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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (23 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034096121X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340961216
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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Commander Tom Kydd joins Nelson's fleet for the greatest sea encounter in history: the Battle of Trafalgar.

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VICTORY is Julian's Stockwin's best in a masterful series that improves with each succeeding title. The author's latest triumph follows Thomas Kydd through a series of personal and professional peaks and valleys en route to a new command in Nelson's fleet and ultimately the climatic Battle of Trafalgar. The pace never slows from the first to the last page, as England faces the real possibility of invasion from across the Channel. Kydd's flawed, human qualities continue to shape his character among his friends and family even as his star as an officer in the King's Service ascends. The unpredictable intrigue between Nicholas Renzi and Cecilia, Tom's sister, adds considerable interest. Midshipman Charles Bowden, once a Kydd protege aboard 'Teazer', affords a uniquely intimate view of the Trafalgar campaign from aboard Nelson's celebrated flagship, HMS 'Victory'. The behind-the-scenes events leading up to the battle are related in Julian Stockwin's inimitable fashion, including a virtual tour of 'Victory' allowing armchair sailors to step aboard in the weeks preceding the fateful encounter. Naval fiction buffs will enjoy Stockwin's attention to detail, especially as it relates to seamanship and the internal workings of a man of war. This extraordinary book will be read and re-read!
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Brilliant, moving, and Julian certainly surpasses himself in this the 11th book in the Kydd series,

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.
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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2011
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I have to be up front im a fan of Kydd and Julian Stockwin, I have all the books, so you would expect a good review and glowing praise.
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.
(Parm)
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This one of a series of book from this author based on the trial and adventure of Thomas Kidd. So far the hole series has been good, I have not read this particular book as it was purchased for a holiday read in july
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Julian Stockwin says he thought long and hard about how to bring a different perspective to writing about Trafalgar, and he does it in effect by having Kydd as a spectator. To be fair, having him on board a line of battle ship as a volunteer would probably have been rather forced. Now he's a frigate captain all sorts of new options open up with the larger ship's complement, in this book and for the future. This has all the strengths of the series, but I wish Renzi would stop going into a romantic decline! Will look forward to the next.
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This book took some time for me to get into. However, as with most literature that eventually gets a hold on you, Stockwin's hero and the manner in which he weaves the story to culminate with an excellent description of the battle of Trafalgar is superlative. I am a devotee of Napoleonic naval warfare and an historian who has studied some of the greatest works on Trafalgar and I have to say, this book held me. Without a Kindle, I probably wouldn't have picked this off the shelves in a library so - thank you Amazon.
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An absolutely thrilling, exciting and very well researched account of the lead up to one of the most significant Sea Battles in history. Stocks in gets better and better with every book he writes!!!
MJGW.
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Having read all the preceding books, and followed the burgeoning career of Thomas Kydd, - seafarer extraordinaire - I looked forward to this one, especially in the light of the many positive reviews. I have to confess, I was a little disappointed.

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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