Thomas Paine Kydd who sails into Portsmouth a hero after a ferocious battle against the French. Soon the sea beckons and Kydd sets off aboard his beloved Artemis for another adventure.

    Excellent Adventure

    Yes - it is a captivating listen - full of excitement, adventure, and feeling. Christian Rodska delivers a sublime narration - brings all of the chara..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 18 2014 by BrotherDave (NC)
  • 3
    Seaflower: Thomas Kydd, Book 3 | Julian Stockwin

    Seaflower: Thomas Kydd, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    It is two years since Thomas Paine Kydd was spirited away in the night to serve his country aboard the 'Duke William'. Now, with his friend Nicholas Renzi and crew members from the 'Artemis', Tom is a shipwrecked sailor back in the land of his birth.

    A book about the romantic age of sail

    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 »

    Reviewed on January 21 2015 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • 4
    Mutiny: Thomas Kydd, Book 4 | Julian Stockwin

    Mutiny: Thomas Kydd, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Kydd, to win the heart of a lady, volunteers to join a mission to Venice to rescue a diplomat fleeing over the Alps in the wake of Bonaparte's victories. When he returns to England he finds himself involved in the Mutiny at the Nore.

    Loved every book but this one

    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 »

    Reviewed on October 08 2016 by Ekhp ()
  • 5
    Quarterdeck: Thomas Kydd, Book 5 | Julian Stockwin

    Quarterdeck: Thomas Kydd, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Thomas Kydd was promoted to acting lieutenant at the bloody Battle of Camperdown in October 1797. Now he must sit an exam to confirm his rank or face an inglorious return before the mast.

    The Hero Advances

    I like the stories of Kydd's continuing climb. Entertaining, and with the right narrator. Rodska is excellent.

    Reviewed on September 01 2015 by Michael (Athens, AL, USA)
  • 6
    Tenacious: Thomas Kydd, Book 6 | Julian Stockwin

    Tenacious: Thomas Kydd, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Kydd is in Halifax when Tenacious is summoned to join Horatio Nelson on an urgent reconnaissance mission. However, Bonaparte evades the British ships, sailing towards Egypt, which holds the key to the route to India.

    More Peril but Sailing Through

    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 »

    Reviewed on August 22 2015 by Michael (Athens, AL, USA)
  • 7
    Command: Thomas Kydd, Book 7 | Julian Stockwin

    Command: Thomas Kydd, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Thrilled at his first command, Thomas Kydd must race to bring his ship to battle readiness - he is needed to defend Malta against Barbary corsairs, privateers and the French who are trying to rescue the remnants of their army in the Levant.

    The Hero Continues to Progress

    Kidd gets his own ship. Granted, not very big, but still quite a step. This was well done again, and very entertaining.

    Reviewed on August 21 2015 by Michael (Athens, AL, USA)
  • 8
    The Admiral's Daughter: Thomas Kydd, Book 8 | Julian Stockwin

    The Admiral's Daughter: Thomas Kydd, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    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.

    Hero becomes the Rogue

    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 »

    Reviewed on August 21 2015 by Michael (Athens, AL, USA)
  • 9
    Treachery: Thomas Kydd, Book 9 | Julian Stockwin

    Treachery: Thomas Kydd, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Thomas Kydd has dragged himself up in the navy from press-ganged seaman to captain of his own ship. Now he faces disgrace. After offending a general and suffering a personal tragedy, Kydd is sent to guard the Channel Islands. His career in tatters, he then makes a terrible enemy on his own side. When he is brutally betrayed off the Normandy coast, only his old friend, Renzi, is willing to stick by him.

    Out of the Pit

    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 »

    Reviewed on September 03 2015 by Michael (Athens, AL, USA)
  • 10
    Invasion: Thomas Kydd, Book 10 | Julian Stockwin

    Invasion: Thomas Kydd, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Napoleon's forces are poised to invade Britain, and Commander Thomas Kydd's ship is at the forefront of the fleet defending the English coast. His honour restored after temporary disgrace in the Channel Islands, and reunited with his ship Teazer, Kydd seizes the chance to fight for his country. Then Kydd is abruptly withdrawn from the fleet and sent back to Dover on a secret mission to guard a mysterious American inventor.

    Interesting?

    A story with a different twist. Kydd ends up running protection for an inventor, who could win the war for Britain. Very little excitement in this o..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 26 2015 by Michael (Athens, AL, USA)
  • 11
    Victory: Thomas Kydd, Book 11 | Julian Stockwin

    Victory: Thomas Kydd, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    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.

    Odd Man Out

    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 »

    Reviewed on October 13 2015 by Michael (Athens, AL, USA)
  • 12
    Conquest: Thomas Kydd, Book 12 | Julian Stockwin

    Conquest: Thomas Kydd, Book 12

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    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar removed the spectre of invasion and England is now free to seek conquests and colonies in the furthest reaches of the world. Captain Kydd joins an expedition to take Dutch-held Cape Town, a strategic imperative to secure the rich trade-route to India. But even if the British can defeat the enemy and take possession of the capital, there is still more fighting to be done.

    J S Gets 5 Stars for Creativity

    J S has written a very creative account that plops the reader down into Cape Town So. Africa - of all places - in the middle of a maritime series! It..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 04 2016 by Charles Wilson (San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA)
  • 13
    Betrayal: Thomas Kydd, Book 13 | Julian Stockwin

    Betrayal: Thomas Kydd, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Cape Colony is proving a tiresome assignment for Captain Kydd's daring commander-in-chief. Rumours of popular unrest in the Spanish colonies and of a treasure hoard spur him to assemble a makeshift invasion fleet and launch a bold attack on the capital of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate, Buenos Aires. Navigating the treacherous bars and mud flats of the river, the British invasion force lands and wins a battle against improbable odds, taking the capital and the silver. But nothing is as simple as it seems here....

    Kidd summary

    This Kidd series has been fun and I'll be waiting for the final books. All are baised on history and provide a great review of events of the time. A..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 30 2015 by Marc (Long Beach, WA, United States)
  • 14
    Caribbee: Thomas Kydd, Book 14 | Julian Stockwin

    Caribbee: Thomas Kydd, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Thomas Kydd, a hero of Trafalgar, holds the glory of being Post-Captain of the 32-gun frigate, L'Aurore. A Caribbean posting seems a welcome respite for the war hero, but when more and more merchantmen begin vanishing from the sea, fear starts to spread. Kydd must embark on a dangerous game of espionage in order to destroy this new and terrible danger to the Empire.

    Thomas in another mystery

    It was a great mystery how the French was out smarting the Royal Navy

    Reviewed on January 25 2015 by Dennis (FORT PIERCE, FL, United States)
  • 15
    Pasha: Thomas Kydd, Book 15 | Julian Stockwin

    Pasha: Thomas Kydd, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    An Admiralty summons to England cuts short Thomas Kydd's service in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. While the crew of L'Aurore can look forward to liberty and prize money, a shadow hangs over their captain: the impending court martial of his one-time commander, Commodore Popham, who led a doomed attack on South America. Following Nelson's death two years earlier, England is in desperate need of heroes and Kydd's Caribbean exploits are the talk of London.

    excellent

    Julian Stockwin at his best amazing as always I'm left eagerly anticipating the next volume in this story.

    Reviewed on November 27 2016 by dspeer75 ()
  • 16
    Tyger: Thomas Kydd, Book 16 | Julian Stockwin

    Tyger: Thomas Kydd, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    The greatest naval trial in the Georgian period is underway at Portsmouth with the court-martial of Sir Home Popham, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd's commanding officer in the doomed occupation of Buenos Aires. Kydd has some sympathy for Popham's unauthorised action, but his support for his former commander leaves him athwart some very influential people in the admiralty. With his frigate L'Aurore unfit for sea, Kydd is given a commission that some hope will destroy his career.

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  • 17
    Inferno: Thomas Kydd, Book 17 | Julian Stockwin

    Inferno: Thomas Kydd, Book 17

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    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    It's 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd's famous sea action aboard Tyger has snatched his reputation from ignominy. He is the hero of the hour. But though Britain's navy remains imperious, a succession of battles has seen Napoleon victorious on mainland Europe. In an attempt to prevent the French from taking control of Denmark's navy, Kydd's great friend, Nicholas Renzi - now Lord Farndon - is sent on a desperate diplomatic mission to persuade the Danes to give up their fleet to Britain.

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  • 18
    Persephone: Thomas Kydd, Book 18 | Julian Stockwin

    Persephone: Thomas Kydd, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Compelling naval action from the master of the sea story. November 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd must sail to Lisbon to aid the Portuguese Royal Family's evacuation in the face of Napoleon's ruthless advance through Iberia. In the chaos of the threatened city, an old passion is reawakened when he meets Persephone Lockwood, a beautiful and determined admiral's daughter from his past. But the Royal Family's destination is Brazil, Perspehone's England, and it seems Kydd's chance has gone again.

    Full and bye

    Splendid storyline, writing and narration - for mariners and romantics alike - congrats to the Stockwin team!

    Reviewed on May 22 2017 by Richard F. Allen ()