April 1797, Falmouth Bay. As France continues her bitter struggle for supremacy on land and sea....
January 1782, Portsmouth. His Britannic Majesty's frigate Phalarope is ordered to the assistance of the hard-pressed squadrons in the Caribbean....
March 1814. Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho returns to England from several months' rigorous patrolling off the North American coast....
December 1773, Falmouth. The young Bolitho looks forward to a family Christmas in Cornwall while the Gorgon is refitted....
It is 1780, and 17-year-old Alan Lewrie is a brash, rebellious young libertine. So much so that his callous father believes a bit of naval discipline will turn the boy around....
London: 1793. Young firebrand John Pearce, on the run from the authorities, is illegally press-ganged from the Pelican tavern into brutal life aboard HMS Brilliant....
Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho finds himself the new master of the Argonaute, a French flagship taken in battle. With the Peace of Amiens in ruins, he must leave the safety of Falmouth.
What lies ahead is the grim reality of war at close quarters - where Bolitho will be called upon to anticipate the overall intention of the French fleet. But the battle has also become a personal vendetta between himself and the French admiral who formerly sailed the Argonaute.
I don't know why I even bother to post reviews of Mr Kent's Books about Richard Bolitho!
I invariably rave about them & the first class narration of Michael Jayston!
All I can say is, if you are interested in the sea warfare of this era, then you will be enthralled by this series.
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What made the experience of listening to Colours Aloft the most enjoyable?
The characters in the story who
What was one of the most memorable moments of Colours Aloft?
Several some funny and some emotional
Have you listened to any of Michael Jayston’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, and as always he did a great job on all of the characters, he is a true professional
If you could take any character from Colours Aloft out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Richard B of course or maybe Admiral Hood
Any additional comments?
Look forward to reading may more of this series
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Would you try another book from Alexander Kent and/or Michael Jayston?
I'm afraid not. I've enjoyed his Bolitho series but this one is quite boring, with long asides about Bolitho's nostalgia for his wife and his feelings for his officers and men, which is fine as a human being but isn't this supposed to be an adventure about fighting Napoleon on the high seas?
What could Alexander Kent have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
He could have focussed more on naval action.
Did Michael Jayston do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Yes, he is a good narrator.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
I couldn't finish listening to the whole book
1 of 2 people found this review helpful