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The Pursuit (William Rennie 6) [Hardcover]

Peter Smalley
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6 May 2010 William Rennie 6

Spring 1792.

HMS Expedient and her crew have survived their most perilous commission yet: the dead have been buried and the battle scars repaired. Captain James Rennie is anxious to be active again after a year on the beach. And this time he longs for regular service with the Fleet as opposed to the extraordinarily dangerous detached missions he has been assigned by Britain's shadowy spy masters in the last few years. His friend, Lieutenant James Hayter, is haunted by his past and he too longs for the sea .

Both will find their escape, but not in the circumstances they would have wished. Once more the summons comes for a secret voyage, in pursuit of a heavily armed neutral vessel. Aboard the ship lies a secret that could change the course of the coming war for Britain, and the loss of which could tip the balance irrevocably in favour of Revolutionary France.

From a fog-bound Thames Estuary to the limpid waters of the Norwegian fjords, through the storm-mad Atlantic and finally to Boston, Rennie and Hayter must play a deadly game involving sea battles, mutiny and breathtaking deception. And, of course, the only stakes in the game are victory or death.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Century; First Edition edition (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846052467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846052460
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 631,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Another page-turner from the pen of Peter Smalley" (Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'Salute a new master of the sea' Daily Express

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Pursuit of Disappointment 3 Aug 2010
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I enjoyed the earlier books in the series but found this one a liitle disappointing and I am now reading them on a "I've started so I will finish" basis. The period detail and naval action is still good but this series is becoming a little formulaic and the relationship between the leading characters becomes less and less plausible. Worth reading as part of the overall series but not a great book in is own right.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pursuit of entertainment 27 May 2011
By Oliver
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As a previous reviewer stated i am debating finishing what i have started but this now looks like it will be hard work.

Whilst it is unlikely that any author will replicate Patrick O'B's gift for capturing the day to day life, trials and tribulations of life at sea we could at least see some attempt. A series that started with reasonable narrative and believable plot-lines has turned farcical.

A Captain who has more mood swings that a recovering drug addict, an illegally placed First Lieutenant who attempts to incite mutiny on a British Man'O'War and a tiny mention of the other Two hundred odd souls that comprise a ship of that size makes for a seriously disappointing read.

I felt i was stuck between an angry married couple with the bickering that just did not cease... are these two individuals friends, enemies or what? I am all up for complex relationships and believe they add intrigue and depth but please just make it stop!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the least compelling Rennie and Hayter novel 11 May 2011
I am disappointed with this latest Peter Smalley offering. I have been thrilled by the series till now and have always found the individual book plots and the special relationship between Rennie and Hayter compelling. This one disappoints on both counts. That is not to say that there is no plot rather that while in the beginning it seems intruiging and fascinating as the english/danish/norwegian get drawn in, however for me it begins to unravel through the rest of the book and frankly at the end becomes banal.
In parallel the relationship, between the two key figures and their constant bickering and fighting about what to do becomes a rather boring distraction, and while the reader is left to hold the context of some underlying mutual respect and care, Smalley does not appear to want to find a way to deal with this conflict - a pity because there is so much to develop in these two.
Overall I felt like he needed to write something for his readers and get it to us as quickly as possible. Unfortunately it didn't work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wm Rennie: THE PURSUIT 26 Jan 2011
By a Flynn
I suppose it's a matter of taste, but this genre of Napoleonic-era naval fiction really as mushroomed in the last few years, with imitation of Patrick O'Brien evident. They are entertaining, combining as they do nostalgia for Britain's greatness and the sea, "action" which isn't just urban crime, and a human character.
Rennie ranks above average in this, though I do feel that if you've read such books before this won't be a sensation. Much betetr for someone new to the genre.
Certainly worth considering for the old-hand naval-fiction reader, and buying for the newcomer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another magnificant sea story. 3 July 2010
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I look forward to each new title in this superb series of sea stories. The author manages to introduce new elements to each tale to make each book individual but also moving on the series in general. Skullduggery is at the heart of this particular story.
My one tiny complaint was the constant bickering between Rennie and Hayter which got a bit wearing after a while.
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