- Series: The Bolitho Novels (Book 3)
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: McBooks Press (April 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780935526431
- ISBN-13: 978-0935526431
- ASIN: 0935526439
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 79 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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Of particular note here are the inclusion, in the story, of British naval activities during our revolutionary war during 1777.
This story, and, the series lacks the full character development of the Hornblower stories. Even with this comparative difference, there is plenty of detail in the Bolitho tales. What we have here are stories that are rendered with precision detail of the men and the ships during the heyday of the British Navy during the golden age of sail.
As an American (of English descent) I particularly enjoyed this one, and I must confess that I was in the odd position of rooting against the English in favor of my Americans. Nonetheless, this is an enjoyable reading experience for the American reader who enjoyes taught naval fiction. The author's prose is quite good, although I will say that C.S. Forester's, in the Hornblower series, is better. At times I had trouble following exactly what was going on in some of the action scenes. No matter, most readers will enjoy this one. I did. RJB.
The writing style and non-stop adventure seem better suited for an action movie or adolescent reading. Now, that said, it would make a great action movie, and I would encourage younger kids to read it.
If you're shoaled on O'Brian's highly technical writing, give this a try. Chock full of adventure, a young boy is growing up in the Royal Navy. There are the continuing steotypes he uses to learn from (the overly-harsh lieutenant, the distant captain, etc.)
Bonus for us Yanks, this volume is set in America during the Revolution.
A good read: quick, easy. Read it to your kids, just to get them loving the sea early.