Victory: Thomas Kydd 11 Paperback – 23 Jun 2011
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Elegantly plotted . . . the writing has the power of a broadside at close range. (Oxford Times)
Well-written mixture of high-seas adventure and character-based drama . . . impossible not to enjoy (Booklist)
Written with authoritative detail by a gifted storyteller who is passionate about the Great Age of Sail. (Western Morning News)
Stockwin's descriptions of the bloody reality of naval combat 200 years ago are memorably vivid, and reveal a profound respect for the seamen who were willing to sacrifice their lives to help save their country. (Yorkshire Evening Post)
More historically accurate than the Patrick O'Brian series (Royal Navy Sailing Association journal on the KYDD series)
This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail. The author closely follows historical record, taking readers into the world-defining events of 1805. (Nautical Magazine)
The full-blooded seagoing adventures of Commander Thomas Kydd reach another thrilling chapter. (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)
This latest book is as fresh as the first to be published . . . takes forward the careers of his two heroes in such a natural way that they feel to be a genuine part of history, interacting with the real story of Nelson, Trafalgar and Victory. (Firetrench)
Commander Tom Kydd joins Nelson's fleet for the greatest sea encounter in history: the Battle of Trafalgar.See all Product Description
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After a sad but valiant start for Commander Kydd he goes on to support our national hero Lord Nelson and become one of his valuable assets, with a very moving and graphical account of the Battle of Trafalgar as seen through the eyes of midshipman Bowden, an ex-shipmate? but has Tom Kydds friend Nicholas Renzi shot himself in the foot again, cant wait for the next episode.
Julian Stockwin has obviously done a huge amount of research into this episode of history, and anyone with an naval interest and imagination you must buy this book, you won't be disappointed.
But even with that I was surprised by this book, every time Kydd has an outing im surprised by the direction of the plot and the Interaction between Renzi and Kydd, the beautiful flow of the language between all of the characters and the natural way that they all fit together So brilliantly into a finely woven tapestry.
But this time....i have to say I was stunned by the depth of feeling crammed into the book, it captured such an epic time in history, the fear, the excitement the horror, the disappointments and finally the national sorrow, I had tears in my eyes by the end of the book.
Bravo Mr Stockwin...how the hell you are going to top this one is beyond me.
The redeeming feature of the book was certainly the graphic descriptions of the mood in the country when Nelson was facing the would be invader of the Kingdom, Napoleon Bonaparte. However, Stockwin clearly faced a problem with the developing plot with a fictional captain (Kydd) and a fictional ship participating in real historical events - namely the Battle of Trafalgar. So he used a clever device whereby Kydd became a bit player in the battle - in other words, a spectator. I have to say I found the build up to the battle not at all exciting. Then, when the battle finally arrived, Kydd took little part in it, virtually disappearing from the last 30 pages of the book - almost a story of two halves.
I enjoyed the plots of the earlier books so much, that I forgave them their frequent use of nautical language, which for me, a landlubber, were as difficult to translate as were my forays into Latin of many years ago. But in this book, some of the language was impenetrable - oh for a historicalnauticalese/ English dictionary!
And as for the sub-plot involving Kydd's sidekick Renzi and his agonisingly slow attempts to woo Kydd's sister - I felt like giving him a good slap - hardly Jeremy Kyle material - for God's sake get on with it man.
But I shall read Kydd 12.
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Well researched and written. One is transported to the battle of Trafalgar and can well believe the depth of feeling the death of Nelson would have on his crew.Published 3 months ago by Roy Rogers