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Best of Cornwell's Sea Thrillers but no Sharpe!
on 4 August 2006
'Sea Lord' is the last of the Sea based thrillers by Cornwell that I have got around to reading. They have ranged in style from Miami Vice-esque (Crackdown), crazy eco-warriors (Storm Child) and now a more sedate and traditional story of feuding families.
'Sea Lord' is the best of Bernard Cornwell's Sea books because it's the most like his other novels such as Sharpe. As a rule the characters he develops tend to be too chauvinistic and do not sit well in a modern day setting. However, in 'Sea Lord', he introduces us to an Earl who fled GB and his family after a Van Gogh painting was stolen. He has only returned to go to his mother's funeral and finds more than he bargains for when someone tries to murder him and he meets an enigmatic Italian Countess! As the chief suspect in the robbery will he be able to clear his name and save his own life?
This novel is very breezy and easy to read. The characters are likeable enough and the story just about holds its own. Problems lie in the fact that I knew who did it very quickly and that Cornwell always seems to write more suited to historic rather than contemporary settings.
This book was an average yet fun read. As an introduction to Cornwell's older; and less well known; sea books, a good start.