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whatever happened to 'British'?
on 6 March 2014
The Rundle series is a light, easy read. I have taken most of them on Kindle and yes, there are loads of spelling mistakes, but that is not necessarily the writer's problem - place the blame on the publisher's proof-readers. There are bits 'stolen' from Forester (the cargo of rice becomes a cargo of beans) and from Pope (Ramage's rescue of Italian countess) and doubtless I will find more as the series continues. Rundle is a bit improbable because he always comes up smiling despite the most outrageous trials, but we take that with tongue-in-cheek. What grates on me is the constant use of 'England' and 'English' (labels an American writer every time), when it should be 'British'. Half the fleet was made up of Welsh, Scots and Irish men and all of us who are British but not English, writhe with discomfort at the apparent lack of recognition that the Act of Union which created Britain came 100 years before the time period in which the book is set. Why do all American's seem to assume that Britain consists only of England? They weren't 'English ships' they were 'British ships', so please recognise this for the sake of accuracy and clarity.
This book ended somewhat abruptly and glossed over this clumsily with the excuse that it was an elderly admiral recounting his exploits to a third party and had called it a day....
It is a readable series, but never in the same realms as Forester, Pope, Kent, O'Brian and one of the best of them all but often unsung, Showell Styles.