Halfhyde at the Bight of Benin (Halfhyde Adventures) (The Halfhyde Adventures) Paperback – 1 Jan 2005
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"Halfhyde is a fine hero, insubordinate and ingenious." --"The New York Times"
"Much derringdo . . . McCutchan is to be congratulated. . . . He is writing about a stirring period that has been sadly neglected." --"Houston Post"
About the Author
Philip McCutchan served on various British war ships during WWII. Afterwards, he concentrated on writing, publishing more than 80 books, including the fifteen-book "Halfhyde" series.
Top Customer Reviews
All in all, a very good yarn!
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In BIGHT OF BENIN, leaving the cruiser Aurora, Halfhyde steals ashore on a balk of timber to investigate a suspected Russian military encroachment of British trading interests on the coast of West Africa. As the story develops, Halfhyde manages to incite a rebellion, capture a fort, escape the gallows, and disable most of the Russian fleet through a combination of surprise, deceit, and sheer audacity. Improbable, maybe ridiculous? Of course it was, but I found the story to be enormously entertaining from the first page to the very end. If you're a serious student of the Victorian Navy, don't read this; but if you simply want to have a fun romp through it, give Halfhyde a try.