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5.0 out of 5 stars Naval Fiction at its very best, 30 April 2013
This review is from: Nicholas Everard: Vol 2: 2nd omnibus in series: Mariner of England: "Storm Force to Narvik", "Last Lift from Crete", "All the Drowning Seas" v. 2 (Nicholas Everard Omnibus) (Paperback)
These are great historical adventure novels by any measure, but what marks them out as exceptional is that they are also superb character studies. What draws me back to naval fiction, apart from that evocation of a heaving deck and the taste of salt spray, is the the sense of the quarterdeck as a stage on which every facet of the human condition is tested. No other role compares to that of the naval commander - a god on his own ship and yet so often a hostage to fortune on the wider stage.

The Everard family will go down in naval fiction of one of the great names, to stand alongside Aubrey, Hornblower and Bolitho. Fullerton might not quite match O'Brien's literary merits, but his characters are expertly drawn and his narration of action sequences in unmatched. Buy the first volume and settle in for an extraordinary journey.
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