King's Shilling

British Military Quartet, Book 2
Narrated by: John Telfer
Series: British Military Quartet, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 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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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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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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  • 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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  • Street
  • 06-26-19

Enjoyable

An enjoyable easy listen, again a bit boys own and a bit far fetched but that's what action adventure is all about. Another brilliant performance by John Telfer whose characterisations are varied and believable.

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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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  • James
  • 04-01-20

Impeccable

The accuracy of the late Mike Lunnon-Woods military fictional work has been brought to life by the fantastic John Telfer. A pleasure to listen to for a fan of military memoirs and military fiction alike. No broad claims and wild stories, just accuracy throughout which makes this a pleasure. The story of one ships complement doing their job for Queen & Country in troubling circumstances is a rollercoaster of emotions. Pride, Passion and Duty.

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  • chuff3rs
  • 03-17-20

stupendous

fantastic well read well written well received .
looking forward to the third book.
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  • deltavee
  • 09-09-19

Terrific military storytelling

If you love military derring-do then you'll love this audiobook. It's pays lots of attention to operational detail but it doesn't get in the way of well-paced and gripping storyline. The narrator has just the right kind of English accent for the characters and does a good job with the accents of the crew.

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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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  • 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..