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The Price of Glory (Nathan Peake Novels) Hardcover – Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: McBooks Press (Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159013625X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590136256
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,735,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HASH(0x9b227510) out of 5 stars Another fast-paced and totally absorbing Nathan Peake story 11 April 2015
By James Bowen - Published on
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"The Price of Glory" is the third of Seth Hunter's Captain Nathan Peake naval history stories set during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, and I believe that the author is fairly setting this series up to challenge the dominance of the Aubrey-Maturin nautical stories of Patrick O'Brien and the Ramage novels of Dudley Pope. The main difference from my point of view is the fast pace at which Seth Hunter's novels travel. Despite this fast pace, Seth Hunter is a natural storyteller and a master of description, whether it be wild seas, ship to ship battles, dangerous political intrigue, or the natural beauty of the countryside when Nathan Peake is ashore. Like the two earlier Nathan Peake novels, "The Price of Glory" is totally absorbing.

In this novel, Nathan Peake is assigned the highly dangerous task of aiding an insurrection against the anti-clerical republican government in Paris by the fiercely Roman Catholic Vendee region of western France. After landing on the Quiberon Peninsula of Brittany with troops and supplies for the Chouan rebels, Peake has to deal with a major threat to his frigate Unicorn and a grave risk of the Chouan rebellion being crushed by republican troops.

On his return to England, the British government requires Peake to return to Paris again as an English spy under the assumed identity of an American sea captain named Nathaniel Turner. In his role as a spy, Peake has the advantage of an American mother and speaking fluent French. On this occasion, Peake's task is to ascertain whether or not an agreement has been reached between the Spanish government and the French revolutionary government to transfer the whole of what is now the United States west of the Mississippi, including Louisiana, from Spain to France. In Paris, under the assumed identity of the American sea captain Turner, Peake meets famous historical figures including Napoleon Bonaparte (then only an unemployed general without an army), and two notorious and beautiful courtesans Theresa Tallien and Josephine de Beauharnais (the latter to become wife of Napoleon and Empress of France). As a reaction to the excesses of the revolution, immoral behaviour has become acceptable in Paris and Peake is unwittingly drawn into the scandalous behaviour of these two women at their social gatherings. In Paris, Peake also meets a French banker who, believing Peake to be a neutral American and friend of France, informs him that an agreement to transfer most of the present-day USA west of the Mississippi from Spain to France has been reached and that the only stumbling block is the difficulty of near-bankrupt republican France finding the money in gold demanded by Spain. Nathan Peake has learned what he was required by the British government to discover but his return to England is interrupted by an uprising in Paris when armed royalist sympathisers threaten the republican government. In desperation, the republican Committee of Public Safety reinstates General Napoleon to command, and after surrounding the National Convention with cannons, he disperses the rebels with the famous "whiff of grapeshot". Peake is involuntarily drawn into this battle in the city, and after performing a great service to Napoleon, wins the general's friendship in his assumed identity as an American sea captain. Napoleon is rewarded by the Committee of Public Safety with command of the French Army that will invade northern Italy

Returned to the command of the frigate Unicorn, Peake is ordered to the Mediterranean with a member of the Grimaldi family for the purpose of persuading the Genoese bankers not to provide republican France with the money to buy from Spain much of the western portion of the present-day USA. With Genoa facing invasion by French forces under Napoleon, the British government is proposing that the Genoese bankers turn over their wealth to Britain for safe-keeping until the end of hostilities. Action on the high seas resumes with the Unicorn pitted against the Brutus, a powerful 42-gun French frigate. The slightly battered Unicorn is saved by the arrival of a small British squadron commanded by Horatio Nelson. Peake is able to pursue his assigned task of saving the wealth of the Genoese bankers from Napoleon with support from Commodore Nelson. This task is interrupted by another battle between Unicorn and the Brutus in a violent storm off the coast of France. After this hazardous encounter, Peake ventures ashore on French-occupied territory for the purpose of finding and rescuing for Britain the wealth of the Genoese bankers that had been removed from Genoa and hidden from Napoleon's troops. On this very dangerous quest on a hostile shore, Peake is both rewarded and disappointed.
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HASH(0x9b22c360) out of 5 stars interesting fiction, great read 6 Jan. 2014
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The text was both moving and of grea intereste. It is quiet approachible in content and very captivating as a book that covers a topic of interest that is worth reading.
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HASH(0x9af9a4f8) out of 5 stars Peake Glory Review 23 Oct. 2011
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The product was well preserved for shipment and arrived in a timely manner. The book, for those that enjoy a good sea going adventure, is a must. Well written and suspenceful. Amazon is a window to books world wide.
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