At the time of the French Revolution, one of Britain's most skillful naval officers, Charles Saunders Hayden, is a young lieutenant....
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....
December 1773, Falmouth. The young Bolitho looks forward to a family Christmas in Cornwall while the Gorgon is refitted....
The Iberian Flame will be the twentieth novel in Julian Stockwin's acclaimed Thomas Kydd series....
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....
Lieutenant Lord Nicholas Ramage is to sail his tiny cutter close in to the Italian shore and rescue a party of stranded aristocrats....
Thrilled at his first command, Thomas Kydd must race to bring his ship to battle readiness - he is needed to defend Malta against Barbary corsairs, privateers and the French who are trying to rescue the remnants of their army in the Levant.
Kidd gets his own ship. Granted, not very big, but still quite a step. This was well done again, and very entertaining.
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The book was alright. Christian Rodska does a great job narrating and keeping his characters in order and getting through nautical sea speak that might be otherwise challenging to read. I have read the previous novels and am still struggling to get through this series. I may skip a book or two and see if the character development improves. Will advise!
So, there is something marvelous in all sea sagas about when the protagonist receives his first ship. This nivel introduces us to Teazer, a ship to savour and delight in. Unfortunately, the Peace of Amiens interferes with our shared joy of coming to know Teazer. I look forward to Future opportunity to ship out w Kydd!
I enjoy this series, but this book has been the least satisfying so far. Stockwin takes our hero very far afield from Naval service in a variety of improbable adventures.
What made the experience of listening to Command the most enjoyable?
I have enjoyed each book so far and look forward to finding out how it will all end
What other book might you compare Command to and why?
I have listened to many similar books this is as good as most.
What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?
What can I say, he is a pro and enjoy his reads. Seriously brings the characters to life
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Near the end at the seal killing kind of got to me
Any additional comments?
Look forward to listening to the rest.
Having followed Kydd this far I would defy anyone who has identified this character not to enjoy him getting his first real command. Stockwin makes the most of this "unexpected" turn of events and once again shows his excellent knowledge as he describes Kydd's struggles to get his ship and crew ready for sea. All delivered with Rodska's thoroughly authentic feel and this is genuinely a fine continuation of the series.
If you enjoyed the previous books then getting this is an easy recommendation.
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