The First Nathaniel Drinkwater Omnibus: An Eye of the Fleet, A King's Cutter, A Brig of War: "Eye of the Fleet", "King's Cutter", "Brig of War" Paperback – 20 Jan 2000
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Packed with exciting incident, worthy of wide appeal to those who love thrilling nautical encounters and the sea (NAUTICAL MAGAZINE)
A rollocking good read for those who enjoy talk of mizzens, muzzles and midshipmen. (BRISTOL EVENING POST)
[A] stirring tale. (COVENTRY EVENING TELEGRAPH)
* Fact and fiction are combined to produce a fascinating recreation of a bygone world at war.
*The first omnibus of a successful adventure series featuring Nathaniel Drinkwater.
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After 15 or 20 novels of O'Brien or Pope i found my interest beginning to wane, but Drinkwater kept me hooked all the way (about 12 or something books, if i recall). The nautical terminology is there, of course, and the author is very good at creating the atmosphere of the period and of the wooden sailing ships of Nelson's time. Something is always happening to keep the reader interested and, while it is true as has already been noted, that the same english villain and french villain remain pretty much throughout the series, i did not have too much of a problem with this. Authors should be given a little leeway when it comes to "coincidences", as long as they are not too far fetched.
In summary, i would recomment giving Drinkwater a chance if you have exhausted the Hornblower series and are looking for something else to dull your withdrawal symptoms.
None of the incidents or fortunate strokes of luck seem contrived, rather they develop naturally as Nat matures from innocence into almost cynical youth.
In 'The Eye of the Fleet' (first book in this volume), the hard life below decks is brought horrifically home in thefirst few pages - the impotence of the younger gentlemen in the face of overbearing bullying is brought sharply into focus, as is the rough justice of the foremast jacks - stark reality is served up in healthy measure here, with a side salad of intrigue and a dressing of young love.
Ten years on, 'A King's Cutter' sees Nat married - the early promise of promotion has not materialised and he is stuck in a boring navigational job on Admiralty Yachts. Suddenly, an influential old comrade offers him a commission in a clandestine operation on a speedy cutter, where his skills will be put to the test helping the Aristos to escape the Terror of the Revolution. In an about-face, Britain is assisting her traditional enemy, in an attempt to avert the greater threat of anarchy, but has to cope with the potentially worse threat of the infamous Nore Mutiny ...Read more ›
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Nice to renew acquaintance with an old favourite. As heroic as Hornblower, Bolitho and the rest.Published 5 months ago by J. F. Regan
A great book enjoyed it very much. Just starting number 2 now.Published 10 months ago by s.armitage
A good and accurate depiction of life at sea under sail as well as an imaginative series of plots.Not sure about a "secret Service" in those days.Published on 3 Mar. 2013 by Anthony Soar
I've just finished the fifth Nathaniel Drinkwater omnibus and my remarks apply to the whole fourteen novels so my approbation of the subsequent four omnibuses (should that perhaps... Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2009 by I. B. Pitbladdo
I like many naval authors - Forester, Stockwin, Nelson, Lambdin, to name my current favorites. Woodman, unfortunately, is not in the same class at all. Read morePublished on 13 July 2004 by Sakari Aaltonen