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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605047821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605047829
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Thrilling! On every level, Captain’s Surrender is thrilling. Alex Beecroft spins image, voice, character, setting, and story into a captivating whole, accomplishing the rare feat of inducing in the reader a forgetfulness that we are, indeed, reading.”
~ Rainbow Reviews

“I can best sum up Captain’s Surrender as a book that left me craving more - not because the ending was lacking in any way, but because I just didn’t want it to end at all.”
~ All About Romance

“Now this is what I’m talking about. If you want a taste of what floats my boat when it comes to gay historical fiction, (no pun intended), then this is it.”
~ Speak Its Name

“Alex Beecroft has written a truly engrossing tale of life in the British Navy. The story is written with seamanship expertness that puts the reader in the middle of the action…. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more from Alex Beecroft.”
~ Rainbow Reviews

“…a breathtaking and expertly written historical m/m romance. The author does a wonderful job of recreating the world of 1779 for the reader. I truly felt like I was transported back in time… The romance between these two men is complicated but also very sensual. The author has written a novel that is an exciting and satisfying blend of romance and adventure.”
~ Romance Junkies

“Adding in well-defined characters with a quick moving plot, this story delights on many levels, with elements of action, romance, culture, bigotry, and honor set across the oceans in a stunning tale that entrances from the beginning to the end. …The author has delivered a wonderfully crafted historical that is sure to please romance lovers.”
~ Manic Readers
 

From the Back Cover

Ambitious and handsome, Joshua Andrews had always valued his life too much to take unnecessary risks. Then he laid eyes on the elegant picture of perfection that is Peter Kenyon.

Soon to be promoted to captain, Peter Kenyon is the darling of the Bermuda garrison. With a string of successes behind him and a suitable bride lined up to share his future, Peter seems completely out of reach to Joshua.

But when the two men are thrown together to serve during a long voyage under a sadistic commander with a mutinous crew, they discover unexpected friendship. As the tension on board their vessel heats up, the closeness they feel for one another intensifies and both officers find themselves unable to reign in their passion.

Let yourself be transported back to a time when love between two men in the British Navy was punishable by death, and to a story about love, about honor, but most of all, about a Captain's Surrender. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Alex Beecroft was born in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and grew up in the wild countryside of the Peak District. Alex studied English and Philosophy before accepting employment with the Crown Court where she worked for a number of years. Now a stay-at-home mum and full time author, Alex lives with her husband and two daughters in a little village near Cambridge and tries to avoid being mistaken for a tourist.

Alex is only intermittently present in the real world. She has lead a Saxon shield wall into battle, toiled as a Georgian kitchen maid, and recently taken up an 800 year old form of English folk dance, but she still hasn't learned to operate a mobile phone.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Probst on February 17, 2008
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Reading Alex Beecroft's debut novel, CAPTAIN'S SURRENDER, one thing is for certain - Ms. Beecroft is a fan of Patrick O'Brien's MASTER AND COMMANDER series. She lovingly pays tribute to O'Brien's style, but thankfully not his linguistic authenticity that requires one to consult an 18th century naval manual for translation. Beecroft's language is simpler and makes for an easy, enjoyable read.

Peter Kenyon comes on board the Nimrod to take the place of the recently executed-for-sodomy first officer. The assignment is temporary as he is to be given his own command once they reach Bermuda. The captain of the ship is a barbaric tyrant that makes Captain Bligh look like a swell guy. Peter is forced to share quarters with midshipman Joshua Andrews. Peter takes Joshua into his confidence about his mutinous contemplations, and Joshua confides his amorous attraction to Peter. Once they reach Bermuda, they begin a love relationship, but each understands that it is only a temporary arrangement. I won't reveal any more of the plot so as not to spoil the outcome.

The author has chosen a unique method to convey the story. Using multiple points of view is a common writing style, but for the first half of the book, Beecroft relegates a different point of view for each chapter. It works quite well in that you can see the contrast of how Peter and Joshua are perceived by other characters to what is really going on inside their heads. Nevertheless, I found myself looking forward to the chapters that featured the point of view of one of the two lovers. The second half of the book was more traditional in its point of view shifts with the majority being assigned to Josh or Peter.

Where the novel really shines is in its historical texture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charly T. Anchor VINE VOICE on March 25, 2011
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Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 5/10

PROS:
- Beecroft is a good writer. Her sentences are crisp and her phrasing is creative, which makes for fast reading that flows well and is interesting to read.
- The story seems well-researched and includes (for me) the right amount of details about the historical time period: enough to give a good picture of various settings in late-18th-century England without making the book seem like a history textbook.
- Although I wasn't a fan of the FACT that Joshua is so paranoid about his sexual orientation being discovered, I did think that his paranoia was well portrayed. He wages a constant mental battle: one moment he's longing after Peter and the next he's berating himself for his illegal desires.
- Another thing I think is explored particularly well is each man's moral struggle over desiring another man when they've been told their entire lives that homosexuality is the worst of depravities.

CONS:
- Almost the entire story is tense and stressful. Joshua starts out struggling with what he believes is unrequited desire for Peter, but even when the two men begin a physical relationship, there isn't a single moment when they're entirely relaxed because they're always looking over their shoulders, expecting at any moment that their illegal relationship will be discovered and they'll be hanged for it.
- The book contains almost-constant violence and/or danger and/or angst that have nothing to do with the romance. Although Beecroft doesn't depict the story's various atrocities in much detail, she doesn't shy away from describing unpleasantness, either.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christian Otto on March 25, 2008
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Ok, I only had a few hours sleep last night, because I couldn't put this book away until I had finished it, and now that I'm at work I can't concentrate properly, because Josh and Peter constantly pop up in my head. So why should I say something nice about this book?

Just kidding. This is a great book. After just a few pages I was set back to a time when boarding a ship to the Caribbean had nothing to do with a journey on a luxury cruise ship, but with one on which you could very well die. I'm no expert on sea stories but in my opinion Alex Beecroft did a great job with her description of the life on a brig or frigat. The atmosphere is so dense that you can nearly touch the wood or smell the gunpowder.

Especially in the first chapters this also made me squirm a bit, because the book starts off with an execution, which is the reason the two main characters meet, and a lot of punishments like floggings follow. Alex Beecroft proves her love for details also in these scenes. But these descriptions doesn't seem to be exaggerated, but a detailed image of the atmosphere of brutality and terror on some of the naval ships in these times and thus are an integral part of the overall mood in which the main characters get to know each other.

The relationship between the main characters Josh and Peter starts off slowly. It's first a friendship which deepens on their journey to Bermuda and then becomes a love relationship. The struggle of both characters with their love for each other in a time in which it was forbidden and punishable is perfectly carved out. Josh is mostly concerned about Peter, of hurting him, of denying him the possibility to marry and lead a "normal" life.
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