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Second To None [Paperback]

Alexander Kent
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4 Jan 2007

June 1815

On the eve of Waterloo, a sense of finality and cautious hope pervade a nation wearied by decades of war. But peace will present its own challenge to Adam Bolitho, captain of His Majesty's Ship Unrivalled, as many of his contemporaries face the prospect of discharge.

The life of a frigate captain is always lonely, but for Adam, mourning the death of his uncle Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho, that solitude acquires a deeper poignancy. He is, more than ever, alone, at the dawning of a new age for the Royal Navy, where the only constants are the sea and those enemies, often masked in the guise of friendship, who conspire to destroy him.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (4 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099497751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099497752
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,861 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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"Shipwreck, survival... a spirited battle... a splendid yarn" (Times)

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

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Another thrilling Bolitho adventure!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A crackling good read! 18 May 2001
I read, with great sadness, of the death of Sir Richard Bolitho. In my mind I had sailed with him through every adventure. And, for a just a moment, his obviously Nelsonian death filled me with an enervating sense of loss. But with Adam Bolitho now at the helm and am, once again, content. Mr. Kent had so well developed the character of the headstrong nephew of a peerless uncle that the transition from one to the other is virtually seamless. Kent has lost none of his panache as the change is made. The writing is, as always, crisp and elegant; the smell of smoke and oakum tantalizing to the senses, and the focus on loyalty, courage, and honor a delight for the soul. Sail on, Adam, and I shall revel in sailing with you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New life to an old series 14 Oct 1999
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I read the last few Bolitho books out of loyalty to an old series. I was getting a little tired of "I love you Kate, but I can't see you because I'm blind!" "I love you too Dick, but they are out to get us!" The best part of the latter books were the adventures of Adam Bolitho. Thankfully, Adam assumes center stage. The series is rejuvenated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The saga continues... 28 Dec 1999
Excellent! I received this book last month and finished it last night (too late for an early morning at work!) It takes up where the finale left off...and does so in typical Kent/Bolitho fashion. The "weaving" that took place in the "first" series sets the stage with characters and plots already laid...a nice "seque" if you will. There is no real letdown. if there is anything that's a surprise/disappointment (only intitially) is that Adam gets into a few positions where you will say "...gee, seen this before..." until you realize...real life is just this way! All in all I really enjoyed it! Life begins again...
The saga continues....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second to none Alexander Kent 5 Mar 2014
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A really good read for the people who follow the Bolitho family Adam is definitely following in the steps of his uncle Ritchard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hugh C 19 Feb 2014
By Hugh C
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This man tells his stories with such ease and clarity to give so much pleasure to the reader. With this book he bridges the fall of his main man and throws you straight into the strength of his supporting characters and continues the enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bolitho Series 23 Sep 2013
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Absorbing reading giving an authentic account of the men and ships of the Royal Navy.
C. S. Foresters Hornblower series are good,- but in my opinion Alexander Kents' Bolitho novels are better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever! 16 Aug 2013
By Ian47
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I have read all the original books and to read this was like meeting old friends and new characters. A great read .I am looking forward to the next book.
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