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First Voyage: The Sea Lord Chronicles, Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

David Healey
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Young Adult novel “First Voyage: The Sea Lord Chronicles” mixes the Napoleonic Wars in the Age of Sail, historical fantasy and a coming-of-age story for an exciting new sea adventure series.

When 14-year-old Alexander Hope is sent away by his stingy uncle to become a junior officer in the Royal Navy, he has never seen the sea. There are high expectations for Alexander, whose famous ancestor was Sir Algernon Hope, a sea elemental who defeated the Spanish Armada and saved England from invasion. England is once again fighting for survival, this time against the Emperor Napoleon.

Though he gets off to a rough start by getting seasick in port and making a bitter enemy, Alexander soon finds new confidence in himself and discovers that he may have inherited his heroic ancestor’s ability to command the sea.

As England—and the H.M.S. Resolution—struggle for survival against the forces of the Napoleonists, Alexander’s newfound ability could tip the balance of power.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1514 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Intracoastal Media (15 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A86YLMO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,510 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Healey has been a journalist, teacher and ghostwriter. He has written several historical thrillers, notably "Sharpshooter" and "Time Reich," and three non-fiction books, including "1812: Rediscovering Chesapeake Bay's Forgotten War." His articles and essays have been published in many American magazines, including American History, The Washington Times, Blue & Gray, Running Times and Maryland Life. When not writing, he enjoys running, working on his old house, and driving his family crazy by pulling over to the side of the road to read historical markers.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for O'Brian readers 2 July 2013
By AllenC
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This series is not for any Patrick O'Brian readers. The author demonstrates his lack of knowledge of Nelson's navy several times in the first few pages. It is difficult to know who but junior readers would find this book worth reading unfortunately I paid £7.99 for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish 7 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
David Healey knows nothing about the Royal Navy. He calls the 'young men' ensigns when they were really called midshipmen. If he can't get this right you can see where this ridiculous book is going with flying dragons bombing enemy ships. David, read C S Forrester before you write about the Royal Navy again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very well researched! 14 Oct. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I gave up after a few pages for a number of different reasons.

It would be very difficult to have wharves at Spithead Harbour (page1) especially as it an area of the sea between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. In addition, youngsters joined the Navy as a Midshipman not as an Ensign (page 3) which was not only a higher rank but it was also an Army rank.

This potentially could have been a good book if the writer had bothered to do any work researching the subject before sitting down to write his 'best seller' because he won't get any of these if this is indication of his efforts. Waste of Money
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars First Voyage: The Sea Lord Chronicles, Book 1 20 Jan. 2014
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Interesting read for an eight year old. But Nelson's navy it ain't. Waste of money and time. And this is book one of a series? Oh dear
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1.0 out of 5 stars BALDERDASH 5 Sept. 2013
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I wish it had been reflected in the write up that rather than being a realistic tale about our illustrious maritime history it was some childish claptrap about gryphons!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction 21 Mar. 2014
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I did not think a mix of sailing drama and science fiction worked. Even the sailing part of the book was loose with the truth of the way of the day.
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