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Dudley Pope
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28 Nov 1983
With the Treaty of Amiens signed, and the "Calypso" about to be paid off, Ramage and his new bride can at last honeymoon in France as guests of the Count of Rennes. Then Napoleon arrests all foreigners and sends them to Devil's Island, the French prison colony.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana Press; New edition edition (28 Nov 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006167845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006167846
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,036,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dudley Pope was an experienced Naval officer, journalist and historian who has delighted generations of readers with thrilling stories of high adventure at sea. He was widely applauded throughout his life, gaining the reputation of being 'the best of Hornblower's successors'. He is perhaps most loved for his Ramage series which follows the exploits of Lord Nicholas Ramage during the Napoleonic Wars, but he is also highly respected for his scholarly works. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars OK book 31 May 2008
By Dr J
Format:Paperback
Ramage has gotten married (rather quickly--did I miss something?) and is on his honeymmon in France during the Peace. War breaks out and he must escape with his party. Naturally, they make it, but on the way home, he is given command of a ship, sends his wife home to England on a different ship and heads to the Caribbean to rescue a French Royalist friend before the ship carrying him can arrive at the penal island. Well, naturally, all works out in typical Ramage fashion.
This book really wasn't a great read. It was a fine story, but nothing really captured my interest. Not enough fighting and the whole thing is just too unbelievable, as are all Ramage novels. It would be nice if Ramage could guess wrong or stub his toe once in a while. Also, the story really isn't that interesting to begin with.
This is an easy book to read, but it's also too long for it's story. Had Pope cut out a third of it and had the story move along, it would have been much better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Ramage Series 30 Mar 2014
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Any book by Dudley Pope is worth reading, his historical fact finding all helps the story move along.at a steady pace.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More adventures of Lord Ramage 8 Oct 2002
By Fred Camfield - Published on Amazon.com
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When the Ramage novels were reprinted, they were left in a mishmash. This one is listed as number 13, but chronologically it appears to be one of five Ramage novels that go after "Ramage & the Guillotine" which is listed as No. 6, and before "Ramage's Diamond," which is listed as No. 7 (see my Listmania listing). The readers are left a bit adrift trying to determine the correct chronological order (necessary to understand some of the plot). The Peace of Amiens lasted from March 1802 to May 1803. This novel starts at the end of the peace with Ramage and his bride caught in France. The author borrows material from C. S. Forester's Hornblower series to orchestrate Ramage's escape. There is then a sub-plot as Ramage regains command of a frigate (although the author seems to forget details like which year he had Ramage promoted to captain).
At his point, history goes off track. The author places the prison colony on Devil's Island considerably before its time (Victor Hugo had things right when he had Jean Valjean sentenced to a prison galley). It is an interesting plot as Ramage uses trickery to capture enemy ships. However the author fills up space with side degressions to describe flora & fauna, weights of ships' stores, etc., when you sometimes wish he would get on with the story (was the author getting old at this point or was the publisher, perhaps, paying him by the word?). As noted by a previous reviewer, the cover art is unrelated to this novel. There are some errors reflecting bad research, e.g., the Dutch still had a monopoly on nutmeg in 1803.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pope seems to be getting tired of the series by this point 12 Jan 2011
By Michael K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This 13th adventure in the career of Capt. Lord Nicholas Ramage of the Royal Navy, follows the pattern of the previous several volumes in taking what could have been two or three short stories, each with its entirely separate plot, and sort of jamming them together to form a somewhat disjointed novel that's not entirely successful. Ramage, the Protestant heir to an earldom, has finally come to terms with the reality that Gianna, the gorgeous young Catholic Italian countess he rescued from Bonaparte's cavalry a dozen books ago, is not going to be someone he could ever marry -- and, in any case, she's taken advantage of the lull in the war resulting from the ill-advised Treaty of Amiens (1801) to try to slip back into Volterra and resume ruling her little country. Ramage, meanwhile, while dealing with privateers turned pirate in the last episode, met and fell in love with the equally lovely but quite different Sarah, the daughter of a marquis, and therefore quite acceptable as a wife. In fact, they're enjoying their honeymoon traveling through France and are staying with a Breton nobleman near Brest who is an old friend of the Ramage family (and who also has been living in exile in England), when news suddenly comes that the war is back on and that Bonaparte is arresting every returned royalist and visiting Englishman he can grab. So, naturally, the first plotline concerns Nicholas and Sarah escaping from France before they end up in a French prison, which they manage with the help of the count's valet and several local fishermen who don't like the Revolution even a little bit. The Count of Rennes, meanwhile, has been arrested and put on a frigate in Brest's harbor that is bound for Devil's Island on the coast of French Guiana. Ramage feels obligated, as a matter of honor, to attempt a rescue -- but if he returns to England in the brig he (and his wife) have hijacked, in order to rejoin his own ship, he'll never catch up with the French frigate. Ah ha! Coincidence to the rescue! Just outside Brest, Ramage runs into the Channel Squadron, which is resuming its blockade duties in keeping the French penned up in harbor. And there's Calypso, attached to the squadron, complete with all his handpicked officers and crew -- except for a new captain who should never have been made post. The second (rather short) plotline, therefore, involves Ramage regaining his command, in the process of which the author digresses rather widely on the medical and psychiatric aspects of the evils of drink. (One has to wonder if some of this is autobiographical.) And then begins the long chase across the Atlantic to try to catch the French frigate filled with political prisoners, because once they're disembarked at Devil's Island, Ramage will have no chance at all of carrying out a rescue. Again, as in recent episodes in the series, much of the voyage is spent describing meteorology and sailing conditions in the tropics, and the history of Guiana, and the everyday business of running a King's ship. All of which is well written and interesting to fans of the genre like me, but it really doesn't advance the story that much. The final plotline is (you guessed it) the ingenious plan Ramage comes up with to not only rescue his friend but to capture the French frigate -- which this time will involve a thoroughly bloody boarding and hand-to-hand fight, since he can hardly fire into the enemy and kill the prisoners as well. The story ends abruptly, which makes me think the next volume will pick up five minutes later, but the episodic nature of the story means it will probably work out okay. One has the impression that Pope had rather run out of steam by this point in the series, merely using Ramage as a vehicle to ramble on about bits of naval history and business of interest to him -- not to mention that the author has rewritten history regarding the establishment of the penal colony in Guiana in the first place -- but the writing itself is enjoyable and I shall continue on, the lack of major drama notwithstanding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An anxious time 12 Jun 2002
By tertius3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The cover picture of ships in battle is completely false. This is a novel of naval guile instead. Ramage is a master of ruses de guerre, of victories with a short butcher's bill featuring his regular cast of characters (cf. "Ramage's Signal"). Following the life-changing events of the previous book ("Renegades"), Ramage is on a peaceable sailor's honeymoon when he finds himself newly behind enemy lines. The story of his escape and pursuit of a devilish captain to Devil's island prison includes vignettes of the oft-blockaded port of Brest, the ifyness of planning an action, diagnosis of alcoholism, the formation of trade wind clouds, messing below decks, books of secret signals, and how to fire a cannon on a pitching deck, as well as various tactical decisions that Ramage discusses with his officers.
3.0 out of 5 stars OK book 31 May 2008
By Dr J - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ramage has gotten married (rather quickly--did I miss something?) and is on his honeymmon in France during the Peace. War breaks out and he must escape with his party. Naturally, they make it, but on the way home, he is given command of a ship, sends his wife home to England on a different ship and heads to the Caribbean to rescue a French Royalist friend before the ship carrying him can arrive at the penal island. Well, naturally, all works out in typical Ramage fashion.
This book really wasn't a great read. It was a fine story, but nothing really captured my interest. Not enough fighting and the whole thing is just too unbelievable, as are all Ramage novels. It would be nice if Ramage could guess wrong or stub his toe once in a while. Also, the story really isn't that interesting to begin with.
This is an easy book to read, but it's also too long for it's story. Had Pope cut out a third of it and had the story move along, it would have been much better.
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed... 10 Jun 2014
By Samuel C. Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Don't miss this one. As usual a nail biter and full of surprise that won't disappoint your sensibilities. Truly an enjoyable read!
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