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Dead Reckoning Hardcover – November 10, 1978


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; 1st edition (November 10, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395271150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395271155
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,263,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Most fictional characters of the Napoleonic Wars at sea are as wooden as their ships, a generalisation from which Patrick O'Brian's Jack Aubrey and Professor Parkinson's Richard Delancey can be exempted."  —The Observer
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About the Author

Cyril Northcote Parkinson pursued a distinguished academic career on both sides of the Atlantic and first became famous for "Parkinson's Law"—work expands to fill the time allotted to it. Parkinson wrote many books on British politics and economics. His first fictional effort, a "biography" of Horatio Hornblower, met with considerable acclaim and led to the Delancey series. C. Northcote Parkinson died in 1993.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fred Camfield on January 20, 2002
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The year is 1805 and England is at war. At the end of the last novel, "Touch and Go," Richard DeLancey was a commander returning home to England as a peace treaty was signed. This novel (copyright 1978) finds DeLancey married to Fiona, a former actress. He has just been brought back onto active service, promoted to captain, and been given the older 32-gun frigate Laura for service at the Cape, in the Far East, and in the Indian Ocean. He must part from his young wife for an unknown period of time.
He has the usual assignments, including convoy escort, and is given a special assignment to chase down a French privateer. He also seeks his long-lost brother. He has exploits in escorting a convoy of East Indiamen attacked by French ships, and participating in the capture of Mauritius (repeated to some extent by the fictional James Aubrey in later novels written by Patrick O'Brien). After taking command of a different frigate, DeLancey finds a creative way to bring the ship's crew up to full strength (losses from disease and battles had been high). He then wins honors for himself and his crew in a final confrontation with the French.
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By John Gwin on December 11, 2013
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I like almost all nautical fiction, solid read and this series ranks only behind Forester and Dewey Lambdin in my opinion.
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By Catharine Kennedy on April 20, 2013
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A well presented series, featuring naval adventures way beyond the normal fare of the Napolianic wars. Well written and fascinating stories!
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