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I have been quite reluctant to try the English original because of the quantity of obscure sailing terms used very appropriately all over the book.
The characters are interesting and three-dimensional, the action is exciting and realistic and, as if that wasn't enough, the book is very humorous at times.
The story holds up, and I have spent quite a bit of time sitting in the driveway "just finishing up a bit" I always keep the next book ready in the car.
Not easily read. Need to understand Naval language better than I do.Published 18 hours ago by atxrrl
Such a command of the language of the times. An entertaining novel with well constructed characters and story line. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Ashton
I recall reading the first of the series years ago as a young man, struggling with the cadence and syntax, but marveling at the author's ability to create real physical tension... Read morePublished 5 days ago by William A. Daunch
Initially, these books are really hard reads, but once you get used to the language (they are written in sort of a 19th century form of British English---you know what they say,... Read morePublished 13 days ago by richard s hill
I have not read the series - only this book, but my judgment is that the Hornblower series by Forester are a cut above this book. I would rate this book 3 and a half stars. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Veritas
The old English dialect in combination with the constant usage of 19th century sailing terms made the story very hard for me to follow.Published 24 days ago by D. Wallace
I rarely read fiction and this book had an authentic feel with great character development.Published 1 month ago by Blake Empey