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Stand Into Danger Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 1955

Book 4 of 30 in the Richard Bolitho 16 Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Jove; First Thus edition (May 5, 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515068888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515068887
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,436,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Published in 1977, 1975, and 1980, respectively, these are the first three installations in Kent's ongoing series of the adventures of protagonist Richard Bolitho. The plots follow Bolitho's various exploits in the Royal Navy in the late 19th century. McBooks will eventually reprint all 23 Bolitho novels.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Review

"'Shipwreck, survival... a spirited battle... a splendid yarn' The Times Praise for Alexander Kent: 'One of our foremost writers of naval fiction' Sunday Times" --Sunday Times

One of our foremost writers of naval fiction.
Sunday Times --Sunday Times --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

There is plenty of action in both stories.
Joseph H Pierre
For all of the fans of Hornblower or Aubrey/Maturin, (C. S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian) I can definitely recommend this series.
coco
They are not bad but they are not that good, either.
Slowhand

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Roger Lee on July 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the first Alexander Kent novel I have read (I skipped the first one because this one sounded a little better) and it was a very enjoyable read. I have read several other authors in this genre, and my favorite by far is Patrick O'Brian. None of the other authors I have read, including Kent, really even come close to O'Brian's brillant novels. I enjoyed this book, however, and I will definately read more of this series. Life in the royal navy is romanticized more in this novel than in the novels of Patrick O'Brian and Richard Woodman. For example, all of the Destiny's officers are completely top-notch professional men. In reality, a fairly high percentage of navel officers during this time were highly incompetent and owed their positions to the fact that they were born to a wealthy, influential family. The characters in this novel are not developed to any great degree except for Bolitho himself. In general, I suppose this novel is a little cheesy in many respects, but I got drawn into it and really enjoyed it none-the-less. The book's hero is very likable and seems very real; he's no superhero. The best thing about this book are the action scenes. There is a lot of action and it is very well described. We experience the fear and horror of battle through Bolitho's eyes and it comes across more powerfully than in any other sea novel I have read, including O'Brian's. The battle scenes in an O'Brian novel are exciting but they seem to be a little aloof; a little removed from the death and horror that the common seamen experienced. This is not the case with Kent. In sum, I would almost dub Kent's work "O'Brian lite", but his great battle scenes make his work a little more than that.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H Pierre on December 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
My family physician brought my attention, in the first place, to Patrick O'Brian's series of books about the adventures of Captain Jack Aubrey of the British Navy in the days of wooden ships and iron men.
I was not new to naval fiction. I cut my teeth on Howard Pease's stories of the merchant marine, which inspired me, directly, to ship out at the age of 16 on an 8,000 ton freighter, in the "black gang," as a fireman. Subsequently, I joined the U.S. Navy on my 17th birthday and eventually I built my own ketch-rigged sailboat, the "Wild Goose," and sailed her on the Pacific with my family.

I am somewhat of a connoisseur of naval fiction, especially as it relates to sailing vessels. The late Patrick O'Brian was a master of the genre, and his details of square riggers sailing rig and of life aboard vessels of the late 18th century were unsurpassed. Many of his actions were taken directly from admiralty records.
Alexander Kent is more of a storyteller, and he does not depend so much on detail of the sailing rig. He is more interested in the story, and his stories are superb! He keeps you reading far into the night to see how it comes out. I would read the books through in one setting, if my schedule allowed. My doctor recommewnded this series, also.
Like O'Brian, Kent (a pseudonym) follows the career of a single extraordinary seaman, Richard Bolitho, from Midshipman on to command. Bolitho began his career at the age of twelve, although the series pick him up at 16, a seasoned midshipman, in the first book of the series (which I have reviewed) "Midshipman Bolitho," in which he is assigned to a 74 gun ship of the line, the Gorgon. "Stand into Danger" picks him up as a third lieutenant on the Destiny, a frigate.
There is plenty of action in both stories.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donal A. O'Neill on August 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Richard Bolitho, newly promoted to lieutenant comes close to death in this splendid yarn and he sustains the wound that leaves him with the scar on his forehead that he ever afterwards tries to hide by a lock of hair. We also learn how he first encounters his faithful coxwain Stockdale, displaying in the process the humanity and generosity that will characterise him in later life. The response of a young man to increasing responsibility, and to the aloof but careful guidance of a seasoned commander, is well conveyed in the story and with the assistance of a beautiful Portuguese Bolitho comes of age in more ways than one. Experience of a complex landing-operation on an island controlled by a renegade Royal Navy officer also yields experience that will stand him in good stead for future adventures. This was the first Bolitho story I read and it hooked me into tracking down all the others I could in the series. I have read them as far as possible in chronological order and this adds to the pleasure, as Kent handles Bolitho's maturing as a man and a commander skilfully and convincingly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
My father introduced me to Horatio Hornblower when I was in junior high and I've been a fan of Napoleonic-era sea yarns ever since. C. S. Forester is still the standard against which I measure later creations, and Alexander Kent stands up very well in that regard. I always try to work out a birthdate for the main character in such a series, so I'll have some idea of the future course of his history and what real events he's likely to bump into. Hornblower was born in 1776, Jack Aubrey around 1770 (I think), and Richard Bolitho in 1756 -- which pretty much takes him out of the later Napoleonic period except as a very senior officer (the last book in the series is set in 1806). Things were quite different at that relatively early period as regards press gangs, construction of ships, international politics, and lots of other factors, which adds to the interest. Specifically, Bolitho is eighteen years old and a newly-appointed Third Lieutenant aboard the Destiny, a frigate armed for war during a time of peace, whose captain is frothing to lay hold of a would-be revolutionary hiding out in the Caribbean. Which provides plenty of room for Bolitho to develop his naval and leadership skills, to become infatuated with another man's wife, and acquire friendships that will last a lifetime -- especially with Stockdale, who will later become his cox'n. The prose is workmanlike and the author spends almost as much time delineating the characters of Captain Dumaresq, First Lieutenant Palliser, and Second Lieutenant Rhodes, all of whom are interesting, and which greatly increases the reader's enjoyment.
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