Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho finds himself the new master of the Argonaute, a French flagship taken in battle....
April 1797, Falmouth Bay. As France continues her bitter struggle for supremacy on land and sea....
March 1814. Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho returns to England from several months' rigorous patrolling off the North American coast....
January 1782, Portsmouth. His Britannic Majesty's frigate Phalarope is ordered to the assistance of the hard-pressed squadrons in the Caribbean....
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....
September 1804: England stands alone against France and the fleets of Spain, anticipating invasion. Vice-admiral Richard Bolitho has his own troubles to settle at home too. But his time on land is broken by an urgent summons from the King. Once more Bolitho hoists his flag above the veteran 74-gun ship Hyperion and sets sail - this time with a new squadron headed for the Caribbean. Ordered to plan and effect a daring raid on the Spanish Main, Bolitho spares himself nothing - from there to Antigua, where he rediscovers a passion that defies every convention and threatens his reputation. And the future of the Hyperion is at risk too. Set to clear the path to victory, there is a constant fear that this may be her final battle.
Once again, Michael Jayston's reading is superb!
So much so that I am hesitant to purchase the latest from Alexander Kent because Michael is not the reader.
Kent's novels make for great company as I cover my weekly 1,000+ kilometres!
I found the change in the pronunciation of the lead Character's Name, somewhat annoying and quite mystifying. Having been accustomed to hearing it a particular way, I cannot understand why the same reader would suddenly change it.
The other minor annoyance is the fact that not all Kent's Books with Richard Bolitho, appear to be in Audio form. This leaves gaps in the continuity of Richard Bolitho's career!
Having said that, I would not hesitate to recommend the Books to anyone!
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Story was compelling but not at the same level as the earlier ones in the series.
1. first half was almost entirely personal drama with minimal sea/war strategy.
2. Graphic love scenes, while fitting for this book, seem out of place in the series and are far outside my personal reading interest.
3. transitions in the book were often difficult to follow and I had to rewind frequently to figure out what was happening by filling in missing steps myself (I am sure the audio version made this more pronounced).
4. While not a major issue, the narrorator changed the pronunciation of Bolitho, this was distracting and a bit frustrating.
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Any additional comments?
I'm only a few chapters into the book but it is really grating on me to the extent that I'm not listening to the story but waiting for the next time I hear "Boleetho". It's beyond me why after listening to 16 or 17 books, the way in which the name of the main character is pronounced has to change. This one might have to be returned! Others might find this to be of no consequence, perhaps it's just me - I'm not sure.