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The Tide of War (Nathan Peake Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Seth Hunter
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The second brilliant novel in Seth Hunter's naval adventure series, featuring Captain Nathan Peake. Newly-promoted Captain Nathan Peake is despatched to the Caribbean to take command of the British navy's latest frigate, the 32-gun Unicorn. But the Unicorn already has a tragic history of mutiny - and murder. Meanwhile the Revolutionary authorities in Paris have sent the best frigate in the French fleet, the 44-gun Virginie, on a secret mission to spread mayhem from the shores of Cuba to the swamps of the Mississippi Delta. While the Unicorn embarks on her epic duel with the Virginie, Nathan confronts the seductive charms of Sabine Delatour, witch queen of the Army of Lucumi, the intrigues of the American agent Gilbert Imlay...

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'This book has it all; naval battles, mutiny, pirates, spies - even a witch queen! Will be welcomed by lovers of naval historical fiction' (Daily Mail )

'Really engaging. Seth Hunter has a more natural storyteller's eye than [Patrick] O'Brian... well wrought and deftly told' (Telegraph)

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Captain Nathan Peake finds himself torn between his loyalty to king and country and his own love of liberty in the thrilling follow-up to THE TIME OF TERROR

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1186 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Review (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007704RY6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Seth Hunter is the pseudonym of Paul Bryers, writer and film-maker, and the name he uses for his historical fiction - as opposed to contemporary novels and films.
In 2008 he began writing a series of novels set during the Wars of the French Revolution, set in the last decade of the 18th century and featuring Nathan Peake, an Anglo-American naval officer and intelligence agent.
There are now (2012)five in the series: The Time of Terror, the Tide of War, The Price of Glory, The Winds of Folly and The Flag of Freedom. A sixth, The Flag of Freedom, will be published in 2013.
Under his real name, Paul Bryers, he has written a number of contemporary novels including Hollow Target which won arts council Best First Novel and In a Pig's Ear named in Guardian five best novels of year. Other titles include The Used Women's Book Club, The Prayer of the Bone, The Adultery Department and Coming First.
He also writes fiction for children and young adults, including the highly-acclaimed Mysteries of the Septagram trilogy: Kobal, Avatar and Abyss. His latest novel Spooked is to be published in 2013 by Hodder Children's Books.
As a television producer, writer and director he has made a great many dramas, documentaries and docudramas for British, European and American television. His TV series Queen Victoria's Empire won an outstanding achievement award at the 2002 NY Film Festival, and his films have since been nominated for BAFTA and Grierson awards. Dramas and features for television include Incident in Judea with Mark Rylance, The Golden Years, by Arthur Miller, A Vote for Hitler and Incident in Judea.
He currently teaches an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester and is a member of The Society of Authors, PEN, and Children's Writers and Illustrators in London (CWIL).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not completely all at sea 20 Mar. 2010
There is a French frigate causing trouble in the Caribbean. The British have a frigate there too, but she has lost her captain in decidedly strange circumstances. Newly promoted Nathan Peake is sent to take command, unravel the mystery of what happened to his predecessor, and of course eliminate the French ship.

The first third of the book is background. It takes forever to actually reach the Caribbean but things pick up as soon as we arrive, although the emphasis is on character rather than action. There are lots of coincidences and Peake makes some decidedly dodgy decisions. Mr Hunter has a wonderful knack of painting interesting characters but unfortunately their main effect is to make the hero seem pallid in comparison. Still, there is a lot of tension and a good air of mystery, and I wanted to know how it all ended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine series continues 30 Nov. 2009
The opening of Tide of War, set immediately after the conclusion of The Time of Terror, finds Nathan Peake recuperating at his father's estate in Sussex. After two years of serving "undercover" in Paris while posing as an American merchant captain, he is weary and grief-stricken. A summons to the Admiralty provides just the tonic he needs. Peake is made post and is to take command of a frigate, the Unicorn.

The Unicorn, alas, was last seen in Havana, where she reported that her captain was missing, as was her cutter with a full complement of sailors. Peake is thrown into the complex and turbulent world of the the Caribbean at the end of the 18th Century. England, France and Spain are vying for control of sugar and coffee production; slaves, inspired by the French revolution, are moved to revolt in Sainte Domingue and Cuba; the United States' citizens are pushing westward into Spanish territory; the French have designs on Louisiana; the Spanish, nominally allies with England, are divided between supporting the heretical English and the atheistic French; deserters, mutineers and runaway slaves are turning to piracy. And it's hurricane season.

Peake's mission is to destroy the French frigate Virginie (better armed and manned than the Unicorn), retrieve the Unicorn's cutter and protect Britain's interests. He is advised by the slippery and mysterious American, Gilbert Imlay, an actual historical personage. Imlay worked for each of the four nations, probably playing double or triple games, and no one knows where his true loyalties fell. His behavior often embarrasses Peake and sometimes endangers the mission.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great continuation of a series 11 May 2011
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The turmoil in the Caribbean and Mississippi delta is a little-publicised period in the Napoleonic wars, overshadowed by events in Europe, but it's where Nelson made his name and when the French and Spanish decline in central America began.

Nathan Peake, recovering after a 2-year 'spying' mission in France during the Revolution & Terror, gets a new commission and promotion - but his new command is in the Caribbean, masterless and mutinous. He ships to Cuba and meets up again with the duplicitous Imlay, who is still manipulating events to his advantage. Nathan is caught up in the web of intrigue and spends an inordinate amount of time getting his act together, while dissent, mutiny, insurrection and rebellion are all around.
Having just read another book based on the same period, this is head and shoulders above it: taught writing, deep research, great action sequences (although few) and wry, dry humour combined with detailed & understandable ship-handling evolutions.
We see parallels with O'Brien in his servant Gabriel (Killick) and the surgeon McLeish (Maturin) and in Nathan himself who (like Aubrey) finds himself 'at sea' on land, making some dubious decisions, but is completely in command on deck, turning impending defeat into glorious victory - but at a cost.
A quirky turn in the very last pages sets the scene for the next book in the series.

This filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge of the war in the Caribbean and its causes - a great read! ****
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"The Tide of War" is the second of Seth Hunter's Captain Nathan Peake nautical stories set during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, and I believe that the author is fairly setting this series up to challenge the dominance of the Aubrey-Maturin nautical stories of Patrick O'Brien and the Ramage novels of Dudley Pope. The main difference from my point of view is the fast pace at which Seth Hunter's novels travel. Despite this fast pace, Seth Hunter is a master of description whether it be wild seas, ship to ship battles, dangerous political intrigue and violent mob rule in Paris during the French Revolution, or the natural beauty of the countryside when Nathan Peake is ashore. I especially approve Seth Hunter allowing us to enter the minds of the female characters in these stories, instead of treating women as two dimensional objects.

In this novel, Nathan Peake has to contend with political intrigue in which he is no more than a pawn, attack on his lightly armed barque Speedwell by a heavier gunned Barbary pirate, shore fighting with his sailors and marines in the swamps of Louisiana, an exotic Caribbean beauty who wants to own him, and two stirring actions in his 32-gun frigate Unicorn against the more powerful 44-gun French frigate Virginie

I have read all of the nautical novels of Patrick O'Brien, and must confess that when the author launches us into the minds and thoughts of Captain Aubrey or Stephen Maturin in the form of lengthy stream of consciousness episodes, I have taken the opportunity to take a break from my reading. The same happens with the Ramage novels, when Dudley Pope allows Ramage's handful of loyal lower deck crew members to chat at great length about their captain, his relationship with the lovely Italian Marchesa di Volteri, and whatever else Ramage may be doing at any particular time. But Seth Hunter allows us no such luxury. The pacing of his Nathan Peake novels is relentless and totally absorbing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
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Published 9 months ago by carol g
5.0 out of 5 stars Good characterisation and well researched
The second book more than lived up to the first in the series! Good characterisation and well researched. I look forward to more instalments.
Published 9 months ago by P. J. Laing
5.0 out of 5 stars Nathan Peake No 2
My husband loved this book and No 1 so had to buy No 3 in the series.
Published 10 months ago by Janjack
4.0 out of 5 stars Seth Hunter, The Tide of War
Another great novel by Seth Hunter, with a first class action read. He is as good as Patrick O'Brien and Alexander Kent, and his research and description of the time, is excellent.
Published 11 months ago by Granville Russell Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars great writer
because the author {is not better then o,brien } get s you inside the captains head and it is though you are sharing his adventure with him the dangers the excitement as well
Published 14 months ago by bromefleet bullhead
4.0 out of 5 stars The tide of war(Nathan Peake Trilogy 2)
The second instalment was a good if not better than the first it's amazing how much detail the author puts into his books well done you just get enthralled in the story line he... Read more
Published 14 months ago by mad manc
5.0 out of 5 stars Tide of war
This book also a very good read, just as good as the Time of Terror. Good storyline like the previous book
Published 16 months ago by shebee
5.0 out of 5 stars Seth Hunter
If you enjoy books on naval history back in the 19th centaury you will love this series of Nathan Peake
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