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The Time of Terror (Nathan Peake Trilogy 1) Paperback – 8 Jan 2009

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (8 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755347145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755347148
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The mix of swashbuckling on land and sea works well' (Sun Herald)

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The first in an exciting new series - Patrick O'Brian meets John le Carré in this naval/spy adventure set during the French Revolution

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Format: Paperback
All you book lover's will recognise this scene. I finish work at 4pm and dash into town for a haircut before heading home. At 4.45 duly cropped I'm on my way back to the car when my clinical inability to walk past a book shop strikes again and before I know it it is 5.30 I have 2 books under my arm and I am frantically looking for a third to complete the 3 for 2 offer whilst an impatient shop keeper is looking at me daggers wanting to go home!
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!
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I ordered this for a friend who is very keen on naval stories. I started glancing through it and a day later finished the novel. This is so much more than a "sailing yarn". Set in the French revolution, it tells the story of an English naval officer - but is full of humour and history and lust as any novel I read. It is masterfully written, a gripping tale, and well worth anyone's time. I've now bought my own copy and have pre-ordered the second part of this trilogy. Don't miss it. Superb.
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I heard about Seth Hunter when I booked for a writing workshop with Paul Bryer ('Fact into Fiction) and discovered that he was indeed one and the same. Consequently I bought the trilogy and started on the first one! I took three days to read it and the other two followed in quick succession.
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.
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Just a word of warning to prospective purchasers. The cover of this book would suggest a conventional naval adventure story in the tradition of Hornblower, Bolitho, Ramage etc. but if that is what a reader is seeking they may be disappointed. The hero is indeed a naval officer, but sea-going action only takes up a small proportion of the book. Some might argue that no naval yarn is complete without a big sea battle; there is one in this book but it occupies just one short chapter and actually sits rather uneasily within the main narrative. Indeed, the book is generally at its weakest in those relatively few sections where it is all at sea, but becomes much more gripping and entertaining when its feet are on dry land! Most of the book is set well away from the sea, in Paris to be precise, as Commander Nathan Peake conducts clandestine activities within the French capital at the height of the French revolution. In this respect it is more of a spy story than a naval adventure, but it is exciting, well written, with the added bonus of much insight into what Paris must have been like at this incredibly dangerous and traumatic time. If I have a criticism it is I never engaged very much with the central character, Peake; he's clearly a brave and resourceful figure but he doesn't jump off the page at you and seems rather colourless. However, that's more than compensated for by the supporting cast, a mixture of real and fictional figures, who are generally much more interesting. I particularly liked Peake's American born mother, a gloriously unconventional and outspoken individual who brings some welcome splashes of humour to 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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First in a series of 6 books. Read them all and found them to be the best so far of this genre. The author has managed to present both fully developed stories and characters with a superbly researcherd historical background which intrigued me so much that I did further research on events and characters. Flowing prose(with the addition of interesting idioms I had never hear before such as All my eyes and Betty Martin!)matching action packed adventures both on land and at sea. I highly recommend all books!
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