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King's Shilling

British Military Quartet, Book 2
Narrated by: John Telfer
Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

As a powerful insurgent army closes on Liberia's capital, London is forced to act, and HMS Beaufort is despatched to West Africa to pull British nationals from the teeth of encroaching danger. But when the volatile situation ashore unravels, the frigate's crew must draw deep on reserves of skill, ingenuity and sheer bloody mindedness to save it. And with time running out Beaufort's Captain makes the decision to take his ship up river....

Cover art courtesy of Crown Copyright.

©2016 Mike Lunnon-Wood (P)2017 Audible, Ltd.

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  • Timothy
  • Cromarty, United Kingdom
  • 06-18-17

Outstanding listen

A brilliantly written fictional account of of a Royal Navy action to rescue British and American nationals from a civil war. The characters are well drawn and the writing is superb - didn't want it to end

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  • Creeker
  • Roberts Creek, BC, Canada
  • 06-07-17

King's Shilling

I was so happy to find this series about the British Navy and the RNLI. These are excellent stories which make the books hard to put down. They are well-written and well researched, . Too bad there are only 4 in the series. Mike has passed away now-unfortunately. Some of the scenes of the storm in book 1 are truly thrilling. Mike must have been out in some bad weather conditions to get this right. For anyone who loves the sea,book 1 is a must

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  • Iain Brydon
  • 10-06-18

Great listen but has some issues!

I do like Mike Lennon-Wood’s writing but in this particular novel I found he played to the stereotypes too much. The Royal Navy Officers were dashing, heroic, good looking (I imagine) while the Ratings are common (or is this the narrator’s take on the characters), rough and not very clever. Full disclosure, I served in the RN! Still a good listen :-)

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  • Derrick
  • 07-24-18

Boys' Own stuff - brill !

I really enjoyed this book. If, like me, you grew up on a rich diet of black & white British war films, then you will find much to enjoy in this updated version of such classics as "We dive at dawn", "In which we serve" and "The Yangtze Incident". It's a British crew, up against it and coming through with flying colours.

Unlike the standard "techno-thriller", there is much less focus on the technology and more on the story and the characters. Equally, whilst Tom Clancy or Stephen Coontz would have a single, all-conquering hero, this is an ensemble piece, but with just as much flag-waving as either could muster.

I draw the comparison with old war movies advisedly, however. Both in the writing and the narration, this really is a 1940's war movie transplanted to 1996. We may have WRENs and female officers, but the classic components of a '40s film are all, splendidly, here. We have understated officers, cheeky matelots who do something terribly brave and then exclaim that they could "murder a cup o' tea"; only to be scolded by some grizzled, salty Petty Officer who keeps it all together. As an aside for the more sensitive listener, the one allowance to "modernism" is that there is quite a lot of strong language, with the "C" word much in evidence. Nevertheless, if this were a film, Laurence Olivier would be the captain, Richard Todd would lead the shore party and John Mills would pop up to be cheery in the face of danger; "Cripes, we are going to be for it now !".

If I am honest, the narration is a bit much; it really is voiced straight out of the 1940s. Naval officers have not had accents like this since Suez. But that really is me being churlish. This is great fun, and if you are not left a bit moved by the deeply predictable ending, then I would be amazed that you had got as far as that.

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  • Philip
  • 07-20-18

Exceptional

Rarely can an author command such emotional gut wrenching stories as Mike Lunnon-Wood. Well read and brilliantly researched, this is very impressive. If you want to listen to a relaxing book, this is NOT it!

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  • Rowan
  • 01-23-18

Absolutely superb

This series of books is brilliant. You just can't put them down. Gripping, heroic and humourous , they are beautifully narrated. I'll be sorry to finish the four..

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  • Royston
  • 01-01-18

Cracking story

No 2 in the series continues with the same excellent form as book 1. Although this story takes us in a different direction with new characters they are created with the same level of excellence as before.
Having read a host of military memoirs on the trot it has been refreshing to read the works of such an excellent author.
I look forward to book 3 in the series with zeal.

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  • mr
  • 11-16-17

Another tremendous tale of daring do

This book does not help you to sleep it is far to gripping. Contains appropriate service language :-)

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  • Mr Tim Jones
  • 09-23-17

Excellent adventure story

Thoroughly enjoyed this talking book. Couldn't stop once started listening. Highly recommended. Great action and just the right level of gritty realism

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  • Dr. T
  • 08-11-17

So well done!

This is a book that I thought would be rather hung-ho and unthinking, but it is far more than that. Build around well rounded characters with a pace that never lets up and gives a genuine insight into comradeship.

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  • alexander
  • 08-08-17

Another ripping yarn.

overall, though too much attention to each of the players initially, the plot and action was an exciting, well delivered piece of writing.

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  • Andrew N.
  • 04-19-17

Gripping

A must read for any ex-ranker, second in the series as good or better than the first. Just down loaded third and forth (final) book in series, can't wait!