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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 53 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Soundings
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 13 Jun. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DE63J4Q
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Seth Hunter is the pseudonym of the author Paul Bryers ,highly acclaimed and prize-winning writer of adult and children`s novels. He has written and directed many historical dramas for television, radio and the theatre and adapted and directed films by playwrights such as Arthur Miller and Michael Bulgakov.
This latest book (4) Winds of Folly is the latest in the Nathan Peake series.
* The Time of Terror (2008)
* The Tide of War (2009)
* The Price of Glory (2010)
* The Winds of Folly (2011)
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The compelling new historical naval adventure from a master of maritime storytelling.
1796: Nathan Peake, captain of the frigate Unicorn is sent with a small squadron into the Adriatic to help bring Venice into an Italian alliance against the French. He establishes a British naval presence, harrying the French corsairs that swarm out of Ancona in Italy. While Nathan confronts the politics of 'intrigue, poison and the stiletto' in Venice, his mission is further complicated by the arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte's aide de camp, Junot. Recognising Nathan as the 'American' who saved Bonaparte's life in Paris, Junot invites him to army headquarters where he unwillingly joins the French in a victorious battle against the Austrians. Meanwhile, in Venice, French troops move into the city and a new revolutionary government takes power. Nathan learns that Bonaparte is negotiating a peace deal with the Austrians - Britain's only remaining ally. Worse, the Spanish are about to ally with the French. Nathan returns to the Unicorn and rejoins Nelson for the decisive Battle of St Vincent against the entire Spanish fleet.
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This novel opens with Captain Nathan Peake in the Mediterranean Sea and patrolling in his frigate Unicorn off the coast between Cannes and Genoa. Over six months duty in the Mediterranean, Peake has captured the privateer sloop Bonne Aventure and three smaller vessels. These prizes will be sold and provide Peake with two-eighths of their value. A message arrives from Peake's squadron commander Commodore Horatio Nelson that Napoleon's French troops are closing on Leghorn (Italian name Livorno) on the north-western coast of Italy. The port is an important provider of support for the British Mediterranean fleet, and Peake is ordered to follow Nelson to Leghorn to evacuate the British residents.
Nathan Peake arrives off Leghorn to find the port city already under siege by the French and the shore crowded with refugees seeking flight on ships. The only British warship at Leghorn is the frigate Inconstant which is moored close to shore and supervising evacuations.Read more ›
What Seth Hunter does well is keep up a breakneck pace that works well for this type of storytelling but he also manages not to get too heavy with the historical background which could have really dragged the piece down, back that up with a compulsory principle hero who feels that he could jump from the page fully and the reader is going to get a satisfactory piece. All in a wonderful piece of writing for this the fourth book in the series and one that I feel is allowing Peake to come into his own. Cracking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Full of action and intrigue mixed with a more worldly view of historical figures. A non-stop read and the best in the series.Published 14 months ago by Julian
I really enjoy books relating to this period of naval history. More pleaasePublished 22 months ago by T.Martin
Finally managed to get a copy of this in paperback. Excellent yarn in an excellent series.Published 23 months ago by SoapySam
I have read this author before, so was fairly confident the book would be a good read. As expected, a very good read!Published on 21 Feb. 2014 by Rhi83
basic sea going adventure not much different from other such writers. The characters a strong but the plot is average.Published on 23 Oct. 2013 by Stuart Young
A compelling read that was hard to put down. Great read and the nicest way to pass the train journey here in Taiwan is reading great historic novels about home.Published on 16 July 2013 by Gilly5