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The First Nathaniel Drinkwater Omnibus: An Eye of the Fleet, A King's Cutter, A Brig of War: "Eye of the Fleet", "King's Cutter", "Brig of War" Paperback – 20 Jan 2000


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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (20 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751529796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751529791
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 4.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Packed with exciting incident, worthy of wide appeal to those who love thrilling nautical encounters and the sea (NAUTICAL MAGAZINE)

A rollocking good read for those who enjoy talk of mizzens, muzzles and midshipmen. (BRISTOL EVENING POST)

[A] stirring tale. (COVENTRY EVENING TELEGRAPH)

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* Fact and fiction are combined to produce a fascinating recreation of a bygone world at war.

*The first omnibus of a successful adventure series featuring Nathaniel Drinkwater.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin on 12 Oct 2007
I am a massive fan of the genre and think that Forester's Hornblower is pretty much the pinnacle, but Woodman's Drinkwater is, to my mind, the best of his challengers.

After 15 or 20 novels of O'Brien or Pope i found my interest beginning to wane, but Drinkwater kept me hooked all the way (about 12 or something books, if i recall). The nautical terminology is there, of course, and the author is very good at creating the atmosphere of the period and of the wooden sailing ships of Nelson's time. Something is always happening to keep the reader interested and, while it is true as has already been noted, that the same english villain and french villain remain pretty much throughout the series, i did not have too much of a problem with this. Authors should be given a little leeway when it comes to "coincidences", as long as they are not too far fetched.

In summary, i would recomment giving Drinkwater a chance if you have exhausted the Hornblower series and are looking for something else to dull your withdrawal symptoms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By alexandria1121 on 26 July 2001
Woodman is treading familiar ground - Patrick O'Brian, Alexander Kent, C.S.Forester, Showell Styles to name but a few. Nevertheless his are worthy additions to the genre. His style lacks the everyday detail and his characters lack the depth of Patrick O'Brian's, but the narratives are gripping, the nautical detail appears accurate (I am no expert!) and if you prefer to cut to the chase you will find these books very much to your taste.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb 2002
For those disconsolate souls who have read all of O'Brian's masterful works, travelled with the moody but adventurous Hornblower, and have sought a new master to chart a course through the seas of early 19th century British naval fiction, I can warmly recommend Woodman. Woodman tells a good tale, only occasionally lapsing to the mediocre in his plotting, but none can surpass his ability to sketch the feel of living in the navy of this time. A warning: these are not for the neophyte. Woodman assumes a solid background in nautical terminology (or a very good dictionary). Nevertheless, they are works that merit high recognition among the lovers of naval fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. B. Pitbladdo VINE VOICE on 18 Feb 2009
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I've just finished the fifth Nathaniel Drinkwater omnibus and my remarks apply to the whole fourteen novels so my approbation of the subsequent four omnibuses (should that perhaps be omnibi?) can be taken as read.
I think these stories are splendid, swahbuckled to the Nth degree, filled with finely drawn characters, exciting incident and nautical know how.

To try and give you a little focus as to how my tastes may or may not parallel your own I will not declaim on the merits or otherwise of the author but will name some authors whose work I have also enjoyed. For sea stories I have enjoyed all of Julian Stockwin's Kydd novels, lapped up all of James Nelson's offerings, but found, as yet,(and this might just be me) O'Brien and Forester to be a bit stodgy. I am not really a big sea story fan, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Wilbur Smith, Conn Iggulden, Harlan coben (non Myron B.) being more my cup of tea. However, if, in any of the above, you have seen mention of authors you yourself like i would urge you to give Mr. Woodman a try
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 5 Nov 2002
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Brilliant stuff! As first novels, these are almost as subtle and enigmatic as P.O'B's later works, but just as gripping as his early stuff; similarly based on historical fact, they are definitely a cut above the rest. Excellent descriptions of below-decks and battle actions take you right inside the ship; an acquaintance with nautical terminology helps, but is not vital, to understand the gist of the action or the day-to-day management of the ship - e.g. the handling of sails is particularly well-described, far better than any other book I've read. and succinct descriptions of wind, weather and tide preface each event; the stage is already set - action soon follows.
None of the incidents or fortunate strokes of luck seem contrived, rather they develop naturally as Nat matures from innocence into almost cynical youth.
In 'The Eye of the Fleet' (first book in this volume), the hard life below decks is brought horrifically home in thefirst few pages - the impotence of the younger gentlemen in the face of overbearing bullying is brought sharply into focus, as is the rough justice of the foremast jacks - stark reality is served up in healthy measure here, with a side salad of intrigue and a dressing of young love.
Ten years on, 'A King's Cutter' sees Nat married - the early promise of promotion has not materialised and he is stuck in a boring navigational job on Admiralty Yachts. Suddenly, an influential old comrade offers him a commission in a clandestine operation on a speedy cutter, where his skills will be put to the test helping the Aristos to escape the Terror of the Revolution. In an about-face, Britain is assisting her traditional enemy, in an attempt to avert the greater threat of anarchy, but has to cope with the potentially worse threat of the infamous Nore Mutiny ...
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