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Superb story-telling in moving tale of the Sea,
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This review is from: Storm and Conquest: The Battle for the Indian Ocean, 1808-10 (Paperback)
It's a bit of a cliche, but 'Storm and Conquest' - an account of shipwrecks and naval warfare in the Indian Ocean at the time of Napoleon - really does read like a novel and a very good novel at that. Stephen Taylor captures the personalities at the heart of dramatic and, often, heart-breaking events and makes you really care about their fates.
He knows his market - there are a number of footnotes about the Patrick O'Brian novels - and, of the two distinct halves, 'Storm' is rather better than 'Conquest,' but - let's be clear - this book is a brilliant whole, linked, mostly, in the horrifying - and captivating - personality of Captain Corbet.
The highest recommendation I can give this work is that I read it pretty at much at one sitting and I have already bought two extra copies to give to friends as Christmas presents, sure in the knowledge I'm getting them something engaging, well-written and compelling.