- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1246 KB
- Print Length: 270 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Fireship Press (14 Feb. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001DTKB4W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #308,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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THE MIDSHIPMAN PRINCE (First Book in the Sir Sidney Smith Series) Kindle Edition
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The first in what promises to be an excellent series about one of England's lesser known heroes Sir Sidney Smith which I thoroughly recommend.
Unfortunately Mr. Grundner fails in all four of the latter counts. There are some egregious errors concerning the British Navy as it was then and as pointed out by other reviewers. Unfortunately anyone who knows more than a little about the naval history of the period would not have made those errors. The language of dialogue is 21st century colloquial and really rather childish (to the extent that at one point I had to check whether I wasn't actually reading an adventure story written for teenagers) and frankly the diatribes about slavery and the future of the US navy were simply irrelevant and boorish. Finally, the scene where one of the main protagonists regains consciousness next to a mangled corpse while thinking he is with a favoured bed companion (and all that might entail) is simply gratuitous and borders on the seriously disturbing - aren't these types of books meant to be fun?
However, writing is not something I could succeed at and this was a new author's first attempt - the premise of the story has possibilities, it's just the execution which was so flawed. Given the enthusiasm of other reviewers, I will try the next in the series and hope for better.
The book is an easy read and flows along with good pace, however, the print is large and well spaced and you get some blank pages at the ends of chapters, which is a noteable rule with this publisher. That said it took me only 4 or 5 hours to read the whole book.
The main three characters are met early on and the interaction between them established before the introduction of the fourth (William). The story is concerned with rescuing William from Yorktown before Cornwallis is forced to surrender to the combined American / French forces, the surrender being the final blow to British rule in America and the presence of a French fleet nearly causes Britain to lose all her posessions in the West Indies as well. The book therefor covers three major battles of the time and is well written and easy to follow. Some of the character's exploits seem a little far fetched (unbelievable) but do build the story well. Also, at the end of the story the author has reviewed the story to say what is fact and what is fiction which I particularily liked.
Overall, a good book and I have now bought the second and third in the series.
The only part of the books I found to be readable was the postscript as it's interesting and informative and to a small extent so is the body of the books but......
Tom Grundner writes in a style which I would call 'folksy', this may be fine for some audiences but once you have read the likes of Patrick O'Brian, Julian Stockwin, V.A.Stuart, Seth Hunter and Alexander Kent then the form just makes you cringe. The late 18th and early 19th century navy just wasn't 'folksy', it was hard, snobbish and socially segregationist and Tom Grundner fails completely to reflect this in his works, put simply the books are rubbish.
This is a lack-lustre addition to the genre and shows just how good the best of the rest really are.
A disappointing effort all round.
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