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on 7 June 2011
Conquest Julian Stockwin
This is the twelve book in the Thomas Kydd series and I found this one to be the most interesting historically due to the story matter being set at the dawn of the British Empire. Kydd and Renzi depart immediately after escorting Nelsons body back to London and embark on a daring and audacious expedition to capture Cape Town, South Africa, on behalf of the British Government.
Stockwin brilliantly links in fact with fiction and I found the whole read engrossing and entertaining at the same time. The description of the landing and subsequent land campaign was well written and the smells and sights portrayed transport you back to the events as it happened. Research is king and Stockwin leads the field in his portrayal of life in the Cape in 1806/7 the real characters of the time and his ability to avoid clutter and cut to the chase.
Renzi is appointed to a position as so befits his upbringing and administration skills and excels in his duties. He plans for the future but as is so often the case things never quite go to plan. His trip into the bush is exhilarating and his exploits unravel the plot to destroy the fledging colony.
Both Kydd and Renzi mature in this book, both of them showing promise and immense skill in their chosen profession. I look forward to the next book in the life not just of the two friends but the young empire to which they serve.