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4.0 out of 5 stars Number 6 in the RCN (Leary and Mundy) Space Opera series, 28 Feb 2011
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Marshall Lord (Whitehaven, UK) - See all my reviews
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This space opera is the sixth of, to date, eight naval SF action stories featuring Daniel Leary, an officer in the space navy of the far future "Republic of Cinnabar" and his signals officer (and super spy) Adele Mundy.

Like David Weber's "Honor Harrington" series, although with rather different execution of a similar idea, this series imagines a far future technology for space travel and space warfare which imposes tactical, logistical and strategic challenges for space navy officers remarkably similar to those which the technology of fighting sail imposed on the wet navy officers of Nelson's navy. The spaceships use real sails, for instance and it has an impact when they get shot away.

Indeed, just as the first 12 Honor Harrington novels are rather like a far future, gender reversed re-creation of C.S. Forester's Hornblower novels, Drake confirmed in author's notes to this and other volumes in the series that the "Leary" novels were originally inspired by Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey and Maturin novels such as Master and Commander.

As this story begins, The Republic of Cinnabar has been backed into a corner by the enemy Alliance at the Diamondia system: the RCN is fighting desperately to hold it with two battleships, one of them eighty years old, against a larger enemy force. Cinnabar doesn't have the battleships to reinforce the RCN squadron, so instead they need a distraction: which is to be found by sending Daniel Leary, Adele Mundy, and the Corvette "Princess Cecile" to support a group of rebels in the Bagarian Cluster who have revolted against the Alliance. The RCN have sent a corvette to do a battle squadron's job - but if anyone can pull this one off it's Daniel, Adele, and the Cissies ...

The series to date consists of:

1) "With The Lightnings"
2) "Lt. Leary, Commanding"
3) "The Far Side of the Stars (Lt. Leary)"
4) "The Way To Glory (RCN)"
5) "Some Golden Harbor (RCN)"
6) This book: "When the Tide Rises"
7) "In the Stormy Red Sky"
8) "What Distant Deeps (Rcn - Lt. Leary)"

The first few books were collectively known as the "Lt. Leary" series, but as he was promoted to Commander at the conclusion of "The Way to Glory" and to Captain at the start of "In the Stormy Red Sky," the series is now more aptly known as the "RCN" series.

The plots or situations of all the books in this series are to some extent inspired by real events from various periods of history, and David Drake usually explains in an author's note where he took them from. In the case of "When the Tide Rises" David Drake has based the story on the actions of Lord Cochrane in support of liberation movements in Chile, Peru and Brazil as they rose against their Spanish and Portugese colonial overlords.

The naval battle in this story is based on the first battle of Lissa in 1811, notable because both sides were inspired by Horatio Nelson. The French commander copied the same tactics Nelson had used at Trafalgar against a much smaller British squadron commanded by Captain William Hoste, who had been one of Nelson's own prodigies. While hoisting the signal "Remember Nelson," Hoste proceeded to prove how badly Nelson's tactics would have worked if he had been foolish enough to use them against a compact and well disciplined enemy.

David Drake is a very consistent four-star author in military and naval science fiction. His highly prolific output doesn't include all that many five star books (there are one or two) but I've never, ever read a bad one. The RCN stories are all clever, entertaining, and interesting and "When the Tide Rises" is no exception.
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4.0 out of 5 stars David Drake at his usual quality, 2 April 2013
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David Drake at his usual quality. Leary gets even more unbelievable as these books progress. The story gets ever more bizarre, and characters ever more cardboard cut-outs. Read the first and then stop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good David Drake Book!, 28 Mar 2013
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Mr. C. J. Murphy (London) - See all my reviews
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A typical, good military science fiction/Space opera yarn from David Drake, that does sum it up really, if you have read one David Drake book and enjoyed it, you should like them all.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 6 in the Lt. Leary Saga, 16 April 2008
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Ken Fowler (Leeds uk) - See all my reviews
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I really enjoy this series with its black humour. The way the characters are described and act is rather different from most Sci-Fi space opera, full of faults and character deficiences.
Lt. Leary is a skilled tactician and very able on a ship but needs hidden assistance off it. With his friend Adele Mundy who is generally clumsy but able to break into any information system and a deadly shot as well(Actually a superspy) they deal with unwinnable situations.
This is a sci-fi version of Patrick O'Brians sailing ship sagas. Indeed the spaceships even sail through space with masts and sails to shift them through other universes.
Great fun.
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