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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (2 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099497743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099497745
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexander Kent is the author of twenty-eight acclaimed books featuring Richard Bolitho. Under his own name, Douglas Reeman, and in the course of a career spanning forty-five years, he has written over thirty novels and two non-fiction books.

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Relentless Pursuit represents something new in Alexander Kent's work--the moral questions raised here are just as powerfully engaged as the action-crammed, continent-spanning narrative. As the prime contender for the most accomplished practitioner of naval fiction, Kent is at his commensurate best. His vividly written, pungently characterised tales are amazingly consistent--few authors are such reliable purveyors of historical fiction (or fiction of any kind, for that matter)

The year is 1815, and Adam Bolitho has received some equivocal orders. His duties as captain of His Majesty's frigate Unrivalled have led him into some dangerous waters before, but he is now required to take his ship's company to Freetown, Sierra Leone and "assist the senior officer of the patrolling squadron". But what does this mean in practice? Bolitho's worst fears are realised when he finds that British anti-slavery patrols are failing to halt a ravening trade in human misery, crippled by unsuitable ships and government indifference. And compounding the problems is the belligerent Dey of Algiers, looking for nothing less than total war. As Adam goes about his thankless work, he is dealing with the grief of his uncle's death and his own loneliness--and, ultimately, a reckless assault on a massively fortified stronghold may be his only way of coming to terms with his problems.

Kent makes Adam's conflicts acutely personal, with the historical panoply around him perfectly dovetailed with these personal elements. He is almost an existential hero--existing most fully when he does his job: as a man of war, as an adventurer in dangerous nautical encounters.--Barry Forhaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"One of our foremost writers of naval fiction" (Sunday Times)

"Shipwreck, survival ... a spirited battle ... a splendid yarn" (The Times)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Julie I. Soper on 15 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
Once again Alexander Kent has written a book with depth of feeling and knowledge of the sea. Adam's compassion and firmness is a delight to read. Adam is also fully following the footsteps of his famous Uncle and the book is very enjoyable and readable. I found the slight chopping and changing of thought and deed made the book the type to sit in a quiet corner and thoroughly immerse oneself in the characters. It was good to see some of those who served with and under Richard Bolitho are not forgotten and still a mainstay of these books.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P Jackson on 27 Sept. 2001
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The first book in this series I read was second to none, the previous novel, I got the Bolitho bug and ploughed through the rest, starting with Midshipmen Bolitho and enjoyed every one.
Relentless Pursuit is set after England's war with Napoleonic France and finds Captain Adam Bolitho sent to West Africa to help stop the slave trade. He meets some characters from previous novels but after a short stay is sent home to join the fleet and embark on a much bigger action in Algiers. The novel takes a while to get there and apart from the odd high seas drama it focuses too much on past events, which if the reader is not familiar with may be frustrating, having said all that I still enjoyed it, as Kent knows how to give dimention to this type of novel. If you like action on the high seas during the age of sail, other good reads are Dewey Lambdin's Alan Lewrie character very funny, top marks, I have also read Richard Woodman and Dudley Pope different styles but also enjoyable, however I didn't warm to Patrick O,Brien's Wine Dark Sea, perhaps I will try another?
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By Chris Rust on 14 Aug. 2012
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This was my first Alexander Kent novel. As I enjoy C.S.Forester, Bernard Cornwell and especially Patrick O'Brian I was interested to see what this was like.

It is dreadful. As another reviewer has said it is full of pretentious portent. Pathetic attempts to engage with the characters' inner lives that just leave me bored and irritated by the clumsy writing. Kent can't write so he just keeps trying to pump up the emotional action with a stream of weak melodrama.

Like the romance with a young woman who is first encountered chained up naked in a painters studio, then turns out to be a victim of serial rape but all she needs is a masterful sea captain who conveniently falls off his horse outside her door so she has an excuse to pull his trousers off while he is unconscious. It's all such a cheap cliché. At least it makes me appreciate Patrick O'Brian even more for his thoughtful, complex, historically rich tales of extravagant but believable lives.

And having read O'Brian I found myself questioning the authenticity of quite a lot of Kent's detail of naval life but maybe that's a question for another day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Turnbull on 25 July 2010
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This novel is really a short story padded out with a massive number of flashbacks. As a stand alone novel it would be totally confusing to the reader with the large number of references to past events and the continual deification of 'Uncle Richard'. The reader who has read some of the previous novels does not need this continually regurgitation, it is boring and does nothing for the flow of the novel.
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By Tigger on 31 May 2011
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Alexander Kent may have killed off Richard Bolitho but the story continues with his nephew, Adam. Over time Alexander Kent has improved his writing style and widened his horizons with the continuing lives of people on land as well as at sea. As usual, once started, the book was difficult to put down and the story continues into the next book. A good series to read for anybody interested in sailing boats and the Navy but you do have to start at the very beginning with Midshipman Bolitho!
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By Hugh C on 5 Mar. 2014
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Alexander Kent has shown his Relentless Pursuit, of yet another rich and graphic story with great characters in abundance. All carefully meshed together with such great care to give us this continuing pleasure. Many Thanks.
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By James Williamson on 15 Feb. 2014
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Have read some of A Kent before and enjoyed them. Also some of his Shape books well written and absorbing.
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By Paul Le Claire on 10 Jan. 2014
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Another in the Bolitho Series by Alexander Kent
Once you have read one of these books you will
be back for more!
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