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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444712055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444712056
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.7 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,187,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julian Stockwin was sent at the age of fourteen to Indefatigable, a tough sea-training school. He joined the Royal Navy at fifteen before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy, where he served for eight years in the Far East, Antarctic waters and the South Seas. In Vietnam he saw active service in a carrier task force.

After leaving the Navy (rated Petty Officer), Julian practised as an educational psychologist. He lived for some time in Hong Kong, where he was commissioned into the Royal Naval Reserve. He was awarded the MBE and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He now lives in Devon with his wife Kathy.

Julian writes historical action adventure novels. He is the author of the Kydd series, the story of one man's journey from pressed man to admiral in the age of fighting sail. Fifteen books have been published to date, with another six projected, one each year. As well, he has written 'Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany', a little non-fiction tome and a historical standalone, 'The Silk Tree', set in the time of Emperor Justinian.

More information can be found on his website at www.julianstockwin.com.

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Fans of fast-paced adventure will get their fill with this book. (Historical Naval Society on The Admiral's Daughter)

Stockwin's writing is enriched by his own experiences in the Royal Navy, whcih gives scenes of fighting and tempest an authenticity to delight anyone who shares his passion for the sea. (Daily Telegraph)

Paints a vivid picture of life aborad the mighty ship-of-the-line (Daily Express)

'More historically accurate than the Patrick O'Brian series' (Royal Navy Sailing Association journal on the KYDD series)

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

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The Fourteenth novel in Julian Stockwin's acclaimed Captain Kydd series.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Quarterdeck on 12 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
CARIBBEE is the fourteenth chapter in the life of Captain Thomas Kydd, is another master stroke from the pen of English novelist Julian Stockwin, whose splendid saga places him alongside preeminent naval fiction writers dating back to Captain Frederick Marryat. Stockwin's fine sense of the sea and the men who sailed Britain's "wooden walls" in its wars against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, spliced with a brace of captivating characters in Kydd and Nicholas Renzi, engenders first-rate high adventure.

Dispatched aboard the frigate L'Aurore to the Caribbean by Commodore Popham, Kydd and Nicholas Renzi return to the "beguiling transparent jade water" and "dazzling white beaches" they had experienced some years earlier as Jack Tars aboard the cutter Seaflower. Arriving in Barbados, with orders to request reinforcements from the Leeward Islands Squadron for Popham's expedition off Buenos Aires, Kydd and L'Aurore instead are taken under the command of Admiral Thomas Cochrane in defense of the strategically critical sugar islands. Although initially delighted with the turn of events, Kydd unexpectedly encounters a black-hearted figure from his past, an unwelcome threat to his career. Despite this powder keg that may blow up at any moment, duty carries him forward. Napoleon, seeking revenge after Trafalgar, decrees that all "commerce and correspondence with the British islands are prohibited" and that all English subjects "who shall be found in the countries occupied by our troops, or by those of our allies, shall be made a prisoner of war." Terror sweeps through the islands, while the Royal Navy struggles to protect merchant shipping laden with "sweet gold" bound for European markets.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Oct. 2013
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I have been a huge fan of this series since 2001, i stumbled across Kydd, i had no real love of sea going tales, and while i love the sight smell and sound of the sea, i get sea sick on a bus, so sailing is well and truly out for me. These books are the closest i can ever get to sailing the seas. The power of the sea and a storm always fascinates me, and i love the beach in a storm more than a sunny day. Its this that captured me at first, then the brilliantly woven characters, I was almost put off by the initial sea shanty style speech, but then i quickly came to love that part of the book, enjoying the musical quality it wove through the book.

Since then Kydd has improved himself, and this has sadly removed this lilting speech. What has remained though is an amazing fictional partnership between unlikely friends, Kydd and Renzi, two men who attack adversity rather than run from it, who live in a time of real men, hero;s both sung and unsung, or honour and action, Written by a man with salt water in his veins. Even someone as landlocked as me can feel the passion for the sea in every line.

14 books in and this series shows no signs of flagging, in fact it grows and improves with every book

as usual, very highly recommended and already purchased for other family members for xmas

(Parm)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Corkindale on 13 Feb. 2014
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I am a sucker for historical fiction anyway so I suppose I am a bit biased when it comes to this genre. However it is never a bad thing to read about someone even though he is fictional who triumphs against all the odds. It is also great to lose yourself in a world we can only imagine and try and put yourself in to the shoes of an observer witnessing the events of the time Stockwin manages to transport me there with ease.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scribe on 21 Mar. 2015
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This series of books on the ever-popular subject of the Navy in the Napoleonic era seems to go on for ever, I remember the first on where the main character was a wig-maker before joining the Navy at the lowest level. He's been promoted many times since then, and the stories are still as fascinating as ever.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Newbery on 10 Nov. 2013
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Being addicted to "fighting sail" novels I have read them nearly all! Mr. Stockwins books are all well researched and among the best. His latest "Caribbee" is as good as ever with interesting characters and situations and an enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book and indeed the whole "Thomas Kydd" series to my fellow addicts!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hombre65james on 5 Aug. 2014
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This is getting as good as Hornblower.Believable stories,characters 'Historically fairly good as well
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HughReadsFiction on 11 Mar. 2014
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I've read all the series. I've also read many of the recognised authors of historical novels - Hornblower, O'Brian, Flashman, as well as Cornwell and Iggulden - Julian Stockwin gets better with each book and writes an excellently researched novel. He compares favourably and deserves recognition as a fine writer in tis genre.
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By Mr Brian M Lowen on 5 Jun. 2014
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Another excellent story from Julian Stockwin about the glorious days of the fighting sail.
Each story is as good as the last. He seems to have an inexaustable supply
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