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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as Hornblower
Ramage is in many ways a contrary to Hornblower. He is rich, a nobleman, intuitive rather than intellectual, hopeless at mathematics, but they share the sense of duty to the navy and to the seamen serving under them.
In the first of the novels we are presented with Ramage and the most important of the characters who will follow him in the rest of the novels. It...
Published on 14 Aug 2002 by Lasse Enersen

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2.0 out of 5 stars Wooden - like the ships.
This is the first of fifteen novels that chart the life and career of the fictitious Nicolas Ramage through the times of Napoleon and the navy of Nelson. He starts in this adventure as a lowly lieutenant and presumably ends as a dashing and adored admiral.

However, this book, and possibly those that succeed it, are a mixed bag.

As a piece of...
Published on 21 Jan 2008 by S. M. Williams


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as Hornblower, 14 Aug 2002
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Lasse Enersen (Ballerup Denmark) - See all my reviews
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Ramage is in many ways a contrary to Hornblower. He is rich, a nobleman, intuitive rather than intellectual, hopeless at mathematics, but they share the sense of duty to the navy and to the seamen serving under them.
In the first of the novels we are presented with Ramage and the most important of the characters who will follow him in the rest of the novels. It starts dramatically with Ramage waking up after a severe blow to find himself instantly promoted from 5th in command to 1st in command, since all his superiors are dead. The ship is sinking and the enemy is ready to fire the conclusive barrage.
Very good book, but if you haven't read Hornblower yet, do that first.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ramage - Dudley Pope, 9 July 2002
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This is the first of Dudley Pope's series of novels about Lord Nicholas Ramage, naval officer in His Majesty's navy at the time of Nelson. Pope knows his history and seafaring and spins a good yarn to boot. His writing is vivid, realistic and exciting though not in the Patrick o'Brien class of naval prose.
This opening story sees Ramage take charge of and lose his first command within an hour but this does not stop him from taking over the secret assignment given to the late Captain of Ramage's doomed frigate. Ramage has to rescue a group of patriotic Italians but in doing so he both incurs the wrath of one and the affection of another, the latter being the heroine of the piece with whom Ramage falls madly in love. There's a court scene, an excellent battle scene towards the end and Ramage gets to meet Nelson and another chap called ... Hornblower! Contrived stuff at times but hard to put down and will leave the reader looking forward to the next exciting episode - of which there are fortunately many!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 7 July 2012
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Well written with a good story line. Can't wait to start another in the Ramage series and follow the adventures. Similar to the Alexander Kent novels Midshipman Bolitho and the 'Avenger']].
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of excitement in this book!, 19 Jun 2006
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This book starts out right in the thick of battle! Plenty of good action here. Pope can tell a great story. The book is an easy read--not so much detail or naval jargon that the reader gets lost. This book reminds me a little of Hornblower, but Ramage, as both a book and character, is a LOT more interesting than Hornblower. Whereas Forester gives us some action and then 90 pages at the whist table, Pope gives us more action. Hornblower spends every moment lamenting his decision to marry Maria; Ramage thinks periodically about his Truelove, but it's quickly back to planning how to get out of the next scrape. ThGood action, good story, good reading. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ramage, 17 April 2012
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A good old fashioned naval yarn, written in the best spirit of adventure with the Nelson touch to go with it. The first of many Ramage books, well worth a read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wooden - like the ships., 21 Jan 2008
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This is the first of fifteen novels that chart the life and career of the fictitious Nicolas Ramage through the times of Napoleon and the navy of Nelson. He starts in this adventure as a lowly lieutenant and presumably ends as a dashing and adored admiral.

However, this book, and possibly those that succeed it, are a mixed bag.

As a piece of literature, it has virtually no merit whatsoever. The character development is jerky and unreal; the dialogue, stunted and equally unreal; the similes and metaphors are mis-placed and downright painful; and the all too frequent attempts at descriptive writing leave one skipping to the end of the paragraph. But the worst of it comes with the development of the book's romantic interest. Reading this thread of story is pure agony.

That said, the setting and times are marvellous. Mr Pope would also seem to have a good working knowledge of the sailing ships of the time. This is his strength, but he does not capitalise on it enough and impart more knowledge to the reader.

If you are perhaps a teenager with an interest in the times of Napoleon, of Lord Nelson, or the sea, then this may appeal. If you are someone who can be jarred by dreadful writing, I would recommend you leave this well alone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 4 July 2014
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Good read but Dudley pope goes of the subject a bit
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ramage the first book, 27 May 2014
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It's quite amazing how long i have been reading the dudley pope series of ramage books and never owned this one, the beginning so to speak.
I own about 10 in paperback but its only since I have started using kindle that i have started collecting the rest.

And although its not the best in the series (in my opinion)it is very good and is a required read to understand the references in later books.This is where we meet the main core of characters and they start to show their personalities.

I do like his style of writing and especially his attention to detail, and being a fan of sailing ships helps.
It's a nice good solid read and would be recommended to anyone with a slight interest in the era,sailing ships or the beautiful way he brings the geography to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ramage, 14 May 2014
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This book has every thing I like. A good plot well told. Great writer!! All Dudlly Pope are good but this one is super.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ramage series, 25 Feb 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed the whole series, unlike others such as "Kydd" / "Hornblower" / Dewey Lambdin's "Lewrie", and Aubrey? Maturin, in that I didn't find a single book that bored me or felt "far-fetched". Ramage himself was a credible character and his "adventures" were exciting and well-written. Yes, of course the truth was stretched (how could it not be?) but one felt that Pope had tried hard to stay as near to the facts as was possible. I was only VERY sorry that Dudley Pope died before he had completed further Ramage adventures!
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