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The Time of Terror (Nathan Peake Trilogy 1)

The Time of Terror (Nathan Peake Trilogy 1) [Kindle Edition]

Seth Hunter
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'The mix of swashbuckling on land and sea works well' (Sun Herald)


'The mix of swashbuckling on land and sea works well'

(Sun Herald )

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 774 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Review (2 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087JVN0M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Time of Terror by Seth Hunter 2 Mar 2011
I heard about Seth Hunter when I booked for a writing workshop with Paul Bryer ('Fact into Fiction) and discovered that he was indeed one and the same. Consequently I bought the trilogy and started on the first one! I took three days to read it and the other two followed in quick succession.
I won't tell you the story (others have already done so in previous reviews. Suffice it to say it was an enjoyable and enlightening read.
Nathan Peake was a believable 'hero' tumbling through the most unlikely set of circumstances within Paris and the full horror of the French Revolution. I felt I was there!
I learned more from this fiction of the social history of the time from this novel than from all the dull tomes of the classroom. History came alive, as did the characters in the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Action on the high Sea's (but mainly in Paris) 9 Feb 2009
All you book lover's will recognise this scene. I finish work at 4pm and dash into town for a haircut before heading home. At 4.45 duly cropped I'm on my way back to the car when my clinical inability to walk past a book shop strikes again and before I know it it is 5.30 I have 2 books under my arm and I am frantically looking for a third to complete the 3 for 2 offer whilst an impatient shop keeper is looking at me daggers wanting to go home!
The pressure on, my eyes fall on the cover of this book, an 18 Century cutter surging into the surf, I flip it over, it's the story of a young English naval officer!, memories of Hornblower and Lucky Jack Aubrey spring to my mind and I complete the threesome and put the shop keeper out of their misery!

Had I more time I would probably have realised this is really the story of the power vacuum and subsequent terror and attrocities carried out in post revolution France and the actual sea faring components are comparatively small.

As a historical excercise I found the book hugely rewarding. I had heard of Danton and of course most noteably Robespierre, but had no real idea of their political views, how they came to blows and how they met their grisley deaths. The author also draws a wonderful picture of Paris at this particular time of turmoil and gives a real feel of how quickly things could turn decidely nasty for anyone who spoke against the revolution, used the wrong wording or simply forget to put on a tricolour badge on his hat!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Story 4 Feb 2009
I ordered this for a friend who is very keen on naval stories. I started glancing through it and a day later finished the novel. This is so much more than a "sailing yarn". Set in the French revolution, it tells the story of an English naval officer - but is full of humour and history and lust as any novel I read. It is masterfully written, a gripping tale, and well worth anyone's time. I've now bought my own copy and have pre-ordered the second part of this trilogy. Don't miss it. Superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History Lesson 22 May 2013
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Much more about the French Revolution rather than boys stuff on the high seas. Notwithstanding I very much enjoyed the story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Nathan Peake is a commander in the British Navy who spends his days chasing smugglers along the English coastline. This is not really Nathan's idea of fun and he longs to have some real adventures. He gets his chance in the year 1793 when, with England and France at war, he is asked to run the blockade in the English Channel and deliver some important documents to the American minister in Paris. Unknown to Nathan, however, his ship is carrying a cargo of counterfeit banknotes - putting his life in serious danger!

Although it's not necessary to be an expert on French history to understand this story, you will get more out of it if you have some prior knowledge of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. So if names such as Georges Danton and Robespierre mean nothing to you, it might be a good idea to do some research before beginning the book.

Readers who enjoy historical fiction novels that focus on real historical figures will be pleased to know that throughout the pages of The Time of Terror you'll meet the author and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, the American agent (and Mary's lover) Gilbert Imlay, the revolutionary writer Thomas Paine and many more - so many, in fact, that I began to feel Hunter was just trying to drop as many famous names as possible into the story. The sheer amount of historical detail in this novel was slightly overwhelming, though usually interesting. There were dinner parties with Camille Desmoulins and Lucile Duplessis, visits to the waxworks (including a brief appearance by the young Madame Tussaud) and vivid descriptions of the guillotine. However, other parts of the story that interested me were barely touched on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nathan Peake No 1 10 July 2014
By Janjack
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My husband loved this book so had to buy No 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it 25 Feb 2014
By mike
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I have been looking for decent, well written and historically accurate "Napoleonic" War naval fiction since Patrick O'Brien died. With this series I have found it.
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