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The Admiral's Daughter: A Kydd Sea Adventure (Kydd Sea Adventures) Paperback – October 1, 2008
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"Likable Tom and his shipmates make a snug fit in that page-turning Forester and O'Brian tradition--thanks to retired Royal Navy author Stockwin." --"Kirkus Reviews" on the Kydd Sea Adventures series
"Stockwin's richly detailed . . . portrait of life on ship and shore in Britain's oceanic empire is engrossing. He writes evocatively of shipboard routine, the panic and confusion of combat, and the terrifying approach of a storm at sea, and he knows how to stage enthralling action scenes." --"Publishers Weekly" on the Kydd Sea Adventures series
From the Author
No-one in England lives far from the sea and a strong and abiding relationship with Neptune's realm is a national characteristic, but it is perhaps in the West Country, where I set this book , that the maritime heritage is strongest. Since time immemorial, the sea has provided food and transport links between isolated communities, and with hundreds of miles of rocky coastline and winter storms equal to any, it has also been the graveyard of so many ships.
This book was great fun to write, but it also presented some new challenges to me as a writer. I hope you enjoy it! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I got the impression that the author hurried the last twenty percent of the final story. This might explain my dissatisfaction with how the story concludes. The entire book seemed to be setting up a battle royal with the primary protagonist, but instead ended up with a particularly non satisfying, and I must say unrealistic ending to that particular aspect of the story line. For example, its understandable that Kydd's men were not carrying fire arms, but their protagonists?? The highly competent enemy basically falls on Kydd's sword??
Kydd's complete lack of social sensibilities ends up causing considerable harm to his and his Admirals social position. This quite rightly earns Kydd his first true enemy, an Admiral no less. Yet when Kydd suffers the grounding of his ship, and then is not present for several days to take care of final repairs, the Admiral responds by removing Kydd's privilege to sleep off his ship?? This before Kydd has any victories...Read more ›
The problem is that unlike all the other main characters by other writers, Kydd has become very unlikeable. He is a horrid individual who is always wanting more and always being unhappy when he gets it. He treats others like crap and is angry most of the time.
The author continues to write in a style that sounds like he is addressing a group of teenagers about a great adventure. The author has an annoying habit of writing every word possible in navy slang of the time. This is ok in moderation, but it is like he writes the story and then does a search and replace on every word that can be changed. Every time the main characters talk there is about 5 lines of preamble.
In previous books we saw kid (as a 4th lieutenant) posted to a shore assignment even though the 1st would have gone. Then given command of a ship even though 50 others would have gone before him. Then shockingly, no one else wanted his old ship at a time when commanders would have taken a row boat if that is all which was available. He continues to be unhappy, miserable and angry.
This particular book is stupid beyond words. There is no way he would have had enough money to do all he did during this book. There is virtually no sea action. He would have been up against a board for damaging his ship. Then he dumps the admirals daughter who he had dreamed about for months just because he meets some meek, stupid little girl that he can feel a man around as opposed to the strong woman.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The ending of this book was just too predicable! After having Kydd climb the ladder of success and achievement, the author has decided
to take away the "lucky rabbit's... Read more
This book is better than some here give it credit for. Having read all the preceding Kydd books, I can see why some are disappointed, but the research as usual is impeccable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fabius
Fascinating look into the division between common folk and 'the well bred'. Kydd seems to have one life trial after another!Published 16 months ago by Michael E. Hogue
Tom ascends into high society and becomes a tenant in the best part of town.Published 21 months ago by Bingo Bear
Drags on and on could have skipped it. I hoped the next one gets back to a historical story with some navel segmentsPublished 23 months ago by L. D. Grant