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Quarterdeck: A Kydd Sea Adventure (Kydd Sea Adventures) Paperback – September 1, 2006
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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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Later episodes of the story don't help the book either. The commando style derring-do of the French privateer's sabotage borders on the incredulous. Stockwin does his research, so I might be wrong there. The episode aboard the USS Constellation following the privateer incident is just as bothersome. Thomas Truxtun was known to be obsessed with his stature and idea of him treating with a British junior lieutenant is a bit far-fetched. Benjamin Stoddert, the US Secretary of the Navy, did exchange some signalling information with the British Admiral Vandeput in July, 1798 and a novelist is free to imagine the circumstances of the exchange, but I had hoped for a little more creative imagination.
I was happy when this series started; it's about time that someone wrote about the common sailors in the Age of Sail instead of the silk-stocking officer corps. After all, they were the ones who did most of the fighting and most of the dying, but this series seems to suffer from hasty composition and plotting. Still, it was engaging enough;I did manage to finish the novel instead of hurling it across the room. I can't say that about some others I've tried to read. After Mutiny, I had greater expectations and was disappointed. I don't know if I want to read further.
Action proceeds, and Thomas finds he can no longer be "one of the guys" before the mast and, at the same time, he does not fit in well with the "gentlemen" officers, having no small talk about foxhunting, society, etc. Thomas makes a few gaffes, getting some unwanted attention from the Admiral, but also distinguishes himself in some detached duties.
He finds himself seconded as a naval observer to the fledgling United States Navy, and making some acquaintances that may show up in the future. Returning to the squadron in Halifax, he obtains some detached duty doing a hydrographic survey, and makes a chance acquaintance with a mysterious, very beautiful young woman whom he invites as his companion to a state function in Halifax which he must attend.Read more ›
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Excellent read. Fifth in series. Story of young man pressed into service in the Royal Navy as a landsman during the hayday of sailing warships. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joseph Johnson
"Bloody good" yarn of the adventures, struggles, and growth of a young Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and his interactions with shipmates, family, royalty, and the new... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Richard Vidosic
Great read. Very accurate historical fiction in the best traditions of O'Brian and Pope.Published 11 months ago by Mark Armstrong
Quite a delightful novel by Stockwin, who is becoming one of my favorite authors of naval fiction. I also think that Stockwin's knowledge of sailing those wonderful square-riggers... Read morePublished 18 months ago by rev2000
Most of the time, the story moves along at a slow slow pace because the hero is always worried about his next unimportant action.Published on January 11, 2014 by xwxman
Great sea story as we see newly appointed Lt. Kydd finding his way in Royal Navy society.
Very good read.
The story line keeps me coming back. As Kydd and Renzie's friendship grows it is put to the test. Can Kydd handle the responsibility that comes with promotion, will the power go to... Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Randy F