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....
April 1797, Falmouth Bay. As France continues her bitter struggle for supremacy on land and sea....
Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho finds himself the new master of the Argonaute, a French flagship taken in battle....
March 1814. Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho returns to England from several months' rigorous patrolling off the North American coast....
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....
His Majesty's frigate, Undine, sets sail for India and the seas beyond. Europe may be at peace - but in colonial waters the promises of statesmen count for little and the bloody struggle for supremacy still goes on. Richard Bolitho would have cause to remember his admiral's words: 'The task I am giving you would be better handled by a squadron'.
I love a good sea story. I had finished reading all the Patrick O'Brien books and started on C. S. Forester, now I have discovered Alexander Kent. He is not as well known as the other two but he is a master story teller and as good as the above mention writers. This book takes place in the period between the ending of the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary War. Many Royal Navy Captains are being beached at half pay. So Richard Bolitho is happy he is assign to Captain the 24 gun frigate Undine to sail to the East Indies. The trip goes down the coast of Africa around the Cape to India then on to what is now Indonesia. Lots of adventures along the way. He delivers the new British governor to the former Spanish post but finds the people almost dead with disease and constant fighting off native pirates. Now the real suspense, action, sea battles begin. Could not stop listening. Kent keeps on entranced in the story. Michael Jayson does a good job narrating the story. I hope that Audible will carry all the Alexander Kent books.
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Buy extra credits and download as many Kent Bolitho books as you can. Then be transported in time and place(s), you will not regret it for this author is the king of his craft.
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The book is good to very good --- but the reader stinks!!
The reader seems to be in a great HURRY to get to the end --- "I guess so can get paid or make appointment that he is late for...!
Michael Jayston is NOT for me --- I shall pass on any book he reads in my future with Audible! Hope it is NOT my lose!!!
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I really had a good time with this book and the series thus far. The narration was excellent and plenty of action. My only regret is that I am unable to get the next book in this series. Passage to Mutiny. For whatever reason it's unavailable for download.
Another great story of Richard Bolitho and his experiences in the Royal Navy. Most enjoyable.
If you could sum up Command a King's Ship in three words, what would they be?
Action adventure empire
What did you like best about this story?
I liked the area of the conflict, not just the run of the mill sailing but in the east indies with a new empire at stake
Have you listened to any of Michael Jayston’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, but I was impressed with his performace and look forward to listening to many more
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Many, both out of pride and saddness well written
Any additional comments?
Look forward to listening to more
For all Patrick O'Brien fans who have run out of books this is decidedly one step down and should be listed as an adventure yarn. Not much seamanship here its up and down with the top gallants loke a whore's draws on a Saturday night in Portsmouth.
If you like your swashbuckling gory red and Navy blue you might well take to this.
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