One of history s most notorious naval insurrections is re created, as Kydd crosses the Mediterranean to a rendezvous with danger and returns to England only to find himself caught up in the Nore Mutiny Kydd is a loyal servant of the King, and he is expected to side with Naval authority against his friends, but how can he Faced with an impossible decision of duty and consOne of history s most notorious naval insurrections is re created, as Kydd crosses the Mediterranean to a rendezvous with danger and returns to England only to find himself caught up in the Nore Mutiny Kydd is a loyal servant of the King, and he is expected to side with Naval authority against his friends, but how can he Faced with an impossible decision of duty and conscience, he must find a way to save himself and his fellow sailors.
Mutiny One of history s most notorious naval insurrections is re created as Kydd crosses the Mediterranean to a rendezvous with danger and returns to England only to find himself caught up in the Nore Mutin
I didn t get on with Kydd, the first book in this series, but I decided to try another one slightly further on, to see if the series improved The best I can say is, it s not as deadly dull as Kydd, but it s still not very good Character development is still paper thin Kydd is a petulant Gary Stu with no personality, and his mate Renzi is of a caricature of a Georgian gentleman than Tim McInnerny in Blackadder the Third Even plots and scenarios are badly developed they just sort of come and go, [...]
This finished my catch up, given I started the series with books five and six Next up Command Seventeen books in all currently Not a bad way to start retirement.
This was a step back in the right direction for this series I had noticed a slow, but steady decline in the last three books five, four, three stars and was worried for this book For even though those books went down the ratings, they were still enjoyable and I came to love the characters In fact, while I have always loved the age of sail I was never really fanatical about it These books have changed that, the world that is created is so exacting and real that I feel like I have been blessed to [...]
The fourth book in a long running series that just seems to get better and better the characters keep growning and flowing with their ever expanding plot lines and movement into the ever larger arena of their times, as they and their careers fortunes grow so do the scale and power of the troubles they encounter gone is the innocence to the plot a new origionality pervades the whole story and leaves the reader with a shanty lilt to their speech and a roll to their gait Book 4 is somewhat darker t [...]
This, the fourth novel in the Thomas Kydd series of British naval adventures at the turn of the 19th century, finds Kydd aboard HMS Achilles as it returns from the Caribbean and comes to port at Gibraltar This is the first time Kydd has visited Gibraltar, and while he finds the location interesting, Achilles is kept at port with little action Nicholas Renzi, Kydd s best friend in the navy, arranges for Kydd to join the frigate, HMS Bacchante, on a voyage to the Adriatic to pick up a British offi [...]
This is a cracking read throughout The first half dealing with Kydd s voyages to Gibraltar and Venice and his subsequent adventures, is good, but the book really gets going in the second half with the mutiny of 1797 of the Spithead and the Nore fleets.Although I m an enthusistic reader of any novels pertaining to the Napoleonic wars, I was completely unaware of the mutiny until reading this book I have since done a little research on the subject and found that Julian Stockwin s description of th [...]
I m not that keen on this one the first two chapters were cringe inducing, it is almost as if Stockwin feels obliged to follow Naval novel stereotypes conventions, call them what you will He has decided that one of these conventions is for the hero to have a tormented love life think of Hornblower s relationship with Maria and Maturin s love affair with Diana , I had to really force myself to keep going The Novel picks up after this and rips along quite well although I found some longeurs during [...]
I have read all of this series except for the latest Treachery by Julian Stockwin and enjoyed them all to a varying degree Mutiny I would consider my least favourite Although interesting from an historical viewpoint I knew nothing of this naval rebellion before reading the book I found that the book tended to drag in parts for want of action and direction I wasn t unhappy to finish it Didn t stop me continuing to read the others, however I will read Treachery as soon as the paperback edition is [...]
Sneaky good story, never fast moving or flashy, but good natured , as I called Seaflower A Kydd Novel, the first Kydd novel I read Stockwin is getting better as a writer and storyteller This should be a fun series to follow.It will be interesting to compare to the Patrick O Brian series that gave birth to the Master and Commander The Far Side of the World Widescreen Edition movie starring Russell Crowe See my profile for a full list of the books in the Patrick O Brian series.
I don t think any of the other age of fighting sail series have treated the mutinies with anything other with incidents after the fact So the large section of this book that deals with Kyddd s involvement in the Nore mutiny is interesting Interesting for a while, at least, then it seems to go on too long The parts of the book taking place in Italy and the battle after the mutiny are good, and move the Kydd Renzi story along well.
Didn t get into the tale at all as I found the language of the sea too hard to decipher I am afraid I guess you need to be a certain type of sea living reader in order to enjoy such books I don t blame the author at all as he could not have written it any other way otherwise the intended effect of 18th century naval lifestyle would have been lost Unfortunately for me, I am not the seafaring type, therefore could only manage a third of the high sea adventure
The beginning and the end of the book were great Especially the last battle scene, which Mr Stockwin wrote both vividly and captivating However, the middle part about the mutiny was little slow for my taste Although interesting I could not get into Like previously mention the last battle scene was great So much so that I had to start on the next book Quarterdeck immediately.
A bit less swashbuckling than the earlier Kydd novels because of the time spent in the lengthy political battle of the fleet mutiny but still a great history lesson wrapped up in a rousing sea story.
Not my favorite Kydd novel Section during the mutiny was a bit boring no Renzi, no action and I was worried about the outcome for Kydd But, the end of the book totally made up for the slow sections.
Not the best of the series so far
This book does not disappoint for those who like the series Good read with lots of suspense Little detail and thoroughness than the Obrien Novels Very good read and well worth it.
My favorite Kydd book so far Stockwin s writing skill seems to be improving with the progress of the series.
This will remain on my sea stories shelf even though the characters spend most of their time on land I m enjoying the Thomas Kydd series with or without a lot of storms and battles.
Julian Stockwin is clearly the successor to Patrick O Brian.Stockwin s writing is colorful, descriptive, and he brings his characters and their settings to life.
Great Naval History Novels Julian Stockwin makes history easy.
Enjoyed this book.