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Pasha: Thomas Kydd 15 (Kydd Sea Adventures) [Kindle Edition]

Julian Stockwin
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An Admiralty summons to England cuts short Thomas Kydd's service in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. While the crew of L'Aurore can look forward to liberty and prize money, a shadow hangs
over their captain: the impending court martial of his one-time commander, Commodore Popham, who led a doomed attack on South America.

Following Nelson's death two years earlier, England is in desperate need of heroes and Kydd's Caribbean exploits are the talk of London. Feted by the king and a grateful country, Kydd is soon on detachment in a new and dangerous sphere of interest: the Dardanelles, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Black Sea and providing a route to India. The French have long coveted this route, knowing that it could be the key to toppling the British Empire in India. When they successfully whip up such strong anti-English sentiment that the British ambassador to Constantinople has to flee to L'Aurore, a deadly stand-off ensues.

Meanwhile Kydd's closest friend, Nicholas Renzi, has assumed a new role that he can never make public. Sent under alias on a mission to Constantinople, Renzi must engineer a coup that will turn the tables on the French. But when he's taken prisoner, only Kydd's superb seamanship and sheer bravado can save the day.

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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)

Book Description

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3954 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590136837
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (9 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,450 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.

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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Kydd yet 7 Nov. 2014
I cannot tell you what a pleasure it is to be back at sea once again with Captain Thomas Kydd. Though the majority of my reading is of novels set in the ancient world or at most in the high medieval era, every now and then I like to dip into another era for a change, and Stockwin is fast becoming one of my absolute favourites.

If you’ve not read any of the Kydd series, I’d best warn you that you might not want to start with this volume, Pasha being the fifteenth book in the series. Of course, the bright side of that is that if you haven’t read any of them, I’m switching you onto not just one book, but 15.

Set in the late 18th to early 19th century, the series follows the nautical adventures of one Thomas Kydd, a low born southern Englishman who rises through the ranks of the British Navy, as well as those of his confidential secretary Nicholas Renzi. The first volume begins in 1793, meaning – those of you familiar with the era will probably already have thought of this – the reader has some of the most amazing and world-changing events to come.

So on to Pasha – Volume 15 – which takes place in 1807. After the disastrous debacle in South America from book 13 and the brief sojourn in the Caribbean in book 14, Kydd is called back to England. Fearing for his career and even legal repercussions after South America, our hero returns with his ship l’Aurore to face his doom. What he is returning to is far from what he expected.

More than any other book in the Kydd series I am fearful of giving anything away with Pasha. It is a book far too easy to spoil for the prospective reader, and so I shall attempt to tempt you without detailing too much plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pasha 11 Oct. 2014
By Peter
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I have enjoyed this so much the attention to detail as always is superb. I have obtained so much pleasure from this series for me Julian Stockwin is one of the finest authors of naval novels every. I await next year's offering with great anticipation
Peter Pingree.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Thomas - and not before time! 14 Oct. 2014
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Julian Stockwin has raised his bar even higher. This book is taut and action packed from cover to cover, and set as it is in a little known area of naval operations and international politics, enhances my knowledge of that period of history, adding colour to what little I knew in outline sketch. I am going to find it very difficult to wait for the next instalment.
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If you have any desire to look into/read about the fantastic Royal Navy around the Nelsonian Era you won't go far wrong by reading the Kydd series of books written by ex Royal/Australian Navy now author Julian Stockwin.

Julian has in the Kydd series captured the tough, rough, tragic and humerous and colourful times of a young lad Thomas Kydd who was press ganged into the RN at an early age, rising to his current position as a Post Captain.

Thomas's travels have seen him covering most of the world's high seas, battles and countries during his career to date.

His latest escapade in Julian's book Pasha has been in and around Turkey. As in previous books, Julian has captured reality with fiction, a fantastic mix which has run through all his books from the first title, Kydd.

Julian's research is as thorough as ever, always travelling to the places and area's he writes about.

Pasha is as colourful and riveting as all previous books of the series and shows the depth of his research and deep imagination he is able to conjure up, I look forward to his next Kydd book, also reading his latest 'one off ' book The Silk Tree which I have just received. His research and writing of Pasha made him curious about the Silk trade of decades ago and how the making of Silk was not confined to China and from this 'The Silk Tree' emanated.

As we say in the Royal Navy - 'BZ' (Bravo Zulu) Julian.

Alan Rootes, ( a committed Stockwin and Kydd follower)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Seafaring tale at it's very best! 9 Jan. 2015
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This very exciting sea-faring story by Julian Stockwin is the 15th volume of the wonderful Thomas Kydd series.
As ever the book is again full with the authentic language of the great seas which makes this whole series so unique and original.
At the same time the author has the great ability in making his characters, whether real or fictional, come vividly to life within this story.
This story begins, I think in my humble opinion, in the year AD 1807, when Thomas Kydd is feted by his King and country because of his Caribbean exploits, but not before after having giving evidence against his one-time commander, Commodore Popham.
After that experience he is sent with his crew and their ship L'Aurore on a secret mission to Constantinople and to a new shere of interest, the Dardanelles, and these Dardanelles connect the route from the Mediterrean Sea to the Black Sea and thus providing a route to India.
The only big problem is that the French has long coveted this route and they will stop at nothing to halt the British from conquering this important route, for they will even go as far as by taking Renzi their prisoner.
And so Thomas Kydd will once again show his superb seamanship and cunning to save Renzi, who in the meantime has become Thomas's brother-in-law and also obtained the title of Lord Farndon, and thus to bring victory to the British in this fight with the French.
Very much recommended, for this is a Seafaring tale at it's very best!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Arrived safely not yet read.
Published 3 days ago by ann macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Turkish delight.
I had given Kydd a rest for a year, then read Caribee and Pasha back to back. I was rewarded with more vivid historical background for our heroes, and was pleased with the way... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars another winner
Another rousing tale from this distinguished author. Here's to the next one, please? What a wonderfully believable character he has created in Thomas Paine Kydd!
Published 11 days ago by Bob Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Usual high standard from J.Stockwin.
Published 26 days ago by gdad
4.0 out of 5 stars Would have given this 5 stars but - with the ...
Would have given this 5 stars but - with the action moving away from the sea - and concentrating more on a secondary character - I can only give 4 stars
Published 1 month ago by Jazz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As usual the book thrills.
Finished it in short order.
Published 1 month ago by R. J. Pallister
5.0 out of 5 stars A Supreme Kydd
This is Julian Stockwin at his best. A gripping story with well-drawn characters and a wealth of technical and historical detail. Roll on the next.
Published 1 month ago by bilmac
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not the best
Published 1 month ago by simmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I thoroughly enjoy a good bit of "Swashbuckling" and especially this series. Roll on Thomas Kid 16.
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Edward Dear
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea faring historical drama
Great read and accurate historically. Loved it
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Carol Jeffreys
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