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on 2 July 2013
This series is not for any Patrick O'Brian readers. The author demonstrates his lack of knowledge of Nelson's navy several times in the first few pages. It is difficult to know who but junior readers would find this book worth reading unfortunately I paid £7.99 for it.
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on 7 April 2014
David Healey knows nothing about the Royal Navy. He calls the 'young men' ensigns when they were really called midshipmen. If he can't get this right you can see where this ridiculous book is going with flying dragons bombing enemy ships. David, read C S Forrester before you write about the Royal Navy again.
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on 14 October 2014
I gave up after a few pages for a number of different reasons.

It would be very difficult to have wharves at Spithead Harbour (page1) especially as it an area of the sea between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. In addition, youngsters joined the Navy as a Midshipman not as an Ensign (page 3) which was not only a higher rank but it was also an Army rank.

This potentially could have been a good book if the writer had bothered to do any work researching the subject before sitting down to write his 'best seller' because he won't get any of these if this is indication of his efforts. Waste of Money
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on 20 January 2014
Interesting read for an eight year old. But Nelson's navy it ain't. Waste of money and time. And this is book one of a series? Oh dear
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on 5 September 2013
I wish it had been reflected in the write up that rather than being a realistic tale about our illustrious maritime history it was some childish claptrap about gryphons!
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on 21 March 2014
I did not think a mix of sailing drama and science fiction worked. Even the sailing part of the book was loose with the truth of the way of the day.
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on 28 May 2014
The writer and publisher is obviously from the US. The book is a poor representation of the British navy in the Napoleonic wars.
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on 1 May 2013
From the cover youexpect a hornblower type yarn of seafaring bravery. This book is somthing diferent. This is Hornblower meats, Harry Potter. Set in the nepolianic wars, it has majic and mythical creatures. Butiit is a good read, and you do want to find out what happens.
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on 16 February 2015
Good when you get into it.
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on 25 September 2013
although the book was interesting it was also unreal in that it introduced wyverns,,mythological half lion, half bird creatures as aircraft carrying out bombing and dog fight episodes and taking off from sailing ships which had become aircraft carriers. it also included in the hero magical powers to control water.
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