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Thunderer

By: Julian Stockwin
Narrated by: Christian Rodska
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Publisher's Summary

1812. Arriving back in England after his successes in the Adriatic, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is bestowed with honours. In London, he's greeted by the Prince Regent, who, despite Kydd's protestations that he's happy with his present command, insists he be given a bigger ship - HMS Thunderer, a 74-gun ship of the line. But she's old, and being part of a standing fleet, Kydd's chances of further fame and distinction are slim indeed.

Winning over his new command is fraught with challenges. A hostile crew, abysmal levels of gunnery and sail-handling capabilities are intolerable to a fighting captain like Kydd. With the ship short of men and no incentives to attract more, can he ever bring Thunderer to a proper state of fighting preparedness?

Kydd is sent to reinforce the Baltic squadron as Bonaparte's vast army invades Russia. News reaches him of French victory at the Battle of Borodino. The road to Moscow is now open. To avert total French victory, Kydd must lead a vital convoy through battle and tempest to the aid of Britain's last ally.

©2021 Julian Stockwin (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line." (Daily Express)

"This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail." (Nautical Magazine)

"Fans of fast-paced adventure will get their fill with this book." (Historical Naval Society)

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Book only loaded first 15 chapters

Never had that happen before. I’m enjoying the series so I’m disappointed I’m not able to finish.

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A wonderful series.

What can I say about the Kydd series? It was a most engrossing entertaining and informative series. What great writing! Many thanks to Mr. Stockwin and Mr. Rodska for the many entertaining hours. I fully endorse the wonderfulness of these books.

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A beautiful, gripping tale

Highly recommended for fans and newcomers to Julian Stockwin's heroic captain, Sir Thomas Kidd.

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A change of pace and a breath of fresh air

Taking Kydd away from everyone he met along his journey, putting him into a new ship that's hostile towards him makes for a breath of fresh air and puts Kydd where his character is strongest.

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Not as good as previous books

I didn’t enjoy this as much as previous books in the series. Too much time spent on land with spying. I much prefer the seagoing adventures and battles!

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One of the best in a while

Narration excellent as always. The story is one of the best in the series in a long while.

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it was a great book!

a new book from my favorite series read by my favorite narrator! love the Kydd series, super well written with lots of character development and lots of attention paid to the characteristics of the ships and this is a fine addition and that's no error. love that he brought to life a real ship, His majesty's ship of the line Thunderer of the Colluden class of liner built in 1783 with a distinguished career. keep writing Julian!

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I always enjoy the risk ward, hazards and heroism of neck or nothing winning through by Mai wit bravado.

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  • malcolm ash
  • 11-09-21

a good story

a good story well narrated taking you to life in the Royal navy during the napoleonic war with some twists and turns on the way.

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  • Lyn
  • 10-24-22

Enthralling

So well written and read it was like watching a film. Kydd engaged in all sorts of intrigue and peril using his past experiences in decision making with his shipmates

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-22

Lots of seafaring, a good book

This was my favourite book in the series for a while. There was little of Rensey for the first half, meaning it almost all took place on the sea. It was also refreshing to see Kydd take up position on a ship of the line, where he faced new challenges as opposed to being a seasoned and talented frigate captain

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  • Emma Pullen
  • 07-04-22

same old same old....

more of the same. honestly can't remember the last book which i read immediately before this one. Renzi has become the most boring fictional character since Bronte was scribbling.
kydd goes off doing sailor things
renzi smarms his way into a foreign court.
rinse and repeat.

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  • mr j m tattersall
  • 01-06-22

Kydd

Excellent addition to all the other books in the series. I wonder if there are anymore planned?

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  • MRS E.
  • 11-26-21

Another gripping story

As expected Thunderer, full of adventure, colourful descriptions and much danger.
The captivating voice of Christian Rodska, reading, once again, bringing to life the amazing Captain Kidd.
Julian Stockwin always keeping attention to detail. Kept me fascinated to the very end. Brilliant

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  • C.*.B
  • 11-16-21

Back on form

After a low last book, Stockwin is back on form. Nice change of scene. Great narration, as always.

A little short?

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  • Sean A. Mcmanus
  • 11-08-21

Brilliant

Kydd takes a new direction with new characters, narration is brilliant. Cannot wait for the next instalment. Already listened to the whole series twice

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-21

keeping up he high standards

Another year and a. new Kydd series book.
After waiting so long for the book it didn't disappoint.
I perticularly liked what the author and did with the 1st officer and why he didn't like Kydd.
what I like about this series is the real people of the time and learning about them.
knowing where the story is up to in the Napoleonic Wars I'm looking forward to more books to come

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  • 12-12-21

disappointing

after the rest of the series being so well done this was a big disappointment. story lacked detail and just jumped from a short account of one action after another.

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  • Leslie Wells
  • 11-05-21

Addicted to this series

The narration is one of the best of the genre and the series is seriously addictive. Every year I eagerly await the next installment.