I read this book many months ago, so I write with a cool head. It is well written. The book is relatively short, but it seems to me to be detailed enough to cover the whole story. It is not in the least one of those academic writings which you can hardly bear to go through, but rather a history-adventure book. The personalities are analysed, which is necessary to make any history book interesting, but just enough to get acquainted with them. The facts of the story are well told, and the reader's interest is maintained at all times, as far as I remember. I think this book is meritorious in that it adopts a neutral stance, giving credit to each character in accordance with their deeds, disregarding whatever popular myth might have attributed to them. The popular belief that the Spaniards were no match for the English, I believe is dealt a blow. As the author says at some point of the story, whatever mistakes the Spaniards might have made before the deployment of the Armada, once they were at sea, they made none. This is not exactly true, as at some point while crossing the Channel, a dispute broke out between the Captain of the Galley(s) Hugo de Moncada and Medina Sidonia, which resulted in the English Fleet not being engaged at a point when they were unable to manoeuvre due to calm winds. The bottom line, however, is that the men in the Armada were not a bunch of landlubbers, and some might wish to have us believe. Finally, the events that took place during the storms that forced the Armada to sail around the British Isles are gruesome. The author goes into some detail when writing about those events. Those who survived were often beaten, killed or suffered other terrible misfortunes. Some were more fortunate, and there is even some amusement, like one survivor, whose seduction skills more than once gave him the opportunity to avoid capture. Altogether a very good book which I am very glad to have read and which I dearly recommend.