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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: 16.1 x 2.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 857,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Another page-turner from the pen of Peter Smalley" Daily Mail

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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 By Edward Greensword on 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 By R H Evans on 11 May 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oliver on 27 May 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a Flynn on 26 Jan. 2011
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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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What a find! I bought the first book in the William Rennie series by Peter Smalley and loved it. I have read the series up to this one and they all follow on from each other brilliantly. The Pursuit is the sixth in the series and the stories get better and better. Captain William Rennie (Royal Navy) on the Frigate "Expedient" with his trusted First Lieutenant James Hayter plough the high seas on secret commissions from the admiralty and covert missions instructed by high government officials in the late 1700s. Intrigue, Strategy, sea battles, adventures, race against time, battered ships and survival against extreme weather is in store for the lucky reader. Brilliant characterisation and wonderfully evocative dialogue brings the characters to life so you feel like you are standing alongside captain Rennie on the Quarterdeck with the wind in your hair and the spray in your face chasing the enemy down when suddenly "There it is James, the impudent fellow is turning and means to engage us with his eighteen pound smashers! Give the command to clear for action!" (a sniff) "We'll show the blackguard how the Royal Navy reacts to a challenge!" (Furiously). "Hayter! Give the order to clear for action. Double shot the main guns and load grape shot in the swivels. We'll make him suffer this day, by God we will!!" Expedient rises on the swell to meet the challenger, her sails straining and lines thrumming in the gusting wind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kelly peacock on 23 Jan. 2015
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Seriously? When an author's powers of description are challenged to the extent that they feel obliged to write:

"BOOM-B-BOOM-B-BOOM"

In large type to simulate gunfire, it's a sure sign that you have not encountered a new literary giant.

The rest of the book is similarly journeyman stuff.

There is a passage where the protagonist feigns illness to lure over a jailer, steals his musket and knocks him out with it.
My seven year old could come up with a less pedestrian plot device.
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By P. J. Reeves on 12 Sept. 2012
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Having been a fan of this Rennie series I found this installment annoying. Whereas previously it was possible to forgive Rennie his curmudgeonly ways with his failings supplemented by his trusty Hayter, this was farcical theatre. Displays of pomposity and stubbornness as described left one feeling that such incompetence could not be plausible of such a person in command.
Overall I read at speed to conclude rather than enjoy as a page turner.
Luckily I'm only 7 books into o'Brien so have rich pickings left. I hope Rennie's next venture is more intelligent and believable.
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