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"Stockwin . . . writes of the nautical life with vivid authority." -- Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Richard Gore famously overcame modern day hurdles to become an officer and a gentleman, but they were nothing compared to the almost impossible odds two hundred years ago. The Royal Navy, though steeped in custom and tradition, did provide a rare means for someone low born to achieve the hightest status in the land. Right from the start of my series I knew my hero would eventually become an officer and in many ways "Quarterdeck" posed the most writing challenges for me so far. I had to take Tom Kydd from an environment of the lower deck, where he was popular and, as a masters mate, near the pinnacle of his calling, to an alien realm where the talk was of foxhunting and the Season, and where, at first, he was neither liked nor respected. Having served both on the focsle and on the quarterdeck myself, to some extent I was able to draw on these experiences when I wrote the book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
"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 3 months ago by Richard Vidosic
Great read. Very accurate historical fiction in the best traditions of O'Brian and Pope.Published 6 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 12 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 19 months ago 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 23 months ago by Randy F
I am amazed by the attention to detail in Stockwin's books, the nautical terms and procedures make you feel like you are actually sailing on a square rigged vesselPublished on July 3, 2013 by Raymond A. Keller