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5.0 out of 5 stars Compare With Caution
This was my second attempt at reading this book. On the first occasion, I made the mistake of comparing it with the likes of Kent, Forrester and O'Brian and was uneasy with the eponymous hero being at the bottom of the story's food-chain. As a former Junior Rating in the Royal Navy who has often complained at the rather patronising view of the Lower Deck on offer from the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An uneasy start to the series by a promising writer
Like a previous reviewer, I found this a hard book to get into at first. In fact, I pretty much gave up after the turgid anchor raising mentioned below. But having heard Julian talk about his book at the Historical Novel Society's conference in London I thought that he was a very engaging character and he deserved another attempt at his book.
It's a difficult book to...
Published on 18 Oct 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Kydd ( Kydd ),
Excellent reading. Good Introduction of The Main Players.
Good Description of The Vessel.
So Far Only half Way Thro as I Read a Chapter In The Evening Before I Go To Sleep.
Recommendable and I Will Be Getting The Rest Of The Series
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Kydd first novel,
This review is from: Kydd (Kydd 1) (Hardcover)A very good first novel, definitely makes the series 'a must be read' to follow his exploits.
I would recommend it to anyone that like seafaring novels.
4.0 out of 5 stars Kydd - the start of a seafaring saga,
This review is from: Kydd (Thomas Kidd) (Kindle Edition)I read this book some time ago , lent it to a "friend" and never saw it again. Now it's replaced. I'll be reading it again!!! and again!!!
4.0 out of 5 stars I can't recommend the stories of Thomas Kydd by Julian Stockwin highly enough.,
I read two more books that was out of sequence these were "Treachery" and "The Admiral's Daughter", I made a determined effort to start again at the beginning of the series of books and so we now start with;
This the first book in a series of stories about Thomas Kydd and his friend Nicholas Renzi, and I liked it I now know who, what, why and where these two met and as this is another rollicking good yarn from one of my favourite story weavers of true boy's own adventures I was well pleased.
I really appreciated the meticulous background knowledge that Julian Stockwin gives of life at sea at the time of the Napoleonic wars and found myself transported back to the era that made the Royal Navy under the command of great seagoing heroes like Nelson great.
This story follows the life of Thomas Kydd who is against his will pressed into naval service, a much more ruthless world in contrast to his life ashore as a wig maker.
At times I did find myself paying a visit to the dictionary or the laptop to translate some of the naval slang and jargon along with some 18th century wording, but I didn't mind that as Julian wants us to be immersed into that era for a more complete adventure (I think).
As I have already read some of this series I recommend this book I believe that Julian Stockwin is an instinctive teller of tales and, with Thomas Kydd and the captivating intrigues he is a man with a stunning imagination and just as unfalteringly his research is truthful and matchless.
I can't recommend the stories of Thomas Kydd by Julian Stockwin highly enough.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow on to Sharpe and the like,
4.0 out of 5 stars Like learning a Different Language,
It does take a bit of time to get into the books due to the regular use of language that has probably not been heard for 100 years or more by non sailors, However, you get used to it remarkably quickly and I don't know whether it's because i am used to it or it's used less in later novels but I no longer notice it.
I've given this book 4 stars and that applies to the series so far, I like Kydd as a character even though he is a little bit too good to be true, and strangely I have no affinity with Renzi, I keep hoping Thomas Kydd has enough of him tells him to "Get over it you Culley" and tips him overboard.. Probably a Forlorn Hope.
The 2nd book in the series was a bit strange i got to the end and thought to myself...what happened there? If I didn't already have book 3 I might have stopped reading the series.
From book 3 onwards the story lines really picked up a notch and I am now a confirmed Kydd fan.
3.0 out of 5 stars A retrospective view,
This review is from: Kydd (Thomas Kidd) (Kindle Edition)I note the age of some of the reviews on here - including one by a certain Mr Scarrow in 2001. I wonder whatever happened to him?
So if you get round to reading this review what can I add to what has gone before? Not much I have to say but I think some of the early reviews are a bit too critical of the derivativeness (is that a word?) of the book and the thinness of the characterisation. You only need to look at the star ratings of subsequent volumes to note that the series develops nicely and that the author soon fionds his stride but you have to start somewhere and you might as well start here at volume 1. Bit obvious that really but there is enough here around the admittedly interminable nautical jargon - which you can skip quite frankly - to draw you in and want to know what happens next. So as a stand alone book this has its faults but as a starting point to a series which gets better and better then it does the job
4.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Kydd book 1,
4.0 out of 5 stars You've got to be Kydding!,
Good idea to write from the point of view of a jacktar, but his climb from pressed man to seaman is unbelievably quick.
There are elements of the story that are also in Hornblower and Aubrey/Maturin novels, and both tell it better.
Enjoyable and Worthwhile reading though.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story - Hornblower meets Sharpe,
This is an extremely competent first book by the author and the first in a series following the adventures of Thomas Kydd. Kydd, a former wigmaker from Guildford(!) gets caught by the press-gang and ends up at sea. He then begins a series of experiences and adventures that take him from a completely incompetent landsman to a full Able Seaman.
The book is a thoroughly gripping page-turner, and gives an excellent portrayal of life aboard a British battleship at the end of the 18th century. The level of detail of everyday life, duties and battle aboard ship make engrossing reading, and the author certainly knows how to keep the adrenaline going and the pages flying.
Kydd is a great protagonist - enough fallibility and frailties to make him believable, but enough positive attitude to rise to his challenges and keep going. There is a lot of authentic (I assume) language and plenty of confusing nautical terminology. The latter is fine though because it would have been no less confusing to a recently pressed landlubber, and the reader learns alongside Kydd as he comes to terms with a seaman's life.
This is a terrific book that wouldn't disgrace any of the well known military historical fiction authors, and all the more impressive for being a first work. Excellent stuff, highly recommended, and I've already bought the next few volumes to follow his adventures further.
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Kydd (Thomas Kidd) by Julian Stockwin