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Conquest: Thomas Kydd 12

Conquest: Thomas Kydd 12 [Kindle Edition]

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

Another thundering good read for those who love seagoing stories in the Hornblower mould (Peterborough Evening Telegraph on TREACHERY)

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

Paints a vivid picture (Daily Express on KYDD)

Stockwin's descriptions of the bloody reality of naval combat 200 years ago are memorably vivid (Yorkshire Evening Post on VICTORY)

I was turning the pages almost indecently fast (Independent on KYDD)

A born storyteller and a man with a vivid imagination . . . his research is accurate and first class. (Flagship on TREACHERY)

Book Description

Kydd's first mission after the triumph of Trafalgar is to capture and protect a fragile new British colony: 19th century Cape Town

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444711962
  • Publisher: Hodder (9 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050C86X6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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. More information can be found on his website at

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conquest 7 Jun 2011
Conquest Julian Stockwin

This is the twelve book in the Thomas Kydd series and I found this one to be the most interesting historically due to the story matter being set at the dawn of the British Empire. Kydd and Renzi depart immediately after escorting Nelsons body back to London and embark on a daring and audacious expedition to capture Cape Town, South Africa, on behalf of the British Government.

Stockwin brilliantly links in fact with fiction and I found the whole read engrossing and entertaining at the same time. The description of the landing and subsequent land campaign was well written and the smells and sights portrayed transport you back to the events as it happened. Research is king and Stockwin leads the field in his portrayal of life in the Cape in 1806/7 the real characters of the time and his ability to avoid clutter and cut to the chase.

Renzi is appointed to a position as so befits his upbringing and administration skills and excels in his duties. He plans for the future but as is so often the case things never quite go to plan. His trip into the bush is exhilarating and his exploits unravel the plot to destroy the fledging colony.

Both Kydd and Renzi mature in this book, both of them showing promise and immense skill in their chosen profession. I look forward to the next book in the life not just of the two friends but the young empire to which they serve.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stockwin's Best 7 Jun 2011
CONQUEST launches a bright new chapter in Captain Thomas Kydd's naval career, as England turns to expansion of her empire in distant and exotic corners of the world after victory at Trafalgar in 1805. This is vintage Julian Stockwin as Kydd--in command of the 32-gun frigate L'Aurore--sails into turbulent seas along the coast of Africa in support of a British expedition whose mission is to capture Cape Town, a step toward establishing a safe seaway to trade-rich India. Set against the impeccably researched history of the period, Kydd's saga continues to unfurl with Stockwin's crisp prose and attention to authenticity, which readers have come to expect. There are adventures aplenty, spliced to the young naval commander's inner growth and evolving relationship with Nicholas Renzi, which keep pages turning.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beyond Trafalgar 4 Jun 2011
Once again. Julian Stockwin has taken historical events and placed his hero at the center of the action. The career (so far) of Thomas Kydd from wigmaker taken by press gang to Post Captain RN is full of adventure and exitement. The latest chapter, Conquest takes Tom to South Africa, following Trafalgar, and begins "the race to Empire". It is a naval tail of the first order. If you have not read any Kydd books yet you have a treat in store
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit dissapointing 18 Aug 2011
Having read all of the Kydd books in the series, I bought this one expecting a real treat. Usually I can't put the books down as they are so exciting, but I found this one slightly disapointing. The story is not nearly as thrilling or gripping as previous ones in the series and much of the action is based on-shore as opposed to the sea. Not bad, but a bit of a let down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I came late to the books of Julian Stockwin and this novel is the first one I have read, out of sequence I know but my excuse is that being disabled and not always able to get out myself, Maureen was the one who saw this book on the quick choice shelf at Pimlico library and knowing how much I am partial to yarns of this sort she had no qualms in getting it for me, in any case I read this novel and was instantly captivated by this escapade of Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi.
After the Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar removed the image of invasion and England is now free to seek conquests and colonies in the furthest reaches of the world.
Captain Kydd joins an expedition to take Dutch-held Cape Town, a strategic imperative to secure the rich trade-route to India. But even if the British can defeat the enemy and take possession of the capital, there is still more fighting to be done.
Kydd and his men must defend the fragile colony from attacks by the enemy from all sides, while braving the wild beasts and hostile environment of Africa's vast and savage hinterland.
Conquest launched me in what I trust will be a series of brand new adventures, a twelve book exploration in the Thomas Kydd series.
I found this book to be attention-grabbing historically owing to the story being set at the emergence of the British Empire which is one of the main periods of history I am interested in and studied.
Stockwin vividly links fact with fiction and I found the entire story enthralling and compelling at the same time.
The account of the landing and ensuing ground campaign was agreeably written and the mind images depicted ship you back to the actions as they happened.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Year Another Winner! 12 Jun 2011
Every year i eagerly await the next installment of Kydd and his sidekick Renzi, this year was no exception.

Conquest ticks all the usual boxes for our duo, unrelenting plot and pace, but always told with passion and historical depth, here is a writer who not only knows his subject but loves it.
After the victory at Trafalgar such a double edged moment for Kydd and England, a great victory but with the great loss of Nelson, what would lie in store?... plenty, this is the dawn of Empire, when Britain truly starts to flex its might and our duo set off in command of the 32-gun frigate L'Aurore to support the capture of Cape Town, we get to see more of the fantastic Renzi in this book, an the blending of fact and fiction, the mix of characters and well researched locations, you feel transported in time and space...the book is a mini tardis.
i loved every page... dont miss this and like me get your order in for book 13
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5.0 out of 5 stars The one thing I do like about him is the way he has picked events ...
have only just found this author, I did get the first four books from a local bookshop, but after that I had trouble finding them until I noticed them on-line and now am virtually... Read more
Published 1 month ago by barry whalley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good as usual
Published 1 month ago by tony willcocks
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Arrived quickly, and well parcled.
Published 2 months ago by Philip Booth
4.0 out of 5 stars KIDD CONTINUES
Continues the Kidd saga. Not as gripping as previous stories, but then is about a piece of British history that is not particulalry well known
Published 3 months ago by CHRIS SCOTT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 months ago by Stuart C
4.0 out of 5 stars Conquest
Up to Mr Stockwin's standard as I remember from his previous books. I shall be reading the next book as soon as I catch up with my reading.
Published 6 months ago by Jtudor
5.0 out of 5 stars Nautical masterpiece
Julian Stockwin writes superb novels. That's not much I can add to that really! LOL
Each book in the series will stand alone, but its probably best - for enjoyment value - to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Helen Hollick
2.0 out of 5 stars Same as all of the rest of the series
The book is the same as the rest of the series just the cover chamged, the main characters alway come out the same way.
Published 10 months ago by Itleterate
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so good
I was disappointed with this book...not as good as it's predecessors...the story line was a bit disjointed and rambling..a good read but not the best of the series.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars conquest
Another rip roaring yarn! Look forward to the next one. I like the historic accuracy, although Kidd is more like a character from an old time comic book!
Published 11 months ago by J. Sunderland
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