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Typos and historical inaccuracies
on 11 March 2014
The entire series is littered with typographical and grammatical errors, but good writers are not necessarily supposed to be aces at spelling and syntax - that's the job of the publisher. Not sure who the publisher is with a Kindle book, but whoever it is they need to be strapped to the muzzle of an 18 pounder and the readers will fight for the slow match.
You don't have a post captain and a couple of lieutenants on a brig; you don't have a 64-gun frigate; the marines did not have 'rifles'....there are historical horrors all over the place. And worst of all is the persistent American assumption that Britain consists only of England. The ships were English, the flag was English, the sailors were all English - no Welsh, Scots or Irish (apart from the hero's pal) and the Act of Union was 100 years before this series is set - to a message to all American writers: Call them British, not English!
Having made that point on behalf of all readers who are British but not English and I will even ignore some obvious Americanisms in the prose which would never have happened in 1799, the plots are racy and imaginative, if hardly likely. It is rather more the sort of story you would find in a 'Boy's Own Adventure Book' from the 1930s......"with a mighty bound Jack was free".....stuff.
If you are short of an O'Brian, Forester, Pope or Showell Styles, this will do, but it won't rivet you.