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Stockwin does not write a story like C. S
on October 11, 2014
Sure, Stockwin does not write a story like C.S. Forester, but Stockwin's Kydd series has an awesome depth of seamanship -- explanations of the technology needed just to keep a sailing warship afloat. Kydd fights fewer battles than other heroes of "Royal Navy against Bonaparte", but that seems accurate...and welcome.
Further, Kydd is one of the few series that show something of what the sailors thought, felt, and would have said. We follow Thomas Paine Kydd as he learns seamanship, beginning as a "landsman" -- pressed wig-maker in "Kydd" -- to a seaman skilled above deck and at the helm.