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This review is from: The Winds of Folly (Hardcover)
Seth Hunter is the pseudonym of the author Paul Bryers ,highly acclaimed and prize-winning writer of adult and children`s novels. He has written and directed many historical dramas for television, radio and the theatre and adapted and directed films by playwrights such as Arthur Miller and Michael Bulgakov.
This latest book (4) Winds of Folly is the latest in the Nathan Peake series.
* The Time of Terror (2008)
* The Tide of War (2009)
* The Price of Glory (2010)
* The Winds of Folly (2011)
Product Description (from back of Book)
The compelling new historical naval adventure from a master of maritime storytelling.
1796: Nathan Peake, captain of the frigate Unicorn is sent with a small squadron into the Adriatic to help bring Venice into an Italian alliance against the French. He establishes a British naval presence, harrying the French corsairs that swarm out of Ancona in Italy. While Nathan confronts the politics of 'intrigue, poison and the stiletto' in Venice, his mission is further complicated by the arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte's aide de camp, Junot. Recognising Nathan as the 'American' who saved Bonaparte's life in Paris, Junot invites him to army headquarters where he unwillingly joins the French in a victorious battle against the Austrians. Meanwhile, in Venice, French troops move into the city and a new revolutionary government takes power. Nathan learns that Bonaparte is negotiating a peace deal with the Austrians - Britain's only remaining ally. Worse, the Spanish are about to ally with the French. Nathan returns to the Unicorn and rejoins Nelson for the decisive Battle of St Vincent against the entire Spanish fleet.
Unlike many books set in this time period while it contains detail it does not get bogged down in the detail, the author keeps the pace rattling along at a fair pace, the characters are very real and very vivid Hunter / Bryers does a fantastic job or breathing life into each one of them, although I do feel the one element that could for some be considered a draw back is that the books really need to be read in order, they don't come across as well as a stand alone, there is so much character growth, you the reader need to grow with them and understand that growth.
Hunter/ Bryers gives and excellent view of the time period, his descriptions are vivid enough to give you the sights the sounds and the smells, without going all Tolkien and the ents on the reader and spending pages describing the grain of the wood.
This is excellent Historical fiction well told I highly recommend the series, and not just to the fans of Naval history