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The 19th novel in Julian Stockwin's acclaimed Captain Kydd series.

It's 1808. Parted from his new bride, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is called away to join the Northern Expedition to Sweden, now Britain's only ally in the Baltic. Following the sudden declaration of war by Russia, and with the consequent threat of the czar's great fleet in St Petersburg, the expedition must defend Britain's dearly won freedom in those waters. However, Kydd finds his popular fame as a frigate captain is a poisoned chalice; in the face of jealousy and envy from his fellow captains, the distrust of the commander-in-chief and the betrayal of friendship by a former brother-in-arms now made his subordinate, can he redeem his reputation?

In an entirely hostile sea, Tyger ranges from the frozen north to the deadly confines of the Danish Sound - and plays a pivotal role in the situation ensuing after the czar's sudden attack on Finland. This climaxes in the first clash of fleets between Great Britain and Russia in history. To the victor will be the prize of the Baltic!

©2017 Julian Stockwin (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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  • Simon
  • 11-28-17

This Book is the Prize!

Having read a real mix of books recently it was wonderful to get the sea breeze of Christian Rodska’s narration in my face as he delivers another excellent tale of adventure featuring the daring Captain Kydd! The last couple of books in this otherwise fabulous series haven’t been my favourites but this one is right bang in form. Lots of action, lots of intrigue and lots of Kydd himself doing what he does best.

This was a hugely dangerous time for England, another case of the many owing much to the few. So much stood on a knife edge and Stockwin re-creates the tension in fine style. It comes across as a series of mini adventures for Kydd and his crew with land action, sea action, chases and Kydd using that head piece of his to solve complex issues. Of course there is an element of unreality that so much can happen to one man but using it Stockwin gives us some of the classic moments from what was a crazy time in history. Major events were often decided by fantastic bravery, dedication and heroism but at least as often it was blind chance, subterfuge and sadly outright stupidity. We get all of this in one book set in the cold grey tracts of the Baltic Sea.

So, if you’ve loved the Kydd adventures of the past you’ll probably love this one even if Kydd does travel without his greatest friend and confidant. For me I will happily raise a glass to the next nineteen books!

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  • 12-03-17

Highly enjoyable. Good storyline, well researched<br />

Loved it. Brilliantly narrated. One really felt listening to this audiobook as if one was there right in the thick of it. Thank you Julian Stockwin & Christian Rodska