It's different from the other naval fiction of the period! That's a key element in my five star rating.
It takes place in South and East Asia and the series isn't about the Royal Navy or the new American Navy. The series is about Honorable East India Company's men of war. I've read all three books and loved each one. One of the most endearing features is the primary character Percival Mereweather is flawed, conflicted, lost at times, and decisive when he needed to be. the main supporting characters flow with the story so that one of the main supporting characters who is introduced in the first pages is present at the end of the series. The series concludes with all of the major plot points resolved.
I also like how Ellis Meacham broke each book down into smaller novellas. Each book had three separate but related stories. that made the books easier and faster for me to read.
My only regret is Meacham only wrote three books. The series could have been longer.
I read the Kindle version. I also used the same review for all three books.