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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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.
Nathan Peake
* 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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"The Winds of Folly" is the fourth of Seth Hunter's Nathan Peake naval history stories set during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, and I believe that the author is fairly setting this series up to challenge the dominance of the Aubrey-Maturin nautical stories of Patrick O'Brien and the Ramage novels of Dudley Pope. The main difference from my point of view is the fast pace at which Seth Hunter's novels travel. Despite this fast pace, Seth Hunter is a natural storyteller and a master of description, whether it be wild seas, ship to ship battles, dangerous political intrigue, or the natural beauty of the countryside when Nathan Peake is ashore. Like the three earlier Nathan Peake novels, "The Winds of Folly" is totally absorbing.

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.
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Whilst following Nathan Peake through the Trilogy I felt as though something was missing from the 3rd Novel, however this 4th The Winds of Folly have more than given him his " Character " back, he is once more Captain Peake with his Ship and his Crew and maintaining the twists and turns of Navy life along with his own Domestic lifestyle.. I hope "Seth" can become as prolific a writer as Bernard Corwell who through Richard Sharpe does to the Army what Seth through Nathan Peake now does to the Navy..
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I love a cracking historical novel set during a well-known time period, firstly because with hindsight the reader knows what's going to happen but mainly because, for those with the knowledge, it's fascinating to see how the author is going to manipulate events to allow the best outcome for his story as well as generating a seat of the ride journey for the reader.

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.
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Once again a great naval yarn by Seth Hunter and look forward to reading the next book. An excellent service by the sellers and I will make a point of using them again. Thank you.
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