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The Admiral's Daughter: A Kydd Sea Adventure (Kydd Sea Adventures) Paperback – October 1, 2008

3.6 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
Book 8 of 15 in the Kydd Sea Adventures Series

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"Fans of fast-paced adventure will get their fill with this book." --"The Historical Novels Review" on the Kydd Sea Adventures series

"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

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This is the first book in the Kydd series set in Home Waters. Ironically, I've found this as wild and exotic a location as any, with spectacle ranging from the iron-bound coast to the incredible complex of the Plymouth naval base and dockyard. Certainly in those pre-factory times it was the wonder of the age, employing so many thousands of men.

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Kydd Sea Adventures (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: McBooks Press (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590131649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590131640
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While reading this work, I was struck by what must have been a Herculean research effort. The myriad details of the English coast, and the look into the vast differences between social classes was excellent. However, the fact that I noted the quality of the underlying research effort while I was reading the story says something about the quality of this reading experience. When I read Kydd, I expect to be transported back into that time. Supporting details are important, but they should not impinge on the overall story line and the quality of the reading experience. The balance between the supporting details and the ability of the story line to dominate your attention seemed to be a bit off in this effort.

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...
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This latest Kydd novel was a real disappointment. The plot consists of many short (1-2 page) subplots comprising Kydd's lengthy, immature romantic adventures, with almost no naval action. Here's an officer who "growls" at his men and officers, pining like a moonstruck child over his possible entry into high society. Worse, Stockwin's "Maturin" clone, Renzi, has become, in this novel and the preceeding Australian adventure, a genuine nutcase. An interesting character in the earlier novels has evolved (or perhaps degenerated is a better word) into an entirely uninteresting piece of baggage. My reading of the series may end with this book - I'll have to read the reviews on his next 5-6 novels before I purchase another. I just don't know (or like) where this series is going.
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This period of time (1793-1815) is my favorite. I have read most of the series available. Most I pick up the first book and do not stop until I complete the series. The Kydd series I have struggled with and only now have completed this book even though I read the first 3 many years ago.

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.

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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.
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I have been enjoying this series by Julian Stockwin, but I think this book is marking the end of a believable plot line. The main character of Thomas Kydd goes from a person with relatively clear motivation of succeeding in the British Navy and enjoying a life as captain of his ship to a society climber who affections transfer at a drop of a hat. Stockwin's descriptions of sailing and naval battles are great, but depictions of Kydd's romances are very undeveloped. This has been a problem in all of the books, but since this book contains two romances, it is very obvious and annoying.
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THE KIDD SERIES HAS BEEN PROMISING IN TRACING THE PROGRESS OF A PRESSED MAN FROM FO'CASTLE TO QUARTERDECK, AND HIS CHALLENGES IN LEARNING HIS NAVAL TRADE WHILE ALSO ENCOUNTERING A HARDENED UNFORGIVING CLASS SYSTEM. IN ADMIRAL'S DAUGHTER, THE AUTHOR LOSES TOUCH WITH HIS HERO, LOSSES TOUCH WITH THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SEA STORIES TO THE READERS OF THIS SERIES, AND PROVES HIMSELF INEPT AND UNCONVINCING INEPT IN WRITING ABOUT WOMEN. HIS AFTERFORWARD LEADS ME TO BELIEVE THAT SUCCESS MADE HIM LAZY AND SELF-INDULGENT. THIS IS REALLY A DREADFUL BOOK.
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