This is now the second book (since the 3 Midshipman Bolitho novels have been compacted into one edition) in Kent's Bolitho series. Kent's writing style is easy to follow and this book can be knocked off pretty quickly. There is plenty of action and various plot twists that all come together at the end. I liked the fact that this book is neither a collection of various adventures nor one big long story, but somewhere in between. If you like a series that is easy to read and has lots of action, then this is the series for you.
One blemish, though--there's a girl (and many a good war book or movie was ruined by a love interest.) I'd say this gal is totally unneeded, but I think the reader can relate to Bolitho's feelings. So, I won't take off a star.