Thrust into the crucible of the uprising, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is dismayed to come up against an old foe from his past - now his superior and commander - who is determined to break him. As a young boy, Julian used to go to the sea as a sailor with his uncle, Tom Clay, who was a seaman with a squared-riffed ship that used to sail within Cape Horn in Cutty Sark. My biggest worry is with what am I going to fill the void once the last book has been read. In the opening sequence of the novel, Thomas Kydd is introduced as a young man from Guildford, who used to earn his living through wig making. That type of dialogue takes a slower reading to fully understand the message and what is being said.
To man the ships, ordinary people must be press-ganged. But it needed a really skilful treatment, and didn't get any. Not that you are not worth the costs! But as a manual for 18th century sailing ships and naval life, it's rather good, and the passages describing the physical atmosphere - the sounds, smells, sights, and feel of life aboard a ship of the line in 1793 - are rich and compelling. While the crew of L'Aurore can look forward to liberty and prize money, a shadow hangs over their captain: the impending court martial of his one-time commander, Commodore Popham, who led a doomed attack on South America. Men die all the time, not only from war, but also from accidents during daily chores eg.
And in the activity, Thomas Kydd also gets seized and is taken across the sea to be a part of the crew of the battleship named Duke William. Most of the Kydd series are very well written and engaging. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd's famous sea action aboard Tyger has snatched his reputation from ignominy. Life in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars was not all sea shanties and toasted cheese. All in all I think it was a unique idea and a good effort. There were some alterations to the actual events, of course, but apparently, he kept the changes to a minimum. The series is still going on and it is believed that author Julian Stockwin has a projected target of writing a total of 21 novels in the series.
I won't dock it stars for anything. The novel is believed to be filled with a lot of mesmerizing thrills and suspenses as well as giving a vivid detail about seafaring in the Napoleon era. All the novels of the series revolve around the life of the main protagonist Thomas Payne Kydd. But the Royal Family's destination is Brazil, Perspehone's England, and it seems Kydd's chance has gone again. Thomas Kydd is a kid from Guildford who has been taken across the country to be on the Duke William battleship and must learn about live aboard the ship fast.
Despite all that he goes through in danger of tempest and battle he c Librarian note: alternate-cover edition of. His near desertion came as a surprise. My other problem was it is so typically male in its glorification of the horrors of war. It is also rich with a lot of action, page turning narration and a number of exceptional characters. I agree with others who say that the character progresses a bit too quickly and that things seem to go a bit too easily for him but he does experience some great unfairness as well and I would I found the intensely authentic use of nautical terms to be a bit overwhelming in this novel. Actually, they get very good.
Where to get the narrative flow and conflict? I'm now reading the rest of the series. The migrant issue, coupled with his long desire to chronicle the exploits of a British military man in the Napoleonic Wars era, culminated in the writing of the Sharpe series. Julian Stockwin has picked up the pen and is continuing the story of British sailors and their wooden ships of war. However, to achieve this prominent role of the sea, Julian had to take perspectives from sea personnel who did the job out in the sea. That bothers me and I don't think I will read the next in the series for those reasons. But nothing is as simple as it seems here. Julian Stockwin became a published novelist with the novel Kydd.
They serve the plot well and gives depth to the narrative. A Caribbean posting seems a welcome respite for the war hero, but when more and more merchantmen begin vanishing from the sea, fear starts to spread. I can't imagine a good reason for a 70% increase in price from the previous installment even if it's longer, remember: no material costs. I've read Forester, O'Brien, Lambdin and others, and while all are good enjoyable reads, there seems to be a formula: The protagonist, along with some useful sidekick Maturin, Bush go through their careers in the Royal Navy with the reader thrilling to their ship-handling, stratagems and feats of derring-do. It gets even worse on interactions, both friends and enemies spring out of a trap for no reason, just because. But nothing is as simple as it seems here. The first novel was entertaining enough, although the melodrama is present already in spades, but by the end of this first book it was already clear, that no amount of historical accuracy or cockney accen One more hope dashed - that of finding a historical novel that would be on par with the fantastic writing of Patrick O'Brian.
I picked up Kydd at a book sale and was instantly hooked. He now lives in Devon with his wife Kathy. Readers will continue to follow Thomas Kydd through his newest adventure as he steps foot onto the 64-gun battleship, the Tenacious. Stockwin cleverly sets lessons about the world of seamanship into the context of Kydd's learning rather than long dry bouts of exposition. They go through a lot of difficulties, including mutiny, shipwreck and a confrontation with a deadly French frigate, but none of them become successful in thwarting the Artemis and its crew members. From the harsh and sometimes shocking reality of life aboard a naval ship, to the camaraderie that develops between Kydd and some of his fellow shipmates, I was totally hooked by Julian Stockwin's tale. Thrust into the crucible of the uprising, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is dismayed to come up against an old foe from his past - now his superior and commander - who is determined to break him.