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on January 17, 2016
Some elements are a little slow or have an "Ok, we've read this before" feeling--such as Renzi's frequent self-examination and justification--but this was a fun read. Kydd's self-confidence grows the further in the series we get, and his diction becormes more, if not genteel, then less obviously "not genteel "(the earlier novels place a great emphasis on the visual representation of his dialect). These books are much pore personal and personality-driven than O'Brian's or Forester's seafaring books, and this seems to work well for late 20th-centiry tastes. I've read all of the Kydd books to the present, and they are ripping good yarns, worth the Kindle price. Each one makes you eager to get the next and see how Kydd will resolve an issue, prosper further, or overcome a challenge. .
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on March 7, 2016
Great events with a fictional base, excellent action, fantastic characters and realistic situations blend to a rare treat for those interested in the sea, square rigged ships of the line, history based fiction and a grand knowledge of the men and nations that made it all happen. Napoleon takes a huge fleet to Egypt and the much smaller British fleet dogs their wake, not knowing exactly where they are......and then --- there they are and the battle begins immediately.....great descriptions of battles and actions never to be seen again...well worth the time.
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on July 15, 2015
Like many I started with OBrien and was hooked on Naval Historical Fiction of the Napoleonic era. While Forester (Hornblower) and Kent (Bolitho) were excellent and Lambdin (Lewrie) and Pope (Ramage) were very good... The Kydd series by Stockwin is proving unique. I was skeptical of a series based on a seamen reaching the quarterdeck "through the hawse" but the stories have been a blast and starting from a seaman's perspective has given an even greater appreciation of the life and hardship at sea. It also adds a dimension to Kydd as a character that other books don't have This story of Kydd at the Nile and in the Med is one of the best yet -- and provides a really compelling story of the Battle of the Nile.
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on January 18, 2013
Julian Stockwin gives a great fact based fictional account of the British regaining the Mediterranean Sea and of ADM Nelson's great victory at the Battle of the Nile. You feel Kydd's ambition, triumphs during the battle and his let down as it was not given its just do. Finally, you get some sense of the past coming back to affect the future. A very good read. Follow Thomas Payne Kydd it is enjoyable and exciting.
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on February 8, 2013
I really like this character, just cant get enough of him. Althought the storeis follow very closely Patric Obriens' stories of Master/Commander. Still like them and the author also. Really love all sea stores have been a reader of them for years. Hornblower, Kydd, Rober Macombers series of Peter Wake, etc. Keep them coming.
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on June 26, 2015
The Kydd series is entertaining so far, though the "philosophical" meanderings get a bit tedious at times--so just skip over them. Reasonably faithful to historical records, interesting character in Kydd, though a bit wooden at times. Overall, good light reading with valid historical content.
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on March 11, 2015
I have become addicted to the Kydd series. Having read off of the Hornblower books years ago, and then the entire Master and Commander series, the Kydd series adds another dimension of the British Navy in the late 1700's and the early 1800s.
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on December 18, 2007
Julian Stockwin, a retired naval commander, has taken on a herculean task: competing with Patrick O'Brian, who many feel has written the best historical novels ever. And to engage O'Brian broadside to broadside, in his own sea ... why it's madness. But Stockwin has at least varied his approach -- he's not going "right at 'em," as Nelson declared. Stockwin has taken seriously the approach through the hawse hole. His hero, Kydd, is resolutely a man of the people. He has even been involved in the great mutiny at Nore, on the sailor's side! Somehow Stockwin brought him out of that safely, just as he has from various more predictable engagements at sea.

In "Tenacious," Stockwin boldly recreates the Battle of the Nile, a battle which O'Brian's Jack Aubrey often recollects for us, but which we as readers have never had dramatically presented. Here the battle is marvelously presented, with all its horror, all its pathos, and all its exhausting but exhilarating glory. Thank you, Julian Stockwin, for remedying this lack.

On the one hand, it must be admitted that Stockwin has learned a lot from O'Brian, has clearly emulated him with his hero: like Aubrey bluff, hearty, not very brilliant but devilishly shrewd as a seaman and a fighting commander (working class origins notwithstanding). And he has supplied him with a much more intellectual companion in Nicholas Renzi -- not Stockwin's best effort, however, since Renzi is at once too like Maturin and no comparison in depth of characterization and, frankly, interest. It must also be observed that Stockwin, even after eight books (through The Admiral's Daughter) has yet to really find the magic in the buddy story that O'Brian brilliantly supplied. The problem is probably Kydd, who sometimes seems fairly uninspired, although he does have his moments. And the relationship with Renzi is not exactly electric, nor yet rich and engrossing.

Still, Stockwin is a terrific researcher and he has not O'Brian's squeamishness about approaching larger than life historical figures, such as Nelson and Buonaparte. That's very gratifying. Why, indeed, should not Kydd in his peripatetic adventures find occasion to confront these semi-legendary personages and even exchange words, or be acquainted with them on some level? O'Brian should have paid more attention to one of his literary heroes, Tolstoy, who had no fear of the famous: his Napoleon could stop and chat with an ordinary soldier. And Stockwin rightly does the same.

Beyond that, we no longer have O'Brian. If one has read and re-read (many times!) the Aubrey-Maturin novels and regretted that they've become too familiar, take heart! Stockwin is worthy. Long may he prosper and write. And may his Kydd, his Renzi, get better and better, more and more accomplished.
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on November 23, 2013
Another good story of kids adventures.I do wish the author would goin to more detail as to amount of gun powder used in various cannons, how they far they could fire, how large the cannon balls were. Such as to size?
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on June 4, 2013
Longer than most, with self-described battles (particularly Nelson 's success at the Nile). Both Kydd and Renzi arrive at crossroads in their lives which each resolves in ways that assure continued success together.
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