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Invasion (Thomas Kydd 10) [Hardcover]

Julian Stockwin
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15 Oct 2009 Thomas Kydd 10

Napoleon's forces are poised to invade Britain, and Commander Thomas Kydd's ship is at the forefront of the fleet defending the English coast. His honour restored after temporary disgrace in the Channel Islands, and reunited with his ship Teazer, Kydd seizes the chance to fight for his country.

Then Kydd is abruptly withdrawn from the fleet and sent back to Dover on a secret mission to guard a mysterious American inventor. Having worked his way up from press-ganged seaman to captain of his own ship, Kydd is furious to find he will miss his opportunity to prove himself in battle. And Kydd's baffled superiors are equally angry to lose Kydd and his ship at such a dangerous time.

Yet Kydd's role in the approaching war may be the most crucial part he has ever played.



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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (15 Oct 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0340961155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340961155
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,963 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. More information can be found on his website at www.julianstockwin.com.

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Stockwin has done a wonderful job of keeping control over a breakneck chain of events with his usual delicious sprinkling of salt to complement it. Well done! (Ty Martin, former commander of USS Constitution)

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

Another ripping yarn (Good Book Guide on TREACHERY)

I was soon turning the pages almost indecently fast...Roll on, the promised adventures of Kydd and Renzi (Independent on KYDD)

Stockwin paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line...the harsh naval discipline, the rancid food, and the skill of the common sailor are all skilfully evoked. (Daily Express on KYDD)

Stockwin is a born storyteller and, with his series of intriguing sub-plots, a man with a vivid imagination. Importantly, his research is accurate and first class. Treachery is highly recommended. (Flagship on TREACHERY)

An absorbing tale (Firetrench on TREACHERY)

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Sharpe on ships: Julian Stockwin is the Bernard Cornwell of the seas.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what a milestone 28 July 2011
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Book 10 (WOW...what a milestone) 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. The whole story and leaves the reader with a shanty lilt to their speech and a roll to their gait.

This is a book where i think we start to see a lead up to climactic book 11, it does have an element of a bridgeing book for me, but it does it with style and invention and in this case the submarine, i learned so much in this book and in the authors notes about the early sub, and it was as usual so well told you didnt know you were being educated while entertained.

All of this coupled with Julians obvious passion for the sea and all things nautical, this is a series that does rank up there with Forrester and O'Brian, every year i look forward to my new instalment of Kydd...but to get there you have to start at the beginning dont spoil it and come in part way.

Well recommended

(Parm)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Brilliant Kydd Adventure 3 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
INVASION is another brilliant read by Julian Stockwin. His faithful attention to historical detail in this fast-paced tale places readers in the moment, as his narrative unfurls. The facts behind Robert Fulton's activities during the war are relatively obscure, compared to his invention of the commercially successful steamboat. But this authenticity is what I've come to expect from Stockwin. The particulars of Kydd's world, so well drawn in Stockwin's words, add texture to the fabric of his prose. It is the authenticity and human sides of Kydd and renzi that continue to draw me back again and again. Invasion is yet another master stroke from Stockwin's pen. I look forward to the next chapter in Kydd's life, VICTORY.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing addition to a great series 18 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
First of all, I love these books so maybe a bit harsh only giving 3 stars. As with the rest of the series the book is well written tells an interesting story, however for me didn't really advance the story along at all. Essentially the first half of the book is fine Kydd gets transferred from the Channel Islands to the Downs squadron and fights in several ship actions, however after that gets attached to an inventor of a submarine and the rest of the book apart from one action covers the machinations of various parties to support, build or destroy the sub. So overall whilst interesting, it just feels the book didn't really move anything on. I'd really like to see Kydd making a bit more progress in the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invasion 6 April 2014
By Phil
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
You. Can only. Give a 5 star rating, the story as many different sections of duty for Kydd to carry out a great look into life as a sailor in the 18 hundreds well done and thank you Julian
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5.0 out of 5 stars high sea adventure 31 Jan 2014
By Floyd
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
yet another top notch tale from the new grand master of the age of fighting sail, this series gets better and better
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading 2 Dec 2013
By Gerry
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I started at the beginning of the series and I am going through them in order. I do like the descriptions relating to sea and ships. Some of the plots are a little bit suspect but are balanced out by some really good ones and I do find them compulsive reading and will continue to work through them.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Submarines ! 12 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
Julian Stockwin and his Kydd series of books are right at the top of the list for books of this type (Historical Naval) alongside Dudley Pope's Ramage series. Stockwin has again managed to introduce the life between decks to the story while still concentration on the main characters at the stern. This time we have Submarines and Torpedoes in Napoleonic Naval Warfare - no, the author has not lost it ! This is actually based on true events and the demonstration of "Nautilus" the first ever submersible ship (in France, before Napoleon). The torpedoes however are more like mines and unpowered, being towed into position.
The plot, in general, revolves around Renzi trying to lure the inventor (Fulton, an American) away from the French to Britain and then Kydd being assigned to help Fulton devise his new "toys" of destruction against some very strong opposition from the Admiralty. Finally they are used against the French invasion Flotilla but with very little success.
No major engagements but a few skirmishes, perhaps a little too much diplomacy but overall a good read. Overall mark 8.5/10.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars submarines against napoleon? 11 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
This latest instalment of the kydd series is one of Stockwins finest. The author really gets across the feeling of imminent doom that must have been prevalent during this important part of European history, with Napoleons victorious, seemingly unstoppable hoards waiting to cross the channel and take the old enemy.
'It's been done before' I hear you call, waving copies of Cornwells ' Sharpes Trafalgar' and any of O' Brians Aubrey/ Maturin series.But here the author has had a moment of genius and lights upon an obscure bit of naval history as the American inventer of the first ' plunging boat' called Nautillus ( yes there was such a beast, and Nemo would have been proud) attempts to persuade, firstly the French and then the Admiralty to fund this creation way ahead of its time.
Carried off with the usual pluck and derring do, this instalment is a welcome addition to my bookshelf...encore!
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Easy download, and even easier to read. I was the original sceptic who snorted at the thought of ereaders, now I won't be seen without my Kindle Fire and a book on the go.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. R. T. GILES
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Very effecient service. Seems fit for purpose so far which is more than can be said for this ridiculous compulsory wording. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tim Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars e-book reading
Just keeping the series going and maintaing reader interest is quite an achievement, it might also attract some younger readers and give them an appreciation of the era - well done... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Somerset Tel
5.0 out of 5 stars invasion
bit of a slow read. have read better from Stockwin. will not put me off reading his books this is all i am prepared to say in this review
Published 24 months ago by dmcn
5.0 out of 5 stars Naval fiction.
Julian Stockwin knows his craft. Set in the nepoleonic wars, he incorporates, fact with fiction. The detail of the whole naval period is astonishing. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2010 by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars INvasion (Thomas Kydd)
This is the tenth in the series and I intend to read them all; they aer well written, historically authentic and enjoyable.
Published on 5 Sep 2010 by Dr. E. M. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Invasion (Thomas Kydd series)
Julian Stockwin came up with an unusual story line for this "Kydd" book. Very enjoyable read - as are all of the "Kydd" series
Published on 27 Aug 2010 by J. Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars invasion
The book was purchased from Amason for my husband at half the price of high street shops. The book was up to the standard of all Julian Stockwin books, it was delivered within two... Read more
Published on 23 July 2010 by Mrs. A. R. Fitzgerald
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read but a little disappointing
Submarines etc.. I'm sure that this episode in history has been covered in detail by at least one other Naval fiction writer. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2010 by Maccoll Hamish
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