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Turn a Blind Eye by [Bond, Alaric]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Old Salt Press LLC (17 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E0LJMT0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Unlike Alaric Bond's Fighting Ship series (also highly recommended) Turn a Blind Eye is set amongst the smugglers on the South coast and one man's quest to free the area from the grip of the local 19th century mafia, who make a fortune from their smuggling activities whilst terrorising the local populace. From this simple premise a thoroughly absorbing story is created. This idea may not seem very original so what makes Bond’s book different. As with Bond’s other books the storyline is character driven, each main character driving the action. The dialogue stems from the personalities involved, so the dialogue helps the reader to understand and conceptualise the characters. This isn’t an action novel with characters bolted on (although there is plenty of action). This, coupled with meticulous attention to historical detail, particularly with regard navel customs and equipment, gives the book a very real air of authenticity. It’s all very believable and all the more enjoyable for it.
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This book is a page-turner. I particularly liked the evocative setting, the beautifully described coast of Sussex ... infamous haunt of pirates and smugglers.

A meticulous historian, Bond does not romanticize the smugglers or their stealthy trade. Instead, he describes the damage they did to the economy of Britain during the war with Napoleon -- the sheer scope and nerve of their activities; how they traded extravagantly with the enemy, carrying scarce bullion over the Channel and coming back with luxury goods. The job of a revenue man was a tough one, particularly when that man was based in a shoreside village where the smuggling gangs ruled with bribery and force. Young Griffin, fresh from an East Indiaman, is faced with a novel and remarkably taxing challenge, and part of the excitement and suspense of this book is finding out whether or not he is up to the arduous job, and how well he is going to cope.

All the personalities in the book are well rounded and real, and Captain Griffin is particularly so. I have decided he is definitely a hero with Horatio Hornblower potential. If I was to fall in love with one of the characters, though, it would be with the revenue cutter Bee...
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Alaric Bond's new novel, Turn A Blind Eye, moves away from his 'Fighting Sail' series and the Royal Navy to the world of smuggling on the South Coast of England. It follows Commander Griffin and the crew of the Revenue cutter Bee as they battle to rid Newhaven of an entrenched gang of snugglers who hold sway over the town.

Bond is a master storyteller and he weaves a well written plot that explores the divided loyalties of the townsfolk who support small scale smuggling but are fearful of the gangs strength. The narrative vividly recounts life in a small fishing town where the Revenue men seek to combat a practice that is draining the country of money to fight the war against France and even sometimes supplying the enemy, whilst their fast agile cutter is often outgunned by the smugglers.

As usual Bond's research shines through as he subtly educates us about smuggling in a fast paced hard to put down book. Highly Recommended.
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This novel sidetracked from the author's highly commendable 'Fighting Sail' series, by writing about the revenue service on England's south coast in their battle with smuggling. The story doesn't lack for action, the characters are very believable, all brought alive by very vivid writing. I personally hope that the author is able to find more to entertain us with about the revenue service.
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Can one man make a difference?

That's the challenge facing Captain Griffin, newly appointed to the revenue service in Sussex in the late 1700s. He soon discovers that the smugglers control the coast, the towns and the locals in a lucrative business they have no intention of giving up. Frustrated by a local population afraid to stand up to the gangs, and his own lack of experience, Griffin must win the respect of the crew of his cutter, the Bee, and his colleagues if he is to survive and carry out his duty.

Populated with memorable characters, a plot brimming with suspense and conflict, and some vivid naval action, Alaric Bond brings the Sussex coast and the times alive. While it may be set in the 1700s, the themes are universal as a man with high principles stakes everything to battle against corruption and greed in a compelling story that kept me turning the pages from the first chapter to the last.

I enjoyed every page.
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An interesting story of the trials of a revenue officer in pursuit of smuggling gangs during the Napoleonic Wars. Quite a different story to the usual nautical yarns of this period. I enjoyed the book very much and feel sure that other readers of this genre will find it a very good read.
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I read this book because the author is an old friend of mine. As naval history is not one of my favourite subjects (though sailing is one, I taught the author to sail) Alaric suggested I tried Turn a Blind Eye, as a gentle introduction. I read it over Christmas and could hardly put it down, it has a great storyline, and one thing that really helped is that there was a glossary at the back. Also I am familiar with the area around Newhaven where it is based, and Goudhurst which gets a few mentions.
Well done, I will soon be reading others in the Fighting sail series. Turn a Blind Eye
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