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4.0 out of 5 stars Naval adventure
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Seth Hunter is the pseudonym of the author Paul Bryers ,highly acclaimed and prize-winning writer of adult and children`s novels. He has written and directed many historical dramas for television, radio and the theatre and adapted and directed films by playwrights such as Arthur Miller and Michael Bulgakov.

This latest book (4) Winds of...
Published on 7 July 2011 by Parm

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3.0 out of 5 stars ok
basic sea going adventure not much different from other such writers. The characters a strong but the plot is average.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Naval adventure, 7 July 2011
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Parm (A bookshop near you) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Winds of Folly (Hardcover)
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Seth Hunter is the pseudonym of the author Paul Bryers ,highly acclaimed and prize-winning writer of adult and children`s novels. He has written and directed many historical dramas for television, radio and the theatre and adapted and directed films by playwrights such as Arthur Miller and Michael Bulgakov.

This latest book (4) Winds of Folly is the latest in the Nathan Peake series.
Nathan Peake
* The Time of Terror (2008)
* The Tide of War (2009)
* The Price of Glory (2010)
* The Winds of Folly (2011)

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The compelling new historical naval adventure from a master of maritime storytelling.

1796: Nathan Peake, captain of the frigate Unicorn is sent with a small squadron into the Adriatic to help bring Venice into an Italian alliance against the French. He establishes a British naval presence, harrying the French corsairs that swarm out of Ancona in Italy. While Nathan confronts the politics of 'intrigue, poison and the stiletto' in Venice, his mission is further complicated by the arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte's aide de camp, Junot. Recognising Nathan as the 'American' who saved Bonaparte's life in Paris, Junot invites him to army headquarters where he unwillingly joins the French in a victorious battle against the Austrians. Meanwhile, in Venice, French troops move into the city and a new revolutionary government takes power. Nathan learns that Bonaparte is negotiating a peace deal with the Austrians - Britain's only remaining ally. Worse, the Spanish are about to ally with the French. Nathan returns to the Unicorn and rejoins Nelson for the decisive Battle of St Vincent against the entire Spanish fleet.

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Unlike many books set in this time period while it contains detail it does not get bogged down in the detail, the author keeps the pace rattling along at a fair pace, the characters are very real and very vivid Hunter / Bryers does a fantastic job or breathing life into each one of them, although I do feel the one element that could for some be considered a draw back is that the books really need to be read in order, they don't come across as well as a stand alone, there is so much character growth, you the reader need to grow with them and understand that growth.
Hunter/ Bryers gives and excellent view of the time period, his descriptions are vivid enough to give you the sights the sounds and the smells, without going all Tolkien and the ents on the reader and spending pages describing the grain of the wood.
This is excellent Historical fiction well told I highly recommend the series, and not just to the fans of Naval history

(Parm)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle book, 21 Feb 2014
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I have read this author before, so was fairly confident the book would be a good read. As expected, a very good read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok, 23 Oct 2013
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basic sea going adventure not much different from other such writers. The characters a strong but the plot is average.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intreagie and history mixed with care, 16 July 2013
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A compelling read that was hard to put down. Great read and the nicest way to pass the train journey here in Taiwan is reading great historic novels about home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read, 1 July 2013
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Yet another book in this great series. If you haven't read them before, start at book one and you will (should) enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the winds of folly, 13 Feb 2013
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excellent read difficult to put down when started Ihope rest of the series is as good as this one Tony
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking high sea's historical fiction, 9 April 2012
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I love a cracking historical novel set during a well-known time period, firstly because with hindsight the reader knows what's going to happen but mainly because, for those with the knowledge, it's fascinating to see how the author is going to manipulate events to allow the best outcome for his story as well as generating a seat of the ride journey for the reader.

What Seth Hunter does well is keep up a breakneck pace that works well for this type of storytelling but he also manages not to get too heavy with the historical background which could have really dragged the piece down, back that up with a compulsory principle hero who feels that he could jump from the page fully and the reader is going to get a satisfactory piece. All in a wonderful piece of writing for this the fourth book in the series and one that I feel is allowing Peake to come into his own. Cracking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars seth hunter peake 4, 12 Feb 2012
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Whilst following Nathan Peake through the Trilogy I felt as though something was missing from the 3rd Novel, however this 4th The Winds of Folly have more than given him his " Character " back, he is once more Captain Peake with his Ship and his Crew and maintaining the twists and turns of Navy life along with his own Domestic lifestyle.. I hope "Seth" can become as prolific a writer as Bernard Corwell who through Richard Sharpe does to the Army what Seth through Nathan Peake now does to the Navy..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Patrick O'Brien!, 4 Dec 2012
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This is rich and exciting writing. Patrick O'Brien wrote some 20 novels about his heroes in the age of sail. I read them all avidly. Seth Hunter has only written 4 so far, all of which I have enjoyed. When will we get more such page turners?
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