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Quarterdeck: A Kydd Sea Adventure (Kydd Sea Adventures) Paperback – September 1, 2006
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Later episodes of the story don't help the book either. The commando style derring-do of the French privateer's sabotage borders on the incredulous. Stockwin does his research, so I might be wrong there. The episode aboard the USS Constellation following the privateer incident is just as bothersome. Thomas Truxtun was known to be obsessed with his stature and idea of him treating with a British junior lieutenant is a bit far-fetched. Benjamin Stoddert, the US Secretary of the Navy, did exchange some signalling information with the British Admiral Vandeput in July, 1798 and a novelist is free to imagine the circumstances of the exchange, but I had hoped for a little more creative imagination.
I was happy when this series started; it's about time that someone wrote about the common sailors in the Age of Sail instead of the silk-stocking officer corps. After all, they were the ones who did most of the fighting and most of the dying, but this series seems to suffer from hasty composition and plotting. Still, it was engaging enough;I did manage to finish the novel instead of hurling it across the room. I can't say that about some others I've tried to read. After Mutiny, I had greater expectations and was disappointed. I don't know if I want to read further.
Action proceeds, and Thomas finds he can no longer be "one of the guys" before the mast and, at the same time, he does not fit in well with the "gentlemen" officers, having no small talk about foxhunting, society, etc. Thomas makes a few gaffes, getting some unwanted attention from the Admiral, but also distinguishes himself in some detached duties.
He finds himself seconded as a naval observer to the fledgling United States Navy, and making some acquaintances that may show up in the future. Returning to the squadron in Halifax, he obtains some detached duty doing a hydrographic survey, and makes a chance acquaintance with a mysterious, very beautiful young woman whom he invites as his companion to a state function in Halifax which he must attend.Read more ›
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This sea tale is a very worthy read. Great characters, very human, likeable. The storyline is stand alone but would be better if read in series order.Published 18 hours ago by Kindle Customer
This a very good opening book, I really enjoyed the adventure. You want to read the second book to see where it leads. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by GAL
Forester is better, but it was a good read. Enjoyable. Jumps a bit more than the Hornblower stories.Published 5 days ago by m hogan
This was the first sea/naval book I've read. Took a while to adjust to the speech of the time period but once I did I really enjoyed the story! Very well written adventure. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Hardback Customer
Well researched book describing Navies of England and US in late 1700's and early 1800's. Very interesting descriptions and a good plot line. I enjoyed reading this book.Published 1 month ago by ECB
Excellent sea story and very informative. I learned much about the history of the period.Published 1 month ago by Ron