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Halfhyde at the Bight of Benin (Halfhyde Adventures) (The Halfhyde Adventures) Paperback – 1 Jan 2005

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McBooks Press; Reprint edition (1 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590130782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590130780
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,338,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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As with all the books I have read by Philip McCutchan, this book creates the atmosphere of the Royal Navy of days gone by. It is easy to read and easy to lose yourself in the midst of the adventure. The main characters are portrayed beautifully and, while one lives the adventure though the eyes of St Vincent Halfhyde, one feels a lot of sympathy with Mr Runcorn, the new "green" snotty

All in all, a very good yarn!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Royal Navy on Shore 22 Sept. 2004
By Dr. David A. Woods - Published on
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Although a good look at the Royal Navy in the latter part of the 19th Century, this book mainly is a covert operation on shore by a Royal Navy Lt. There is some back story to the character, but not much and you are left wondering how the protaganist got to where he is and faces the problems he does in the Navy. Also, this book has clear bloodlines in the early 20th century works of "boys adventure" stories that were written to show young males how to act in different situations, acceptably that is. The story does have some good points, but little in the way of historical relevance and information. Lots of information is missing to understand the motivations of each of the parties in the book. But, there is action involved and some of the naval information is good to know, especially the new times of steam ships in the Royal Navy. I hope the rest of the books in the series are better now that the intoductions, although short and incomplete, are out of the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A grand romp through the Victorian Navy! 20 Feb. 2014
By OZARKFLIER - Published on
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I take exception to the previous three reviews because they unfairly judge the story as a serious work of historical fiction, which it definitely is not. If the book had been written 50 or 60 years earlier, it would have been classified as "men's adventure." In fact, all 16 books in Philip McCutchan's Lieutenant St Vincent Halfhyde series are penned in the grand tradition of pulp fiction, with intention to amuse and entertain the reader rather than enlighten him. The Victorian Navy, which certainly had more than its share of pompous characters, is simply a backdrop through which McCutchan unfolds his Halfhyde stories. As a character, Halfhyde is 100-percent tongue-in-cheek, and I can't believe for one minute that the author intended him otherwise.

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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars You can do better 11 Feb. 2013
By JohnOlsen - Published on
Format: Paperback
Halfhyde has the chance to cover a neglected part of military history, but the writing is sub-par, and leaves me shaking my head. There are big concept problems (lieutenants repeatedly smarting off to admirals and getting away with it, for one) and other issues that mar the series, and I just can't recommend it. Too bad! Such a rich topic and era, and so poorly done!
3.0 out of 5 stars Halfhyde is not John Aubrey 23 Nov. 2014
By Bill - Published on
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Halfhyde is not John Aubrey and McCutchan is no where near the caliber of O'Brian. The story is more about the conflicts with Halfhyde and the command structure, i.e. his ship's captain and the Admiralty. That theme overrides the story line. The rest of the story line is background about previous events. Even after re-reading the book I can't really say what happened, just that the story ended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book 19 Mar. 2014
By Robert Reese - Published on
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OK, it was a tad far fetched in a few places but overall it was intertaining. It kept my interest and I liked that the author seemed to know his way around that time period. I have read other books by the same author and found them enjoyable as well. This was my first Halfhyde and I look forward to trying the next in the series.
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