The Time of Terror (Nathan Peake Trilogy 1) Paperback – 8 Jan 2009
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'The mix of swashbuckling on land and sea works well' (Sun Herald)
The first in an exciting new series - Patrick O'Brian meets John le Carré in this naval/spy adventure set during the French RevolutionSee all Product Description
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The pressure on, my eyes fall on the cover of this book, an 18 Century cutter surging into the surf, I flip it over, it's the story of a young English naval officer!, memories of Hornblower and Lucky Jack Aubrey spring to my mind and I complete the threesome and put the shop keeper out of their misery!
Had I more time I would probably have realised this is really the story of the power vacuum and subsequent terror and attrocities carried out in post revolution France and the actual sea faring components are comparatively small.
As a historical excercise I found the book hugely rewarding. I had heard of Danton and of course most noteably Robespierre, but had no real idea of their political views, how they came to blows and how they met their grisley deaths. The author also draws a wonderful picture of Paris at this particular time of turmoil and gives a real feel of how quickly things could turn decidely nasty for anyone who spoke against the revolution, used the wrong wording or simply forget to put on a tricolour badge on his hat!Read more ›
I won't tell you the story (others have already done so in previous reviews. Suffice it to say it was an enjoyable and enlightening read.
Nathan Peake was a believable 'hero' tumbling through the most unlikely set of circumstances within Paris and the full horror of the French Revolution. I felt I was there!
I learned more from this fiction of the social history of the time from this novel than from all the dull tomes of the classroom. History came alive, as did the characters in the book.
All in all this a promising opening to a new adventure series and I'm certainly impressed enough to seek out the next instalment. Bear in mind though that if you are just looking for a conventional historical naval adventure this may not be the book for you.
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I was expecting a naval yarn hornblower etc but this book was90 percent in paris boringPublished 5 months ago by peter fletcher
I think I have been spoilt by the novels of Patrick O'Brian. I found this a bit of a drag, skipped a 100 pages just get to the end. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M.H.
This is a great book that comes thoroughly recommended. It wasn't at all what I was expecting when I bought it, but it was all the better for that. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard Dean
Having read all of the Napoleonic War British Navy novels of Patrick O'Brien (21 books) and the Lord Ramage novels of Dudley Pope (18 books), I was becoming desperate for some good... Read morePublished 17 months ago by James Bowen