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Conquest: A Kydd Sea Adventure (Kydd Sea Adventures) Hardcover – November 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Kydd Sea Adventures (Book 12)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McBooks Press (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590136268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590136263
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Continuing the rousing adventures of Thomas Kydd . . . Stockwin, a career navy man, writes of the nautical life with vivid authority.”  —Kirkus Reviews


“Stockwin continues to display his talents in transporting his audience from the 21st century to the chaotic worlds of Kydd, Renzi, and their imperiled homeland . . . [and] goes into action with swords drawn and cannons and carronades blasting.”  —Historical Novels Review


"This well-crafted naval adventure . . . balances historical perspective with the excitement of a full broadside assault. Comparable to . . . the naval tales of the great Patrick O'Brian, Stockwin's engaging novel reveals the author's acumen for the history and spirit of the time." —Publishers Weekly (October 1, 2011)

About the Author

Julian Stockwin is a retired lieutenant commander of the Royal Navy Reserve. He entered the British Navy at age 15 and was eventually named a Member of the British Empire. He is the author of the Kydd Sea Adventures series.

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A great tale of Sea and Land adventures.
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Once you start reading this story you will not want to put it down.
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They are believable, excellent characters and great story lines.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Quarterdeck on October 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
CONQUEST launches a bright new chapter in Captain Thomas Kydd's naval career, as England turns to expansion of her empire in distant and exotic corners of the world after victory at Trafalgar in 1805. This is vintage Julian Stockwin as Kydd--in command of the 32-gun frigate L'Aurore--sails into turbulent seas along the coast of Africa in support of a British expedition whose mission is to capture Cape Town, a step toward establishing a safe seaway to trade-rich India. Set against the impeccably researched history of the period, Kydd's saga continues to unfurl with Stockwin's crisp prose and attention to authenticity, which readers have come to expect. There are adventures aplenty, spliced to the young naval commander's inner growth and evolving relationship with Nicholas Renzi, which keep pages turning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the twelfth in the very good series about Thomas Kydd, once a wigmaker in the family business, then a pressed landsman in the Royal Navy, now -- ten years later -- a post captain in the struggle against Napoleon, with powerful people interested in his advancement. The Battle of Trafalgar, which was the focus of Victory, the previous volume, had two immediate effects: It ended the threat of cross-Channel invasion by the French, and it gave Britain uncontested control of the seas. That might sound it left young Capt. Kydd (the pirate spelled his name with an "i," as Tom is often at pains to point out) is left with nothing much to do, but virtual control of the world's oceans also meant that the British Empire could begin expanding rapidly by snapping up enemy colonial possessions. The Dutch are (mostly) reluctant allies of the French and so the Cape Colony, down at the bottom end of Africa, is fair game. It also would be a lovely spot for a Royal Navy station to enhance control of the Indian Ocean and the trade routes to the Far East. Kydd commands one of the two frigates in the rather underpowered flotilla sent to conquer Cape Town and its environs, and the plot concerns his part in the affair, his adventures along the way and after they get there, and his primary role in foiling an attempted French response by arming the inland natives. There's a good deal less wandering about and commenting at length on society this time (a problem in the pacing of certain books in the series), and a good deal more beating to quarters and sneaking up on the enemy in disguise. Even Renzi, whom the author has turned into a general PITA, has a much better role this time, having been drafted as Colonial Secretary by General Baird, the leader of the expedition and the new Governor.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Stronach on November 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Conquest: A Kydd Sea Adventure (Kydd Sea Adventures) Mr Stockwin has done it again. I was a soldier so did not get to spend much time at sea. Once, while waiting to join my Regiment in Berlin, and at which time I ended up getting there 24 hours after my suitcase and kitbag (and that was me joining Man's service from Boy's service so my first time at the Regiment.... but that's another story) I had a trip on a destroyer from Edinburgh to Portsmouth. The ship had an association with my Regiment, as inter service organisations seem to have, a bit like towns in different countries twinning is about the nearest simile I can draw for you. I have also been on lots of ferries from Dover to Calais and from Portsmouth/Plymouth to Bilbao. And, finally a little bit of tacking about in small sailing dinghy's.

So, what has Mr Stockwin done again, I hear you ask? Well, even if you have never been near the sea reading a Kydd novel by him has a uniqueness about it that is so descriptive, that you can almost taste the salt in your mouth and the spray on your face as you plunge through the waves aboard the L'Aurore captained and crewed by the utterly convincing characters at the helm and in the rigging of this ship. Whether it be in the English Channel or rounding the Cape into the Indian Ocean you can feel the surge of the vessel as she is in full sail into the next adventure or chapter, it really is that good, and that is what you want from a book. A book is something more than a collection of the words contained within the covers, a book is a device unlike any other whether it be TV or Movie or Video or Comic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sidney B. Brinckerhoff on October 29, 2011
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I have been an avid follower of Kydd but this volume was a disappointment. The setting was interesting, the historical contact was new to me but Kydd's adventures seemed "same old" and full of the fortuitous events that seemed rather contrived.
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I believe my last review of a book in this series I faulted the author for making the sidekick, Renzi, resort to the cliche of spy. Further he also was rather a milksop where before he had been a pillar of strength for the hero, Thomas Kydd.

Well that has changed. Renzi emerged from the shadows and did something worthwhile. I hope that he will continue to do so. As for the rest of the tale, well we see see a great piece of history but I seem to feel that we are being given a little less than a full story once more.

Perhaps Julian is not spending as much time as he should at his computer writing. Where was a great naval action. The one that there is, Kydd runs away in the middle giving us tension and drama, but in this sea tale, not enough of cannons, and boarding action.

There are a great deal of historical significance, but each time it comes to a fight, it seems this is rather glossed over, and here we also have a land action that could fill the pages.

Something seems to have gone missing. Stockwin still ranks above O'Brien in my thought, but this one is good for everything that doesn't happen on the sea, and shouldn't we see more of what does.
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I wanted to go to sea ever since I can remember. My mother says that as a toddler I went up to sailors on the street, and on one occasion dragged home a dead seabird because it smelled of the sea! I was entranced when my great uncle Tom Clay, a seaman in square-rigged ships who had sailed around the Horn in the "Cutty Sark", took me over this ship. As a young boy I read everything about the sea and I was especially terrified by a description of a great storm, but longed to go to sea to experience one.
I won a scholarship to a grammar school, but my mind was captivated by seeing low grey shapes far out to sea, outward bound to who knew where. I passed this sight every day on my way to school; my scholastic performance suffered!
In the hope of having the nonsense knocked out of me, my father sent me to a tough sea-training school. This only strengthened my resolve for a life at sea and at fifteen I joined the Royal Navy.
After leaving the Navy (rated Petty Officer) I practised as an educational psychologist. I worked for some time in Hong Kong, where I was commissioned into the Royal Naval Reserve.
I now live in Devon with my wife and literary partner, Kathy - and two Siamese cats.

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