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I have said before that Renzi occasionally gets on my nerves, and in this book he has pushed me quite a lot. Admiteddly, it is all realistic in that he is suffering from depression from a sickness, but I still grates on me the way that he treats his life, his friends, Cecilia and mainly Kydd - who has been naught but they loyalist of friends, but whom he treats with astounding disregard. I almost hated him, but for my awareness of his depression. Slowly, we see how come out of this it is true, but generally I think this is not a good book for Renzi - a poor showing in his part. However, the mere fact that I am blaming the character and not the author indicates the great writing that formed him, that I feel him as a real person and not the result of Stockwin.

Kydd, of course, shines. We see him mature under command, develop skills he may not have otherwise have and build upon his moral character.

I love this character from his command of Teazer to his command of the slave ship we see him grow so much. I can't think of many better written characters, and would venture that he is the best I have seen. Four Stars I won't say much here, but this: Stockwin is a master we should all be so lucky to emulate. He manages amazing description without weighing down the book, manages vernacular speech without slowing the reading and combines all of this with historical information that educates you as much as it entertains you. In short, this guy is the guy pro's should look to for inspiration.


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Four Stars But for a slow middle, this book was a continuation of the brilliance I have come to expect of the series. For anyone who loves adventure, the age of sail or simply a good book then this series is a must. May 03, Brett Thomasson rated it really liked it Shelves: Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series stands tall over the genre of maritime fiction, eclipsing ancestor series like those of C.

Nelson has put together a couple of good trilogies and Dewey Lambdin came out with a decent start before making his series hero, Alan Lewrie, a Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series stands tall over the genre of maritime fiction, eclipsing ancestor series like those of C.

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Nelson has put together a couple of good trilogies and Dewey Lambdin came out with a decent start before making his series hero, Alan Lewrie, an unlikeable cad who seems to exist so his author can write adolescent wink-wink, nudge-nudge references to his sex life. Bernard Cornwell, author of the other major Napoleonic-era conflict military series, put his hero Richard Sharpe at sea only once Sharpe's Trafalgar and generally stuck to the land.

Julian Stockwin, a former Royal Australian Navy petty officer, was also a big fan of the Napoleonic era Royal Navy, and became very interested in the case of a handful of RN officers in that period who gained the quarterdeck of officer country "through the hawsehole," or by advancement from the ranks of everyday sailors. His Thomas Kydd follows that pattern, originally in the service when he runs afoul of a RN press gang searching for men they can "recruit" -- more literally, abduct -- to serve against France.

But the adrift Kydd finds in seafaring and the service the kind of challenge and purpose he has long needed and begins a slow climb through the ranks through diligence, bravery and no small amount of luck. At each step, newfound power and ability brings newfound responsibility and reflection on it. When we get to 's Command , the seventh novel in the series, Kydd has worked his way to second lieutenant of a ship of the line, but soon finds himself commanding the brig-sloop Teazer in the eastern Mediterranean.

Kydd has to struggle to make his ship ready for sailing and battle, and then finds himself all too often confined to transporting dispatches and scouting duty -- necessary, but unlikely to offer a chance to shine and gain advancement. When a peace treaty is signed, he finds himself out of a ship and out of a job. Still worse, his friend and fellow-officer Nicholas Renzi, with whom he has shared most of his adventures, is deathly ill and may not survive.

Kydd's desperate search for some role at sea puts him and Nicholas on a course for a long journey and for conflict, both geographically and personally. Command represents a sort of punctuation in the series, which currently stands at 15 books and which Stockwin projects to finish at The bulk of Kydd's transformation from foremast hand to officer is complete when he takes his first command, as now changes in his role will involve more degree than kind than before.

It's also a punctuation for Nicholas, who has been serving with Thomas but who does not have the drive or desire for the Navy shown by his friend. But he has his own passions and whether they will drive the friends apart to different paths is not yet a settled question. Stockwin began the series in with a deft hand at period dialogue and description, and a better-than-average narrative gift. As it's progressed, he's improved at nearly every part of his work and the Kydd series has become just about as good as you can get for historical or genre fiction both. He is not O'Brian and does not give his novels the full 18th-century flavor that the older author had, but he is very good in his own right and is telling the story he wants to tell at a pretty high level.

O'Brian's series was very much into the arena of "serious literature" in addition to being great, audience-satisfying yarns; of those who've come after him Stockwin seems to be very much at the head of the pack in ability, vision and execution. As they inhabit different worlds, Jack Aubrey and Thomas Kydd never met.

But had they done so, they would have had quite a bit to talk about and probably would have enjoyed the conversation. In lieu of such a "My Dinner with Aubrey" narrative, both characters' series have more than enough to offer for those who follow their adventures.

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May 05, Robin Carter rated it really liked it Shelves: This for me is the most difficult book in the series for most readers, peace is declared part way into the book, and with peace.. All of this coupled with Julians obvious passion for the sea and all things nautical, this is a series that does rank up there with Forrester and O'Brian, every year i look forward to my new instalment of Kydd Sep 28, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: As indicated, this book in the Kydd Sea Adventures series relates Lt.

Kydd is based out of Malta, where Teazer was built and he is attached to the small British military command on the island. Elated with his assignment, Kydd finds quickly, however, what the loneliness of command really means - no one with whom he can confide or just talk informally on board his ship. Interestingly, this novel shows, for As indicated, this book in the Kydd Sea Adventures series relates Lt. Interestingly, this novel shows, for the first time, really, an unattractive side of Kydd's character. He is intent on making a name for himself and bringing his name to the attention of senior officers and the admiralty.

And he does this at certain risks to his ship and his crew. This is the first novel I have read in this series in which I have not felt empathy for Kydd. Renzi, meanwhile, is still assigned to HMS Tenacious, but comes down with what appears to be a fatal illness. This is the year in which Britain signs a peace treaty with Napoleon's France. As a result, Teazer and many other Navy vessels are decommissioned and their crews are put ashore, with the officers all on half pay. To make ends meet, Kydd ends up taking a position as captain of a prison ship taking condemned prisoners to Botany Bay in Australia.

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To view it, click here. Good book, but not as good as the two before. I didn't find the circumstances of Kydd's promotion to commander convincing, it would have been more believable if he had followed the usual route of promotion to first lieutenant, then distinguishing himself in action, but never mind.

Once he is promoted the book improves.

The usual fitting out of his ship, missions and so on are great and are the reason why I read naval fiction. I was disappointed by the way the trip to Australia is dealt with, I d Good book, but not as good as the two before. I was disappointed by the way the trip to Australia is dealt with, I don't recall coming across a Naval novel set in a convict ship and William Goldings "Sea Trilogy" Rites of passage etc has to be my favorite series of novels of all time, so after all the build up I was hugely disappointed by the way Stockwin just rushes it.

After Kidd arrives in Australia the novel does pick up and the final chapters are very enjoyable, despite the lack of action and Stockwin's unseemly haste. I have to admit though I have spent a lot of time since I finished the book puzzled about why Kidd lied about his rank in Australia and wondering what the repercussions of this will be. Thrilled at his first command, a little brig sloop called Teazer , Thomas Kydd must race to bring his ship to battle readiness he is desperately needed to defend Malta against Barbary corsairs, ferocious privateers and the French who are frantically trying to rescue the remnants of their army in the Levant.

But his jubilation does not last long - peace is suddenly declared and Kydd is left ashore on half pay. A rare chance gives him the opportunity to once again go to sea. He sets sail as captain of a convict transport for the penal colony in New South Wales and challenges that will test both his seamanship and humanity to the limit.

A Sea of Gold: The Kydd Collection 4: The Kydd Collection 3: Command, The Admiral's Daughter, Treachery. The Kydd Collection 2: The Kydd Collection 1: Stockwin paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line Thrilled at his first command, a little brig-sloop called Teazer , Thomas Kydd must race to bring his ship to battle readiness — he is desperately needed to defend Malta against Barbary corsairs, ferocious privateers and the French who are frantically trying to rescue the remnants of their army in the Levant.

But his jubilation does not last long — peace is suddenly declared and Kydd finds himself ashore on half pay. A rare chance gives him the opportunity to once again go to sea. He sets sail as captain of a convict transport for the penal colony in New South Wales — and challenges that will test both his seamanship and humanity to the limit. Researching the Kydd Novels 6 Julian Stockwin. So how did you go? You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.