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The Tide of War (Nathan Peake Trilogy 2)

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

Seth Hunter
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review 17 Mar 2013
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Typical sea story of the times fascinating characters excellent reading have read other books and hope to read more by this author
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 10 July 2010
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A very enthralling read and before I had finished the end I had pre-oredered the third!!. Good action scenes and lots of atmosphere and would recommend to any follower of Napoleonic novels
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 2 16 Jun 2012
By Rustle
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I bought this book on the recommendation of others on this site but my copy must be different to theirs. The plot has very little to do with the navy in the late 18th century despite the fact that it's about a naval captain. There's a little more than in the first book of this trilogy though.

If you want a spy story and a bit of a love story set in and around the French revolution and before the Napoleonic wars you'll like this. If you're after a novel about life in the British navy at the same time forget it!

Captain Peake is not a character who engenders any empathy or sympathy. A disappointingly weak plot and slightly boring read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nathan Peake No 2 10 July 2014
By Janjack
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My husband loved this book and No 1 so had to buy No 3 in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 2 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 2 months ago by P. J. Laing
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 4 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 7 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 7 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 9 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
Published 10 months ago by T.Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars same as others
I review this one as I have done others in the series, easy predictable plot which did not really hold my full attention
Published 12 months ago by Stuart Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Tide of War
Very well written. I enjoy books written about this period in history especially the Royal Navy of the day.I would recommend it to any one who is a follower of Nelson's navy.
Published 14 months ago by helen
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